Wedding Inspiration: Urban Mermaid

Last month we were so lucky to be able to work once again with the uber-talent that is the Mary Jane Vaughan team, paper-magic-makers BerinMade, calligrapher extraordinaire Oh Wonder Calligraphy and baker of dreams Wildflower Cakes. We came together to create a new wedding design - from our brains to the trestle table.

This design was inspired by the many 'seaside glam' shoot we'd seen over the past few years. Sequinned brides, seashells and the beach. We love those kind of shoots, they can be really stunning. But what about the brides who don't want to get married on the coast? It's all very pretty in a picture but you just know you're going to have sand in your cleavage and your well-coiffed hairdo will be blown to smithereens before the I Dos.

So what if you like the look but also really want to stay safely in a city or town to get hitched? You can have it all!

Our Urban Mermaid design was for that exact couple. Bringing in natural elements like shells and stone, with more urban ones like concrete and glass. All against a more formal backdrop of a typical London wedding venue.

berinmade paper design wedding

Using pastel colours as a base with iridescent paper details for glam, it brings both a modern and organic texture to a blank canvas wedding venue. 

cake wildflower revelry white succulents shimmer

The Wildflower cake was a clean, chic design with organic succulents and an iridescent shimmer.

BerinMade's shimmering gemstones showed off the iridescent/holographic trend we think is going to make the transition from runway to wedding world in the next year. 

Beautiful images by Xander and Thea


Wedding Inspiration Shoots: Classical Botanical

A whole year ago, Susie and I were squealing in delight as we scrolled down image after image in the gallery of our latest photoshoot. Weeks earlier we'd shot our latest wedding inspiration shoot at Middle Temple Hall, a hidden gem of a venue in London's 'law quarter'.

This grand and gorgeous Elizabethan hall was the ideal backdrop for our botanical styled shoot to see soft florals against strong architecture - the perfect blend of feminine and masculine.

Our inspiration for this shoot was classical botanical, taking influence from historical paintings and fine art - think moody still life fruit and flowers with a modern twist.

We knew botanical and foliage was going to be big this year, especially fern, so we wanted to create a look that really had botanics at it's heart. Instead of going down a light and airy floral route, we tried to go for something a little darker, a little more sultry.

Foliage was literally trailing through every part of this shoot to bring together all the botanical details. From the table runner to the bride’s hairpiece, we mixed fruit and florals to create a look that could have been in a painting itself. The dark colours of the backdrop were echoed through the tablescape and even the bridal look, but always teaming them with more feminine elements like soft fabrics and delicate blooms to achieve the right visual balance and heighten the sense of drama.

We paired moody hues of plum, burgundy and lush green with lighter, feminine colours like blush to create a really truly dynamic look. Hints of antique silver with soft candlelight were just perfect for the tone of the shoot.

Most of all we wanted to show that even in a venue as prestigious and grand as Middle Temple Hall - not at all a blank canvas with its ready-made luxurious decor - that formal doesn't have to be boring. Embrace dark colours, yes, but apply a sense of looseness, warmth and sensuality with it to a venue that could appear to be to an outsider to be stiff. Your wedding style choices don't need to be dictated by the wood panelling and oil pantings!


Planning and Styling - Revelry Events

Photography - Xander and Thea

Flowers - Mary Jane Vaughan

Cake - Olofson Design

Hair and Make Up - Hair and Make Up Atelier

Stationery - Judy Broad Calligraphy

Dresses - Joanna Penneycard

Venue - Middle Temple Hall

Chairs, linens, tableware - Options Hire

Wedding Shoots: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Styled Shoot: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

When the first trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies dropped we knew we had to use it as inspiration for a styled shoot. Call us products of the Buffy generation but give us a kick-ass heroine and an army of the undead and we’re happier than an afternoon of cake tasting.

We knew we wanted to create a gothic romance look for the shoot so we picked deep reds and pinks to bring this to life and used lots of candelabra’s! The traditional place settings and dinner set up was a nod to the regency era of the film as was the style of the invitations and the cake. We kept the bride more modern with two different looks - a bad-ass mix of separates and a contemporary dress with a beautiful train (perfect for sweeping stairs) and romantic veil.

Check out the video and images from the shoot below.

Organisation and styling by Revelry Events

Brett Harkness photographed the whole shoot 

Wagtail Productions made the short film 

Lara Sanjar gave us the flowers 

Halfpenny London provided the wedding dresses and veils 

Watters lent the bridesmaid dress 

Options supplied the linen and table setting 

GC Couture provided the cake

Judy Broad created the stationery 

Anita Stevens made the actors beautiful 

Freya Rose supplied the shoes 

Chandos House lent their venue