A warm hello and big welcome back to our journal for the start of 2015!

We’ve already plenty to talk about this year (did you see our announcement over on Instagram this week?) Regular readers of the journal will know that we’ve been lucky enough to photograph a number of weddings at The Royal Exchange. It’s such an honour to be confirmed as one of their preferred suppliers and we can’t wait to continue our association with this fabulous London venue.

The festive break gave us a wonderful opportunity to relax and reflect on the previous year. There was also a Christmas treat in store; our very first styled shoot featured on the Weddings Chicks blog.

2014 saw us photograph so many beautiful London weddings. The slightly quieter autumn period gave us a little diary space to design our very first styled wedding shoot. The plan? To showcase some favourite wedding suppliers and tantalise our creative taste buds with something a little bit different (we chose to apply the foodie aspect quite literally!)

‘For those looking for something slightly different to the traditional ‘sit down, three course, with a desert table’ kind of reception, this shoot offers the perfect inspiration. A gorgeous afternoon tea for your closest friends and family is sure to hit the spot!’

One Marylebone was the perfect location for our Elegant Afternoon Reception; my architectural background means I’ve an eternal appreciation of beautiful buildings! With the venue confirmed, we only had two weeks to get everything planned for our afternoon tea shoot. I was really lucky to have the help of Jemima (One Time Design), Mandy (Number 12 Creative) and Nadia (Nadia Rae Afternoon Tea). All things wedding-related typically cause a whirlwind; the styled shoot proved no exception as we sourced everything for the big day!

We were delighted to have the shoot featured on Wedding Chicks. Here you can view the full gallery, plus a behind-the-scenes video of this shoot. For floral inspiration, look no further than the fabulous Euphoric Flowers; their blog feature also makes beautiful reading!

Photographing the shoot was a joy; I loved the opportunity to work with such talented suppliers and use my photography skills to showcase their work. Capturing every element of each supplier’s work was the most satisfying part of the shoot; it gave me a real buzz. I also really enjoyed my interaction with the models to create the couple shots; they captured some great moments in front of the lens.

Creatively, the project was so rewarding; seeing the scribbles on my notepad evolve into a complete mini wedding was a definite ‘wow’ moment. Designing the styled shoot also allowed me to coordinate every detail of the production- a rare treat! I feel incredibly grateful that our selected suppliers trusted me to be part of this project; a huge thank you to everyone involved!

 

Wedding Planner: Extraordinary Days Events

Cinematography: Full Circle Weddings

Venue: One Marylebone

Cake: Rosalind Miller Cakes

Dress Shop: Secret Dress House

Groom’s Attire: Marc Wallace

Photography & Production: Rupa Photography

Interior Stylist: One Time Design

Afternoon Tea Caterer: Nadia Rae Afternoon Tea

Food Stylist & Stationery: Number 12 Creative

Assistant Photographer: Steve Shipman

Hair, Makeup and Accessories: Botias

Flowers: Euphoric Flowers

‘Time for Tea’ Centerpieces : Scarlet and Violet

Furniture Rentals: Allens Hire

Models: Marcelo Lourenco, Paula Souza & Lizzy Cavell

Sparkling Wine: Digby Fine Wines

Table Dressers: Tabledressers