Today I'm pleased to share this gorgeous summer wedding elopement inspiration shoot at the beautiful Wickham House. Featuring a host of wonderful wedding suppliers, I had a great day styling with a fab team. For laid back summer wedding styling take a look at the full post!Read More
When most people think of a quintessential English Country Wedding they think pastels, vintage and rustic. Beautiful wedding venue Poundon House would certainly accommodate these wedding styles perfectly, but after working at this wedding venue once before, I had a vision to style a different look here. A vision of something fun, full of colour and perfect for a summer wedding.
Bringing together a fantastic team of wedding suppliers, we created a riot of colour that combined summer greenery with soft romantic wedding dresses and beautiful blooming bouquets. From the perfectly sunshine yellow walls, to the delicately hand painted wedding cakes, everything combines to create a vision of summer, perfect for an English Country Wedding
Photographer: Photography by Anna Marie | Venue: Poundon House | Stylist: Charlotte Munro | Cake: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Stationary: Willow Beau | Floral: Indeco Flowers | Bridal Retailer: The Wedding Club | Bridal Designers: Berta, Savannah Miller, Naeem Khan | Jewelry: Arabel Lebrusan | Suits: Clements and Church | Hair and Makeup: Team Glam | Models: Leona Clarke and Oliver Maxwell Fernandez
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
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 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?