Shabby chic styling for your pre-wedding photography session

Shabby chic style has a way of transporting us back to classical eras, and as a trend for weddings in 2014/2015 it’s definitely here to stay. With natural flowers, bold colours and rustic details, this theme and its elements are a perfect choice for a pre-wedding photo session.

More and more couples are choosing to have pre-wedding photo shoots for many reasons. To capture those natural and pure moments before becoming husband and wife, to have a day relishing in each other without guests or wedding day stress or simply to have some beautiful snapshots taken ahead of the big day which can then be used for invitations, wedding favours or printed onto thank you cards. Have a look at these incredible images, and inspire yourself to do the same!

Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography

If you’re looking for originality, then it’s all about the details. Shabby chic hides itself amongst pastel colours and vintage objects in this charming and natural halo. Incorporating this theme into your photography session is very simple, as it allows you to play with a wide range of natural resources .

To begin with, we recommend you choose an open space. A countryside setting with green pastures is ideal, or an autumnal, colourful setting with lots of dried leaves and branches. Although the setting itself can be very plain and monotonous, this is where you can bring things to life with objects and details of your choice. You can inject colour with various flowers, colourful accessories, vintage objects and an array of rustic details.

Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography

Looking perfect won’t be a problem, and even less so if you choose a shabby chic setting for your photos. With this style, you can really play around with your clothing and create a look that you’ve never seen before. For example, choose a dress in dusty pink or pastel colours. Add in a floral crown or vintage jewellery and the whole look will be finished off perfectly.

Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography

Hair is also incredibly important when creating a desired look. As well as the magnificent dress, you could opt for natural looking waves, or perhaps a relaxed plait which will frame the face in the most elegant and natural way. This romantic look can also be complemented by a crown of natural flowers with colours that really stand out, such as lilac, pink and natural green tones.

Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography
Shabby chic photo session - Photo: Just For You Photography

For this look to really work, the groom needs to look casual and relaxed. Some jeans or chinos with a pastel blue or linen shirt will form the perfect combination and let’s not forget vintage birdcages which are all the rage and match this theme so well. Make the most of the open space you have and go to town with the model inside you, a smile and some spontaneous poses will showcase your love beautifully. With the right ingredients and a bit of imagination you’ll be able to create some spectacular images that you’ll treasure forever.

Photos by: Just For You Photography
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