Styled shoots are one of the funnest things about being in a creative industry. They are an opportunity for everyone to get together and make something magical. When Fallon (The Little Hire Co) suggested doing a shoot up at Castle Hill there was no way we weren’t going to be involved. This landscape created epic tales in motion picture history, so no better place right?
We took inspiration from the two natural barriers than enclose Castle Hill. The towering South Alps on the Western side, and on the Eastern, the vast Canterbury plains. These two barriers are in stark contrast to each other, one a jugged moutain range and the other smooth endless seas of flat land. Yet they collide at the perfect point to create the towering stone obelisks, otherwise known as Castle Hill. We blended a winter theme of blues, silvers and purples with ethereal fabrics in jaw dropping gowns from Natalie Chan. Floral arrangements that featured blue greens and pastels, soft props that created warmth with lavish furs and hot chocolates with melting marshmallows.
For the cake I took the theme of these tall rock plinths and created a silver detailed absract painting on the tall, sharp edged square cakes.
The best thing for me though? Being able to use some family heirlooms as last minute props! The table was adorned with my parents wedding silver cutlery and candlesticks, a tray presented to my grandparents. And the furs have been passed down to me by my beloved Great Aunt (who never lived an unfashionable day in her life) (and side note, we don’t endorse killing for fur).
I hope you enjoy looking at these, and can use them for some wedding inspiration of your own!
Cake and hot chocolate bar – Yours truely
Photography – C M Photo
Hire and Styling – The Little Hire Company
Flowers – Charmed Flowers
Videography – Take 5
Food – Moveable Feasts
Stationery – Sunny and swoon
Bridal gowns – Natalie Chan
Jewellery – Penelope Barnhill
Models – Brooke Hudson and Lucy Magill (also known as Christchurch Weddings)
Make up and hair – Mariessa Waddington