a travel and literature-inspired 1930s

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City Wedding // Botanical and Glamorous

Planning & Styling: The Stars Inside
Photography: Kate Nielen
Assistant: Cleectic Love
Florist: Green and Envy
Stationer: Studio Oudizo
Cake & Dessert Artist: The Enchanting Cake Company
Hair and Make-up: Clare Pinkney
Textiles: Kate Cullen 
Decor: The Essex Occasion Co
Bridalwear: The State of Grace

This styled shoot was inspired by the uber-chic decor of the Shooting Gallery of the Haymarket Hotel, in the heart of London’s theater district, which was our venue for the day. The hotel prides itself on its bold, stylish interior design, and the room we used blends traditional architecture and artwork with splashes of modernism. The walls are covered in a dramatic de Gournay wallpaper, featuring jungle landscapes in grey sepia tones. The decor includes an eclectic collection of furniture, including 70’s lucite tables and lamps and pictures by Oliver Messel, illustrating his costume designs for a production of Antony and Cleopatra.

As soon as I walked in, the space called to mind images of travel journals and mystery novels, luxurious galas on faraway cruises, and adventures in exotic lands. I let the Egyptian-esque artwork inspire me, and combined elements of that with 1930s glamour - with visuals reminiscent of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile" novel. Together with an amazing team of creatives, I used lots of ferns, shades of jungle green, bespoke bridalwear, and authentic vintage pieces of decor to bring the room to life. My aim was to embrace the personality of the venue, while transporting the viewer to a time of effortless elegance and discovery, of pearl-wearing adventuresses, and of secrets and mysteries.

I’m a convention breaker at heart, and as a wedding planner my signature is uniqueness, fearless creativity, and immersion into new worlds. As I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, as well as a hobbyist Archaeology enthusiast, the opportunity of bringing those elements together into a stylish and chic bridal photoshoot was a very exciting one for me - and I loved it!