Image: Cargo Collective
I am SO EXCITED because Gala & Shauna fly into London this week. It seems like just a few short weeks ago we we’re all together in New York – this trip has come around so so quickly!
The agenda? Two very nearly sold out – we have ONE space left! - Blogcademy classes, talking about how to be famous online at The Photography Farm (tickets for this talk are only £100 if you want to come along) and four sure-to-be slightly chaotic days in Paris! Throw into the mix a little shopping (OK a lot of shopping), plenty of gallivanting around seeing the sights and oodles & oodles of giggles, self portraits and sparkly ear madness. Be sure to follow us all (Kat, Gala, Shauna) on Instagram if you want to be a part of it!
I LITERALLY CANNOT WAIT.
I am a Wizard of Oz superfan and I’m already seriously excited to see the new Walt Disney adaptation ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’, which hits cinemas in March. So clearly this shoot, inspired by the new film, was going to end up on my blog. I love Beth of True Love Photo for sending it my way!
The shoot was styled based on the previews she’d seen so think weird and wonderful, quirky and fantastical, eye-gouging brights and funktastic details.
Delicious deserts based on the classic Oz motifs, giant paper flowers and long witch-like nail art. Fabulous!
Inspiration can hit you anywhere, and for wedding photographer Lindsay Hite of Readyluck, it came while flicking through a fashion magazine. ”The trend neutral colors paired with neon in fashion really spoke to me”, she told me. “I love the almost surprising contrast between subtlety and outspokenness and was curious about how it would work in a bridal setting. I drew inspiration from far flung corners – from Lana del Rey’s flower crowns, to bright bold colors of childhood celebrations and vintage circuses.”
Winter weddings don’t have to be all scatter crystals and snow sprinkled twigs. They don’t have to have holly or ivy and you don’t even need to wear faux fur. Honestly, there are many other options out there, you just need to dream them up! Just like wedding photographer Kait Winston did after one too many trips to the cinema. Inspired by the movie Snow White and the Huntsman, Kait decided that edgier was better and so wanted to showcase a more dramatic twist on the classic winter wedding.
“Snow White and the Huntsman is by far the most beautiful cinematic film I have ever seen”, wrote Kait. “I saw it in theaters five times. After I realized I had developed an unhealthy obsession, I knew the next step was to develop a series of inspired shoots based on the film. So in one weekend we shot a queen inspired session and a Snow White session. The queen’s session was on my birthday (I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than recreating my favorite film!) What was really incredible about this shoot was the ingenuity behind everything – the majority of items featured are all handmade!”
Photography: Irving Penn for Vogue
January has been kicking my butt. I’m not going to lie, I’ve actually shocked myself with how much I’ve got going on this month. No sooner had we ticked over to the first day of the year and I was relaunching my website (thanks for all your feedback by the way – and to any of you who might have be experiences problems viewing the full site – read this) announcing new dates for The Blogcademy, getting featured (and writing for!) Cosmopolitan … oh and planning a whirlwind trip to Paris with my BFFs (more on this soon!)
And then I realised, “Oh crap Gala & Shauna fly in NEXT WEEK for the London Blogcademy’s. HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO GET EVERYTHING DONE BEFORE THEN?!”
I’m not complaining of course. I’m so incredibly lucky to have so much going on, and I hate seeing “woe is me I’m so busy!” posts as much as the next person, but I’d be lying if I said I felt the next few weeks were going to be easy. But I’ll get it all done… I know I will.
So just a little heads up: for time that Gala & Shauna are here, I’ll be mostly offline and will be taking a brief hiatus from Thursday Treats & Business Bites. Don’t despair though, there will still be daily wedding content being published as well as Green Room goodness in abundance! Thursday Treats will be back on 7th February and Business Bites on 8th. Gosh, and then it’s almost Valentine’s Day!!
2013, slow down already!
Oh and before I forget – my first piece for Cosmopolitan was published this week. You can read my 2013 wedding trends predictions here. Thank you again Cosmo!
Weddings & Weddingy Things
♥ Pool party wedding
♥ Laure de Sagazan’s wedding dresses are perfect
♥ Nine things to do when you get engaged
♥ DIY winter wedding wreath (this version is also utterly gorge)
♥ Totally over the top (in a good way) wonderland-inspired wedding at Battersea power station
♥ Grey Likes Weddings’ favourite bouquets of 2012 are so so beautiful and this ombre one almost made me weep (check out the matching centrepiece too!)…
Photography: Josh Elliott Photography Floral Design: Briana Maxson Floral Design
Mat & Anna didn’t have a huge budget for their November wedding, but that didn’t mean they did things by half! Oh no, this thrifty couple made as much as they possibly could themselves and managed to pull their gorgeous wedding off for just £5000. Oh and they also planned the entire thing in under four months! Wonder-couple or what!?!?
The ceremony was held at Shrewsbury Castle – yes you read that right, an actual castle – and their reception was at the picture perfect Mytton and Mermaid Hotel. “The Mytton was a great venue as it was close to Shrewsbury but with a real country house feel and the layout works really well for a group of people”, began Anna. “There was an enclosed courtyard where we could sit and have drinks, a disco/reception room off one side and the room we ate our meal in off to the other side. The bar was close by with a big open fire and more seating. We particularly appreciated how relaxed they were about our big day and that they let us do things that were a bit more quirky.”
“Once we knew our date was in November we wanted to look for an alternative to an autumnal or Halloween type colour scheme”, she continued. “I really like the imagery and bright colours of Mexican sugar skulls. The Mexican Day of the Dead holiday also falls at the start of November, so we decided to use some of this imagery on our stationary and to introduce some other small Mexican influences like the Piñata’s, chillies and cacti. I also wanted some vintage influences in the wedding with my dress having quite a vintage look. We covered this with the bus, the table decor and some other small touches. In terms of colours the deep purple of the silk anemones was the main reference point. The bridesmaids wore black and purple and the boys wore black lounge suits with purple knitted skinny ties and matching flowers.”
This wedding was full of DIY details a-plenty including the cakes, the flowers and the stationery. “I made 96 cupcakes and our traditional wedding cake was made by a family friend”, Anna explained. “Early on in the planning I had decided I wanted to make cupcakes to save some money and just to see what we could whip up! After a few test runs we ended up with chocolate, vanilla, carrot, lemon and poppy seed and gluten free pear and almond cupcakes. We made almost all of them the day before the wedding and iced them at midnight when I should have been getting some beauty sleep! I don’t know if I would recommend this to others but I was so proud of the results when I saw them at the reception. I actually don’t think it saved us much money in the long run once I purchased the extra equipment and all the ingredients and decorations such as sugar flowers and edible sequins!”