Inspiration

How about a little treat to get your weekend started? Well you're in luck as this morning we're sharing a gorgeous inspiration shoot from Philippa Sian Photography which is just brimming with gorgeous flowers and decor ideas. Including lots of succulents and it's so lovely to see them combined with an abundance of blooms, rather than foliage. The shoot took place at Hampton Court House where Philippa herself got married, which we think makes it even more special. You can just tell from the images that she knows how the space works and with a little help from The Wedding Spark, the ladies have styled it beautifully. The bouquet is simply stunning too and there's a fabulous cake with the most incredible geometric embellishment. Oh and this shoot happens to be filled with work from lots of our lovely List suppliers - if you're still on the look out for top-notch wedding industry peeps, then head over for a browse. We hope your weekend is just like this shoot - filled with flowers, pretty dresses and cake...

A Special Venue

Philippa the Photographer: This shoot sits very close to my heart, mainly because it was at this very shoot location that I celebrated my wedding a year ago! My main aim for the shoot was to create and style something a little more modern, looking to SS17 trends in womenswear and home wear. Hampton Court House is a one of a kind venue just outside of London. The outside looks like a grand mansion, as does the first main ornate room. However, if you wander down the corridor you are instantly transported into a novel set in the 1800s somewhere in the depths of France. The warm yellow wall tones, lux pianos and many leafy plants leave you imagining your next trip away, exploring rustic villages and grand chateaus. Then, there’s the exotic patio area outside the conservatory, shaded by palm trees and luscious green vines with beautiful tiled flooring. It may be England, but oh my do you feel like you've been whisked away to a far away land - it could be the South of France or perhaps even Morocco!

The Inspiration

It was here, in the tropical Garden that I found my inspiration for this inspired wedding shoot; romantic elegance meets a modern ethnic twist with an organic, earthy mood and nods to geo styling. This more exotic boho and geo look is a huge trend forecast for SS17 in womenswear and will certainly translate through to beautiful weddings with regards to textures and colour; a nice move on from hessian and mason jars! The shoot definitely reflects different shades to the modern romantic look I was going for; a more nature inspired organic feel and a lighter feminine exotic style. With a team of fabulous UK suppliers, including fellow List member Cherfold Flowers, and to name but a few - Duchess & Butler, Kate Cullen and Luella's Boudoir, we brought the summer to what was a rather rainy and chilly day in London. From organic table wreaths to succulents in brass goblets, these earthy elements set against a deep wood table really bring out a new look to wedding styling. Small nods to the exotic feature in the glassware and dinnerware so kindly provided by the wonderful Duchess & Butler.

The Flowers

The beautiful flowers with pretty warm tones created by the wonderful Cherfold Flowers, were wild and cascading. She used a mixture of foliage including magnolia leaves and olives to add to our more exotic feel. The bouquet was beautifully finished with delicate silk ribbon from Kate Cullen. Our wedding cake also helped to bridge the beautiful blend of modern elegance with the exotic. The warm coral tiers with a cascading tile-esque waterfall worked beautifully with the gold terrariums to truly bring out that modern-ethnic feel.

The Clothes

Our lovely female model Bianca wore two dresses by designer Limor Rosen from Luella's Bridal in Wimbledon. The first, beautiful Diana, a warm ivory colour with an invisible style neckline and off the shoulder lace. Our second dress used was Anna, a stunning beaded gown, which had a art deco feel. The look was completed with a touch of luxury glam from fab headpiece designer Tilly Thomas Lux. I brought in a mix of terrariums from The Urban Botanist and Oliver Bonas – something that is literally overtaking the highstreet at the moment but suited the feel of this shoot perfectly. I didn’t want to call this shoot Moroccan but this idea of modern geo with ‘nods’ to Morocco that’s coming through all commercial avenues was certainly the starting point for this shoot. To add to our ‘far away oasis’ look, Mimosa Deli also kindly provided some beautiful salads and spices to add to our table. Beautiful and intricate paper flower curtains made by The Wedding Spark helped to lift the mood and provided a gorgeous unique backdrop for our bride and groom.

Written by Fern Godfrey

Co-Ordination: The Wedding Spark | Venue: Hampton Court House | Flowers: Cherfold Flowers | Cake: The Custom Cake Boutique | Stationery: Hip Hip Hooray | Ribbon: Kate Cullen | Tablewear: Duchess & Butler | Hair Pieces: Tilly Thomas Lux | Rings: The London Victorian Ring Co. | Dresses: Luella's Bridal | Designer: Limor Rosen | Bowtie: Mrs Bow Tie | Make Up: Patricia Soper | Hair: Litsa Yiatros | Terraniums: The Urban Botanist | Catering: Mimosa Deli | Styling: Philippa Sian Photography

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