Paula Rooney Weddings & Events at La Perla! #valentines

Paula Rooney Weddings & Events at La Perla! #valentines

My lovely friend, favourite florist & later this year one of my Brides is as we speak knee deep in gorgeous Red Roses. Of course we all know by now its Valentines Day.  A very busy day for all the flower fairies and having been there myself a few years ago I know just how crazy it is.  I’ll never forget standing in my shop ‘Oops A Daisy’ in Cookham and being surrounded by 1500 stems of Roses in a rainbow of colours and feeling exhausted but also loving it! Paula Rooney Weddings & Events was invited this year by the Luxury Lingerie Specialist La Perla to have a ‘pop up’ shop in their Sloane Street & Bond Street stores.  A perfect relationship for these two luxury specialists. Paula’s display looked fabulous and very at home in amongst the silks, lace and finery. The girls at La Perla were lovely, they looked fabulous in the black dress and red lipstick.  It was a busy day whilst I was there, so many ladies coming in to buy themselves lingerie, I was quite surprised..clearly I am not treating myself enough.   There was a particular range of Lingerie that was a bit special.  The Maid to Measure range with its 18 carat gold thread and 18 carat gold fixtures and fastenings, quite incredible, if not a bit extravagant!  But in the area of Knightsbridge I am sure that the clientele here would not be put off or even consider the cost. I loved the portfolio La Perla had created to show the design and detail that goes into their ‘Made to Measure‘...
Maids to Measure – #Girls Night Out!

Maids to Measure – #Girls Night Out!

  The gorgeous girlies over at ‘Maids to Measure’ design and create wonderful gowns for bridesmaids. After discovering how difficult it was for Brides and their Maids to find suitable, fun & gorgeous gowns the girls have set up their own beautiful boutique. Armfuls of awards later, a wonderful collection of stockists and a portfolio of very happy Brides and their Maids you can safely say the girls knew exactly what was missing in the marketplace. Wednesday evening the Maid to Measure crew hosted a fabulous girly soiree for all the Brides and their Maids to come and see wonderful suppliers, check out their offerings and see them in action.  The Maids were given food, drink and armfuls of hospitality all on top of fabulous Roof Gardens in Kensington. What a fabulous place!  I wasn’t expecting this.  Great Bar, huge space, then out onto the roof top partially covered by marquee (and very cosy) There were gorgeous brickwork tunnels filled with the wonderful aroma of the abundant BBQ!  Then out to the most exotic looking garden you would never expect to find on a roof in Kensington..can’t wait to go back.  Loved it. I took a handful of pictures whilst there.  Just enough to give you a flavour of the evening.  It was busy, lively, entertaining, certainly a wonderful event and one that wedding service providers should do their upmost to take part in, in future.  I hope they do it again!   Please see below a list of the suppliers that featured, click on the names to go to their websites. Suzanne Neville, Freya Rose, Charlotte Mills Bridal, Eagle Eyed Bride,...
Andrea Hawkes Bridal & Occasion – Clerkenwell

Andrea Hawkes Bridal & Occasion – Clerkenwell

This year for me is all about getting out from behind my desk and putting my foot in the door of the wedding industry.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been firmly working in ‘Weddings & Events’ for well over a decade but have only tentatively trod in the social & networking scene of my associates in the industry.  Of course you make friends and work colleagues over that period of time but in order to be remembered and referred to by people, you need to be present, you need to make an effort, especially as a photographer because they are so many good ones around! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not shy..its just that the industry, as in most, can be quite overwhelming, sometimes intimidating & often fiercely competitive as well as (what you’d expect from weddings)…beautiful, fluffy and romantic! There are some incredibly creative and quite charming people out there and through my recent endeavours I have managed to meet them and in some cases work with them.  This helps me refer wonderful people to my brides & clients who are also overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice and who have occasionally suffered at the hands of bad service.  It is good to go out & seek the current trends, source new suppliers & find innovative new services that are springing up everywhere! I met Andrea Hawkes, Bespoke Bridal Designer, recently at the Icetank Studios in Convent Garden where they held their fabulous #weddinginatank event.  Andrea was showcasing her designs, modelled by the delightful Sophie, who incredibly isn’t a professional model but one of Andreas lovely part-time assistants, this is a great advert for...
#Tanked Wedding In a Tank @ICETANK

#Tanked Wedding In a Tank @ICETANK

It was one of those days.  You know the ones were you have so much to do and another fives hours in the day wouldn’t go amiss. I’d very kindly been invited by Jane from Planned for Perfection along to this wedding industry showcase and didn’t wanna miss it.  I’d seen IceTank studios in Convent Garden in images often and was really keen to take a look, plus there was going to be a whole host of other industry peeps so always good to catch up. So despite having a portrait shoot that morning in Berkshire and needing to be back in Surrey by 3pm I readily agreed to go and went and got my jet engines out!! Icetank studios are tucked away in a side street in Convent Garden, Londons West End, a perfect location. A large picture window gives huge opportunity for dressing, display or pure voyeurism!  I thought up lots of ideas whilst there I was also reliably informed that shutters can also come down for privacy if required. There were two events that day ‘Wedding in a Tank’ for all of us wedding suppliers & ‘Party in a Tank’ which was aimed at the fashion brands and agencies. Wild about Flowers provided the most stunning flower displays, with a suspended ceiling display and exquisite arrangements all over the venue, they also held floral crown workshops downstairs for people to get all florally creative!  The scent was incredible..sorry you can’t appreciate here. Light Motif  were the production providers creating incredible lighting displays, something couples very often don’t consider but for me is an essential ingredient to any event.  The...
Emma Hunt London – Fulham Palace

Emma Hunt London – Fulham Palace

In my opinion it is all down to experience. Not, how many years you have been in the business, or how many weddings you have photographed, dresses you have made, bouquets you have created.  For me, as a service provider in the bridal industry it is all about the experience we give our couples who are engaged to be married. Call me an old romantic if you will but a bride should fall in love a 100 times on the road to her wedding..her dress, her shoes, the venue (maybe not the photographer but the style at least!) but it should be an emotive experience.  When a couple or bride are stood in front of me I want them to decide with their heart not their head whether or not I am for them. So, that brings me to today.  I have stood in boutiques, at wedding shows, venues, with caterers and have been amazed at the lack of enthusiasm or genuine interest in the people enquiring for their services, I can accept this attitude in the supermarket, if I must but NOT when two people are planning the most important day of their lives…today I saw genuine, creative people, they had patience and were interested, both brides and designers got emotional and the overall ambiance in the room was warm and welcoming, which was all down to the people. Fulham Palace is a venue with a heart and history.  So many original features, beautiful chandeliers, the biggest windows pouring in stunning light which created dancing shadows on the walls and made everyone look gorgeous.  The wooden floors swept warmth...
The Four Seasons Hampshire – Luxury Wedding Showcase

The Four Seasons Hampshire – Luxury Wedding Showcase

Hampshire brides were in for a real treat today if they visited the Four Seasons Wedding Showcase. A truly stunning affair organised by Emma Westacott at this imposing luxury Manor House. The long approach down a picturesque, winding drive, is not disappointing as the manor house lays before you majestically, even as I arrived early afternoon and the winter sun had disappeared I was even more excited to be visiting this venue, surprisingly for the 1st time. Despite the chilling winds and grey skies it look amazing. I had heard many good things and enjoy Four Seasons social media posts but hadn’t had the opportunity to work or visit the hotel..which is criminal on my part! Paula Rooney Weddings & Events had triggered my visit, intrigued by the advertising of the showcase then hearing my friend and colleague would be showcasing herself I decided I must drop in to at least visit her wonderful display. I have attended many a wedding fair and even exhibited at a few but none hold a candle to this event.  The doorman greeted us with genuine hospitality and we were shown directly to the location of the showcase.  The long, light & white candlelit walkway was enticing and had something of the feel of Narnia about it today..the florist, new to me, Zita Elze had decorated this area beautifully and the approach looked quite magical. A second display greeted us by Zita Elze which was equally stunning along with glasses of champagne, cocktails & canapés.  This really is an event that Brides must put on their calendar, the hospitality was fabulous. My first port of call was to visit...