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A Colourful Fusion Styled Wedding Shoot

Bride with gemstone forehead chain

We just adore featuring bright, colourful wedding features, and today’s fusion wedding shoot ticks all the boxes!

We love the imagination that has gone into creating this styled shoot, which took place at Longford Barn and was inspired by the Chinese Golden Pheasant. Peacock colours feature heavily throughout, mixed with an abundance of gold for glamour.

And just look at that gorgeous sequined wedding dress – wow! We love the oriental styling features including lanterns, spices and, of course, Asian elephants.

We are sure that you will find so much inspiration for a fusion styled wedding from these amazing pictures, taken by Kismet Photography…

“We decided to shoot this imaginative theme as we were keen to escape from the confines of a traditional white wedding and do something really different. It was initially inspired by my Golden Pheasant mood board – the bird has glorious feathers and is Chinese in origin.

“Weddings always appear to follow fashion and interiors, and we were keen to explore growing trends towards glitter/sequins and bold, rich tones and fabrics. Velvets are coming back in this season and the trend for colour in gowns and flowers is growing as people are becoming braver. The styling also provided a total contrast from the rustic barn venue, giving it a warmth. The gold sequin drapes reflected the light from the candles and up-lighters to give a stunning, magical effect.

“We contacted Occasions florist as we wanted to dress the entire venue to help Kismet promote their space, and to look at how it could be used for an intimate wedding. Lesley often works in silks as well as fresh flowers, and she brought along all her flowers to the venue so she could see the dressing before creating her pieces – everything was done on-site.

“The theme was circulated around the contributors using Pinterest, a board that we could add to as our look developed, so the cake, hair and make-up were developed by sharing pins.

“The sequined dress made a huge statement, so the hair and accessories were kept Hollywood glamourous with an eastern twist, and we used a simple Ottoman Hands gemstone necklace as a hair ornament, with matching earrings. The Labradorite stone caught the colour of the sequins perfectly.”

Longford Barn

Drapes over entrance to wedding

Lantern

Oriental lily with silver wedding shoes

Colourful fusion wedding styling

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The Bingham Dining Room

Why Host Your Wedding at a Boutique Hotel?

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Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times of a couple’s life, however it can also be one of the most stressful with a seemingly never ending list of decisions to make, things to plan and items to pay for.

In recent years, traditional big hotels seem to have lost favour with couples preferring blank open space wedding venues such as barns and contemporary warehouse spaces. However, boutique hotels offering space with unique charm combined with impeccable personal service are becoming increasingly popular as couples recognise the benefits a hotel can bring.

Amy Braund, wedding coordinator at the Bingham, a leading riverside hotel and wedding venue in Richmond-upon-Thames, looks at the benefits of hosting your wedding day celebrations at a boutique hotel venue.

Hassle Free

One of the biggest tasks on your wedding checklist list is to find your venue; this provides the backdrop and foundation upon which the rest of your style decisions are made. Boutique hotels such as the Bingham offer a blank canvas which, dressed in the right way, can complement a broad range of bridal styles and wedding schemes.

The Bingham Dining Room

However, unlike other dry hire wedding venues you won’t have to worry about the finer details of hiring in furniture, tableware, and in some cases even a kitchen unit or toilets – all resulting in far less stress during the wedding planning and no hidden and unexpected costs.

Licensed hotels also enable couples to host their wedding ceremony and reception in the same location, meaning there’s no need to transport guests and the day can flow effortlessly – this even allows for delays if the bride decides to be fashionably late for her grand entrance!

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A Guide to Organising and Surviving a Stag Do

Organising and Surviving a Stag Do Header

As the best man it is your responsibility to organise a stag party for your close friend. But what do you do if you’ve never been on a stag do before, let alone organise one? As a first step, talk to the groom about his comfort levels so that you don’t end up embarrassing him at his own party. You should also take care not to plan the event too close to the wedding day, so that everyone has enough time to recover from their post-party blues.

If it’s your first time, check out the infographic below with lots of great tips on organising and surviving a stag do…

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