In light of it being International Women’s Day today, we have a beautiful styled shoot to share with you all. A shoot that empowers women, celebrates diversity and has inclusivity at its heart. Put together by bridal boutique Halo and Wren and captured so beautifully by Sophie Lake Photography, this stunning bridal editorial was inspired by Halo and Wren’s ethos that all brides are special, no matter their skin tone, ethnicity or body shape, and it is their brides individuality that breathes live into the dresses they sell….
Halo & Wren is a place of not only female empowerment, where every Bride that visits is made to feel like the most beautiful Bride in the world, but also of inclusivity. Halo & Wren is a boutique that all are welcome and I wanted to embrace the normality of our bodies and show our Brides and audience that diversity is the beauty to what makes the gowns look amazing. Captured on an old sunken Roman road that is rich with urban legends of witchcraft and ghosts, this shoot comes with a light and dark theme. Halo and Wren wanted their beautiful dresses and the models that wore them, to be the light within the dark, atmospheric and somewhat eerie location. Jemma, founder of Halo and Wren and the creative director of the shoot, talks us through her inspiration for the shoot, its historical location and the incredible suppliers involved. Happy weekend lovely people….. It’s very easy to get to excited about a concept when I work along side a regular team of contributors to my shoots, all very local businesses. The fact that I can rely on the surrounding area and local Bridal Services makes the shoot feel even more organic and homegrown. Our theme or shoot title at planning stage came from a visit to a local village called Nettleden which is known locally as the location of ‘Spooky Lane’ & ‘Devil’s Bridge’ – the location of our shoot. I grew up not far from the area in Hemel Hempstead, where Halo & Wren is located, and most locals will know of the tales of Devil’s Bridge and Spooky Lane. Historically a Roman road, the road is a sunken, now sided by old trees with tentacle-like roots that top the high brick and flint walls as if they are climbing out of the road, all obviously very inspiring to me. The Road’s furthest documented history built around the time of the third Duke of Bridgewater, was a carriage drive to the nearby stately home Ashridge House along the Golden Valley. It is said the duke had the old Roman road sunken to hide the lady of the house from the stare of the local peasant workers and other non-noble men. But more recently it’s history is associated with urban lege