Good morning, I’m so happy that Spring is finally here – everything feels so alive! The nights are getting lighter and the day is generally filled with more colourful and inspiring hues – even on the greyer rainy days. We chose to tie the knot on the first day of Spring in 2009 – along with Autumn (can’t the light at that time of year) it’s such a special time of year for me. I really hope this Saturday morning blog feature finds you settling into your own Spring and looking forward to your wedding. I’m going to be handing over the remainder of this feature to Laura of Holden Bespoke – a creative stylist and wedding coordinator who facilitated this colourful set of images you see on this page, which I hope you will enjoy.
As a creative stylist and coordinator I always look at ways to make an impact. The gorgeous hand-painted wallpaper in The Drawing Room at Merchant Taylor’s Hall inspired this shoot. From the moment I saw it I knew that with the right styling it could be fresh, modern and fun. Using this as a starting point I brought together a perfect team of suppliers to create a bold, bright and youthful ‘Wildflower in the City’ look. The dresses for the shoot are absolutely gorgeous, chosen to give brides inspiration for how different looks can work in one space.
For our bridesmaid there are two different looks, both with beautiful Maids to Measure dresses. The first look is bright, fun and modern with the coral dress in a shorter style with the second a more demure but still sexy, longer dress. Accessorised with jewellery by Alex Monroe and hair accessories from Kelly Spence our model looks divine – a perfectly pretty maid to the beautiful bride!
Beautiful Emmy London shoesCrafting the beautiful stationery Chiara from Lamplighter London brought out the wildflower style with watercolour flowers and calligraphy, accented with pops of pink in the place cards. The natural elegance of this suite really ties everything together – the natural feel of the jewellery, the bold colours of the florals and the texture of the stone from the hidden courtyard.
The incredible beaded dress was by designer Vicky Rowe and was teamed with a modern version of the 1930’s marcel wave by Kasia Fortuna. Mel Kinsman, our make up artist, keeps the look natural with a hint of glamour.
Continuing the theme I keep the groom’s look modern and fresh by opting for a stylish grey suit from Stephen Bishop Suiting to complement the summer colour palette. For the different looks I change up his accessories in varying colour tones to suit the dresses.
The gown pictured above is from Blackburn Bridal Couture, a beautiful bridal salon in Blackheath, South East London. By Suzanne Neville, this dress offers a timeless look. Paired with beautifully detailed shoes from Emmy London, hair accessories from Kelly Spence and jewellery from Alex Monroe our bride looks effortlessly gorgeous.
Merchant Taylor’s Hall is an incredible City of London venue, just a stone’s throw from Bank which has an easy elegance for any couple looking to marry in central London. Not only that but it has the most amazing hidden courtyard, complete with pretty fountain –perfect to make the most of in summer. Stepping out of the hustle and bustle of The City I created a wildflower oasis for young, modern couples looking for vibrancy and fun in a more traditional setting.
M&J Photography are the perfect choice to capture the shoot – the way they capture couples always has an easy, breezy elegance and the light-filled feel brings a modern aspect to their images – Annabel has featured several weddings shot by M&J Photography and you can see them here on Love My Dress.
Never one to disappoint, Asma from Sugared Saffron took on an incredible challenge and created the most amazing ‘camouflage’ cake. This showstopper of a cake is a four tier, hand-painted creation that echoes the incredible patterns of the wallpaper in the venue.
Liz from Blue Sky Flowers does an amazing job of bringing the bright and bold wildflower colour palette to life on the table and in the bouquets and boutonnieres. Keeping the floral arrangements simple but vibrant allows the look to echo the wallpaper without overwhelming everything with too much colour.
A huge thank you to Laura of Holden Bespoke and her team for sharing these beautiful images with us.
Check back in again at lunch time lovely ones for a real wedding feature to enjoy this Saturday afternoon.
Love Annabel x
Coordination and styling – Holden Bespoke
Photography – M & J Photography
Venue – Merchant Taylor’s Hall
Stationery – Lamplighter London
Bridal wear – Suzanne Neville via Blackburn Bridal Couture
Bridal wear – (sequinned dress) Vicky Rowe
Hair accessories – Kelly Spence
Jewellery – Alex Monroe
Menswear – Stephen Bishop Suiting
Cake – Sugared Saffron
Florist – Blue Sky Flowers
Hair – Kasia Fortuna
Make up – Mel Kinsman
Bridesmaid dresses – Maids to Measure
Shoes – Emmy London
Model (Bride) Victoria Sopagaite
Model (Groom) Sam Wilkinson
Model (Bridesmaid) Ashleigh Bengel