Collaboration has to be one of our favourite words. When two like-minded people with equally fabulous gifts get together to join their creative forces... magic happens.
Jess and I were lucky enough to be invited to witness the collaborative awesomeness of two amazing creative women last month, Jodi Flockhart and Gwendolynne Burkin. Jodi is (of course) one of our lovely locals here in Daylesford. Jodi with partner Damien run Sault Restaurant. Sault is a popular wedding destination, with a beautiful restaurant and purpose built chapel overlooking the lake, set among picture perfect manicured grounds, including rows and rows of stunning lavender. In Autumn the property is seriously like out of a movie with vibrant autumn leaves, cute duckies on the lake and dusky sunsets... We could totally move in. (Can we?)
Gwendolynne is one of Australia's foremost fashion designers. Her bridal designs are sensual, timeless and elegant, with an element of the ethereal. Her dresses are embellished with intricate beading, pearls and crystals, hinting at different historical eras, lending a grace and substance to each piece... Hello... stunning!
Jodi and Gwendolynne met on Instagram (we love this)! They admired each other's style and taste from afar, so when the time came for Gwendolynne to do a photo shoot with a new selection of dresses, Sault was the perfect venue. The property is stunning, with so many different locations for photography, (hint hint brides...) including hedges and formal French inspired gardens, stone pillars, lawns, the chapel, rows of lavender, and the poplar lined lake... *sigh*
Jodi and Gwendolynne have collaborated twice now. Once with the now famous summertime lavender shoot, and most recently in early April (when the Autumn leaves were at their flashy best) and Jess and I were invited along for the day to go behind the scenes. (SO EXCITING!)
Of course we didn't need to be asked twice.
The day threw the typical four seasons you get in Autumn... minus the rain (Thanks Mr El Niño) so the tone of the shoot throughout the day changed with dark clouds, bright sun, and a textbook sunset you couldn't have ordered if you tried.
Jodi was lucky enough to be a model for the day, donning all of Gwendolynne's dresses and posing in that delicious Autumn sunshine. Sault employee Helena was also treated to a day of super special dress-ups, and another lovely local, Jobbo (who helped to build the chapel) was called in to be a groom. Model Poet (Brazen Management) was there to lend her glamour to a few frocks as well .
You would imagine there'd be an entourage of photographers, stylists, runners, dress fluffers, a lighting rig, a catering truck and a cast of thousands to make this shoot happen, but no... Gwendolynne arrived at Sault with her super team of two, Madeline her pattern maker, and Grace her PA. The three of these amazingly professional and ace women came with storyboards, two cameras, a car loads of dresses and pins, and they were ready to go!
Gwendolynne has around 60 styles for brides to choose from in her Fitzroy boutique. The Sault shoot showcases some new lace styles, and some beautiful favourites. The shoot at Sault was fondly named the Lady of the Lake. Jodi was our intrepid model for this part of the shoot. As the sky turned a gentle lilac and deepened to pink, Jodi slipped off her gumboots and crept into the cool water of the lake, lantern in hand. The delicate lace of the train floated in the dark water, reflecting the pinks and blues of the darkening sky. It was so silent down by the lake at dusk. The images Gwendolynne and her team captured are so gentle and beautiful, haunting and elegant.
After such a long day of non stop fitting, styling, pinning, primping, organising, dress wrangling, directing, light managing, shooting, and coffee you'd think the girls would fall in a heap, but they were all smiles 'til the end.
When a collaboration this effortless results in such beauty, we think it's a match made in heaven. Two clever women with shared passions for creating wedding day perfection. Thank you so much for inviting us behind the scenes Jodi and Gwendolynne... Jess and I will be booking to to renew our vows... Now which dress to choose?
If you're newly engaged and haven't made any plans yet... (or even if you have!) we know what we'd do... For more information on weddings at Sault take a look at their website, or give Jodi a call. To book an appointment at Gwendolynne's Fitzroy boutique, or to discover other Gwendolynne stockists go to her website here.