I'm super excited to share my first personal shoot this year. This shoot was inspired by my love of florals but I wanted a different spin from what we created last time with live flowers (still a favourite shoot of mine). #weloveallthingsfloral
This time I wanted to focus on crafted flowers as an alternative to live flowers for brides. I started with the idea of a large floral headpiece (always here for dramatic accessories!) and having picked up some gorgeous sample size Mai Atafo bridal gowns for my studio wardrobe, I knew I wanted to build a bridal shoot around this idea.
Finding the right partner for this shoot was important and Omoligho Udenta of ZZ paper flowers seemed like the perfect fit. I have been a big fan of hers for a few years now and love her elegant and timeless crafted florals.
I eagerly reached out hoping she’d be interested in a collaboration, which she was (yay!) and as we discussed the shoot, it slowly evolved into showcasing the myriad of ways brides could incorporate crafted florals into wedding celebrations.
Here's a little sneak peek into Omoligho's thought and creative process for the shoot:
"One just needs to look at the face of a bride to understand what happens when love, hope and faith meet. There is usually a tender dreamy look in the eye of brides, which I tried to capture in the soft hues and clean lines of the roses I created for the shoot. Each union is in many ways the same yet unique and beautiful at its core.
The silvery Grey flowers with beaded lace fabric centres is an attempt to capture this, with each petal being different from the other. Lace over satin was used also because they are traditionally used for bridal gowns."
We had a fantastic set of talented partners with Uju and Wunmi (Hairssence) on makeup and hair and as always Catch 22 models were on top form. Also a shout out to Elijah and Senah for assisting on the day. Also a special thank you to Debola Lewis (Yvent Kouture) for coming to my aid at the last minute with a gold frame. It truly takes a village and I am grateful to everyone who helped bring my vision to life.
Enjoy looking through the images and I'd love to hear what you think! 🙂
Photographer: Wani Olatunde Photography @waniolatundephotog
Foam Florals: @zzpaperflowers
Hair styling: @hairssence
Models: @nimah_21 & @bolutiwi__ of @catch22models
Photography assistant: @elijahphotography_ & @fotosbysept5
Golden Frame: @yventkouture