Designer Wedding Show – Kelly Spence Bridal Accessories

On Saturday I pottered down to the Designer Wedding Show in Battersea to catch up with a few wedding industry people and to take some photos for Kelly Spence Bridal Accessories who was exhibiting at the show.  I first discovered Kelly’s stunning pieces when she loaned us a few items for the Neon Bridal shoot I photographed, organised by Want That Wedding.  She also loaned some gorgeous ones for my recent Paris engagement shoot  (the full shoot will be making an appearance on the blog soon!).  Check out this utterly inspired piece which was paired with a Lisa Redman dress on the DWS catwalk. Incredible, no? I’ve honestly seen nothing else like it, it’s absolutely gorgeous.

I also love the simplicity of this birdcage veil, teamed with a Louise Selby dress.

 

Later on in the afternoon I managed to catch up with Mel of Homegrown Bride and meet Ciara of  Wed in London and Laura Jayne of Your Wedding Your Way.  All lovely ladies with new and exciting wedding blogs – always fab to put faces to twitter chat! 🙂  (And thank you so much Homegrown Bride for the GC Couture cupcake – it was just the ticket when I got home!  They make NUTELLA wedding cakes – which is possibly the most genius thing ever.)

 

Wedding >> Shelby & Rob’s Bijou London Winter Wedding

I’m excited to be able to share this lovely bijou wedding I second shot for my friend Cris Rossi a few weeks ago.  Shelby & Rob had such a fun and laid back day, and I think it really shows in the photographs!

We turned up early to catch Shelby’s bridal preparations, and I have to confess, bridal prep is one of my favourite parts of the entire day.   I love all that pent-up emotion and nervous excitement, and the way that everything is laid out and ready to go.

I’m not very knowledgeable about flowers and I have no idea what this type of flower is called but doesn’t it make for a really unique boutonniere?

And, as a cat and dog lover, Shelby and Rob’s house was an absolute blast to photograph….how cute?

This is one of my favourite photos – Shelby and her flower girls calmly having a game of ring a ring of roses while waiting for the Registrar’s interview.

Even though it was crisply cold day, all the guests gave us their best smiles for the group photos….

Well, almost all the guests. 😉  (but it WAS rather cold)

Fortunately it wasn’t long before everyone moved to the evening reception which was gloriously cosy and candlelit.

Ruby joined in for the first dance…

And it wasn’t long before the kids took over the rest of the dancefloor. Love it.

 

Thanks to Cris for having me second shoot and a big, big thank you to Shelby & Rob for letting me share their day with them.  You guys are so much fun and I wish you every happiness in the future!

Want That Wedding Bridal Shoot >> featured on Rock n Roll Bride!

I’m pleased as punch to be sharing this styled shoot I photographed for Want That Wedding in December.    Considering she only had less than a couple of weeks to pull it all together, I think Sonia of WTW did the most amazing job in styling this up – I’m not sure I could have done half the job she did!  We wanted to do something a little bit different, something a little bit bold and bright, so a neon sign, neon food colouring and a few multi-coloured pom poms later, here’s what we came up with….

I’ve just blogged a selection of photos from the shoot so please pop on over to Want That Wedding to see the rest and to read Sonia’s write up about her inspirations behind it all.  Alternatively, the shoot’s also just been featured on Rock n Roll Bride so you can have a squiz there too if you haven’t had enough of neon wonderfulness.

A big thank you to the fabulous team involved. Honestly, I can’t say enough how much I adore the work of Gemma and Jo (our wonderful make up artist and hair stylist), they really are top of their game.  Also thank you to One Marylebone for letting us shoot in their Galleries – I’m totally in love with that venue and if you’re a bride getting married in London you really need to go check it out.  And those gorgeous frocks and accessories don’t really need any words, do they? Just please go check out Kitty & Dulcie, OhMyHoney, Kelly Spence and our other lovely vendor’s sites and you will fall instantly in love.  Full credit list below so set aside a good hour to click away!  Last but never least, a big thanks to Cris and Mel for assisting on the day. x

 

Producer & Stylist  >> Sonia at Want That Wedding

Assistant Stylist  >> Home Grown Bride

Assistant Photographer >> Cristina Rossi 

Venue  >>  One Marylebone

Hair >>  Jo at Lovehair  

Make-up >> Gemma Sutton  

Flowers >> Jamie Aston

Furniture  >>    Velvet Living    

Wedding Dresses >> Kitty & Dulcie     >>Oh My Honey

Hair Accessories >>  Kelly Spence Bridal Accessories

Wedding Shoes  >> Rachel  Simpson    >>  Paradox

Cup Cakes  >> French Made

Macaroons >>  Bobo  

Pom Poms  >> Paperpoms  

I’ve been featured on OMGIMGETTINGMARRIED!!

A big thank you to Alexis for featuring Lizzii & James’  Hong Kong Trash the Dress shoot on OMG I’M GETTING MARRIED last Friday!  I’m a massive fan of Alexis’ blog so I’m dead chuffed that we’re on there!

 

 

Rock the Frock >> Lizzii & James’ Hong Kong Shoot

OK, there are probably 101 things on my To Do list which need attention before I blog this shoot, but you know what?  It’s got trams! A feather dress! It’s on location in Hong Kong! 101 other things can wait…

Engagement/couples shoots are BIG (I mean B.I.G.) in Southeast Asia and I’ve been wanting to do one on location there for absolutely ages now.  Lizzii and James got married this summer in China but didn’t have any photos done in Hong Kong where they live.  I was over visiting family and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to do a shoot in one of the most photogenic cities in the world!

Big thanks to Lizzii and James who are utter superstars, and honestly were so naturally lovely together I didn’t really need to do any directing at all.  Can we just have a moment to admire Lizzii’s two dresses?  My favourite one is the one with the feather train andwhich she DESIGNED HERSELF (talented, much?). I really hope you guys love the photos as much as I do.  Also big thanks to Karly Cox for being an invaluable assistant and all round megastar.  Right, enough chitchat….

BRIDAL >> Town Hall Hotel Vintage Glam Bridal Shoot

I don’t quite know if it’s possible to be in love with a venue, but if it is, I think I’m a little bit in love with the Town Hall Hotel.   A pocket of luxury nestled away in unlikely Bethnal Green, it features not only a Michelin star restaurant, breath-taking,  individually designed rooms, and hallways dripping with pieces by up-and-coming artists, but it also houses a gorgeous set of unique venues for weddings.   (And, word has it, that a certain rock legend did a photoshoot there not too long ago!).

I have to admit, I was more than excited to be able to shoot here….

The venue really called for a vintage vibe, but a sophisticated one.  I was thinking Mad Men, 60s film noir, Sophia Loren.  Speaking of Sophia’s, doesn’t our model Sophia St Viller look breathtaking?  That titan hair is to die for.  And this 60’s style shift dress was on loan to us by the lovely ladies at Fur Coat No Knickers – we had so many lovely comments about this dress on the shoot and every bride owes it to themselves to check out FCNK’s boutique in Carnaby Street!


A few weeks before the shoot, I’d met Kate of Kate Ruth Romey, a wedding stationery designer and she was gorgeous enough to not only give us some stationery for the shoot, but she designed a whole set specifically!  How lovely was that?  But that’s what she’s really good at, finding out what your themes and inspirations are, and transforming it into something just perfect for you.  The stationery was not only absolutely lovely, but perfect for our theme!


You might remember I did a jewellery product shoot not too long ago, for Jane Branney, a talented jeweller based in Yorkshire.  She was kind enough to lend us some pieces for the shoot.  The silver earrings below are my favourite – the silver has been imprinted with vintage lace so it has a unique pattern!


Make up was by Victoria Wallen and Ciara Hatton and I was chuffed to bits when they said they’d be on board, especially as I’ve worked with Victoria before and knew she’d knock it out of the park.  Which both her and Ciara totally did!  I know our models Sophia and Lara are gorgeous anyway, but the hair! The eyelashes! The eye make up!  I would really rather like either Victoria or Ciara to live in my make up bag.  Unfortunately for me, they’re busy beautifying actresses for telly and brides for their big day!


Oh, and did I mention the hotel as the most gorgeous indoor pool?


As you can see, the hotel hosts an eclectic mix of architectural styles and decorative influences, but that’s part of it’s charm.  It all works together beautifully, and there isn’t a dull corner.

Luxe Bridal Shoot : Preview!

OK, I’m not normally a fan of sneak peeks or previews – I always can’t help but think just show us ALL the photos already! 🙂  If it weren’t for the fact that I haven’t blogged in a few weeks, I wouldn’t be cheekily be doing one now.  Here’s just one photo from Wednesday’s bridal shoot starring the absolutely fabulous Sophia St Villier.

I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get any more gorgeous than this?

All credits to follow when I blog this properly, but in the meantime I have a scrummy Hampstead wedding to finish editing!  Have a lovely weekend everyone.