• Claire Austin

Desert Dreaming

I'm so excited to show you the photographs from a bridal shoot I collaborated with at The Desert House in Paignton Zoo. If you are looking for some fresh stylish ideas for your wedding look no further... oh and everything you see in these photos are eco friendly and sustainable... even better!

It was a 6am call start at the photographer's house to prep the models with hair and makeup. With coffee and croissants on the go we all started to wake up, excited for the morning ahead. We were due at Paignton Zoo at 8am and only had 1 hour and 40 mins to do the shoot!

When we entered The Desert House we were immediately hit with a warm air and the sound and sight of hundreds of exotic birds flying above our heads. These little guys provided so much entertainment throughout the morning - what with trying to eat my headpieces and even landing on the models shoulders for some photographs!

A bird having a nibble on George's ear!

As a team of wedding industry professionals we really wanted to do something a bit special and bring you some new ideas when it comes to styling your wedding. Especially for the eco friendly couple who are more environmentally conscious. Everyone worked really hard to source local, sustainably sourced or recycled materials be it with the makeup, hair products, dress fabric, stationary, cake ingredients and of course my headpieces. I used locally grown succulents, washed up sea glass, re used paper flowers and feathers from the birds who live in The Desert House which the keepers gave me a few weeks before. I love wedding photoshoots because they allow me to go a bit crazy and design something that may usually be considered over the top! (wait till you see my headpiece made with pampus grass!)

But now, please feast your eyes on this desert delight and make sure you scroll down to the bottom to watch the video too...

This gorgeous bouquet was made by Hollyhocks and the tea length wedding dress from bamboo silk by Laura at The Alter Room

Katy Short Makeup Magic provided the makeup using environmentally friendly products. I made this headpiece using locally grown succulents - it actually kept growing on its own for months afterwards!

The jewellery was created by Naomi Davies Jewellery Design incorporating leather pieces from an old DFS swatch book and the buttonhole was made by Hollyhocks Florist.

These amazing cakes were made by the talented Ellie of Kismet Cakes

I made this headpiece using old paper roses which I turned into a floral crown. I love using this material as the flowers look so realistic but won't wilt and can be treasured forever

Can we just stop for a moment and appreciate that this is my husband... I am a lucky lady!

These gorgeous hair styles were created by the brilliant Ellie aka The Updo Girl. This dress was made from reclaimed silk by Cieranne Kennedy-Bell

The keepers gave me birds feathers a few weeks prior to the shoot which I used to make this fascinator style headpiece. This beautiful vintage gown was provided by Days of Grace

This beautiful stationary was made by the wonderful Knots and Kisses

I hope you have enjoyed looking through these gorgeous photographs and are brimming with inspiration. We would love to help you with all aspect of planning your big day so if it is a bespoke headpiece, wedding dress, makeup, hair styling, venue, stationary, photographer or videographer you are after please get in touch. This photoshoot has also been featured in Wed Magazine so make sure you order yourselves a copy, it is a beautiful publication full of wonderful wedding inspiration.

Charlotte Dart Photo & Film





























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Claire Austin England 2021