Sarah Willard Couture

China & Roses, An Inspirational Photoshoot

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This shoot explores something that means so much to us, the heritage of our industrial past, when beautiful things were “Made in Britain.” 

Tea parties with beautiful antique china are often part of a Vintage styled wedding, and it’s part of Staffordshire’s heritage too. Generations of women handed down the skills that created our teacups, saucers and china flowers, and it’s a sense of pride that’s very emotive even today. We were inspired to create a shoot influenced by our pottery girls, and our Bohemian artists and designers.

The shoot took place at Gladstone Pottery, styled with ethereal dresses and accessories that are soft, delicate, and subtly embellished, just as fragile china tea cups are borne from a factory setting.  We looked to the delicate patterns on bone china for inspiration, with their subtle coloured roses and gold leaf.  

The industrial setting of the old factory and mould rooms contrasts  with vintage inspired 1930s dresses with fragile layers of organza tulle and lace. There are delicate roses in chalky colours, flower circlets and hand-tied bouquets. Hair and make was inspired by an element of bohemian gypsy styling, and with china flowers and pretty roses in jars this made for a really exciting shoot.... China and Roses, lovingly made in Staffordshire! 


Photography:   Light and Lace Photography  www.lightandlacephotography.co.uk

Dresses and Accessories: Sarah Willard Couture  www.sarahwillard.co.uk

Hair & Make-Up: Beauty Angels Hair and Make Up www.bridal-hair-and-make-up.co.uk

Flowers: Flowers By Breige www.flowersbybreige.co.uk

Props and China Tea Set: Agatha’s Vintage Tea Party  www.agathasteaparty.co.uk

Location & China Roses: Gladstone Pottery Museum www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/gpm/