A very vintage hen party – with a rustic twist…

Confession time – I HATE hen parties. I hate the tacky pink accessories, I don’t ever want to SEE a penis whistle, let alone put one near my mouth – and I don’t drink.

Other wedding and hen party bloggers have done a great job of educating brides as to what can be done other than a night out on the piss at your local – but I wanted to do my bit! So when I was approached by the lovely Emma of Emma Lucy Photography told me she’d had a dream about doing a shoot with me (no joke) I decided to make her dreams come true (har har).

We put our heads together and decided to show brides how much fun afternoon tea can really be. Vintage-style pin up / tea party photo shoots are so readily available and here’s what they can look like (and of course, I had to put my own rustic chic twist on the day)!

The idea is to show that a.) there’s no right way to do a vintage tea party – you can always put your own spin on it and b.) this is accessible to everyone! All of the set accessories I featured were deliberately sourced and styled by me from car boot sales at very little cost. The reason I didn’t use a florist for this shoot is I didn’t think it was realistic for most hens to hire one – and I wanted to show that a little DIY can be fun – it doesn’t have to look perfect, you’re there to enjoy your day with your best friends.

This shoot is even more special to me because one of the models, the very beautiful Carys (in the black blouse), is one of my two maids of honour!

All images © Emma Lucy Photography

The set


Behind the scenes

A Walk in the Park

Getting the Party Started

The dream team

Hair: Lucy Hayward

Make up: Samantha Pearce 

Jewellery: AClaire Jewellery

Models:  Claire Pooley and Sara Doron

Set stylist / concept: Sara Doron (that would be me!)

Photographer: Emma Lucy Photogrpahy

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