Preppy Glam Beach Love Shoot

Editor’s Note: I’m sharing this gem from the archives today because it’s too good not to re-share!

I’m so thrilled to share this preppy glam beach shoot by stylist/photographer Angela Cleary and photographer Lee Thomas, of Lee Calleja Thomas Photography. You may recognize the model, Jessica Marshall, from her blog, Jeskaalee, and the dress is from Made with Love Bridal. / Images by Lee Calleja Thomas Photography.


Says fashion/bridal stylist Angela, “As a stylist, I love creating the perfect vision and when styling a shoot, I endeavor to  tell a story in a way which allows the viewer to reflect on what emotions it may stir or how they translate that to their own thoughts, dreams or style. Fashion, photography, design and interiors are one in the same really,  it’s all about how you mix your use of fabrics, texture, spacing, colours and shapes. Trends come and go, I’m not a huge fan of the obvious. […] We felt Jess would make a beautiful bride and the local synergy felt right. For me, it’s about connection on all levels.


My Mood board for the theme was ‘she wears couture in the streets of Paris or runs barefoot on the beaches’ mixing a high-end gown with natural elements such as the beach or woodlands to create a sense of abandonment, a carefree elegance which we all aim to achieve. The Made with Love  gown was a perfect choice as it had an abundance of tulle and movement combined with structure and glamour. The beauty styling was by AVIA and we requested a relaxed and unstructured vision which made for a perfect match. When Lee from DDW and myself shoot together, we always throw caution to the wind. We embrace the spontaneity of each shoot and we create several different looks from the one garment. Throwing a cream blazer over the gown at one point was our YES! Moment  or ‘There’s our cover,’ we call it.”




Credits: Director of Photoshoot / Stylist – Angela Cleary (Instagram @thefashionablegypsy) / Photographer – Lee Thomas: Dream Destination Weddings / Model: Jessica Marshall of Jeskaalee/ Wedding Dress: Charlotte dress from Carla’s Collection from Made with Love Bridal / Hair and makeup: Georga Reedy from Avia Beauty



  1. October 20, 2014 / 8:28 PM

    The photography is simply beautiful! Then again, I AM biased! Love you and your work Lee, it is just fantastic to see you swinging that camera around again! Good luck with Dream Destination Weddings x

  2. Sarah
    October 21, 2014 / 4:16 PM

    Couldn’t agree with you more, Nicole! Amazing photography. xx.

  3. October 23, 2014 / 7:27 PM

    Thank you so much for your support of our new venture Classic Bride xxxx

  4. October 23, 2014 / 8:11 PM

    Could you please credit the hair and makeup which is by Georga Reedy from Avia Beauty

  5. Sarah
    October 23, 2014 / 10:39 PM

    Just added it in. Thanks, Georga. xx

  6. Sarah
    October 24, 2014 / 10:29 PM

    Absolutely! Excited to see more. 🙂 xx