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An Irish coast elopement shoot at Blackhead Lighthouse

It’s no secret that the North coast of Ireland has the most dramatic scenery, and this styled shoot is a testament to that! This breathtaking spot is Blackhead Lighthouse in the small town of Whitehead in N. Ireland. Adjacent to this landmark are three stunning period cottages brimming with character from the antique paintings and farmhouse kitchen to the vintage books that line the bookcases. It really is the most idyllic location for an elopement or intimate wedding, which is exactly why Kim from Victoriana Floral chose it.

Photography by Tracy Steele Photography

The concept for this shoot was all down to Kim from Victoriana Floral who had a clear vision of what she wanted – a soft colour palette of sea blues and greens that would compliment the stormy Irish sea. Kim’s dedication over the weeks prior to the shoot definitely paid off as each element tied together so beautifully and cohesively. Kim was also the designer behind the stunning table styling as well as the phenomenal wild bouquet and ceremony floral arches.

The shoot would not have been possible without the creative eye of Tracy Steele Photography who captured every detail so perfectly. The moody tones of her photography emulated the cosy feel from inside the lighthouse itself.

The talented team behind the bride and groom’s style worked closely together, complimenting one another’s work. Leagh from LA Bridal House cleverly customised the bridal gown to include soft blue tulle which created a gorgeous, romantic vibe. Model Rachel’s hairstyle was designed by Ben from Haze at No. 10, and was delicately adorned with beautiful wild flowers and thistles. Holly McNaghten Make-Up enhanced Rachel’s natural beauty and created a gorgeous, subtle glow.

It was a dream to create the stationery for this shoot, and I was completely inspired by the moodboard Kim had shared with its soft tones and seashell details. I wanted the stationery to reflect the wild Irish sea so handmade paper and watercolour illustrations were chosen to create a natural feel. I paired the watercolour invitations with hand-illustrated vellum jackets to add a softer touch, which I also opted for in the his-and-hers vow books. I like to incorporate natural materials into my work where possible, and so I found a use for my previously beach-combed sea pottery from a local beach. These were included as as contrasting details on the vow book covers, and the colours matched perfectly.

I love how this masterpiece of a cake by NI Cake Design mirrors the watercolour design of the invitations. Landa’s artistry incorporated elements of the sea with natural and hand-painted details.

It was such a pleasure to be involved in this shoot with such a creative, local team who are passionate about what they do. Do make sure to check out each of the suppliers below and give a little support:

Concept/styling/floristry – Victoriana Floral

Venue – Blackhead Lighthouse

Hairstyling – Ben Haze at No. 10

Make up – Holly McNaghten

Enzoani gown – LA Bridal House

Cake – NI Cake Design

Stationery – Perch & Plume Designs

Models – Rachel and Adam @totaledpear

Sourdough Bread – Rising Tide Bread

Videography – Rabbit and the Fox Films

Photography – Tracy Steele Photography


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