It’s most definitely engagement session season around here! Are you planning yours yet? When it comes to selecting the perfect location, you might consider what Emily and Brennan did and head to where they first met. In their case, it was the campus of CalTech in Pasadena, where they were college sweethearts! I love this idea of a sentimental location! Very special thanks to Lauren Guilford Photography for letting us share her gorgeous images!Click to expand for more
We think you will too.
London based photographer Polly Alexandre sent us Sarah and Oli’s gorgeous wedding that took place at Claridges Hotel. Polly retold the story of their day, and it was so lovely, we’ve included the retelling for you!Click to expand for more
Shortly before her wedding, Sarah had just taken the plunge and left her job as a magazine designer to start up her own design & stationary company, and she brought that creative talent and eye for beauty to the styling of her wedding day. But this was a day that was not just beautiful to the eye, but also beautiful for the warmth and joy of sharing it with their families, to whom the couple are very close. Family is very important to the couple and Sarah planned the wedding closely with her parents, especially her mother, who herself has a great eye and interest in art and design. It was this shared effort between all their family and friends in creating the wedding that was so very precious to the couple.
Sarah met Oli, a music and entertainment lawyer, through her brother – he was one of his friends and they share a flat together for years, just down the road from where Sarah lived. Friendship blossomed into romance over time, and it became obvious the couple were the perfect match. After 3 years together they decided to tie the knot and officially join their families.
As a designer it was only fitting that Sarah should make her wedding invitations & stationary herself. Using bespoke illustrations from a friend, Sarah designed a booklet to tell the story of their wedding which had a perforated tear off postcard for the RSVP. She was inspired by the design of the Claridges Ballroom & chose a elegant grey and white colour palette with hints of gold. The style was simple elegance.
On the wedding day we started at Sarah’s parents home where her mum so sweetly covered the outside of their home with little teddy bears wearing customised ribbon neckties. Sarah also wore a pair of art deco vintage diamond earrings that belonged to her mother as her ‘something borrowed’, also a nod to their venue Claridges’ Art Deco design. For her dress Sarah chose a chic & modern silk Peter Langner gown with a draped asymmetric back from Browns Bride, where she also got her veil. Her Maid of Honour Juliette wore a nude Gucci dress with a bespoke lace jacket, and Sarah gifted her a sweet pearl drop necklace to wear with it. This detail was echoed in the groomsmens pearl tie pins that they all wore with their navy suits. The bouquets were white roses and white lilies, hand tied with white ribbon.
Sarah’s father accompanied her to the synagogue in her uncle’s beautiful vintage car, and in Jewish tradition he walked her down the aisle to the huppah, decorated in white roses and hydrangeas.
After the ceremony I took the couple to a secluded mews for photographs and a quiet moment on their own, before they headed off to their reception in an elegant 1950′s Bentley that belonged to the family. Peach bellinis were served at their drinks reception along with delicious canapes including smoked salmon muscovite, courgette tempura, welsh rarebit, oat crusted goats cheese with quince jelly and fresh peas and lemon veloute served in mini tea cups.
Sarah & Oli chose to offset the formality of a grand venue like Claridges by seating guests on long tables, a more informal touch, and side dishes on sharing platters. At each place setting was a personalized stationary set made by Sarah tied with white grosgrain ribbon. Each beautiful notecard set doubled up as a placenames, with each guest’s name printed at the top, and a stylish gift, which they could take away from the wedding. She also made gorgeous escort cards in a chic grey stripe.
After their relaxed dinner Sarah & Oli did their first dance to the Beatles ‘And I Love Her’, before hitting the dancefloor with their many friends and family. I love photographing Jewish weddings for their sense of celebration and joy in the ceremony itself, not the mention the vigorous dancing…and all before you’ve even sat down to eat. Sarah & Oli’s friends ensured this was particularly lively! (I think the grooms’ friends were mainly responsible for the wild celebratory chaos at this point & definitely for the hoisting up on the couple on chairs in the air, despite the bride’s reservations!).
Later than evening guests enjoyed even more delicious desserts from sweet tables piled high with crepes, ice creams, meringues and served with chic espresso martinis. There was even a separate station just of jellies – especially for the groom (they are his favourite!). Slices of wedding cakes were boxed up and given as favours.
The morning after the wedding, the couple enjoyed a family brunch at Claridges before jetting off on honeymoon to the romantic Amalfi Coast to start their new life together.
Photography by Polly Alexandre // Ceremony Venue: Western Marble Arch Synagogue // Reception Venue & Catering: Claridges Hotel, London // Bride’s Dress: Peter Langner from Browns Bride // Bride’s Shoes: Rupert Sanderson // Jewellery: Tiffany // Hair & Make Up: Daniel Galvin // Bridesmaid’s Dress: Gucci // Grooms Suit: Nick Tentis // Stationary by the Bride: Studio Sarah // Flowers: Paul Thomas // Cake: Peggy Porschen // Super 8 Film: Mariage a la Mode // Wedding Cars: Bride’s Uncle
Today we are excited to share with you a really fun concept for stationery offered by our newest sponsor, Behold Designz. Using actual bouquet photos, they are able to customize their collection of gorgeous floral wedding invitations to match your wedding! Inspired by the seasons? Check out how your invite can change and reflect your bouquet:Click to expand for more
Because their pricing is so budget friendly, this is a fabulous way to get a customized wedding invitations without spending a fortune. Plus their turn around is six weeks for a fully customized suite. They even offer handwritten calligraphy! Some of our other faves are the bridesmaid invite:
and this emerald beauty…
If you are as obsessed with floral design as we are, Behold Designz is the perfect fit! Lovely, no?
Image Credit: Photography by Gigi Marie Photography
Spring has sprung in today’s gorgeous engagement session shot by Chris and Kristen Photography. Tasha and Eli chose a wildly romantic location and some fresh blooms created by The Vines Leaf for just the right amount of seasonal inspiration for their engagement session. We made sure to ask Tasha and Eli the story of how they met and their proposal, which we know you’ll love, so keep reading as you obsess over their images. Seriously. How is this loveliness possible?Click to expand for more
And do you remember how you two met?
At a casting the night before Valentine’s Day. He struck up a conversation asking if I had a recommendation for a costume shop of sorts where he might find some ‘Buddy Holly’ style jackets for his band, who were doing a 50′s sock-hop themed show the next night. I told him a few places to check out, and then he was like, “If you’re not doing anything tomorrow night, you should come.” And I said, “Perhaps.” And he was like, “Give me your number and I’ll text you the flyer.” And I started to give him my number, and he heard the area code, and he said, “859? Are you from Kentucky?” And I said, “Yes.” And he said, “Me too!” So then I was a little intrigued. And the bar where he was performing the next night was in my neighborhood, so I decided to go. And the rest is history!
Tell us your proposal story!
(Told from Tasha’s perspective…) We were visiting Eli’s family at his Kentucky farm. That’s his father’s land, and his grandfather’s land before that, and his great grandfather’s land before that. We thought we’d drive out to the lake and go fishing. Eli planned a picnic… Bottle of wine and wicker basket and checkered blanket and all. (And don’t forget that we met at a casting where we had to go on a pretend picnic!!) He was super nervous but I had no idea why, until he pulled my ring out of his pocket and got on one knee. We were both in tears. It was the happiest day of my life. We ran around the fields like two giddy little kids screaming we’re getting married, we’re getting married. It was magical.
Perfectly fit for spring, today’s inspiration shoot is full of bright hues with subtle minty accents inspired by strawberries and succulents. The combo is unexpected and just the type of idea you could use to inspire an entire wedding, or even shower! Fresh strawberry desserts, mini succulents as favors, and peach hued flowers as centerpieces. Love the floral combination by The Bloomin Gypsy! Very special thanks to Nicole Cherie Photography for sending us her gorg images and the ever lovely Cargo Creative for her styling skills!Click to expand for more