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A Nature Reserve Day After Shoot: Jillian & Dustin

After falling in love with Jillian & Dustin’s rockstar wedding which I saw on Style Me Pretty last month, I was thrilled when photographer Sarah Maren asked me if I’d like to feature their day after shoot. They were married at The Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento, California on 4th November 2011.

“Their wedding was full of images with the lights of downtown as their background so when we decided on their day after session we decided to do a the pictures in a more natural setting,” Sarah Maren told me. “We used a nature reserve in Roseville, California as the backdrop for their shoot. Since they chose not to see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day all of their couple pictures were taken after dark, so it was such fun to have them out in the beautiful winter light.”

“Their wedding consultant, Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events, was on hand to help with the styling of the shoot. Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish recreated Jillian’s wedding bouquet for her using the brooches and pearls from her original bouquet and paired them with wooden and silk flowers to create the bouquet Jillian used for the shoot. Jillian’s hair and makeup was done by the incredible team at Hello Glam.”

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An Elegant & Contemporary Yacht Club Wedding: Hannah & Steve

“We have always been passionate about music which was a key inspiration for us,” newlywed Hannah told me. “We also wanted it to be a relaxed party atmosphere to reflect our laid back personalities. We started this off by designing and making contemporary informal invitations which used some photos from a photo booth to tell a mini story, we also designed a modern logo which we then used on all of our stationery.”

“Music was a constant on the day; it began with a gospel choir that we had arranged to sing in the church, I walked in to ‘Lovely Day’ and we exited to ‘Walking on Sunshine’. We then had a jazz duo play during the canapés and organised a chilled playlist for the time that we were having dinner. After dinner we had hired the Forgers to play some of our favourite rock, pop and indie songs and made our own DJ set to play for the final two hours.”

“In terms of detail, we bought from eBay a number of vinyl collections and vinyl labels and then picked ones which were relevant to each guest to use as their table setting. We printed the logo onto the labels and then wrote the names of each guest. The groom’s brother (Matt) helped to create a music quiz for each table which had pictures of famous album covers and musicians for guests to guess during the meal. We then collected these and gave a prize for the table with the most correct answers. The tables were named after bands we have seen at gigs and we used the laminated gig tickets to identify the tables. On the tables we also left blank CDs for people with cameras to send us a copy of their pictures. We printed instructions and our address in the inlay along with the logo that featured on all of the stationery.”

The wedding reception was held at Greenwich Yacht Club, London near to where Steve proposed in Greenwich Park. Hannah wore an elegant Jenny Packham dress with a veil that her Mother hand made.

Other details which certainly deserve a mention include their cheese-stack cake which they put together themselves, “making a ‘cheese’ cake was a challenge – a key lesson we learnt was to get some dowling rods (which you cut down to the thickness of the cheese) and cake boards to support the cheeses to make sure that the heavy hard cheeses don’t squash the soft ones,” and the Ferrari Limo which they hired to make sure they arrived with some impact!

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Ruth & Oliver’s Rustic Orchard Wedding

I utterly adore Ruth & Oliver’s beautiful orchard wedding! In fact as soon as photographer Abbye told me about the details I knew I’d be loving it. “When I first met up with Ruth to talk about her wedding she brought along a huge glass jam jar. After talking over details Ruth pulled out the jar and told me “I know this might sound strange, but I just want to have jam jars everywhere…”  to others it might have sounded strange, but I totally got what she was going for.”

“On the day of the wedding Ruth had found not only hundreds of old glass jam jars but a variety of old type writers, chalk boards, and suitcases.  Many of the small details were found by Ruth at various thrift and antique stores around Vancouver.” 

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Jenny Packham & The Roaring 20’s

Jenny Packham and 1920’s styling was the order of the day for Emma & Adam’s wedding at Chewton House just outside Bristol. In fact Emma’s Jenny Packham ‘Joy’ dress provided the inspiration for the whole wedding!

The wedding theme came about by chance as when Emma visited Wedding Days in Cheltenham bridal shop to look for a potential wedding dress. She hadn’t had much luck in her search up til then but luckily for her, a promotions representative from Jenny Packham happened to be visiting the store that day and had a few “one off” dresses for Wedding Days to show case for one day only. The last dress she tried on was “Joy”. It was exactly what she had been looking for. The bride then came up with the idea to theme the whole wedding about the 1920’s/30’s style of the dress.

“We also wanted the day to be as much fun as possible and for it to stick in the memories of all the guests for long after the day had finished” the bride explained. “We asked all our guests to dress up in the style of the period so that along with the work we’d done with the venue, the florist, the car, the cake, the hair, the make up and the live band we had something that captured the roaring 20’s.”

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When in London…

My wonderful friend Marianne Taylor emailed me excitedly the other day to let me know she had just shot a wedding that she knew I would love…and oh do I!? Aren’t those portraits just phenomenal? And don’t even get me started on the shots of Caroline and her floaty-light dress at the end!

“I’m so happy to finally be able to blog about Caroline & Ben’s beautiful London wedding. There are so many things I loved about this wedding, from Caroline’s stunning Jenny Packham gown and headpiece, to the gorgeous Market Suite at the Fox & Anchor where Caroline and the girls were getting ready, through to the beautiful ceremony at Islington Town Hall and reception at The Crypt. There was a real London feel about this wedding, and I loved the fact that when we went for a little portrait shoot with Caroline and Ben after the ceremony, we just hailed a black cab. When in London…”

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