Cuban Inspired Beauty/ Bridal Shoot


Brides to be -   do you love color and are tempted to be  bold with an alternative bridal evening look ?yes! then this post is for you.

Cuba - Immediately conjures up images of  uber cool cars in vibrant colors, fat cigars being smoked on street corners and  sexy women drinking strong black coffee on the balcony's of slightly decaying elegant buildings. 

When Make up artist Teresa contacted me about a collaboration shoot together she  was  fresh back from a dream trip to Cuba and fancied doing something a little different.  Inspired by the light , drama and unique Cuban style she had seen on  her travels. Say the words color ,different and unique all in the same sentence and I get very excited, excited  enough to rustle up a shoot in a few days, love a  bit of spontaneity and creativity.

We were lucky to have the perfect model for the look, sassy and curvy, with gorgeous flawless skin and super shiny black locks. We knew we wanted a dramatic, confident, energetic look  with a with a hint of  rebellious young runaway bride. I loved the idea of giving brides some bold color inspiration not just with the bridal bouquet and Teresa's make up ideas, but combining that with alternative bridal evening dresses. As a wedding photographer I often see my brides reaching for a short white evening dress for the party which always looks great and doesn't have to blow the budget. We played with minimalist chic, super confident and elegant looks for the white dresses. Getting super sassy, gregarious and expressive , jazzing it up a bit  with a hot pink Havana nights look for the bride that really wants to have fun and a fab tangerine dream carnival vibe, we loved these  lace mini dresses with big dramatic  bell sleeves. All dresses were under 150e and delivered on the 24hr ASOS service.

 Marie from Paradiso Barcelona helped to complete the edgy sexy feel with an eclectic mix of exotic and tropical flowers including fab yellow Roses ,clusters of Dahlias, Gerber, Carnations, sprigs of fern, dill and tropical greens for our bouquets, hair flowers and anklets.

Teresas top tips for achieving the make up looks are below..

1) Bold minimalist look... Urban decay naked 3 pallet for the eyes,  Mac black gel liner, Pigments in cream and gold - Makeup Forever, brows Anastasia, lips by Makeup Forever, Contour kit by Makeup Forever.

2) Elegant Cuban Beauty... This is the look I felt the most in Trinidad, very elegant and moody. Makeup Forever HD Foundation, contour Makeup Forever, Becca under the eye brightening powder, Kat von dee, makeup Pallet for the eyes, lips nude by Makeup Forever, brows Anastasia.

3) Hot pink Havana nights... Being in Havana for 4 days with music on every corner, made me want to use lots of colors . Makeup Forever HD Foundation, Becca under the eye brightening powder, Contour kit Makeup Forever, Lipstick Makeup Forever, HD face powder Makeup Forever, Eyeshadows by Urban Decay naked 3 pallet, brows- Anastasia Chocolate brown

4)Tangerine Dream ... For this look I used HD Makeup Forever foundation, Becca under the eyebrightening powder, Tangerine eye-shadow by MAC, black gel eyeliner by MAC, Tangerine lipstick by Makeup Forever, brows by Anastasia

Hair products  by  Toni and Guy Tigi and  Wella hairspray, 

Hope we have inspired you to grab the the glitter, the gloss and lace and hit the  dance floor with extra bridal  sass!

Concept and styling - Jo Kemp and Teresa Snowball

Photography  and Blog Jo Kemp

 Model - Renne Charlton

 Mua and Hair - Teresa Snowball

 Flowers - Marie at Paradiso Barcelona

Dresses - ASOS

 Venue -Casa Felix