I got together with an incredibly talented group of wedding vendors to create an editorial shoot with a contemporary and fresh feel for the urban bride. The main inspiration was Architecture and Origami and we wanted this to run through all the elements of the styling. For the venue, we chose the award-winning building and unique, contemporary city wedding venue Laban in South East London. The main double-height hall, various studios and landscaped outdoor area at this contemporary dance centre designed by architects Herzog and De Meuron are used for a limited number of weddings per year. We loved the vibrant colours, clean lines and contemporary mural backdrop by artist Michael Craig-Martin.
The dresses were from a selection of designers at Morgan Davies Bridal. They ranged from a dramatic piece by Jasper Garvida with textured embellishments to the softer tulle layered ivory organza bridal ball gown with a black organza origami belt by Tara Keely. The dresses provided the inspiration for the cakes which mimicked the layering and folds and were crafted by the talented Ceri at Olofson Design. The bold facetted and angular gold and silver jewellery pieces were provided by Melanie Eddy.
Liz of Blue Sky flowers created stunning bouquets using soft pinks and greens to match with the colours of the venue. She also created a theatrical centrepiece inspired by the Japanese art of Ikebana, and used succulents throughout to give the flowers a contemporary look. The paper goods including the chic stationery, pretty paper nests, kite menus and ‘hanging’ table plan decorated with paper cone flowers were created by the talented girls at Eagle Eyed Bride. The fabulous giant props including the ceremony arch, hearts and hanging paper cranes displayed in the main hall at Laban were created by Scene Setter.
The ‘behind-the-scenes’ was cleverly captured on video by talented wedding videographer Adrian of the Dream Catchers. The whole shoot was beautifully sourced and co-ordinated by wedding planner Andri of Always Andri Design.
Makeup artist to the stars Mariam Jensen airbrushed the models with Temptu S/B to give them a flawless, radiant finish. Those at home can try a product like Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation to give a similar glowing finish. The focus of the makeup was defined eyes, using kohl pencils to smudge and define the gorgeous eye shapes of both the models. Mariam really likes the Jemma Kidd Define Stay-Put Eye Liner which defines the eyes easily and is also waterproof. The look is vey fresh, yet also sexy – perfect for a wedding day look!
Hair-stylist Davide Barbieri of Corvino Hair prepped the models hair with Bumble and Bumble Prep to give moisture to the hair and L’oreal tecni art mousse force 3 to give fullness and body to the hair. To do the top knot up do he used a hairpiece from Hairaisers wrapped around the pony tail. Davide finished the styles with L’oreal crystal gloss to create shine and Bumble and Bumble Classic hairspray to fix the style in place.