Posts Tagged: Ombre

Behind The Scenes with London Bride – An MC Motors Wedding

LONDON BRIDE LIFE, WEDDINGS, Elegant, Urban

London Bride MC Motors Wedding - Caught The Light Photography

2014 was a pretty crazy summer for London Bride on the wedding planning side, but now I am in more calmer waters playing post wedding season catch up I have something quite exciting to share with you! Below is a ‘Behind The Scenes with London Bride’ video filmed at one of my favourite weddings of the year in July for my couple Crisa and Gareth and their MC Motors wedding. It’s one of my favourite venues to work at (no surprises there) and with a beautiful brief to work to, the styling of the day all came together perfectly and we bought a little bit of the Mediterranean to East London. It was a fabulous day, thanks to an amazing team of hard-working and talented suppliers who we bought on board to make it all possible.

London Bride MC Motors Wedding - Caught The Light PhotographyPhotos: Caught The Light

I think *sometimes* people assume as a wedding planner, I have a glamorous job, but I hope this behind the scenes video acts as a bit of insight into how much hard work goes into the set up of a wedding (not to mention all the meetings, emails and months and months of planning beforehand of course!), and how it is all bought together on the day by everyone involved. The wedding world is full of ‘Pinterest-perfect’ inspiration and ‘editorially’ styled shoots but I wanted to show the reality of a real-life wedding day as it actually happens!

Huge thanks to Castle Gibson and all the suppliers (please see credits below) for kindly letting me film them, and of course to Crisa and Gareth and all their wonderful friends and family. Hope you enjoy the film, worth watching with the music up!

Disclaimer: I  have a very hands-on approach to the weddings I plan, so would like to excuse my dishevelled appearance, but I’d like to think that no-one would look particularly great on a 16 hour day on their feet in July, in wedding season. So this is reality here folks, as it happens – it’s not about looking glamorous and not getting your hands dirty, it’s about getting things done!  

Behind the scenes at a July 2014 wedding with Charley Beard, leading wedding planner and stylist at London Bride.

Credits: Film by: Sandra Ciampone for London Bride / Wedding Planning & Styling: Charley at London Bride / Venue: Castle Gibson / Photography: Caught The Light / Florist: Bo Boutique / Catering: Social Pantry / Stationery Elements: Ever After Press / Swing Band: Swinging Little Big Band / Cake: Konditor & Cook / Cocktail Bar: Hire The Barman / DJ: Ed at The Wedding Smashers / Macarons: Wharf Road Bakery / Vintage Hire: Classic Crockery / Hair Stylist: Cassandra Rizzuto / Make-Up Artist: Make Up By Katy  

Her Lovely Heart – Aynhoe Park Wedding Inspiration Shoot – Behind The Scenes

AISLE STYLE, Bridal Style, INSPIRATION, LONDON BRIDE LIFE, PLANNING, Suppliers

Her Lovely Heart Wedding Photographers - Behind The Scenes - Inspiration Shoot at Aynhoe Park

I’m very excited to share with you something that I’ve been working behind the scenes on. I co-ordinated and styled a creative wedding inspiration shoot at Aynhoe Park with the fantastic team at Her Lovely Heart, who are a brand new UK based wedding photographer agency, which has been created by renowned wedding photographer, Marianne Taylor.

The concept behind Her Lovely Heart is to manage and represent wedding photographers [that’s Adam, Liz, Nick and Sophie] so that they are able to spend more time on developing their craft and doing the things they love about photography, and less time on areas such as marketing, admin, accounting and paperwork – which let’s face it as business owners it can be as much work as doing the job itself!

The shoot came about as Marianne Taylor has for a few years teamed up with the talented florist Steph from Fairynuff Flowers to do a mini inspiration shoot to get the creative juices flowing. This year, however it got a little bigger [well, actually much bigger] as it was a great opportunity for all the photographers at Her Lovely Heart to all come together to shoot, create, and play with a little added creative styling, stunning backdrops and some rather beautiful muses.

We created three loose themes for the HLH team to shoot [we don’t do things by halves!] which were; Candy, Romantic and Glitter, all of which were based around the concept of a creative nail art design which was then translated into each look across all the elements such as the flowers, the make up, hair and overall styling.

We were fortunate enough to work with an amazing team of talented wedding suppliers and designers [see below credits] who helped translate the concept into reality. Here is a peek behind the scenes at what we got up to at the amazing Aynhoe Park with the first full inspiration instalment ‘Candy’ coming up on the blog later today so do check back at 2pm! Gold star if you can spot the stylist…

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Having met and worked with the team [they have ‘lovely’ in the company name for a reason], they are all passionate about story telling, and with the support from Marianne and Her Lovely Heart they have grown to provide their own style and service but always documenting the love. If you want your wedding photography to create a genuine and heart-warming legacy, Her Lovely Heart will be for you.

Her Lovely Heart are a team of wedding photographers passionate about documenting your love and telling the important stories that are the beating heart of your relationship. Photographers who are nurtured and supported to grow and make their mark, so that they can take full ownership of the service they provide, and the artwork they produce. We promise to make sure that couples who come to us are being seen and that their love is being cherished. Because we know that love takes work, and that the steps toward a happy life together are taken in joy, honesty and appreciation of the beautiful truth of each other. If you want your wedding photography to create a genuine and heart-warming legacy, you are in the right place.

The first instalment of the shoot, the ‘Candy’ theme will be up on the blog later today. If you want to see more behind the scenes go and visit the Her Lovely Heart blog.

Photographers: Her Lovely Heart / Styling & Co-ordination: Charley at London Bride / Venue: Aynhoe Park / Flowers: Fairynuff Flowers / Hair: Jo at Lovehair / Makeup: Ana Ospina / Nails: Georgie at Polished2Perfection / Gowns: Kelsey Genna / Shoes: Emmy Shoes / Jewellery: Cherished Vintage / Accessories: Minna / Balloons: Bon Bon Balloons / Cakes: Cake by Sugar & Sweetie Pies

DIY 2-way ombre tassle by Berinmade

INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, DIY, Stationery

Tassles are so hip right now [no, not those kind of tassles, well unless that’s your thing?] so I’ve got a rather fab DIY ombre* tassle tutorial to share with you today, or rather two tutorials – even better! Whether it’s for a ceremonial send off for your wedding day, decorations for a hen party or maybe just to prettify your home, these sweet and simple tutorials by the oh-so-talented and crafty Erin from Berinmade [she also does the prettiest stationery, go check her out!] are a great way of adding colour.

This versatile DIY rests on one easy concept of making a tassel that can be used in more than one way. It’s partly inspired by the fabulousness that is Confetti System, and also the ombre trend which is picking up again in time for summer! Tassels are oh-so-festive and are perfect for any outdoor and garden affairs as well as the DIY-savvy brides!

Part 1: Making a Tassel

A simple tassel can be used for a ceremony send-off down the aisle. Here is your list of supplies:

– Tissue paper (which can be bought at Paperchase for £2.50 a pop)
– Gold/Silver Pipe Cleaners
– Jute String/Beige Rubber Bands
– Scissors

1. Stack 4/5 pieces of tissue paper and cut out a rectangle. The height should be twice as long as you’d like the tassle to be (mine, about 10 inches) and the width about 1/3 of its length (mine about >3 inches).

2. Fold in half, and cut strands of your tassel from the open end up to the folded end, stopping at about 1 inches of the fold. Thick strands give a substantial feel that is perfect for backdrops, and thinner strands are airier and “fluffier”.

3. Still laying the tissues “at, slip a finger into each end of the fold.

4. Bunch up the centre (the uncut bits), whilst still making sure that the strands don’t shift.

5. Twist the centre as if ringing a towel. The twist is what gives the tassel its “magic”, when you twist, you will see the strands curl up.

6. Continue twisting, and bring the twisted part to a loop. Tie up with jute string or rubber bands. Don’t worry too much about the bands showing, as when the tassels are shaken, they will hide the tied part. Now shake it to wake it!

7. To make a tassel for send off, thread your pipe cleaner through the loop and twist upon itself. Voila!

Part 2: Making a backdrop

Making a backdrop is easy but just requires a bit more patience and perhaps best made with a troop of bridesmaids/friends! The great thing about this backdrop is that it is collapsable and light to carry.

Extra Supplies needed:
– Superglue
– MDF beams

1. The backdrop is constructed by “beams” going across which will be hidden when the backdrop is done. In that sense, we don’t need to worry too much about their colour (although neutral is always best). You can order MDF beams on websites such as MDF Cut To Size which will also deliver them to your door.

Order the width as you’d like the width of your backdrop, then order the “height” and thickness in 15mm.
Line up your beams on the “floor parallel to each other. The space between them should measure about 1 inch less that the height of your tassel (so that the row above would hide the loop of the tassels below.)

2. Keeping in mind the spacing, double knot your jute string near the end of the beam (about 1 inch away from the edge), and after fastening, apply a bit of superglue to make sure the knot doesn’t shift.

3. Repeat on each beam until you reach the end, leaving a generous amount to trail off. This is the top of your backdrop and the end will be used for hanging.

4. Thread your tassels in, one colour on each beam. My backdrop measures 27 x 15inches and has 10 tassels on each beam.

When you finish flling the frame with tassels, complete the backdrop by fastening the other side with jute string (steps 2-3). Hang the backdrop by two nails on the wall!

So there you go! Seriously pretty and colourful decorations for so many uses [also thinking on backs of chairs, pew ends, the options are endless!]. Thanks again to the clever lady behind this Erin, who is founder and illustrator of BerinMade Illustrator Paper Goods, an Etsy shop based out of London, UK specialising in wedding stationery, pretty paper things and custom craft supplies for weddings and beyond. Check out her website [www.berinmade.com/wedding) and blog (www.berinmade.com/blog].

Do let me know if you think you’ll be giving it a go… go get your craft on!

*I know I know it’s a widely over-used term on wedding blogs, but well, it’s kind of the only way to describe it!