A ‘Majestic Splendour’ Styled Shoot at Blenheim Palace

A Majestic Splendour Styled Shoot at Blenheim Palace

On a cold winter’s day in January, a creative team brought together by Seyi Olusanya of Cedar Events joined forces to create a stylish vision of wedding inspiration for brides and grooms, in one of the most luxurious settings in England, historic Blenheim Palace. The shoot was captured beautifully by Cristina Rossi Photography, and Cristina told us how the shoot came together…

“When I was approached by Seyi Olusanya of Cedar Events to photograph a styled shoot at Blenheim Palace I was beyond excited. Seyi set about creating a mood board full of rich opulent colours and majestic inspiration so her chosen team of top wedding professionals could liaise with each other to ensure her vision was delivered. I personally have worked with many of the team previously and knew each and every one of them would go beyond the call of duty to create gorgeous products for me to capture.

“The team were given unprecedented access to the venue and we set about transforming the Orangery from the early hours of the morning. Heather and Andy from Essential Flowers worked tirelessly to create incredible floral designs to be used throughout the shoot. This included designing three floral centrepieces which stood majestically on the table to create a labyrinth of floral splendour, a stunning floral arch for the sweetheart table, as well as a beautiful adorned floral tree for one of the cake tables.

“The gowns were by Kosibah and were made from the finest silk, satin, brocade and lace fabrics. These were perfectly accessorised with jewellery by Rosie Weisencrantz and stunning brooch bouquets by The Finer Details.

“The table was beautifully covered with fabulous linen supplied by Libi from Over The Top Rentals and styled with an abundance of stationery details designed and created exclusively for this shoot by Jinder of The Finer Details. Jinder designed a monogram combined with an image that Blenheim Palace had sent her to create venue specific stationery that was used on everything, from the luxurious silk invitation box that introduced the shoot, menus, place cards, quirky sayings on round cards for the side plates, cute cards for the back of the bride and groom chairs that said ‘He Asked’ and ‘She Said Yes’, and table names which were named after different rooms in the palace. In particular I love the hanging place cards that are finished with a luxurious satin ribbon, and a pearl and crystal bead, that rested on the stunning wine glasses which were provided by His Grace.

“The stunning cake display created by Elizabeth of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium oozed majestic splendour. Elizabeth accented everything she made, from cakes, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies and petit fours, with and array of detail that included edible gold cameos, cherubs, and handcrafted sugar flowers.”

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Hepburn Collection Bridal Hair Shoot

Hepburn Collection Bridal Hair Shoot

Hepburn Collection Bridal Hair Shoot

Our latest styled shoot features gorgeous bridal hair inspiration from the Hepburn Collection. Severin Hubert, The Wedding Community’s Bridal Hair Advice expert, created a selection of hairstyles to complement both hair and real flowers for this shoot, which took place at Fetcham Park in Surrey, and was photographed by Marianne Taylor Photography.

The stunning dresses worn in the shoot were provided by Minna

“I have always loved Marianne’s style of photography: very natural , nothing over styled, and nothing too bridal. In this shoot we were focusing on gorgeous natural make-up, hair, and Steph’s stunning flowers; our simple dresses provided the perfect backdrop for this shoot. I loved the results as our brides tend to go for this look; they are not big on heavy make-up nor elaborate flower arrangements. For the shoot, we used our gorgeous Emily dress, made from delicate Scottish lace, off-the-shoulder style Alyssa dress, and our floaty and ethereal Dorothy dress.”

Steph from Fairynuff Flowers was on hand to transform each hairstyle with beautiful flowers, and the models’ looks were completed by make-up artist Ana Ospina

“I had worked previously with Severin Hubert on other shoots, weddings and at The National Wedding Show where we met and worked on the catwalk shows together, and I was asked to be involved in this shoot at the last minute. I know Severin wanted to showcase some sleek, sophisticated yet different hair up bridal looks, so I went for classic, clean yet modern takes on my make-up looks, not too vintage and not too much either, just enough to draw the eye onto something pretty but still keep the focus on the hair.

“When we changed the hair to the looser, softer hair down styles the lips got a little glossier, the blush got a little bolder, and a little more highlight was added to the complexion to catch the light and give a soft dewy finish to the skin. When you have worked with someone before you get to know their style and we have created some fab looks following just a quick conversation and observation on how the hair is going and what the models are wearing. I am then already looking through images on Pinterest to say “OK, I am going for something along the lines of this look” which will work well with the model’s skin tone, the hairstyle, and the style of dresses being worn, to create a finished look that will work photographically and have a visual impact.”

Severin explained the idea behind the shoot…

“Using flowers in the hair is on trend for the 2013 bride, and as a hair designer I wanted to create a selection of hairstyles that would complement both hair and real flowers. Organising a portrait shoot was the perfect answer for showcasing both.

“Fresh flowers are the ultimate accessories for a romantic wedding hairstyle. Softness and not too structured was the key look, and spring was in the air so I wanted this to reflect in the hairstyles. Steph of Fairynuff  Flowers understood my concept and set about creating her magic. Together, I hope we complemented both the hair and flowers, and inspired brides looking for something dreamy and romantic.

“Creating a low bun with a shell effect and adding small flowers gives sophistication and elegance to this style.

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Secret garden bridal shoot

A Secret Garden Bridal Shoot

Secret garden bridal shoot

We love, love, love the pictures from this shoot! Andri of Always Andri Wedding Design, with the help of some top wedding professionals, planned and styled this gorgeous ‘Secret Garden’ bridal shoot. Captured perfectly by Fiona Kelly Photography, the shoot took place at The Walled Garden at Cowdray, and featured two looks which were inspired by the two beautiful Sally Lacock dresses. Andri told us how the shoot was put together…

“Fiona put a shout out on twitter that she wanted to do an inspirational photo shoot, and as I’ve known Fiona for a while now (we’re neighbours) I thought it would be a great for us to finally work together. Other fab suppliers who agreed to get involved were florist Steph Turpin from Fairy Nuff Flowers, Sangeeta and Olivier from jewellery and accessories company Olivier Laudus , and Sarah Dickenson did the hair and make-up for our model Terri.

“With these key suppliers in place we needed to decide on a theme. We already knew we wanted to have an outdoor location, and Fiona thought a Secret Garden theme would be a good one to work on. I put together some mood boards which, with Fiona’s inspiration images, we ran by the team and they loved. The next step was to find the ideal location and what Terri would wear for the shoot.

“As a wedding planner you get to see and hear about some great venues, so I was lucky in that I already knew about the fabulous Walled Garden at Cowdray, with its beautifully designed gardens and perfect ‘secret garden’ door. Once the venue was on board I set about looking for dresses. From the beginning Fiona had said she didn’t want a typical wedding dress, so when I found Sally Lacock and her beautiful ethereal vintage inspired dresses I knew we had struck gold.

“On the day we were also joined by Andrea from Cake by Sugar who, as well as the lovely miniature wedding cake and cookies, brought along some scrummy mini cupcakes for us to eat, and Charlie Davis, who sourced the lovely frames and mirrors from Dodo Vintage and helped me style the shoot.

“On the day we had two looks that were inspired by the dresses:”

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An Art Deco Wedding Shoot on the Barracuda in London

An Art Deco Wedding Shoot on the Barracuda in London

An Art Deco Wedding Shoot on the Barracuda in London

This week, instead of our usual real wedding feature, we have gorgeous pictures from an art deco styled wedding shoot to share with you, which took place on the London Eye Barracuda on the River Thames. With a stylish and luxurious setting, exquisite styling, and featuring some of London’s most famous landmarks, the shoot was captured beautifully by Fiona Kelly Photography. Fiona told us how the shoot came together…

“Back in 2011 I worked with the team behind London Bride magazine on a bridal shoot on and around the London Eye. This was so successful for both the magazine and the team at the London Eye that we teamed up again in 2012 to take the idea one step further.

“This time the amazing location was the Barracuda boat, which is run by the London Eye group. It really is the most stunning venue, even when you don’t take into account the fact you can sail down the Thames as well. The interior of the boat has a feel of modern art deco about it, which was our starting point and the inspiration behind the looks that were put together.

“It was a real top team that was put together to create some really inspirational images, using feathers, beading, a soft palette of colours, beautiful Jenny Packham and Sassi Holford dresses for our bride, and perfectly tailored suits with 1920’s inspired accessories for our groom.

“We also got to see London from arguably the best place possible… cruising in the middle of the Thames!”

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Bride wearing fur shrug, holding bouquet in woods

A Subtle Take on 1920’s World Glamour

Bride wearing fur shrug, holding bouquet in woods

We were recently contacted by Joanne of Joanne Truby Floral Design, who had organised a beautiful ‘1920’s Old World Glamour’ styled shoot. Joanne’s idea behind the shoot was to give brides-to-be inspiration for wedding flowers, with some unique ideas for bouquets, table centres and floral decor. The vision and overall style originated from 1920’s old world glamour, in particular from the iconic novel The Great Gatsby, centralising on the main colours of gold, peach and duck egg. Instead of going all out with the pearls and headpieces, Joanne decided she wanted to show a more understated take of the style and how, just by adding little details, you can still achieve a beautiful and elegant look.

As Joanne explains, it’s all in the details…

“I wanted the shoot to take place in a pretty woodland area as the natural beauty of the countryside is inspirational in itself and I love trees; the different shapes the branches make and how they change with the season is something that I feel is magical. I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for the photos as well as fitting well with the underlining theme of the shoot being natural/minimalistic. Neil of Dotpix Photography suggested a great location for the shoot would be a little village called Yalding, in the Kent countryside; it’s not far from where he lives so he had a good knowledge of the area and picked the ideal location.

Bride in woods holding bouquet

“I like to use different textures as much as I can within my floral designs, and the flowers included were of a pastel colour palette made up of peach and sweet avalanche roses, lisianthus, blue mascari (which smells heavenly), and wax flower which has a lovely lemon scent to it, and the foliage included berried ivy, eucalyptus and Pittosporum.

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