Bright, Modern and Elegant – Botanical Wedding Inspiration Shoot
Happy Friday all! It’s been an incredibly busy summer and over the next few weeks I’ll be showing you some of what we’ve been up to! First, we go all the way back to May when I got together with an amazing group of wedding vendors to put together a really lovely botanical garden inspired styled shoot. I wanted to come up with something fresh, pretty and elegant for a bride who wants a taste of the botanical look that’s been everywhere for a while now but wants to keep it clean, pared back and high end. This shoot is also featured on the fab Want That Wedding blog.
As a London based wedding planner, I’m increasingly coming across chic, city brides who want to incorporate elements that will make their weddings stand out just a little bit…but not too much. Not everyone wants their wedding to look like a fashion shoot jam packed with Pinterest details and that’s ok!
So whether it’s handmade items, a unique hair accessory or a standout dress covered in appliqué flowers, I’m always looking for little details that will help a bride make her wedding decor and her own wedding style that little bit different.
The FABULOUS Team
Step in amazing bridal couture designer, Ruth Milliam and her incredibly dreamy creations. Her wedding dresses manage to be high fashion but very wearable and incredibly feminine. We loved working with her dresses and hair accessories and they suited our gorgeous model, Lazara completely.
The wonderful Carly Rogers Flowers provided us with flowers and additional styling. When it came to the table decor, we wanted to incorporate the very modern, wild floral look and so opted for a garden inspired centrepiece with large trough vases covered in moss. However, rather than going for other obvious rustic details, I decided to juxtapose it with elegant gold cutlery, really beautiful gilded plates and antique glasses from Classic Crockery to keep it looking very clean and high end.
Daniela at Classic Crockery has a fantastic collection and she and her parents are the loveliest people you will meet! Her mum helped me match the most exquisite vintage cut glassware and told me some of the history behind the pieces.
I also sourced some exquisite stationery from Armorial. Founded in Paris in 1890, wedding stationery doesn’t get any more luxe than this. The delicate gold foiling complemented the Daniela’s crockery beautifully.
The modern, wild look carried on into the ceremony decor. Carly created a simple but effective focal point for the ceremony using fern around the fireplace to dramatic effect.
The shoot was photographed by Helen Abraham. Helen is so cool, so kind and so incredibly talented, it really was an honour working with her. Her eye for a beautiful shot is unsurpassed and you really should check out her website and Instagram for some amazing weddings. I can’t wait to work with her again.
Cake was provided by Vanilla Orchid Bakery. I asked Hope (the baker of one of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted! Fact.) to incorporate gold with ivory and give me something a little different and she totally delivered with her gold leaf creation. I just love the tier with the tiny gold leaf speckles.
And it all worked really well in our chosen venue, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace. The venue is a stunning mansion in the heart of London overlooking Pall Mall. It makes for a really amazing wedding venue. It’s an historic building which has housed royalty and prime ministers, so it was a joy to bring in some fresh, modern table settings to breathe some life into the more traditional space.
Hair and Makeup was provided by Holly at Portraits Bridal. I asked Holly for makeup that wasn’t too bridal and an undone messy updo to balance out the drama of the beautiful dresses. Holly is amazing and was such a pleasure to have around. We may or may not have spent some time singing along to Craig David!
My top tip when it comes to choosing your hair and makeup pro for your wedding day is making sure that they’re not just good at what they do but that they’re someone that you like having around. I can’t tell you how much of a difference it makes on the morning of your wedding when the people who are quite literally closest to you are relaxed, good humoured and fun! I’ve loved the team at Portraits Bridal since I first met owners Zara and Nadia and recommend them wholeheartedly!
The awesome vendors:
Photography – Helen Abraham Photography
Planning & Styling – The New Wonderful
Flowers & Styling – Carly Rogers Flowers
Dresses & Hair Accessories – Ruth Milliam Bridal Couture
Crockery, Styling Accessories and Linen – Classic Crockery
Cake – Vanilla Orchid Bakery
Model – Lazara Storm
Hair & Makeup – Portraits Bridal
Shoes – Emmy Shoes
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Ring – Antique Jewellery Company
Stationery – Armorial Paris