Opulent Engagement Party Styling at OXO2

With love at the forefront of our minds today, firstly I would like to say Happy Valentine’s Day. Secondly, HUGE congratulations to those of you who get engaged today!

If you have just got engaged then why not celebrate your exciting news with your friends and family and throw an engagement party? Today I have some incredible engagement party styling inspiration created and styled by the talented event planners Just Bespoke, and captured beautifully by Sanshine Photography.

This styling concept is modern and elegant with an abundance of delicious food and drink and lots of pretty florals and romantic touches.

So, here’s to celebrating your engagement in style!

Engagement party dessert table with celebrate sign in floral hoop

Riverside Engagement Party

“We wanted to bring together an elegant and opulent riverside engagement party to show how a few simple concepts can completely transform a blank canvas venue and create a fun and memorable occasion. The talented San Shawe was on hand to capture every element of the engagement party and her style worked perfectly for the occasion.

“When it comes to weddings and engagements, so much inspiration focuses on pastels and muted palettes. We wanted to show you can move away from these tones and create an elegant celebration using a rich and opulent colour palette. This would transform our chosen venue and also allow us to have some fun and create impact.

“A range of mixed metallics – rose gold, silver and some gold – brought an added level of luxury into the scheme. We applied the colour palette to everything from florals and furniture through to edible treats and stationery. We even spray-painted some ice cream cones with edible rose gold spray to ensure they fitted in!”

Four Distinct Zones

“The shoot location, OXO2, is a blank canvas with white walls and wooden floors. Floor to ceiling windows look out onto the River Thames with London’s iconic landmarks in the background. You couldn’t ask for a more central spot, right in the heart of the capital’s South Bank. As the venue is quite large we created four distinct zones – a welcome table, lounge area, bar and dessert table. This utilised the space well and also created a good flow for the party.

“Rosehip London’s large, impactful displays of blush, ox blood and purple flowers perfectly framed each element of the engagement party and showed how a few bold designs can really bring a design to life.

“Trays of champagne garnished with cherry blossom sat on our welcome and gifting table styled with large rose gold lanterns and balloon orbs.”

Engagement party welcome table styled with pink and metallic items

Tall rose gold lanterns

Ice bucket with flowers and bottle of Moët

Small metallic vase with pink and purple flowers

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Couple on La Push beach

An Engagement Shoot in La Push, Washington

Couple: Elezaveta and Michael

Photographer: India Earl Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 19/02/2017

Location of Shoot: La Push, Washington, USA

Wedding Date: 21/07/2017

Couple on La Push beach

What’s your proposal story?

“In 2016 Michael and I (along with another couple) were on vacation in the Dominican Republic for Spring break. Throughout the trip Michael planned the proposal without me having a clue on what was going on. He would be doing research on where to buy dozens of roses and candles, driving into town to buy these items, and reserving a spot on the beach so it can be more intimate for us. I was distracted by the beach, pools and, of course, tanning.

“On March 21st we all decided to wake up early to catch the sunrise. It was my sister’s birthday and it was something she requested we all do together. The sunrise was magical to watch, and as my sister and I were off taking photos, Michael and his best friend were setting up the proposal.

“Unfortunately, I was sort of a pain in the ass because I wanted to go to the opposite side of the beach where Michael wanted to propose. My sister looked at me and said “No Liz, we HAVE to go to this side.” I gave in. I had only walked a few feet when I noticed there were rose pedals on the sand. I looked at my sister and said, “It is happening.” She just looked at me and smiled.

“Up ahead I saw a pathway to a beautiful gazebo where Michael was nervously waiting for me. As I got to him he hugged me tight and told me all the reasons why he wanted to marry me and then got down on his knee and asked. It was a beautiful moment.”

La Push beach

Engaged couple having photo shoot on La Push beach

Couple laughing together

Woman laughing with fiancé

How’s your wedding planning going?

Since I’ve had over a year to plan the wedding, I would say everything has gone super smoothly. People often ask me, “how are you not even stressed out?”.

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Man on mountain bike with his fiancée

A Mountain Biking Engagement Shoot at Branksome Beach

Man on mountain bike with his fiancée

Couple: Bex and Rob

Photographer: Libra Photographic

Engagement Shoot Date: 13/11/2016

Location of Shoot: Branksome Beach and Gardens

Wedding Date: 20/04/2017

It Brought Together Our Favourite Places

“We had an engagement shoot as part of our wedding package. Our photographer, Nathan, suggested Branksome Beach as the location, and it worked really well. It brought together both of our favourite places; mine – the beach, and Rob’s, wherever his bike is.

Couple sitting in wooden shelter

Woman hugging fiancé

Woman smiling with partner

Couple sitting on bench in shelter

Couple walking with mountain bike

Man on front wheel of mountain bike kissing his fiancée

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Couple outside Middlesbrough Reference Library

An Engagement Shoot at Middlesbrough Reference Library

Couple outside Middlesbrough Reference Library

Couple: Sam and Stu

Photographer: Julie Barron Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 28/05/2015

Location of Shoot: Middlesbrough Reference Library

Wedding Date: 22/07/2017

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

“We love Julie’s work. She’s very creative and very much likes to personalise each shoot to the couple involved. Also, the proposal was rather unusual and we wanted to capture it in a similar way.”

Middlesbrough Reference Library

Middlesbrough Reference Library entrance

Middlesbrough Reference Library gate

Couple on stairs of Middlesbrough Reference Library

Middlesbrough Reference Library sign

Couple next to book shelves in Middlesbrough Reference Library

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Couple wearing baking aprons

A Cake Making Engagement Shoot

Couple wearing baking aprons

Couple: Heather and Steve

Photographer: HBA Photography

Engagement Shoot Date: 05/04/2015

Location of Shoot: Couple’s Home

Wedding Date: 20/06/2015

Why did you have an engagement shoot?

“We had met Hannah and Ben at a wedding fayre and loved HBA’s portfolio. We wanted to use the engagement shoot to discuss what’s important to us on our wedding day and what we want to take away from the photos.”

Knife and cake slice

Couple about to make cake

Couple preparing icing for cake

Rolling out icing

Rolling out icing

Man watching woman rolling out icing

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