Inspiration // Lottie's Wedding Art

I have something a little different to share with you today; something which I truly hope will inspire you to do the same for your own wedding! The project I am going to tell you about started as soon as I began to plan our wedding day concept. I knew straight away that I wanted to create something which embodied our big day once all of the celebrations, tears of joy, dancing and general merriment was over. I wanted to create pieces of art which included as many reminders of our special day as possible to hang in an area of our apartment where I would see them daily. Basically, I didn’t ever want to forget that one amazing day, and everything that I’d put into planning it…

I came up with the idea of creating three piece of art to place in white rococo frames, each one with its own theme. As I worked through the planning stages I made sure to keep hold of scraps of lace from my dress, spare decorations and stationary, and anything else which really held meaning to me. The pile was already rather large as our wedding day approached, and afterwards I was able to add to it in the form of cards from our guests and tags from our wishing tree. Once the dust settled and I was able to work through the wedding-related flotsam and jetsam, I knew that I had more than enough to begin my project. I got to it as soon as we returned from our honeymoon.

The process for creating my wedding art involved lots of cutting, arranging and sticking, and I made a glorious mess on our dining room table during one very busy weekend! I felt like a little girl working on an art project for school, it was fantastic fun! I started by dividing my treasures up into three piles – wishing tree tags and table decorations, guest’s cards, and attire and accessories. I then arranged everything on the backing from my three white frames, and got gluing.

It took quite a while to get everything secured in place, but it was well worth it. Now I have some gorgeous works of art to remind me of our wedding day each and every time I look at them, and they really were very simple to create. Some of the items I incorporated within my art include spare invitations, menus, lace from my dress, material from your bridesmaid’s dresses, ribbon, place cards, wedding cards from our guests, table decorations, decorations from our cake, wishing tree tags, table confetti, hair decorations, jewellery and tokens. I even included material from the dress I wore the day I met my husband, and if I hadn’t dried my bouquet still bound I would have included some dried flowers! Basically you can use whatever you have left over, as well as special items used on the day itself.

I wholeheartedly advise every bride out there to do as I did. It’s such a waste to recycle or throw away all of your spare bits and bobs when you could put them to such wonderful use. Every item that was part of your wedding day setup is special and unique to you. Don’t let these memories go to waste.

--Lottie ♥

Inspiration // Vintage Elegance Styled Shoot at the Connaught Hotel

Last week I posted a beautiful 1950s Hollywood Glamour styled shoot by London based luxury wedding planners and stylists, Perfect Events. I treasured the chance to post their striking images and to share their inspiration with my fellow brides so much that I jumped at the opportunity to do it all again this week!

As well as their wonderful Hollywood Glamour shoot (which you can view here), Perfect Events also planned and styled a Vintage Elegance shoot at the Connaught Hotel in order to inspire brides who enjoy everything vintage and art deco.

Deeply beautiful, magical and inspirational. Enjoy!

A stunning luxe black and shimmering gold bridal inspiration shoot conceived, planned and styled by London based luxury Wedding Planners and Stylists, Perfect Events. With their love of all things vintage, Perfect Events inspired by the 1920’s Art Deco period, showcases everything a bride needs to make her wedding day feel and look absolutely amazing, collaborating with leading suppliers and choosing the impressive Connaught Hotel as the perfect setting.

We at Perfect Events put together not one but two bridal looks, giving brides a double helping of gorgeousness! To create the first bridal look we chose the beautiful full length lace gown, ‘Lorna’ by legendary fashion designer Bruce Oldfield teamed with Swarovski butterfly embellished shoes by luxury shoe designer Aruna Seth, who along with Bruce Oldfield has had their creations adorned by Hollywood Actresses and Royalty including Pippa Middleton and Princess Diana. The makeup - soft peachy lips and gold eyes by Alison Cameron with the hair - long elegant curls brushed to one side, finished with an exquisite hair brooch and jewellery to complete the look.

The second look consisting of bling fabulous ‘Kiki’ shoes by Aruna Seth, the ‘Buckingham’ dress from Stephanie Allin’s 2013 evening wear collection, which is perfect for brides who wish to adorn a change of attire for the evening reception or for the alternative bride to wear as her wedding dress! The look was completed by plum lips and gold dusky brown eyes, an up do of pinned curls and finger waves synonymous with the 1920’s, a pretty floral hair brooch and drop earrings.

The impeccably decorated ever so delicious cakes and treats created by the amazing Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and fabulous florals by Wildabout ooze sophistication.

An epitome of graceful splendour, each element selected by Perfect Events combine wonderfully, culminating in a truly enchanting display of vintage inspired elegance, perfectly captured by Bandele Zuberi and filmed by Deneemotion.

Elegance & Glamour Photoshoot at the Connaught Hotel from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

 

// Contributors //

Concept, planning & styling: Perfect Events

Venue: The Connaught Hotel

Photographer: Bandele Zuberi

Cinematography: Deneemotion

Wedding cake & dessert table treats: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Black dress: Stephanie Allin

Lace dress: Bruce Oldfield

Shoes: Aruna Seth

Makeup artist: Alison Cameron

Hair Stylist: Kasia Fortuna

Flowers: Wildabout

Chandelle chairs & gold circle chain backdrop: Great Hire

Stationary: Cardlab

Hair accessories & jewellery: My Blue Garter

Model: Sally McDonald (sallymcdonald555@hotmail.com)

Inspiration // 1950s Hollywood Glamour Styled Shoot at the Connaught Hotel

As you all know, I have a serious weakness for inspiring, creative and glamorous styled shoots which are created with the discerning bride in mind, and today’s feature ticks all of those boxes and more! Established by leading event planner Nicole Adeyale, London based bespoke wedding, party and corporate event organisers ‘Perfect Events’ combine experience, extensive knowledge of the industry, creativity and a true eye for detail.

Perfect Events’ wedding planning and coordination services are particularly impressive to me, and the significance they place on the joining not only of two people but of two concepts, really does speak to me. They take the time to listen to the needs and wishes of their clients, they work tirelessly to exceed all expectations, and with access to the best suppliers in the industry they have everything required to make your wedding truly memorable and personal to you as a couple.

Glamour, elegance and beauty captured to perfection. Enjoy…

A ‘1950s Hollywood Glamour’  inspired shoot boasting swoon appeal conceptualised, planned and styled by London based luxury Wedding Planners and Stylists, Perfect Events, who as with their weddings and events infuse their creativity and unrivalled attention to detail culminating in absolutely perfect bridal inspiration.

Perfect Events chose the opulent splendour of the luxurious Connaught Hotel in London’s prestigious Mayfair, as the perfect backdrop, to marry wonderfully with their theme. Set amidst truly breath-taking scenery, ornate décor and sublime crystal chandeliers, the shoot is a display of wedding must haves for all brides wanting to take a step back in time to glamour’s golden age; a time reminiscent of iconic movie stars and unadulterated elegance.

Taking inspiration from the popular red lipsticks commonly worn in the 1950s and the words of style icon Audrey Hepburn; ‘There is a shade of red for every woman’, Perfect Events chose a rich palette of colours with red tones; plum, dark red, raspberry and fuchsia, perfectly showcased by the pink ombre of beautiful blooms by Wildabout.

Perfectly styled Veronica Lake ‘esque’ hair waves, accentuated by immaculate makeup by Alison Cameron. Heavenly shoes by Aruna Seth wonderfully complimented by the ‘Babette’ dress; a softly layered skirt, cap sleeved embroidered bodice by Bruce Oldfield. Also featured is a delicate lace applique and satin gown ‘Angelina’ by Sassi Holford worn with peep toe sling back shoes by Gina.

The ‘Coco’ Chanel 2.55 handbag inspired wedding cake and dessert table full of exquisitely decorated treats by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium makes for even more spectacular delicious eye candy.

With photography by Bandele Zuberi and filming by Cinematographer Deneemotion, every detail captured exudes glamour in epic proportions to delight and inspire all courtesy of Perfect Events and an amazing team of vendors.

Elegance & Glamour Photoshoot at the Connaught Hotel from Deneemotion Wedding Cinema on Vimeo.

// Contributors //

Concept, planning & styling: Perfect Events

Venue: The Connaught Hotel

Photographer: Bandele Zuberi

Cinematography: Deneemotion

Wedding cake & dessert table treats: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

‘Babette’ dress: Bruce Oldfield

Butterfly shoes: Aruna Seth

‘Angelina’ dress: Sassi Holford

White peep toe shoes: Gina

Makeup artist: Alison Cameron

Hair Stylist: Kasia Fortuna

Flowers: Wildabout

Chandelle chairs: Great Hire

Stationary: Cardlab

Hair accessories & jewellery: My Blue Garter

Table Linen: Over The Top Rentals

Model: Sally McDonald (sallymcdonald555@hotmail.com)

Inspiration // Majestic Splendour at Blenheim Palace

I have something very special to share with you today on the Lace & Love Hearts blog in the shape of a styled ‘Majestic Splendour’ shoot which took place at the glorious Blenheim Palace. This magical shoot captures exquisite pieces from some of the UK’s leading wedding suppliers who came together to create a sense of majestic splendour and regal atmosphere in one of the UK's most historic palaces.

The palace’s orangery was transformed using stunning floral arrangements, beautiful table settings, specially commissioned thrones, Chiavari chairs and imposing centrepieces expertly arranged by the luxury event design company, Cedar Events, and beautifully embellished with stationary and brooch bouquets by The Finer Details.

The beautiful couture gowns worn by the models have a certain stately elegance and romance which is appropriate for such glorious surrounding. Hand crafted using the finest silks, satins, brocade and lace; these sumptuous gowns were created by Kosibah, and elaborated with jewel-encrusted jewellery and tiaras created by Rosie Weisencrantz.

No styled photo-shoot would be complete without an impressive cake or two, and this shoot was furnished with a collection of the most beautiful custom made cakes, cupcakes, cookies, meringues, cake pops, petit fours, fondant fancies and handmade chocolates imaginable. Every sweet treat was made and expertly decorated with edible gold cameos, cherubs and sugar flowers by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium.

The arrangements were perfectly photographed by Cristina Rossi, who managed to capture the elegance and the level of artistry of the event, and the passion which was poured into every element in this thoroughly inspiring shoot.

Now let them eat cake!

--Lottie x

 

// Contributors //

Venue: Blenheim Palace

Venue stylist: Cedar Events

Photography: Cristina Rossi

Flowers, thrones and props: Essential Flowers

Chiavari chairs & clear beaded chargers: iAm Wedding Hire

Linen: Over The Top Rentals

Couture bridal gowns: Kosibah

Shoes: Marsha Hall

Jewellery & headpieces: Rosie Weisencrantz

Stationary & brooch bouquets: The Finer Details

Cakes and dessert table: Elizabeth's Cake Emporium

Makeup artist: Kemi Kings

Hair stylist: Kasia Fortuna

Models: Chloe Penney, Gayle Thompson-Igwebike and Olaya Diez Del Corral

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