Inclusion Revolution at Bourton Hall
Shannon & Jack are Cheshire and London-based filmmakers. Their life was flipped upside down when Shannon injured her spine and became wheelchair bound. They were planning their own wedding at the time and Shannon felt totally alienated when there was no visible disabilities published in any magazines or online blogs.
“I couldn’t find one inspirational shoot or wedding that featured any kind of disability. No wheelchairs, no walking sticks, no visible disabilities. I reached out to fellow disabled brides and grooms and found the story didn’t stop there. There were brides fighting to find dress shops or venues with wheelchair access, and people of all visible and invisible disabilities feeling isolated and completely disheartened. So, Jack and I decided to build a wedding film and photo business that was inclusive of ALL bodies. We set our sights on starting a campaign of styled shoots that featured visibly disabled models, with an aim to inspire couples to dream big no matter their circumstances!”
They were inspired to start a campaign of bridal shoots to encourage disabled couples to dream big on their wedding day and give them hope.
‘I reached out to Zebedee Talent Management, an inclusive modelling agency of all bodies and disabilities, and decided to collaborate with models, Georgina and Rafi. Georgina says, “Representation is almost existent. It’s like it’s forgotten that disabled people also get married. We are still very much human and we dream of our big day”.
Bourton Hall, a stunning Italianate style mansion in Warwickshire, was the decided venue to hold this shoot. “As a team we decided to go big, refusing to allow any of their disabilities to limit our creativity, but only enhance it! Romina designed the most beautiful gown that could be comfortably worn in the wheelchair. The Country Garden Florist designed floral pieces to surround and highlight Georgina’s two wheelchairs, including her mobility chair by TGA mobility. And Neo Walk designed a pair of walking sticks for the models, including a slick T-shape design in black and white for the groom, which completed Rafi’s suave black and white suit and bow tie.”
A gold accent was used throughout the styling of the shoot, along with a neutral Italian-inspired colour palette. This was highlights in the wedding cake by Amalina Bakes. “Elizabeth Terzza created nature-inspired custom accessories from recycled gold, including a stunning golden tiara. Events by Keenda designed a tablescape, accompanied by beautifully handcrafted stationery by The Whole Caboodle. Hannah Finn and Moira Borg created two looks for Georgina; the first was her more natural look for her bridal prep shoot. FOr extra luxury, Roisin Reuss sent us lingerie and a bridal robe! Georgina’s second hair and makeup look featured her in her wedding dress, compelted with a delicate pair of hand-crafted bridal shoes created by Di Hassall and detailed veil designed by Rebecca Anne Designs”.
“We hope this shoot is a message and beacon of hope to bring disability awareness to the forefront of the wedding industry, and that it inspires couples and fellow suppliers to become advocates of the inclusion revolution movement. This is just the beginning!”
Photography, Videography & Concept: Forever Curious
Planner: Events by Keenda
Venue: Bouton Hall
Cake: Amalina Bakes
Dress: Romina Fochesatto
Makeup: Hannah Finn
Hair Stylist: Moira Borg
Veil: Rebecca Anne Designs
Lingerie: Rousin Reuss
Stationery: The Whole Caboodle
Flowers: The Country Garden Florist
Jewellery: Elizabeth Terzza Jewellery
Shoes: Di Hassall
Walking Sticks: Neo Walk Sticks
Power Chair: TGA Mobility
Corocheted Wheelchair Covers: Simeli
Body Candles: Caria Candles
Silk Fabrics: Laik Style
Nails: Nails by Marie
Model Agency: Zebedee Talent Management
Models: Georgina Wasdall & Rafi Solaiman
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