Retro Eighties Vibe City Elopement by Lucy Hannah Photography

Retro Eighties Vibe City Elopement by Lucy Hannah Photography

I love this city elopement shoot by Lucy Hannah Photography, partly because the bride reminded me a little of Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan and being a child of the eighties, this appealed right off! I think it was the cute birdcage bow veil by Coco B Designs, leather jacket, leopard print coat and makeup by Glamorama Makeup.  I get sent quite a few styled shoots and I really enjoy looking at them all, as they are a chance for photographers and wedding creatives to just let loose.
Photographer Lucy Hannah shot this city elopement in and around one of my favourite venue’s in Liverpool city centre  Oh Me Oh My. It’s a gorgeous listed building, with huge windows that allow light to flood in and a stunning rooftop garden with incredible views of the iconic skyline.
Jamsine’s bridal outfits are provided by forward thinking and cutting edge bridal boutique Flamingo Boulevard Bridal Salon. The cute cakes are from Claire Southern and look beautiful! Jasmine’s beautiful bouquet and Sam’s buttonhole were created by Lula Flower Shop with confetti by Willow and Blossom.
Lucy explains a little more about this city elopement;
With small weddings becoming more popular, we wanted to showcase that you don’t have to choose between a wedding with just the two of you and amazing details. You can still enjoy planning the details and have fun with it.
Jasmine and Sam have been inseparable for years. They are laid back spirits and share a love of good food, binge watching tv shows, music and art. Creative people at heart they love the little details and craftsmanship that goes into quality products made by independent businesses. They enjoy museums and art galleries, exploring the city and cozying up in their favourite coffee shops, and socialising in their favourite bars.
With busy lives they wanted their city elopement wedding to be a chance for them to truly take some time out just for them. To treat themselves and celebrate their story, the things they love and the fact they found each other. Laid back, no fuss and simple, laced with beautiful details.”

With busy lives they wanted their city elopement wedding to be a chance for them to truly take some time out just for them. To treat themselves and celebrate their story, the things they love and the fact they found each other. Laid back, no fuss and simple, laced with beautiful details.”

Huge thanks to Lucy Hannah Photography and the team for this gorgeous city elopement!

Photographer – Lucy Hannah Photography | Venue – Oh Me Oh My | Bridal Boutique – Flamingo Boulevard Bridal Salon | Brides Shoes – Newlook | Hair and Make Up –  Glamorama Makeup | Birdcage Veil – Coco B Designs |  | Cake – Claire Southern| Flowers –  Lula Flower Shop | Confetti – Willow and Blossom | Jewellery – Next | Leopard coat – Photographer’s Own | Groom’s Suit – Model’s Own | Models – Jasmine Sumner and Sam |

Sophisticated Italian Wedding Inspiration in Cape Town Diner

Sophisticated Italian Wedding Inspiration in Cape Town Diner

Today’s beautiful images brings a little Italian passion to the blog, a sophisticated styled inspiration shoot captured in an stunning diner in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photographer Susan du Toit brought the vision to life. Her appreciation and love of capturing emotion delivered a shoot that resonates with our inner craving for passion, love and all the good things in life! This is a shoot that couples can easily re-create and put her own stamp on.

I love the elegance of this shoot and the simple good things in life it represents. Let me hand you over to Susan to tell you more;

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
The Location

Italian influences in culture are synonymous with passion, fashion, style, great food & romance. Our stunning venue Tiger’s Milk created a perfect backdrop for this passionate shoot with an Italian influence. It is all about giving into the things that inspires your love and makes you feel happy and alive.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian Inspiration

The only thing more seductive than fresh Italian pasta and having gelato for lunch, would be a romantic white dress, a handsome groom and a bit of Italian romance.

The shoot was inspired by a favourite quote;

“They say a good love is one that sits you down, gives you a drink of water, and pats you on top of the head. But I say a good love is one that casts you into the wind, sets you ablaze, makes you burn through the skies and ignite the night like a phoenix; the kind that cuts you loose like a wildfire and you can’t stop running simply because you keep on burning everything that you touch! I say that’s a good love; one that burns and flies, and you run with it!” – C. Joy Bell.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
The Flowers

What is love without ‘un mazzolino di fiori’ – A bouquet of flowers? Keeping with the relaxed yet passionate Italian style, Wedding and Event Collection took inspiration from their direct surroundings – the garden. “Using cherry plum and wild olive branches as a base we created a messy – “I just threw this together” – bouquet.”

Fluffy pink peonies, pink garden roses, orange tulips and purple snapdragons were also incorporated. For the brides’ hair, a Succession Leucospermum and her shoes decorated with Eryngium & Kalanchoe.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
The Dress

Bride Listelle wore an incredibly sexy backless custom design dress by Lubellos Bridal, next to Kurt’s Italian tailored blue suit, they were the perfect pairing.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Hair and Make-Up

Listelle’s subtle but sexy Italian style was created by Minette Bridal Make Up with hair by Studio S Hair Styling.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
The Decor

A great shoot usually comprises of variety, so various bright and soft colours were paired, light blues and natural greens and browns with fiery orange, pink and purple. Keeping the focus on the couple the shoot deems to inspire romance and connection, with the subtle decor of the surrounding allowing this to shine through.

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Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration
Italian wedding inspiration

Thank you so much to Susan Du Toit Photography and this wonderful team of creatives for sharing these stunning images with us today. I am inspired and dreaming of Italian romance, as well as a bit of antipasti and a glass of Limoncello for lunch!

with love

Photography – Susan Du Toit | Venue – Tiger’s Milk | Dress – Lubellos Bridal | Flowers – Wedding and Event Collection | Makeup – Minette Bridal Makeup | Hair – Studio S Hairstyling | Models – Listelle Visser and Kurt Couto |

Rustic Easter Spring Tipi Wedding Inspiration

Rustic Easter Spring Tipi Wedding Inspiration

Happy Easter everyone, I hope you are enjoying the time with those you love and potentially eating chocolate for breakfast. It is the one day of the year where it’s kind of the done thing isn’t it?

I’m really excited to be bringing you this gorgeous subtle hint of Easter spring styling inspiration. With spring blooms, pretty pink stationery, stunning cake, little egg decorations and stunning dresses. These images were captured by the lovely and talented Hannah Dornfold May on what started as a very snowy morning.  The creative team behind this shoot, plowed on through the unscheduled snow that morning and were rewarded with a bright spring day for their shoot. Be sure to check out the lovely film below too by Adam at Nantwich Weddings.

Easter Floral Inspiration

The stunning bouquet and flower arrangements were created by Heather at Living Colour Floral Design.

We love Heather’s work and these Easter spring florals are just gorgeous. The cute little eggs in the table centre’s, the hanging rustic Easter wreaths with little feather bird details and the amazing bouquet is divine. I really love the teal in the bouquet which ties in with the ribbons in the brides hair and grooms attire too.

Bridal Wear and Grooms Threads

The beautiful dresses are all by Felicity Cooper Bridal, with delicate lace details, flowing silk and tulle skirts making for a totally romantic rustic boho feel.

The groom’s tailoring was provided by Jo at Papa’s Tailoring, which is totally stunning bespoke attire and really suited the location and rustic feel of the shoot.

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Hair and Make Up

The bride’s look was created by Vicky M Hair and Natalie Boland MUA. The brief for the shoot was natural, soft and romantic boho. Vicky styled her hair beautifully, I love the flowers, the ribbons weaved in her hair and also the very cool up.do. Natalie has done a great job of creating a soft natural look to compliment the overall feel.

Accessories

Laura from Honey Blossom UK provided the pretty natural crystal jewellery, she makes them all herself and they are truly beautiful. I really love the trend for natural gem stone jewellery in bridal.

The Cake

The stunning cake, with the prettiest sugar rose detailing and water colour marbling is perfect for a spring or Easter wedding. Laura from That Cakes the Biscuit (great name!) also created the stunning heart biscuits too for the place settings.

Stationery

The pink Easter theme was tied in with the delicate and stylish stationery by Project Pretty. I love this stationery suite, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to stationery and I adore this font and style, just perfect!

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Venue and Tipis

The venue for the shoot is the lovely lakeside venue of Delamere Events in Cheshire, a beautiful secluded spot in the heart of the forest. All About Me Marquees supplied the breathtaking tipis at the venue, with amazing ceremony tents, glamping village and the big tipi event space, it looks pretty epic  next to the lakes.

Huge thanks to Hannah Dornford May for these beautiful images and to the team of creatives involved in putting together this lovely Easter inspired shoot. Did you check out the film above too by Nantwich Weddings.

Wishing you all a really lovely Easter Sunday

with love

Photographer – Hannah Dornford May | Film – Nantwich Weddings | Venue – Delamere Events | Tipi – All About Me Marquees | Bridal Designer – Felicity Cooper Bridal | Tipi and Table Styling – Pretty Creative | Hair –  Vicky M Hair | Make Up – Natalie Boland MUA| Groom’s Suit – Papa’s Tailoring | Cake – That Cakes the Biscuit | Floristry – Living Colour Floral Design | Stationery – Project Pretty | Jewellery – Honey Blossom UK |

Opulent Oscar Wilde Inspired Springtime Editorial at Wasing Park

Opulent Oscar Wilde Inspired Springtime Editorial at Wasing Park

Can I dare to dream that springtime is on it’s way at last, this utterly dreamy scene at Wasing Park, Berkshire is making me hope so. Springtime is just over a month away and as much as I do love the winter months and it’s rich tones, I cannot wait to see the pale blues of springtime again.

When I first saw this stunning literary influenced shoot I was just so inspired. Sarah of Three Graces, a wedding planner and stylist has created a totally opulent and charming shoot surrounded by a team of exceptionally talented wedding creatives. Taking Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’ as their inspiration, captured beautifully by Matt Lee Photography, with stunning gowns from Joanne Flemming Design and Sarah Willard.

Let me hand you over to wedding planner Sarah to tell you all about the creative process;

Springtime inspiration at Wasing Park
Inspiration

This shoot was born of a love of Oscar Wilde’s infamous play “The Importance of Being Ernest”. Such a farcical comedy might seem like unusual inspiration for a bridal shoot but it is Oscar Wilde’s ability to expose the fragility of man’s character that makes this play such a unique depiction of romance. Wilde shows us that humans love deeply and without restraint despite flaws, not in absence of them, and gently pokes fun at the lengths we are prepared to go to in the name of love.

Photography

It was vital to take this Victorian love story and reinvent it for the modern-day couple with all of the style and elegance of the 1800’s but none of the stuffiness. Our photographer Matt was fantastic from the start and has an exceptional gift for working with natural light rather than against it. This meant that despite being an overcast and drizzly April day we ended up with some beautiful dark and edgy atmospheric images instead of something that looked too artificial.

The Perfect Setting

I first came across Wasing Park’s hand-painted Victorian Summer House in an old school-friend’s wedding album. The picturesque estate with it’s rolling lawns and grand manor house served as the perfect gentleman’s country retreat.

A sweetheart table was set using a mix of burnished pewter charger plates and platinum-edged glassware from Jones Hire, juxtaposed against a clean, contemporary glass candelabra, eclectic glass candle holders and an heirloom glass coffee set.The table was dressed with a river of the finest muted blue silk expertly hand-dyed by Sophie at PomPom Blossom with luxurious napkins to match.

Springtime bridal inspiration at Wasing Park
The Cake

Fen from MonAnnie Cakes concocted a pillowy stacked pavlova cake filled with Swiss meringue buttercream, raspberry coulis and decorated with tiny edible pearls, fresh fruit and springtime flowers with gold accents. The cake was set on a rustic metalwork stand reminiscent of old English-garden gates.

Springtime Flowers, Petals and Silks

Sarah Maylin interpreted the brief beautifully when it came to the springtime flowers, centering the floral design around a bouquet of pure blue delphiniums inspired by Cecily’s innocence and purity, which were bound with a soft gold silk ribbon by PomPom Blossom. Then the other elements – the deep-hued roses, delicate lilac, fleshy fruits and exotic cymbidium orchids – were selected to contrast sensually with the elegant tableware and offer a sense of enduring romance.

Each petal produced by Shropshire Petals is delicately handpicked and air dried to create the most beautiful wedding confetti.  No dyes are ever added to their petals, ensuring they are 100% biodegradable and eco-friendly.  We were delighted to feature delphinium and hydrangea petals in shades of amethyst, midnight blue and duckegg blue, which added an extra element of natural springtime texture.

Exquisite Stationery

The stationery was handwritten in an organic calligraphy style, faithful to the period and using a combination of handmade papers and metallic pigmented inks. Dusky blues and soft, torn edges were key to the look, along with a quirky leaf illustration on the bespoke invitation suite from By Moon & Tide Calligraphy. The envelope was dressed with limited edition Oscar Wilde stamps and set against a traditional William Morris fabric.

The Mrs Box

Luxury ring box maker The Mrs Box supplied one of their opulent ring boxes in “The Eastleigh” style, a striking Tuscany-yellow shade of gold with a rich gold embossed lid. Inside the ring box perched a peach Morganite engagement ring, offering a softer and more period-appropriate alternative to the traditional diamond.

The Stunning Dresses

We were blessed to have the input of two exceptional bridal wear designers, Joanne Fleming and Sarah Willard. Joanne’s ivory “Chatterton” gown featured delicate silk chiffon over a silk satin underskirt, with an antique lace long peplum and train, embroidered tulle bodice and poet sleeves, and guipure lace detailing. The “Chatterton” was perfect for this shoot, being sympathetic to the era in design whilst offering contemporary couture elements.

Sarah Willard’s bridal separates are from her “Whispers of Love” collection. With soft layers of sheer fabrics, it is Sarah’s most romantic collection to date and perfect for the fine art bride.  “Lily” is a slip dress in ice blue silk satin chiffon, worn with a “Naomi” overblouse in soft spotted tulle and French lace, fastened with tiny pearl buttons.

“I knew I was destined to love you”
Gwendolen Fairfax, The Importance of Being Ernest

Shoes and Accessories

Bridal accessories designer Donna Crain crafted a bespoke belt to match using Swarovski crystals and pearls sat against an ivory ribbon. The model’s hair was decorated with one of Donna’s exquisite gold leaf hair vines with complementary hair pins, embellished with ivory pearls to contrast against her beautiful red hair. An opulent ostrich feather bridal wrap adorned the model’s shoulders for a polished, luxurious finish.

Nicole at House of Elliot England designs handmade lace boots inspired by the original wedding boots of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Each pair features luxurious soft lace and a satin ribbon side detail. For this shoot I chose our ‘Lottie Elliot’ ivory lace ankle boots which feature a vintage inspired round toe and kitten heel. As they were inspired by popular ‘half boot’ of the late 1900’s they were the perfect choice for this Oscar Wilde inspired shoot.

Hair and Make Up

The make-up look was a bold metallic style, inspired by the playful use of colour seen in avant garde make-up. Our make-up artist was Grace of the Suzanne Dusek Hair & Make-up Team. Grace used ultraviolet blue and gold pigment, fine glitter and high end cosmetics to add depth of colour and to highlight the cheekbones, eyes and cupid’s bow creating a bold non-traditional bridal look that was perfect for this particular work of fiction.

Our hair stylist Sophie Murray created a striking voluminous up-do by working with our model’s hair type to create volume and enhance her natural curls, building in a textured fishtail braid and adding height to the crown for a fierce contemporary look. Sophie shone in more ways than one on the day of the shoot, gamely stepping in to model for us when one of our models had to cancel last minute and making a divine “Cecily”!

Grooms Attire

For the menswear, tweed suits have long been a popular choice with discerning grooms seeking quality and versatility. The Vintage Suit Hire Company in Bedford offer tailored three piece suits beautifully made from fine worsted wool in a herringbone check pattern, with signature brown buttons. With our beloved characters “Algernon” and “Jack” in mind we styled the suits with fine cotton shirts and vintage silk cravats to add to the dapper “city-gent-in-the-country” feel.

Thank you so much to Sarah from Three Graces for submitting this breathtaking springtime shoot to Adored Bride and to Matt Lee Photographic for these beautifully captured images.

As well as being inspired all the incredibly stunning springtime wedding creativity from the talented team….I’m also now harboring a serious wallpaper envy, how incredible is Wasing Park? So perfect. If you’d like more springtime inspiration you might like this wedding too.

with love

Styling & coordination – Three Graces Events | Photography – Matt Lee Photography | Ivory “Chatterton” gown – Joanne Fleming Designs | Silver-blue separates – Sarah Willard Couture | Suits – The Vintage Suit Hire Company | Accessories – Donna Crain Surrey | Lace bridal boots – House of Elliot | Flowers –Sarah Maylin Flowers | Cake: MonAnnie Cakes | Stationery – By Moon & Tide | Hair styling – Sophie Murray Hair & Make-up | Make-up – Grace Hayward of the Suzanne Dusek Hair & Make-up Team | Confetti – Shropshire Petals | Hand-dyed silks – PomPom Blossom | Pewter dinnerware and glassware – Jones Hire | Ring Box –The Mrs Box | Models – Katja Cemic, Deen Pontefract, Felipe Oliveira and Sophie Murray | Venue – Wasing Park Estate, Berkshire |

When the Heavens Open – Love in the Rain Wedding Editorial

When the Heavens Open – Love in the Rain Wedding Editorial

Rain! Boy has it rained some recently! When you are planning a wedding, frantic weather report watching in the run up to the day can become a bit of an obsession and stress. Thing is, truthfully, even with all the best laid plans, the weather will always show up and do exactly what it wants and we have no control over it. You may feel a bit sad about it, if it’s not what you had in mind but rather then let it ruin your day, adapt and embrace it!  I mean really embrace it, dance in the rain, kiss in the rain, get epic photos in the rain, splash in the puddles, seek out the rainbows and own it.

When talented and very lovely Sheena Shahangian Photography got in touch with these beautiful images, I was in love. Real life couple Julia and James are just gorgeous and you can see their love captured by Sheena. It’s such a beautiful outdoor setting with cool California boho vibes. The weather showed up…..so when the heavens opened, they just grabbed an umbrella and each other and embraced it!

 

This styled shoot was part of the Reset to Rise workshop in Atlanta, Georgia USA. What really drew me to be a part of this shoot was the west coast bohemian California styling, and the hope of combining that style with my darker, moodier brand of photography to create something unique. 
bride and groom in the rain
bride and groom in the rain

The shoot took place at Whittier Mills Park in Atlanta, a historic Atlanta landmark dating back to 1895. The park contains a gorgeous open field along with remnants of the cotton mill that used to sit on the land. With these images, I aimed to capture the mixture of old meets new: the modern boho bride and groom getting married in a location with such a rich local history. 

Place settings with boho cake
Place settings with little wooden heart favours
Place settings with little wooden heart favours

In the middle of the shoot, it began to rain pretty heavily. I absolutely LOVE a good storm so naturally I was very excited to photograph this lovely couple cozying up under an umbrella and really embracing the moment. While this is a styled shoot, these two are married in real life, and you can truly see the love in their eyes as they adventured in the rain with me.

Place settings with little wooden heart favours
Place settings with little wooden heart favours
In the middle of the shoot, it began to rain pretty heavily. I absolutely LOVE a good storm so naturally I was very excited to photograph this lovely couple cozying up under an umbrella and really embracing the moment. While this is a styled shoot, these two are married in real life, and you can truly see the love in their eyes as they adventured in the rain with me.

Huge thanks to Sheena Shahangian Photography for these gorgeous images and the talented team behind all the details, be sure to check them out below

with love

Photographer – Sheena Shahangian Photography  | Venue – Whittier Mills Park | Bridal Designer – Ivy and Aster | Bridal Shoes –  Bella Belle Shoes | Hair – Bre Stephens | Make Up – Beatriz Dallago | Decor and Rentals – Presentime Rentals | Brides Bouquet –Marie Schendzelos Design  | Paper Goods – Ellie Alexandra | Banner – Rosalynne Love | Cake –  Meringue Delight | | Greenery – Balloons Over Atlanta | Workshop – Reset to Rise |

 

Win a Emma Beaumont Dress – Wild at Heart Foundation Charity Showcase

Win a Emma Beaumont Dress – Wild at Heart Foundation Charity Showcase

I have exciting news about the chance to win an amazing wedding dress by Emma Beaumont. Emma is hosting a fabulous charity event later this month in aid of the Wild at Heart Foundation, where she will be gifting one lucky bride at the event with a stunning wedding dress via a raffle at the luncheon. These beautiful inspirational images were created to accompany the charity bridal event and I’m delighted to share it with our readers.

It was shot on location by Marcus James Photography at new wedding venue The Roebuck which is also host location for the Bridal showcase. Emma’s stunning designs, along with divine accessories by Nichola Ruby and beautiful blooms from Living Colour Floral Design have created a modern fashion led inspirational bridal shoot in this beautiful location.

Emma Beaumont has teamed up with this group of wonderful kindhearted wedding suppliers, all donating their time and services to raise money and awareness for the dog rescue charity Wild at Heart Foundation.

Taking place on 21st September at 12.30pm, tickets are just £25.00 for the bridal luncheon with limited tickets available. To attend this exclusive bridal showcase and luncheon at the idyllic Roebuck Inn, Mobberley you can contact the venue directly to book.

Sarah, Emma’s sister told us a little more about the event;

We are hoping it will be a really magical event full of flowers, music and whimsical fashion. Ticket holders will receive a complimentary gift bag upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink and canopies on the terrace with bohemian melodies from Gypsy River Band.  They’ll also have the chance to explore the recently restored grade II listed building and tiered garden, a newly licensed wedding venue.

The showcase will conclude with an amazing raffle supporting the Wild at Heart Foundation, with a chance to win a wedding dress by Emma Beaumont, an overnight stay at the Roebuck, Dinner for two people at The Church inn and a couture headpiece from Nichola Ruby.

The venue you will be dressed with floral arrangements by Heather at Living Colour Floral Design to complement the exquisite bridal garments and accessories by Cheshire and London based designers, Emma Beaumont and Nichola Ruby.

They’ll then enjoy a two-course meal prepared by the chefs at the Roebuck Inn, with chocolates and coffee to follow and the chance to speak with the designers.

The showcase will conclude with an amazing raffle supporting the Wild at Heart Foundation, with a chance to win a wedding dress by Emma Beaumont, an overnight stay at the Roebuck, Dinner for two people at The Church inn and a couture headpiece from Nichola Ruby.

Definitely a date for your diaries and an exciting new venue to explore too. Best wishes to Emma and the team for a successful event and don’t forget to book your tickets via the venue.

with love

Charity – Wild at Heart Foundation | Photographer –  Marcus James Photography | Venue – Roebuck Inn Mobberly | Bridal Designer –  Emma Beaumont |  Brides Accessories –  Nichola Ruby | Floristry – Living Colour Floral Design | | Entertainment at Event –  Gypsy River Band |

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