A styled shoot at the Japanese gardens

When we were approached by Janie to see if we would like to feature her styled shoot it took us less than a half a second to agree. In fact it was an honour and a privilege to say yes to such an exquisitely breathtaking photo shoot. This team of amazing suppliers have collaborated to create a beautiful, oriental inspired shoot set in a Japanese garden in Cornwall. There is so much depth and detail to it i’m sure you’re going to fall in love!

Janie from Lucky Sixpence tells us all about the story behind it…

“The reason why I put the shoot together was a personal one really. In January 2017 I was blessed with the birth of the most amazing little girl. Life became focused around her and although I wanted to continue growing my business I was unable to spend much time thinking creatively. In the June my husband became seriously ill and was admitted to hospital where he spent 6 months. I visited daily with our daughter and life then became focused around both of them. When he returned home that Christmas I decided I wanted to do something for myself – to have a creative outlay and to find a bit of me again. I’d worked with Toby Lowe on several shoots and I just love his style and how he captures light. We have chatted lots of times about shooting something different. Thinking towards the Spring my mind wandered to cherry blossom and an oriental theme. I then decided on the headpiece I wanted to make and the rest of the shoot was designed around that! I chatted to Toby about my idea and he championed me on to go for it. I hadn’t organised my own shoot before but he reassured me that my idea was a great one and that people would get on board with it!
I knew I wanted to showcase the range of skills I had but also those of some incredible suppliers in the South West. Having a shoot which had an alternative look allowed suppliers to showcase what they can do and show brides that no request is too big! I wanted something different, that would stand out from the crowd and hadn’t been seen before. I was so lucky in that I already knew a host of amazing suppliers who had worked together on several projects before. Christine creates the most incredible dresses and so she was my go to person for the gowns. She had recently made the blush gold dress with lace overlay – it was exactly what I wanted. She also created an obi belt especially to work with some of her separates for a second look. Anna created an incredible bouquet to complement the colours of the flowers I had used in the headpiece and the colour theme was continued into how Amy did the make up. Ellie (The Updo Girl) was an obvious choice for hair as she is able to take a theme and just run with it – I knew I would be able to tell her where I was going with the look of the shoot and she would create a stunning style to suit.
The Japanese Garden near Newquay was perfect. The only issue was we had had the incredibly hard winter and trying to second guess when the blossom would be out was impossible! The garden itself was so perfect that in the end it really didn’t matter about blossom – instead we got the reds of the Acers and the lush greens. The detailing of the bridges, statues and the tea house were all that was needed. The day in the end was damp but the weather added to the feel – as if we were in the Himalayas! The reflections and almost dew drops added to the stunning light and I feel in the end made the shoot. I created a table that was simplistic but had oriental touches and a mix of textures with silk, slate, ceramics, wood and foliage. Lanterns and candles dotted around the waterfall and mosses, metallic and ceramic planters added more reflection and texture.
I was so lucking in finding Cat – she was the perfect model for the shoot and someone must have been smiling on me as as she happened to be in the area at the right time!
I was thrilled how the shoot came together and with the outstanding images Toby captured. Everyone pulled out the stops to make my vision a reality.”

 We would like to thank all of the wonderful suppliers involved in this shoot. I think we can all agree that this was simply breathtaking!

Much Love

Emily x


Supplier Credits

Shoot stylist, co-ordinator: Janie Wolverson from The Lucky Sixpence

Photography: Toby Lowe Photography

Venue: The Japanese Garden

Dress: Christine Trewinnard Couture

Headpiece:The Lucky Sixpence

Hair: The Updo Girl

Makeup: Amy Potter Make Up Artist

Flowers: Wedding Flowers in Cornwall

Large props (table / rug): Virginias Vintage Hire

Props: Westcountry Wedding Planner

Props (Blue and white Oriental originals):Private collection from The Barton Granary and Brimbles

Model:Cathleen Voysey


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