The vision was to create the ultimate contemporary LGBTQ+ friendly city inspiration. The look was to be bold, vibrant, and cosmopolitan. Even though it was a styled shoot, it was important to us that this shoot represented our couple authentically. Therefore, we also took inspiration from our couple’s personal aesthetic and had them pick the dresses they felt most comfortable and confident in from the collection. Hair and makeup also consulted with them to create a look that fit within the style of the shoot and what we wanted to create but also fit our couple’s personalities and made them feel their best.
Why was creating this shoot important to the team?
As a team, we wanted to create a shoot different from anything we had seen before. We wanted to create something bold and unique to inspire couples to be different but keep it chic, contemporary, and, most importantly, authentic to our couple Esme and Rebecca. To show you can create a day that is truly your own and look bloody incredible in doing so. It was also imperative for us to embrace the city and for this shoot to have a Mancunian feel, with it being such a leading LGBTQ+ friendly city and also a place that’s really important to our couple.
What are the key styling elements of the styled inspiration, and who brought them to life?
The incredible Bec at Jean Jackson Couture came up with the concept, and it was a huge team talent that brought it all together. Bec used leopard print as a neutral throughout the shoot and teamed it with the bright pinks and reds. She used a beret as a modern twist on the classic veil. The location was also a key element in the shoot. Manchester’s Northern Quarter leaned itself perfectly to the shoot with its vibrancy, grit, and glamour, along with the mismatch of modern and classic architecture and the street culture and character. The flowers used sweet peas and butterfly ranunculus for floaty romance in bright pinks and reds for a sassy city colour clash. Our couple’s love and personality are what really brought the shoot to life. I feel their love and sass shine through the images; it was so much fun to create and capture.
Photographer Lauren Elliott