Almost a year ago now, I took part in an incredible editorial shoot with a fabulous team of suppliers - I'd shared some sneak peeks earlier this year. We were so pleased when we heard that Love My Dress were going to feature it on their blog as they don't share may styled editorial shoots - it means a lot when you know a blog absolutely loves what you've created. From the outset, we knew we wanted to create something really natural and organic, but also striking and modern to stand out against the historic backdrop of the 14th century Charterhouse in London so that we can inspire today's wedding couple. As you can see, the atmospheric cloisters were the perfect setting for a candle-lit ceremony and reception table. The geometric chairs and touches of gold bring a contemporary feel to the tablescape.
Mathilda Lundin, our incredibly talented calligrapher and stationer, created a table runner hand-illustrated with botanical patterns in gold ink to reflect the season's foliage. She also made a ceremony banner, written by hand again, which made a modern backdrop for the elegant couple. Her beautiful calligraphy said these words:
"Love is supporting each other, enjoying this adventure of life and finding dreams to share.
Love is learning when it is time to speak and when it is time to listen, it is making each other better, filling in the gaps, challenging each other but always laughing together.
Love is appreciating one another for the person that they are – and knowing that they aren’t perfect. But they are perfectly yours."
The invitation suite combined modern typography with fluid calligraphy for an altogether contemporary yet organic design.
I should really talk to you about the cakes as there was a trio. Each one different, but altogether tying into this botanical, natural, organic and modern theme.
The central cake was wrapped in an edible wafer that was decorated in a hand-illustrated botanical print that echoed the design that appears on the table runner and the invitation suite.
The small buttercream cake was decorated with a bas-relief pattern to reflect the season's foliage and botanical theme - little touches of edible gold leaf keeps the cake looking modern yet natural.
The stunning florals were all put together by the amazing Leigh Chappell who creates dreamy, wild, organic floral arrangements - I love this simple arrangement on the large brass hoop which could be used as a backdrop for a wedding cake or even a wedding ceremony.
The shoot was pulled together by the very lovely Andri Benson who is so organised and so kind. And everything was captured by the talented Maja Tsolo who never fails to capture the emotion and the mood in the moment. She conveyed the romance and the ambience of this gorgeous location. And also the fabulous Hair & Make-up Artists: Louise Lerego and Cimone Cheveux who together created a romantic English-rose look with natural make-up and a relaxed up-do.
I'm going to share some more images here for you soak in all the loveliness, and if you're interested in any of the team's suppliers - all their contact details with at the end of the post xx
Planning + Design: alwaysandri.co.uk
Bridal boutique: www.missbush.co.uk
Bridal gown: www.jesuspeiro.com/en/
Cake Designer: www.sugarplumbakes.com
Makeup Artist: louiselerego.co.uk
Hair stylist: www.facebook.com/CimoneGuggiari
Hair Accessories: www.pswithlove.co.uk
Chairs + Tableware: www.classiccrockery.co.uk
Ribbons + Napkins: www.thenaturaldyeworks.com
Brass candlesticks + Brass ring: www.workshop.ltd
Wedding rings: nikkistarkjewellery.co.uk
Shoot assistant: www.instagram.com/thedestinationweddingplanner/
Models: www.instagram.com/chloe_alishia & www.instagram.com/will.iam_93