Morning! It’s been a busy weekend as I planned a very fun wedding on Saturday at a private retro bowling alley, but I’m so excited to share this with you today, and this is a two-part post with part 2 coming up tomorrow. Last year you may recall the styled photoshoot I did with photographer Eddie Judd at the beautiful Mayfield lavender fields in Surrey. Since the shoot, a lovely couple, Angelia and Wiyono fell head over heels for the place and got in touch to see if myself and Eddie could re-create something similar for them as an engagement shoot in London. They are due to be married back home in Indonesia in December, but living in London, they also wanted to have some less formal photos of them in some picturesque settings in their home town and I hope these provide them with some beautiful memories for themselves and for their families!
Angelia is a big fan of pinwheel prettiness, so this was very much a subtle theme for the day throughout both shoots and we also wanted to include a ‘Save the Date’ photo in there too! We kept the first part [which is today’s feature] at Hampton Court Palace, playful, fun and colourful making the most of the immaculate gardens and wonderful surroundings, with a more romantic, bridal and pretty feel for the lavender fields later on [part 2 up tomorrow].
Eddie has, as always produced amazing photographs and was fantastic at capturing these two and the setting perfectly. I have to say it was a fairly long day [we were mostly stuck in 2012 Olympic traffic for the cycling event!] but Angelia and Wiyono were so enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with and photograph.
There were a number of wonderful people who made this 2 part shoot possible – for this shoot Siobhan Drew did Angelia’s hair and make-up [she’s a pro at working in carparks and on park benches!] and the very pretty paper pinwheels were all handmade by Carla from Popsicle Pinwheels.
I just wanted to point out that the top photo is REAL! We were determined to get a shot from above, and Eddie ran upstairs to the inside of the Palace [we had to get a ticket especially for this shot!] and we waited for that split second when the crowds disappeared! These shoots do have an element of thought behind them you see…!
Aren’t they just lovely! It’s so nice to see a pre wedding shoot that is bursting with colour and vibrance so I was thrilled to work on this brief! Thank you Eddie and Angelia and Wiyono, the very pretty part 2 coming up tomorrow!
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Credits // Photography: Eddie Judd Photography / Styling & Co-ordination: Charley at London Bride / Location: Hampton Court Palace / Hair & Make Up: Siobhan Drew / Paper Pinwheels: Popsicle Pinwheels
Back in the hazy summer of 2011 I co-ordinated and styled a fabulous photoshoot in the Mayfield lavender fields with photographer Eddie Judd (the ‘Charles n Eddie’ team!). It’s taken me a while to blog these as they were published in Cosmo Bride magazine, and also over on the fabulous Ruffled wedding blog but thought it was nice to show them on London Bride now too! We’re also going back again there this summer to do a very fun engagement shoot for a couple so very much looking forward to working here again!
The initial inspiration was recreating the laid back feel of being amongst the incredible lavender fields in Provence in France and I tried to bring elements of this to the styling. Both beautiful dresses were provided by Halfpenny London, the polka dot sleeved dress was part of the collection and the lace dress was in fact a stunning original vintage dress. The groom’s suit jackets, both the formal check and the grey velvet both reflected the 70s era and were original vintage jackets supplied by Tweedmans Vintage, we also teamed a lilac silk scarf for one of the looks.
I created the picnic table for two with french style metal furniture, lace doilies, old bottles and delicious macarons, surrounded by zinc watering cans supplied by Fairynuff Flowers, brimming with hydrangeas and bubbly Babycham in coupé glasses for the couple to enjoy.
The backdrop itself was so charming that I wanted to keep the flowers very natural and with a ‘handpicked’ feel, and Steph at Fairynuff Flowers put together a beautiful hand-tied bouquet of scented stocks in pastel colours tied with loose ribbon. A single lilac scabiosa flower was used for the groom’s buttonhole.
Severin from The Hepburn Collection styled the brides hair with a stunning front french-plait to frame the face, leaving the hair down (later loosely pinning up). Make-up artist Tammi Nguyen created a beautiful flawless look, with a subtle grey smoky eye and nude lips.
We also produced a little teaser film, shot by Paul Gwilliams, hope you enjoy – gosh it takes me back to the warm sunny days!
We were so lucky to work with an amazing team of people who all helped make this shoot happen and who did a wonderful job, here are the team!
Location: Mayfield Lavender Field, Banstead / Photography: Eddie Judd
/ Styling: Charley Beard of London Bride /
Hair: Severin Hubert – The Hepburn Collection /
Makeup: Tammi Nguyen /
Flowers: Fairynuff flowers
/ Dresses: Kate Halfpenny
/ Tweed & Velvet Jackets & Men’s Accessories: Tweedmans Vintage /
Bride: Sarah Chamberlain – Toadstool parties / Groom: Jamie A Wilson / Filming: Paul Gwilliams
For me, this is a rather bittersweet post. You see – on the one hand I’m really rather chuffed* to have a 4 page spread of a London Bride
styled shoot in my most favourite publication [yes it is, even
over Grazia – gasp!] however on the other hand it’s slightly dampened by the fact this is the last ever edition of Cosmopolitan Bride magazine to hit the shelves. A sad day for the wedding industry indeed. Of course however, I know editor Miranda Eason and her team will now be throwing all their effort into You and Your Wedding
to make it even more fabulous, so all is certainly not lost. Phew.
If you haven’t been able to get to the newsagents just yet, then here is a little bit of the prettiness styled and co-ordinated by me with super [and also pint sized!] photographer, Eddie Judd
The shoot was inspired by the era of the Bohemian 1970’s with a slight Provencial twist. Can you believe this lavender field location is near Croydon?! Sorry, I do hope that doesn’t burst the bubble…
Cosmopolitan Bride Oct/Nov Issue
The shoot didn’t end up looking this good by just us – a whole host of incredibly wonderful, generous, fun and talented people were involved. I may have said it before but enormous thanks – we couldn’t have done it without you to…
Photography: Eddie Judd
Location: Mayfield Lavender Field, Banstead
Filming: Paul Gwilliams
Hair: Severin Hubert – The Hepburn Collection
Makeup: Tammi Nguyen
Flowers: Fairynuff flowers
Dresses: Kate Halfpenny
Tweed Jackets / Velvet Blazers & Men’s Accessories: Vintage Whistles
Bride: Sarah Chamberlain – Toadstool parties
Groom: Actor – Jamie A Wilson
Also with thanks to:
Bird cage cake stand: Fraser and Parsley Perfect Parties
Hair salon: Mickael and Ludovic Hair Design
Paper Straws & Doilies: Pipii
Macaroons: Queenies Cupcakery
You can also take a look at what went on ‘behind the scenes‘ of this shoot here.
*Let me tell you there are few things in life that are as exciting as rushing into the newsagent in your lunch hour to buy a magazine which you hurriedly flip open to see your name printed on those glossy pages and your work in glorious CMYK. ‘Mazing.