Those of you who have yet to have your hen party are totally going to enjoy today’s feature. Why not share with your favourite girls and get excited or inspired about all things pretty.
I love how this shoot shows the girls getting ready together, looking utterly divine and enjoying a piece of cake at the end. Plus there are some beautiful florals and frocks.
Thanks so very much to Lato Photography for sending over these fantastic images today.
This afternoon we are getting lost in Lavender.
Clare and James met when they were 17, fast forward and they are planning their countryside wedding. They headed to Mayfield Lavender for their utterly dreamy engagement shoot. There really are no words. So beautiful.
Thanks so much to Murray Clarke Photography for sharing his wonderful images this afternoon.
Clare told me; “Jim and I met when we were at school – I first noticed him in our English class, where he was giving a talk on how to build a nuclear missile…!! We’ve been together since we were 17 and, despite studying at different universities, have now built a life together in London.”
“The proposal was incredible- we were on a camping trip travelling around Northern Italy and there were 3 days he’d organised that I didn’t know about. We bowled up to the most beautiful villa, Villa Bellpogio in Loro Ciufenna, where he proposed. We spent the next 3 days going around vineyards and being taught how to cook authentic Italian cuisine – it was perfect.”
This afternoon I have another glorious set of inspirational images to share.
We are going all natural, bohemian and country with this bridal look. Perfectly tousled hair, fresh blooms and a scrumptious naked sponge cake. Effortlessly beautiful.
Thanks so very much to Frankee Victoria Photography for sharing her images today, here is what she had to say;
“I hadn’t done a styled shoot before, but knew exactly the kind of thing I wanted to go for, kind of vintagey, kind of airy, kind of rustic. I’ve been so inspired recently by these kind of wedding details and wanted to put together something that was fun and simple, yet had a beautifully natural feel.
The dress is not a wedding gown at all, and was actually one of my own finds from an online shop – but felt that it fitted the brief completely (simple and beautiful!) I designed the table with little rustic details, the mini milk bottles I am in love with at the moment! No particular colour scheme, just a rustic and natural feel. Then I managed to get together with some fabulous local suppliers for some stunning wedding hair and makeup (Debbie Mac hair and MUA), gorgeous floral crowns from Stephanieverafter and Ami the cake fairy for that beautiful naked cake!
We had a little brainstorm and we knew that we wanted to do it up at Brill Hill in Oxfordshire (just up the road from me) - on the hill is such a beautiful place to shoot – overlooking the good old English countryside. I absolutely loved doing this shoot (it was basically like styling my own mini wedding!) and It was also such a great chance to get together with some local suppliers and have a bit of fun with it. Hopefully it serves as some inspiration to others too. :-)”
Tags: Ami the Cake Fairy, Bridal Shoot, Debbie Mac Hair and Makeup, Frankee Victoria Photography, Stephani Ever After
Sarah and Chris had a long distance relationship for 9 months; with Sarah living in New York and Chris living in France. But they set up home in Glasgow where Chris popped the question at the Botanic Gardens. They headed back there for their rainy romantic engagement shoot, which I just adore.
Lets savour the love.
Thanks so much to Anna Urban for sharing her atmospheric images this afternoon.
“Chris and I knew each other from school but it wasn’t until 2008 when I was living in New York that we got to know each other again. Chris came to America on holiday with a friend and we decided to meet up for 4th July weekend…and the rest is history as they say! We started a long distance relationship with me being in New York for another 9 months and Chris living in France. (There were a lot of expensive phone bills!) Eventually we both moved to Glasgow where we stayed for a few years and this is also where Chris proposed.”
This afternoon it feels as though we have stepped back into a different era.
I have a glorious shoot to share with you; which is a collaboration of some brilliant wedding suppliers. Inspired by 1930s county manor opulence, there were pretty florals, glamorous attire and super styling.
There are so many ideas here to inspire you vintage lovers.
“Full of Georgian splendour, Godwick Hall was the inspiration behind this new shoot by some of Norfolk’s newest wedding suppliers. Piled high with luxurious décor and style, this beautiful manor house in the lost village of Godwick in Norfolk became the backdrop to this gorgeous shoot. From the yellow plaid sofas and emerald green walls of the drawing room to the impressive oak dining table and oversized mirrors, we started to piece together our colour palette of rich golds, warm plum and highlights of soft peaches and champagne silk.
We were won over by the romantic notions of spending an intimate day marrying your favourite by a roaring fire and drinking elaborate cocktail mixes with friends on the sofa until the early hours.
Our vision was a mix of 1930’s vintage inspiration but with a modern edge. A shimmering silk dress made from an original 1930’s pattern by Screen the Starlet with a stunning bow-back detail was the perfect look for our girl. Thanks to its easy timeless simplicity, the dress was able to take a striking heavy make-up look. This is not for the faint-hearted – Georgina Suzanne used a mixture of rich golds on the eyes and created drama and glamour with a deep vampire-esque lip, using three shades of purple and a touch of red for a luscious lip. Betty’s Beauty painted nails in a soft metallic rose gold and an opaque dark plum on the toes.
Zany’s Boutique worked on a plaited updo with loose tendrils so the look was not too perfect – we wanted the hair to be more relaxed than true vintage hair styling. Georgie finished her look with Melissa Morgan Designs beautiful vintage headdresses, a mix of gold and diamante vintage brooches that she lovingly puts together. We had a second look with a floral crown made of pussy willow and waxflower by The Country Garden Florist.
For our guy, we wanted to strike a balance to give him just the right amount of country cool. We styled him with a laidback pairing of casual camel chinos and mustard tweed jacket, then added quirky accessories; a green and yellow bowtie, a plum handkerchief and buttonhole of ranunculus, hellebore, viburnum berries and eucalyptus. For extra English-gent chic, we swept Adam’s hair to one side and slipped on a pair of well-polished tan shoes.
Capturing the groom’s excitement before the vows is as important as the bride’s, so we created a little moment for him to relax and reflect with a whisky cocktail and broadsheet paper. And Archie the dog got involved too!
We really wanted to go all out on creating a luxurious space with a floral focus. With the emphasis on golds and plums, The Country Garden Florist went for a luxe floral vibe, mixing peach roses with deep black grapes and viburnum berries for colour, pure white hellebores and ranunculus for a soft edge, and pussy willow for tactile texture. A large dose of moss kept the look informal and effortless, though the use of urns on tables and in hallways was in keeping with the grand surroundings of Godwick Hall.
The idea behind the bouquet was for it to have a loose, natural feel, giving the bride’s classic 1930’s dress a slight edge, in keeping with the bold make-up. Pure white hellebores and ranunculus, peach roses, grey-blue succulents, the almost petrol-like colour of viburnum berries and the silky catkins of pussy willow all intertwined to create a beautiful unison between soft and romantic, and modern and wild. Effortless, unstructured and utterly gorgeous.
All other arrangements were designed around the same colours, with delicate dill and dried fruits added to the long table centrepiece. Urns were the perfect vesssels for the elegant surroundings of Godwick, so large ones were filled with white antirrhinum, viburnum opulus, pussy willow, eryngium and hellebores. Mini ones featured a mix of all the flowers use throughout the shoot, using different shapes and textures to avoid the look being too rigid. The final effect was unrestrained and informal, but also commanding and stately in the grand rooms of Godwick Hall.
The Little Lending Co. provided the décor and props for the day. From the slate chair backs and reindeer hides on the chairs to the little vintage books and stone bottles on the mantelpiece in the drawing room, plenty of relaxed vintage hire pieces were used to dress the room ready for an intimate ceremony set-up. We wanted to give the shots a sense of isolation, of tying the knot in a country manor on a crisp early spring morning.
We used beautiful vintage props nestled amongst the floral arrangements that helped to create some special moments between our models. Brass candle sticks, antlers, open books and little brass deers were clever little touches that brought the table to life and were perfect accompaniments to those loving glances across the table. Pears were spray painted gold and little flag name places with calligraphy writing were made for each table setting.
Our Love Quote ‘When I saw you I fell in Love and you smiled because you knew’ was written on a blackboard and easel to create a beautiful entrance for guests to see on arrival and set the tone for the day. With natural light flooding the staircase, the shots of our couple were the kind to be treasured. We hope you love them as much as we do.
Photography was by DSPhotography and LP Photography was the 2ndshooter for the day. Darena worked on creating a soft lighting through the edited images to create easy timeless pictures.”
Tags: Bettys Beauty, Bridal Shoot, DS Photography, Georgina Suzanne MUA, Godwick Hall Wedding, LP Photography, Melissa Morgan Designs, Screen the Starlet, The Country Garden Florist, The Little Lending Company, Zany Boutique Hair Salon