Oh me oh my what a refreshing bridal beauty shoot I have to share with you today.
Contrary to what some might think when picking up a wedding magazine, bridal beauty comes in an array of different varieties and it’s a delight to see a talented team of wedding professionals wanting to represent different variations of beauty in their inspiration shoot.
This debut shoot is conceived by make up artist Ellieanorah (Elle) Ikiebe is inspired by Beyonce’s album – lemonade and celebrates the carefree black women movement of the moment with a historical context. with the black and white motif inspired by freedom from Beyonce’s Lemonade album.
Complemented by wedding dresses from Lucky Sixpence Bridal – who refer to themselves as an outfitter for “badassbrides” (take with that as you will!) it is the perfect pairing. Founder of Lucky Sixpence Bridal Anna, founded 2 years ago after her own wedding and was motivated to provide an alternative and affordable bridal fashion offering for brides who want to go against the norm.
As a small business aiming to disrupt and improve the industry, I love to collaborate with others doing things I admire. I met Elle through her sister who I had interviewed for a magazine a few years ago and loved her idea for the shoot and helping break down the stereotypical vibes of bridal shoots.
As a bridal supplier I aim to work with beautiful girls of all ethnicities for my photoshoots and can’t wait for this to be the norm across the industry! Anna, Lucky Sixpence Bridal
(Nu Bride: Me too Anna!)
The models were captured in the historic Geffrye Museum gardens (London), having high Tea wearing vintage dresses and our genius photographer Robin, from Ambient Jade captured the classic and modern mood perfectly. Elle
This inspiration shoot is definitely something you won’t have seen before, from the fashion, to the models, to the braids and natural hair. Congratulations Elle and team for going against the grain and showcasing bridal beauty looks for women who are often forgotten about.
Gorgeously refreshing. Find about more about the inspiration behind the shoot and enjoy these beautiful captures from Robin, at Ambient Jade Photography:
Elle how long have you been an MUA and what inspired you to do this job?
I have been a makeup artist for about 2 years. As a child I loved makeup but my mother never wore any and so when I got older I was the one doing her makeup. To this day she still says “not too much” and I think that was a good training for me not to join the bandwagon of creating masks of makeup, instead I focus on enhancing personal beauty from my own unique perspective.
Amazing makeup artists like Pat McGrath, Lisa Eldridge, Wayne Goss and others inspire me but what I find most inspiring is bringing out a person’s unique beauty and when I create editorials I want to create art and tell a story from the clothing to the makeup to the model.
The wedding industry is one that rarely showcases diversity in bridal beauty in particular – What inspired you to cast this shoot with black models?
In mainstream wedding marketing, black brides are rarely shown but only recently have people been talking about it. On this shoot, I got to put my stamp on the narrative of love and beauty. I am black and I have black nieces and to me simply seeing and showcasing our beauty is a fun thing to do. Additionally, I was very inspired by Beyonce‘s lemonade album.
Being explicit about this shoot celebrating carefree black women was a gamble and it paid off.
Also, I noticed the wedding industry can be very ‘one note’ in how photos are taken because they are interested in selling one type of image to a diverse audience, but I was interested in creating art and Robin with the whole team accomplished this perfectly. Anna was very on board with what I wanted to create and so I think a shift is taking place… we can think about bridal wear differently if we get creative.
Organising the shoot was very tasking but my partner was super encouraging and I was motivated to tell the story of elegant black women in Britain having high tea in a fantastic garden. The response from all the collaborators was amazing.
Tips on how to re-create these beauty looks
Make-up tip – go as natural as possible and use a highlighter, i.e sleek solstice palette to attract light to the high planes of your face.
Hair tip – Bantu knots can work on a variety of hair types to create voluptuous full curls, which add a classy drama and timeless natural elegance to your overall look. Follow Sam Roman Harris on Instagram for more hair tips
Best tip of all… Book the dream team – me as your MUA, Sam Roman Harris as your hairstylist, Robin Jade as your photographer and Anna for your beautiful dress (Nu Bride: Tee hee, not bias at all! 🙂
Thank you for such a fresh take on wedding inspiration. Hot of the press – One of the dresses featured in the shoot is being donated to a charity raffle to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma LLS in New York in February. Wonderful!