This article is all about that highly controversial wedding phrase – feeling sexy on you wedding day; Who it is for, what’s it about, and how you can make it work for you on your big day.Read More
Today I am delighted to share with youwedding inspiration photo shoot I worked on earlier in the year, possibly one of the most unusual and fun I have had the pleasure of working on!
We wanted to create a shoot that embodies effortless elegance, and to show that you don’t have to have a definite wedding “theme”. There is so much pressure to have a Pinterest worthy wedding; couples can sometimes get caught up in the theme of their wedding so much that it can be hard to keep the personal elements too.
The photoshoot focuses on the elements of texture in a wedding, from silky soft tulle to feathers and foliage, to the beauty in vintage wooden furniture, in essence a theme without a theme. We decided to strip back on the “themed” props and accessories and work with items that fit with the venue. With a colour scheme of soft greens, ivory and blush pink the shoot has a light, whimsical feel to match the lightness of an orangery wedding, and to carry this feeling through to all the elements of the shoot we decided to include some little wedding helpers, as previously seen on the very cute biscuit adverts!
The photo shoot takes place at the stunning orangery at Gaynes Park and features a selection of fabulous suppliers including designer gowns from Berta and Monique Lhuillier, with Sanshine Photography capturing everyone's work to perfection.
Our beautiful model’s makeup featured beautiful dark smoky eyeshadow combined with a simple top-knot, the overall effect is elegant with a hint of glamour. Each of the dresses showcased two different looks, from fitted silhouette and lace details in the Zuhair Murad dress, to soft blush pink tulle in a strapless ball gown style from Monique Lhuillier. I decided to keep the accessories minimal as the makeup was all that was needed to set off each dress, the only adornment being Aruna Seth shoes.
Stylist: Charlotte Munro | Photographer: Sanshine Photography | Venue: Gaynes Park | Hair & Makeup: Laura Anne | Model: Charlotte Baker | Kittens: Heather at Cranham Catz | Florist: Floco | Cake: Little Bear Cakery | Furniture: Anthology Vintage Hire | Dresses Zuhair Murad & Monqiue Lhullier available at The Wedding Club | Shoes: Aruna Seth | Stationery: The Golden Letter
So last month saw that time of year again, New York Bridal Fashion Week! Where dozens of wedding dress designers flock to showcase their latest bridal collections, from catwalks to private viewings, anyone who is anyone in the wedding dress worlds wants to be there.
Today I'm rounding up some of my favourite wedding dresses from the shows and predicting which trends will be big for brides in 2017/2018.
The Bridal Cape
Who needs a veil when you can wear a cape instead? Making their first appearance on the catwalks last year, the bridal cape shows no sign of disappearing. Here are some fabulous examples by designers Oscar De La Renta, Berta and Atelier Pronovias.
One of my favourite styles but one so rarely seen in wedding dresses, however the halter neck is gaining headway this season, with numerous designers making it their own.
Dresses by Inbal Dror, Romona Keveza and Reem Acra
Off the Shoulder
Romantic and elegant, off the shoulder dresses are always a firm favourite of mine and this season is no exception. My favourites include Berta, Marchesa and Romona Keveza, and of course Vera Wang never disappoints with a very striking number!
Straying ever further away from the swathes of strapless dresses, designers are shining light on the full length sleeve this season, but sheer of course!
Dress by Hayley Paige, Monique Lhuiller and Yolan Cris
Form fitting dresses are making waves this season, with designers Pronovias and Naeem Khan showcasing slim lines and unstructured styles. Dare to bare all your curves in these sleek numbers!
From layered organza skirts, to delicate lace and frills, texture is what it was all about at the catwalk shows this season. Whatever your textural preference, there is sure to be something there for you!
Dresses by Inbal Dror, Inbal Dror, Marchesa, Reem Acra, and Theia
So which is your favourite? Can you pick just one? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Today I'm posting something a little bit different, something not weddings! A few months ago I worked on a shoot for the amazing Team Glam, shooting their new Red Carpet Collection, a look book of hair and makeup styles for red carpet and evening events in 2017.
With 11 models on the set of the shoot, there was a lot of styling to be done! Dresses included ballgowns, fishtail numbers and backless beauties from the likes of Suzanne Neville and Savin of London. One of my favourites was the black fishtail number below, that train is amazing!
Although this collection focused on eveningwear, Team Glam also regularly work at weddings throughout London, and these looks could be easily transferred. This silver number by Suzanne Neville would be perfect for a bride looking to wear high fashion on their big day, and with that dark lip would be glamorously on point for a black-tie themed wedding!
I loved working on this shoot and hope to work with Team Glam more in the future, both at weddings and on the red carpet!
The theme for this shoot was to create a vision of sheer opulence, elegant wedding styling with an editorial feel. With an amazing team on board from statement jewellery and shoes to creating extravagant floral displays and sumptuous table settings, every aspect is extravagant in a sophisticated, stylish way.
For the tablescape, I used gold sequin linens with navy table runners supplied by The Sweet Hostess, with a mix of gold and blue dinnerware by Wedgewood and Vera Wang, finished by gorgeous place names from Intricate Creations.
The beautiful florals were created by Becki of Flocco, who interpreted the style and vision of the shoot perfectly, creating a stunning table centrepiece and elegant bouquets. The cake table (or piano!) was created by the fabulous Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. With stylish tiered cakes, giant macarons, and hints of sumptuous gold in the cupcakes and swizzle sticks, it has everything you could want for an indulgent dessert table.
While the groom looks fashionably at ease in bespoke suit by Jon Kruger, Our bride wears stunning sheer lace bridal gowns by the world renowned designer Zuhair Murad, which is available exclusively at The Wedding Club boutique. These were accessorized with statement diamond jewellery and jewel-tone shoes from the wonderful Aruna Seth. Judith Leiber provided us with a beautiful clutch which finished off the outfit perfectly.
H Beauty created beautiful, statement makeup that perfectly complimented the whole outfit, with gorgeous elegant curls the finishing touch.
Poundon House, a quintessentially English manor, has all the details and character you would expect of such a wedding venue. It was the perfect backdrop for our wonderful team to create stylish beauty, and none more so than the wonderful team at Muse Motion Pictures who transformed the day into beautiful images and this lovely film.
I am so happy that this shoot has been featured this week, on none other than the wonderful luxury wedding blog, Strictly Weddings. See the feature here.
Photography: Muse Motion Pictures | Stylist: Charlotte Munro | Dresses: Zuhair Murad courtesy of The Wedding Club | Suit: Jon Kruger | Venue: Poundon House | Hair and Makeup: H Beauty | Florist: Floco | Shoes: Aruna Seth | Sequin Table Linen: The Sweet Hostess | Jewellery: W.Salamoon & Sons | Clutch Bag: Judith Leiber | Model: Zidune Krondrataviciunte | Table Menu & Stationery: Intricate Creations | Cake Table: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
Today I have some great news to share.
I'm incredibly excited to announce that we are now a preferred supplier for Bijou Wedding Venues. A group of gorgeous venues in the south of England, including the well known Botleys Mansion and Cain Manor, they have a house for every style of wedding, with onsite accommodation too!
I'm looking forward to working with many more Bijou couples in the near future. If you are getting married at one of the lovely Bijou Wedding Venues why not get in touch to discuss your wedding styling?
This article is all about that highly controversial wedding phrase – feeling sexy on you wedding day. Who it is for, what's it about, and how you can make it work for you on your big day. First written for Bridal Musings, I have decided to share here for brides who didn't see it the first time around.
I often work with brides who say to me that they want to look graceful, elegant and demure on their big day. But when we are at the bridal appointment choose dresses that they think match this description. But when trying them on, they don’t have that happy look. Instead they pull at the top, and fidget with the skirt and when we come out of their appointment and have a chat, tell me they didn’t like any of the dresses because they felt frumpy, old fashioned, uncomfortable, not elegant or demure.
The word demure means different things to different people. The actual definition of demure is as follows –
Now I don’t know about you but that seems pretty antiquated to me. My vision of demure is more modern, elegant, beautiful and serene.
The word sexy can also mean lots of different things to different people. Say the word sexy in relation to a wedding and opinions start coming from every direction. Say sexy wedding dress and I bet you automatically think of a see-through number with a neckline down to your belly button.
But just like demure, sexy can mean beautiful and elegant. Wedding dresses can be sexy without being revealing.
It’s all about the feeling, rather than looking sexy, you want to feel sexy on your wedding day, and that doesn’t mean an eyeful of cleavage, or a revealing thigh split to everyone. Whether that feeling comes from being confident in what you wear underneath your dress or find that pair of OMG shoes, or trying that daring smokey eyes look, it doesn’t matter, you just have to find the sexy that’s right for you.
And just for the record it is actually ok to feel sexy on your wedding day, people seem to think sexy and weddings don’t go together. It’s your big day, you’re probably spending a lot of money on this one day, you should look however you want to look, and in my opinion you should definitely feel amazing, and feeling amazing usually includes a bit of sexy.
It isn’t just about the Dress
Your outfit isn’t limited to just the dress, sexy can be applied to shoes, lingerie, even accessories. Sexy shoes anyone? The dress isn’t the be all and end all of your wedding day look, there are so many elements which could bring a touch of sexy to your outfit without looking like you are going out for a night on the town.
The right makeup can do wonders
If you dress is more conservative, why not consider going a little bolder with your makeup? Try that smokey eye you’ve always dreamed of, and red lipstick always adds a touch of intrigue. Makeup artist Laura Anne can tell you all about the looks we created for our beautiful model, and give tips on how to make them work for you.
Confidence is Key
Feeling sexy comes from feeling confident, and the best way to do that is to stay true to yourself. Find a dress that fits your personality, don’t change who you are for other people – it’s your wedding, be you.
So how do you want to feel on your wedding day? I would love to her your thoughts!
Are you struggling to find the right dress to give you the confidence you need on your big day? I can help! Drop me an email or see more about my bridal styling services
Today on the blog I wanted to showcase one of my latest shoots to be featured, as seen in Your London Wedding Magazine & Nu Bride!
Many couples love the concept of an outdoor wedding but can often feel limited by the British weather. Looking to a destination wedding can be a possible solution, but you are often limited to a small guestlist, which isn't always possible! Photographer Sanshine and I wanted to help couples with this dilemma and we decided to create a shoot that was aimed at bringing the destination wedding to the UK. Themed around a modern, chic tropical wedding set in the UK with a colour scheme of bright pinks, oranges, yellow and lime against a white backdrop at an industrial chic venue with large windows, this is the perfect inspiration for a tropical wedding in the heart of London!
Creating a bright, light, summery feel wedding is possible in the UK with careful planning. An outdoor wedding is not often possible with our weather, so if you opt for an indoor ceremony look at wedding venue that have large windows that let in as much light as possible. White walls are also a great backdrop as they naturally reflect light. The West Reservoir Centre is a perfect example of this. Second, book a photographer who specialises in natural light photography such as the wonderful Sanshine Photography, that way you will get beautiful, full-of-light images of your big day to treasure forever.
We had a wonderful team on board to help create our vision. Creating the beautiful backdrop and columns of amazing flowers was the task of Susie at Tissue Blossoms, who makes fantastical floral installations from paper. From bird of paradise to giant orchids, we had every kind of flower imaginable!
To create the tablescape I used tropical leaf garlands as a table runner, with a centre piece of paper flowers, and hints of gold to add warmth.
The beautiful cake was designed by Clare at the Little Bear Cakery, who created a 3-tiered masterpiece, matching the beautiful blooms to our vision perfectly.
On board for hair and makeup was a talented duo, with Nina Bains creating Jess's gorgeous makeup and Roisin Kinch styling hair. For Jess's bridal style I wanted to create something elegant but with a touch of fun. The beautiful ivory gown by Amanda Wakeley was teamed with neon yellow shoes which could just be seen when she walked. A quick dress and makeup change and she was transformed into a coral confection, with her gorgeous hair tumbling loose and ready to dance the night away, perfect for an evening reception!
Photographer: Sanshine Photography | Stylist: Charlotte Munro | Venue: West Reservoir Centre | Hair Stylist: Roisin Kinch | Makeup Artist: Nina Bains | Models: Jess Bergman & Philipp Gelter | Flowers: Tissue Blossoms | Cake: Little Bear Cakery | Ivory Dress: Amanda Wakeley available at The Bijoutique | Coral Dress: Free People | Shoes: Asos | Suit: Jon Kruger
Today I'm flashing back to a shoot that took place over two years ago, I came across the behind this scenes video yesterday and thought it would be cool to show you exactly what goes into a photo shoot on shoot day.
Most of my work actually takes place before shoot day, in the weeks leading up to the shoot I am working to put ideas together, create a story to fit the shoot theme or brand's identity, sourcing suppliers and bringing a team together that will create the look that is required.
On shoot day everyone is in action, from makeup artists to florists, with models and photographers under pressure to capture the hard work that everyone has put in.
My job on shoot day is three-fold, to co-ordinate suppliers, make sure everything runs to schedule (especially if the location is hired out at an hourly rate, your client doesn't want the shoot to run over!) and style anything that needs attention. This might be deciding what the models wear and co-ordinating accessories to creating a wedding table scape. A shoot can be as simple as deciding where the clients stationery designs will be captured best so that the designer gets great product imagery, to dressing 11 models and finding shoes to fit them all!
This shoot was what I would say is a medium amount of juggling, with 2 models to dress in two different looks, plus a wedding tablescape to set up. You can see myself and the wonderful Paula Rooney running around the table in the time-lapse section of the video, the life of a stylist is never sitting still! I hope you enjoy this taste of the day in the life of the stylist.
There is always something entertaining, from models climbing walls in 4 inch heels, to photographers climbing on people to get the desired shot. Perhaps I should video every shoot?
Today I am very pleased to say that a photo shoot I styled last year has been featured again, this time in the latest edition of Wedding Magazine. One of my favourite tablescapes to date, I loved styling this editorial shoot and am delighted to see it in print!
Huge thanks to the fantastic team on board -
Venue: Blenheim Palace | Photographer: Sanshine Photography | Dresses: Ines De Santo from The Wedding Club & Chantal Mallett | Crown also by Chantal | Tiaras and Jewellery: Ivory & Co | Hair: Hayley King Hair Artist | Makeup: Brides and Beauty | Florist: Blue Sky Flowers | Paper Flowers: Tissue Blossoms | Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Sequin table linen & cake stands: The Sweet Hostess | Charger plates & napkins: Couvert | Petal Confetti: The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company | Stationery: The Finer Details | Videographer: A Call to Twelve Productions | Model: Bianca