Today’s styled shoot is a riot of colour and fun and we love it! Planner Lianne and all the amazing suppliers have pulled together a gorgeous, intimate wedding showing that you don’t need to to go supersize to have a super day if that’s not your style.
Plus we LOVE a London wedding – especially an East London one! Lianne herself is here to tell us more about this fabulous shoot (oh and keep a look out for some MAJOR sleeve goals!!)…
I wanted to design a concept that was fresh and unique and challenged the ‘traditional aesthetic’ of a wedding. I wanted to design an event for modern couples who love city life but have free and wild souls. Who are not afraid to express themselves and both generally just enjoy life. Most importantly I wanted to show that a small and intimate affair can very much be an option with just your nearest and dearest at one of your fave hot spots without compromising on the ‘special’ vibe of the day.
When I came across Rascals in Shoreditch I immediately knew it would be the perfect venue for my concept. It’s contemporary and relaxed decor with pink walls, neon and plants everywhere made it cool, edgy and fresh. They have a private dining space called ‘The Playroom’ which I wanted to be my focus area.
I kept the styling relaxed and minimal. Nothing too fussy or extravagant. I wanted to reflect that this was affordable and attainable. I also wanted to reduce the amount of waste and ‘extra’ nonsense that often gets bought for weddings. The floral display in the centre of the table, created by super talented Michal of Bloominghaus, was dominated by foliage with an array of exotic and unusual flowers. I wanted a table runner rather than centre pieces as I feel strongly that the table should be sociable and easy to talk across. There’s nothing worse that a huge centrepiece getting in the away of good conversation. The crockery and glassware were provided by Rascals and continues the fuss-free contemporary look.
A lot of thought and detail went in to the stationery design as this is usually the first element the guests are introduced to, so I wanted to set up the atmosphere of this wedding from the start. The stationery suite was designed by Merrie of Merrie and Bright, who absolutely nailed it. The wording was very informal and playful. The mixture of card and acrylic gave it that modern, luxe feel without being pretentious.
The bold colours were drawn from the venue and this was echoed through to the cake design produced by Rania of The Custom Cake Boutique. Again a bold design choice juxtaposing the sugar icing, crystals and the colours. Merry and Rania collaborated on the cake topper too which I think sums up the feeling of this styled shoot. I wanted it to suggest the feeling of when you’ve just married your best mate. This is the vibe of the day and both suppliers captured my vision.
I wanted a two piece for the Bride as I wanted to suggest casual and care-free. The Rae top and skirt provided by Shikoba Bride worked perfectly. I love the mixture of the lace and tassels with the full silk skirt. Hair and makeup artist Kylie kept the brides face fresh and dewy with a styled loose top knot. I wanted a natural and effortless look which is what Kylie specialises in. We added a stunning headpiece provided by Victoria Millesime to make a statement but still in keeping with the boho-chic vibe. I styled the groom in a navy skinny suit with crew neck t-shirt and white pump style trainers. Smart, yet casual.
For the bride’s evening look I acquired the stunning ‘Jive Jumpsuit’ by Poppy Dover. I’m a huge fan of a bridal jumpsuit as I think they are elegant and flattering but cool and practical. Very much how I saw this bride. Kylie brushed out the hair to loose mermaid waves so the hair was long, free and flowing. She added small stars around the eyes for that extra party touch. We added a purple ombre veil supplied by w collective and captured some editorial shots. I imagine that this couple would want more editorial images of their wedding and this is exactly what Samie Lee (Photographer) has captured. Samie has done an amazing job of capturing all the details in a modern way.
Finally we had the lovely team from PROP ltd contribute their gif booth which I think is the ultimate party/wedding accessory! The couple played around capturing fun shots which is again the vibe I
wanted to emulate. Your wedding day is a celebration with those closest to you. It’s a day of fun and laughter. It’s a party.
The whole shoot was captured on film by Jack of Paper Planes media. I’m a huge lover of film as I think it is much more emotive than stills and I always encourage my couples to hire a videographer. Jacks editing is fresh and unique and totally captures the vibe of the day and the couple.
City Hearts, Wild Souls is a concept for the brave and free who want to share their day in an intimate way without inviting every Tom, Dick and Harry! I hope to encourage more couples to embrace their personal style and celebrate their day their way.
What a gorgeous shoot! We just love the colours and those cake toppers?! Hells yeh!! A big thanks to coordinator Lianne for sending us the shoot and to all the other wonderful suppliers involved – check them out below!
Concept, Planning, Co-ordination and Words: Lianne at Blonde Army
Shoot Assistant on the day: ByChenai
Photographer: Samie Lee Photography
Videographer: Paper Planes Media
Bride: Lucy Cadell
Groom: Ethan Clarke
Two Piece Bridal Wear: Shikoba Bride
Jive Jumpsuit: Poppy Dover
Hair, Make Up and Men’s Grooming: Kylie McMichael
Stationery and Cake Topper: Merrie and Bright
Cake: The Custom Cake Boutique
Purple Ombre Veil: Wedding Collective
Silver Headpiece: Victoria Millesime
Gif Booth: PROP Ltd