LGBTQ+ weddings in Lincolnshire are underrepresented. Lincolnshire is a wonderful county with beautiful weddings and an abundance of rural charm. However, it can definitely feel less inclusive than other parts of the country for LGBTQ+ couples.
Robyn, from Perfect Sillhouette Hairdressing, organised the styled shoot and has taken this further by creating the All in Love wedding fair. All in Love is the first LGBTQ+ wedding fair in the East Midlands and is a massive step forward for inclusion in Lincolnshire.
This styled shoot shows what can happen when a group of suppliers comes together with a vision to make something amazing. With representation lacking in the Lincolnshire area, wedding planning for LGBTQ+ couples in Lincoln & Lincolnshire may be more difficult due to a fear of discrimination.
The aim of this shoot was for a small group of wedding suppliers to come together, showcase and celebrate LGBTQ+ weddings and act as role models for inclusivity in the county.
Lincolnshire LGBTQ+ Wedding PhotoShoot Suppliers
Below is a list of the amazing suppliers who were involved in this photoshoot. If you are an LGBTQ+ couple looking for some of the best local suppliers, you must check them out.
Photography: 166 Photography
Dresses: Bridal Reloved Caistor
Hair & Styling: Perfect Silhouette Hairdressing
Makeup: Thea Elizabeth MUA
Flowers: Willow & Wildflower
Cake: The Cake Queen Lincoln
Styling: Perfect Silhouette Hairdressing
Robyn’s idea for the shoot was to be able to showcase LGBTQ+ love and create some beautiful inspo for engaged couples. As she explains “I really wanted to do a golden hour shoot as I just love the warm soft light it gives, and think it’s so romantic. The beach is such a romantic backdrop too and I love the idea of a post-elopement beach picnic with cake and fizz as an alternative relaxed and intimate wedding celebration. I wanted to choose suppliers who are allies and in the queer community so there was representation behind the camera as well as in front and an incredible team was created from this!”
Ali, from Bridal Reloved Caistor, chose the dresses for the shoot. Ali said, “It was important that the dresses complemented each other but still allowed the brides to show their own individual styles. As it was a beach shoot, I wanted to choose something with a boho vibe for Théa. The Lillian West gown was perfect with its sweetheart bust and lace bodice. It had a floor-length tulle skirt with a train complete with lace detail. We added puffed sleeves to bring it bang up to date. Sophie doesn’t generally wear dresses so we looked for a different style for her. Our White Rose dress with lace and chiffon was perfect with a v-neckline and short sleeves. We teamed it with a cropped denim jacket to retain her own unique style.”
Robyn’s hair choice was relaxed to carry the theme through the shoot. “I wanted to keep the hair styling very relaxed and boho to carry through the theme of the shoot. So for Thea I went for soft beachy waves to compliment her off-the-shoulder dress and also keep it simple for the flower crown to do all the talking! For Sophie, with her having an outfit that covered her shoulders I opted for a soft textured updo so as not to cover any of her outfit. As she mostly wears it up day to day, I wanted to create something she would feel comfortable with. The pearl star pins finished it perfectly and kept it understated.”
Thea’s makeup choices were just perfect. As she explains, “I decided to keep the makeup soft and glowy, to go more with the beach vibe. I used soft warm tones and added pops of pigment to really enhance the golden hour theme, which just matches perfectly to the shoot.”
We were given the brief of: “golden hour photo shoot”, along with a Pinterest board with some inspiration and ideas for the shoot. From this, we chose complimentary flowers and foliage in nudes and whites to highlight the beach vibe. We included grasses and some dried flowers to give the bouquets and flower crown a rustic boho look.
The styling details were bought from a mixture of places, Amazon for the throws and then the rest from high street stores, The Range and HomeSense. You don’t need to break the bank to create a beautiful intimate picnic setup!
When it came to the cake, Zoe said, “As soon as I heard the general objective for this shoot was a golden hour, beach shoot, I knew that a relaxed, boho-style cake would suit. I opted to use a natural buttercream, smoothing around the single-tier sponge cake to give it a semi-naked covering, meaning you can see some of the cake through the buttercream, and gave it a rustic edge to the top. I attached a statement gold hoop with neutral foliage to the front of the cake, which mimicked the dune grasses around the beach, and worked with the colours and styling for the shoot. We displayed the cake on a clear glass stand, helping to elevate the cake in the picnic setting.”
Let’s face it, this is the reason you’re here. Enjoy the photos and if you’re looking for an LGBTQ+ wedding photographer in Lincolnshire, Get in touch
Bonus: Film Photography
After an eBay purchase that turned out to be less than great and two trips to a camera repair shop, this shoot finally gave me chance to try out my new film camera. The Mamiya 645 is my first medium format camera, and this shoot offered me the chance to put my first roll of film through it. I have to say, for me personally these are my favourite images of the shoot. One roll of 16 exposures produced the 4 gorgeous images you see below. I love photographing weddings on film and cannot wait until I get to shoot this amazing film camera at a real wedding.