Paris Engagement Shoot >> Martina & Leslie

Martina & Leslie are an absolutely gorgeous couple I met a few months back at The Photography Farm.   They’re planning their wedding for later this year, but we wanted to do a little something in the meantime.  I’m not sure how the idea of Paris came about (I think I watch too many old films), but I’m so glad it did!

You don’t need me to tell you how incredible Paris is.  Not only is it known for being one of the most romantic cities in the world, but I also found out that it’s known as the City of Light.  Both for good reason.  It’s just beautiful.  Winter sun is my favourite kind of light anyway, but pair that with the wide tree-lined avenues, beautiful iconic buildings and a gorgeous couple as much in love as Martina & Leslie? It’s a photographer’s dream.

It wasn’t an easy shoot. That I’ll freely admit.  The weather turned a few days before and it was a bitter  -8’c for most of the time we were there.   I remember looking at Ana, our fab make up artist, at one point and seeing that her fingers had gone completely blue!    It was windy too, and it kept blowing away the Kelly Spence hairpieces that Martina was wearing.  We spent a lot of time defrosting in cafes and taking refuge in the Metro to keep warm , popping up here and there to grab a few photos before it became unbearable again.   But the team rocked it out, and Martina & Leslie were so completely brilliant and totally committed to getting great photos. I can’t thank them enough for being such superstars.

(I’m secretly hoping you’re not even reading this, because you’ve skipped straight to the photos. )

Big thank you to Martina and Leslie for just being the most utterly gorgeous people inside and out, to Ana of IAmChic who did the most incredible job doing Martina’s make up WHILE WE WERE ON THE EUROSTAR (honestly, amazing!), to Cristina Rossi for being a fabulous assist and a bundle of energy, Kate Ruth Romey for designing some adorable LONDON-PARIS tickets, and to Kelly Spence for loaning us two utterly beautiful headpieces for the shoot.

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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.)

 

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