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Violet & Bean visit Sarah Hart Photography

Posted on 26 Jun, 2018 by Sarah Hart

I’m a little late with blogging on this, but a few months ago I was asked to shoot a selection of dresses and outfits by local mum and business owner of Violet & Bean, Carley. Violet and Bean, based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, hand make bespoke special occasion wear, from bridesmaid/flower girl dresses and Paige boy outfits to party outfits.  Having never met each other before, I was a little nervous the night before the shoot – newborn and baby photography is my niche area – I’ve only done the occasional commercial shoot for a company. However, I needn’t have worried, Carley was such a lovely, warm person and her dresses were simply stunning to photograph. And she’d also done an awesome job of selecting very lovely kids to model for us – they were delightful and made the whole experience really enjoyable. Violet and Bean had also teamed up with Lily and Rose Silk Flowers by Heather who makes wonderful headpieces, bouquets and button holes and had created some lovely pieces for us to use with the outfits – they finished off each outfit beautifully.

Amelia started off the shoot and wore her own white leotard with Violet and Beans “Cloud” fluffy tutu skirt. Made from layers of soft tulle, I encouraged Amelia to twirl and dance in front of the camera.

twirling pink tulle skirt by Violet and Bean clothing

soft grey tulle skirt by Violet and Bean, Tunbridge Wells



Next up was the “Ella” dress – named after this gorgeous model Ella! Made using a quality satin fabric, it features a jewel sash and pleated skirt. It’s perfect as a bridesmaid dress or to wear at a Holy Communion.

Holy communion dress in white, Sarah Hart Photography, Tonbridge portraits


Then we photographed a little trio of a wedding party. Little Winnie wore “Ember”, a beautiful flowergirl dress made from Duchess satin and a tulle net skirt.  Lovely Lottie wore a matching bridesmaid dress – similar in style to the Ember dress but featuring a heart shaped back. And finally handsome Henry wore a matching Paige boy outfit. The button hole and bouquets were designed by Lily and Rose Silk Flowers by Heather and looked so realistic.

small flower girl dress by Violet and Bean, Tunbridge Wells

heart shaped back Violet and Bean bridesmaid dress



occasion wear by Violet and Bean, photographed at Sarah Hart Photography studioflowers by Lily & rose silk flowers Cranbrook, Kent

headress by Lily & Rose silk flowers, Kent


Over the last few months I’ve seen Violet and Bean’s Facebook posts popping up on my newsfeed and it’s clear to see how much passion and love goes in to making these dresses. And she doesn’t just make occasion wear – Carley’s everyday and party wear dresses and skirts can be made from pretty much any fabric design that takes your fancy – you can see some of her designs here:  With this recent rise in temperature these cotton skirts and dresses are perfect for keeping you little ones cool and comfortable this summer!




2 Comments Violet & Bean visit Sarah Hart Photography Client Gallery

  1. Hi how lovely I really enjoyed making the flowers for this shoot and to able to use the pictures for my page really helps it look amazing .carley is an amazing dress maker teamed with a brilliant photographer.

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