Nope, I am in fact not talking about flirting/being a bit naughty (although you are welcome too – it is Friday after all…) I’m talking about a fresh fruity colour scheme for W-day. Namely YELLOW. Which apart from blue and grey and um…peach (!) is quickly becoming my favourite hue for all things decorative.
As I mentioned last week, I’m a magpie for beautifully styled inspiration shoots and this sunshine infused delight styled by Stacey-Marie Chalk of Cherry Topped Bespoke Weddings and captured by photographer Juliet McKee is delicious. Not only would I like to wear the white carnation and bright yellow craspedia headress every day for the rest of my life, the 3/4 length sleeve scoop back gown by Jesus Peiro is one of the classiest, regal and most sophisticated frocks I have ever laid eyes on. Let me tell you – Madam Middleton may have had to have donned a third dress had she spied this wee beauty.
Oh and if you are having a winter affair (or let’s be honest – any other ruddy season for that matter) then I suggest you get a wriggle on and hot foot it over to Miss Bush Bridal to go try it on.
And the smoky peepers and pale nudey lips a la Brigitte Bardot?
I defy you gorgeous lot not to find at least one little idea you want to steal, and if you do I want you to tell us what it is in the comments box below. And if you are willing to share, later this afternoon we may even treat you to a somewhat controversial discussion post written. by. a. boy.
Happy Friday lovelies
Juliet Mckee: Some months ago I decided to approach the lovely Stacey-Marie of Cherry Topped Bespoke Weddings to see if she would be interested in a collaborative bridal photo shoot. We have worked together before and Stacey-Marie has a brilliant eye for style and detail. Well lucky for me she said yes and so we set about planning an exciting project. We wanted to create a fresh, bright and bold style which would combine the fun feeling of the summer of love with the elegance of Audrey. We went for a deliciously bright sunshine yellow colour to run throughout.
To gather our ideas and inspiration we used the hugely addictive Pinterest to share images we both came across which hinted at the style, colour and design of the shoot. Stacey-Marie then compiled an inspiration board which we shared with the suppliers who we set about contacting to see if they’d be interested in working with us. I’ll let Stacey-Marie continue the story behind the inspiration and how she went about bringing the style together…
Stacey-Marie at Cherry Topped: With our vision and inspiration in place we wanted to make sure that our ideas were feasible; for brides to be able to create them themselves and to provide alternative colour and design inspiration. It turned out (after the photo shoot day!) that the yellow colour is said to be big for next year according to Pantone’s colour report – “Solar Power”! So on to the details…
Emma Meek’s (Miss Bush Bridal, a Surrey Bridal Boutique) stock of Jesus Peiro dresses and a Udo Zaldi dress were perfect for the sixties look that we wanted to create with our model Gemma. With the first dress by Jesus Peiro (style 2003) we wanted to accessorise this with a bespoke oversized yellow dupion silk bow to sit perfectly at the back to create drama and fun. Gemma also wore Pink’s “Tease” shoes which were dyed to match the bow colour swatch. Emma and her seamstress Janet worked their magic with creating the bespoke pieces for the shoot.
Gemma’s second dress, also by Jesus Peiro (style 1014) with its ¾ length sleeves is perfect for a winter wedding. We wanted to keep this look classic in all ivory and to mirror the bow on the dress in Gemma’s hair and on the shoes. Janet’s sewing skills came to the fore again with making a bespoke ivory satin bow for Gemma’s hair.
Gemma’s final dress, by Ugo Zaldi (style B126) is a fun short bridal gown, perfect for a second outfit in the evening. With a simple blusher veil it creates a stylish contemporary look.
￼Gemma’s hair and makeup was styled by Gemma Sutton and her assistant Stacey. The high beehives, dark smoky eyes and natural lips characterised the sixties feel and the addition of the white carnations and bright yellow craspedia at the base of the beehive gave that quirky dramatic feel.
Steph from Fairynuff Flowers provided the stunning bouquets. After sharing the inspiration boards with Steph she completely understood the look we were after. Steph created a vibrant yellow and green bouquet and a contrasting contemporary dome bouquet of white carnations; simple and classic.
Sunflowers and daisies were part of our inspiration for the sunshine yellow colour. Inspired by the flowers Janet Mohapi-Banks created “Summer” a beautifully striking 4-tier wedding cake covered in delicately hand crafted sunflowers and daisies, perfectly bold and elegant with a touch of fun too!
We wanted to have a fun sweetie buffet as part of the shoot, for which Sarah from Creative Candi provided her beautiful vintage apothecary jars of sweets. To finish off the look of the sweetie jars, we attached some little “Sweetie Mix” labels with ribbon, beautifully designed by Wendy at August Moon who use the shape of a sunflower as inspiration for the artistic design.
To go with the outdoor sixties party feel of the shoot we hired in some funky martini shape glasses from Jones Hire and some elegant glassware from Nest. The water jug and water glasses filled with iced lemon and lime water were perfect for the outdoor drinks reception feel together with a cloche style cake stand filled with lemons and limes.
The stunning venue for our shoot was Pendell House, in Bletchingley, Surrey. I visited Pendell House some months ago and loved its relaxed intimate atmosphere. Once the inspiration and colours were sorted for our shoot I thought of Pendell House with its decor suiting the design perfectly. The poolside location suited the cocktail drinks reception atmosphere and the elegant interior with ornate furnishing suited the classic elegance of the shoot. We just loved the gold gilt chair, inside and outside!
Last, but most definitely not least, is Juliet! Working with Juliet is just such a brilliant experience! She worked so, so hard making sure all details and elements were captured to their very best, in the best locations and in the best light (literally!). She has captured the look and feel of our ideas amazingly!
Everyone involved in this styled bridal shoot were absolutely adorable to work with and all put in so much effort to bring the style and design together. By pulling together your initial wedding ideas and inspiration to show your wedding suppliers, they can then use their expertise and imagination to create each element of your wedding day to suit your requirements. We hope that this has inspired you even in some little way by showcasing different ideas and ways of introducing variety, colour, and personalised touches into your wedding day!
Venue – Pendell House
Photographer – Juliet McKee Photography
Coordinator & Stylist – Cherry Topped Bespoke Weddings – Stacey-Marie Chalk
Model – Gemma Underhay
Dresses and Accessories - Miss Bush Bridal
Cake – Janet Mohapi-Banks
Flowers – Fairynuff Flowers – Steph Turpin
Stationery – Wendy Li at August Moon
Hair & Makeup – Gemma Sutton
Sweet Buffet – Creative Candi
Anything here take your fancy folks? it’s funny, although I am a W-day blogger I always forget that you can in fact dye ivory shoes to pretty much any colour of your choice…anyone thinking of giving this option a go?
Oh and I know what colour mine would be today.
Big Fruity Love