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A Winter’s Tale – A London Engagement Shoot in Islington

Engagements

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I honestly can’t quite believe we are heading into Spring and the wintry months are almost behind us, with a few daffodils here and a peek of blossom there it’s certainly in the air. Almost. It’s still crisp and breezy so whilst we’re not quite there just yet, let’s go back to a magical dusky afternoon’s winter engagement shoot with twinkling lights and a twinkling dress with this lovely London couple Jen and Aaron who wondered the pretty streets of Islington near their home with photographer Sarah Gawler.

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A few words from Jen and Aaron’s amazing photographer, Sarah Gawler: “A few days before Christmas I met with Jen and Aaron at their gorgeous London home. We had a chat over some tea and then headed out to take their big, big dogs for a walk around the neighbourhood. It was a lightly overcast, blustery day and as the daylight faded we ventured out again for an evening stroll around some of Islington’s pretty shopping lanes. I couldn’t imagine an afternoon better spent and in sweeter company.”

Photography: Sarah Gawler / Jen’s Dress: Marchesa / Aaron’s Suit: Zara Man

Theo + Ben Beautiful Beach Love Shoot

Engagements

Pre Wedding Shoot by Robbins Photographic

Whilst this blog here is called London Bride, and I get told a lot ‘wow, what a great brand name’… sometimes it can be a tad misleading. For me, this blog is not just about London and it’s not just about the bride. My aim of this blog is to inspire. Whether that’s to couples getting married in London, bride to be’s in Azerbaijan [yes, really I know you are out there!] or groom’s who have no idea about weddings – the engaged and the not even likely to get engaged anytime soon….it’s a place to include beauty, love and inspiration – in all forms.

So along with being a handy resource for all the above, today’s feature is a little more unusual in that it’s not a London wedding, and there is no bride. However, as with all the features I include on this blog, it moved me. This love shoot of the incredibly handsome Theo and Ben who happen to be celebrating 17 years together is just beautiful. Almost like stills from a movie, the beauty of the couple and of the location is perfectly captured in pure black and white by the genius behind the lens, Lee at Robbins Photographic… just goes to prove no matter how long you’ve been together it’s always nice to document it.

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Thanks to both Leo and Ben and their photographer Lee Robbins for letting me share their incredibly beautiful shoot today. Seriously inspiring work!

Pretty Pinwheels – Lavender Field Pre Wedding Shoot

Engagements, INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, LONDON BRIDE LIFE

Lavender Field Wedding Shoot

So hopefully you enjoyed Monday’s post of the cute and colourful part 1 of the pre-wedding shoot that I styled and co-ordinated for Angelia and Wiyono at Hampton Court Palace. For the second part of the shoot, we headed just out of London to Surrey to the Mayfield lavender fields to set up for a more romantic, ‘bridal’ style session. I think it was really cute that Angelia and Wiyono were keen to play dress up a little for this part of the day, and with their wedding taking place back home in Indonesia with 300+ people, this was a chance to get some private, romantic and very picturesque photos to remember.

It was great to be back at the lavender fields again,  especially with photographer Eddie Judd [we’re now known as the Charles n Eddie combo, ha!], as she has the most wonderful way of capturing people and nature and is so at home at the lavender fields, so the perfect combination for this shoot!

In terms of styling, I kept the paper pinwheel prettiness as a theme, and with the help of some fabulous suppliers I was able to bring together some gorgeous details which I know the couple were so thrilled with.

From Angelia: “Just wanted to say thank you very much for yesterday! We had an amazing day, thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from trying the difficult poses to changing behind the desk at the Lavender field! Thanks for preparing all the props, setting up the scene, directing us and of course taking great pictures for us. Really glad that we had you for the shoot, we wouldn’t have enjoyed it without you both.” Aw, thanks Angelia we had great fun too!

As soon as I knew Angelia was keen to wear something that could be ‘bridal’ I got in touch with the ladies from Kitty and Dulcie who kindly loaned us their Pearly Queen dress with high lace neck and feminine tulle skirt. It was the perfect dress for Angelia and I wanted to try something a little different, so came up with the concept of a fresh flower bridal belt which Steph from Fairy Nuff Flowers worked her absolute magic on! I love the pastel colour combinations and the texture created, and I think it would make a lovely alternative to a bouquet for a bride wanting something a little more unique.

I was thrilled when Angelia showed me some of her paper pinwheel inspiration, and I just knew we had to incorporate a pinwheel bouquet in the shoot. This incredible creation was by Lisa at Ribbons and Tulle who handmade this bouquet and each of the pinwheels that make it up! She was so helpful and worked with my concept and colours and even tailored the stem handle with lace for me to match the dress. It almost looks like hydrangea flowers, thanks Lisa! I know Angelia was thrilled with this and is going to include it at her wedding back home too!

Paper Pinwheel Bouquet

Siobhan Drew styled Angelia’s hair in a beautiful rolled up-do which we added small buds of gypsophelia to. I wanted the hair to be up to not only showcase the beautiful neckline of the dress, but also the statement earrings which compliment the natural backdrop. I really hope to see more brides with big jewels, as they just add such a touch of glamour [and in case you wanted to know, these were just £15 from Asos so you don’t have to spend a fortune!].

We gave Wiyono a beautiful lavender coloured Scabiosa flower as a buttonhole to match the colour scheme.

As well as the pinwheel bouquet, I commissioned Carla at Popsicle Pinwheels to create a pretty pinwheel garland which was a lovely detail and useful prop too! The papers were so pretty and it would look great hanging at home afterwards!

As Angelia and Wiyono had fallen in love with the romantic table set up in the previous styled shoot, I just had to re-create this just for the two of them to enjoy! I wanted the table to be super sweet and it was bursting with details and beautiful blooms by Fairy Nuff flowers – including the centrepiece which had some lovely pastel shades and was even made up with draping berries.

Having seen the work of Anges de Sucre, I was keen to include heart shaped macarons and Reshmi did a great job of making these for me and I was so impressed with how well they turned out [they even survived the rather vigourous post man!]. I sadly didn’t get to taste them which is a shame, but maybe it’s just a good excuse for me to order more!

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We weren’t blessed with blue skies, but after a summer of rain and a few worries about whether or not it would even go ahead, I’m so pleased I got to work with Eddie to create such beautiful images of a lovely couple.

Wedding Shoot in Lavender Field

Credits // Photography: Eddie Judd Photography / Styling & Co-ordination: Charley at London Bride / Location: Mayfield Lavender / Hair & Make Up: Siobhan Drew / Dress: Pearly Queen by Kitty & Dulcie / Flowers: Fairy Nuff Flowers /  Paper Pinwheels Garland: Popsicle Pinwheels / Pinwheel Bouquet: Ribbons & Tulle / Heart-Shaped Macarons: Anges de Sucre

Pretty Pinwheels – Hampton Court Palace Pre Wedding Shoot

Engagements, INSPIRATION, Design & Decor, LONDON BRIDE LIFE

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…!

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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!

Don’t forget, I’m not just a wedding blogger! If you are a bride to be, check out my services page to find out more on my wedding planning and styling services or do drop me an email if you would like to chat!

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