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A mood board for an autumn wedding

In my last post I looked at the lovely autumn wedding of Nic and Rich at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington and today I wanted to share the mood board and some of the design details of the day.

Autumnal reds moodboard

As part of my full wedding planning service I put together a design brief that breaks the day down into the different parts from the ceremony to the reception and looks at design details and colour palettes; the mood board above was one of two I put together that they chose to go for.

ceremony room set up with benches, storm lantern pew ends, red and orange fabric ribbon backdrop

tealights and red flowers at wedding bench seating wedding lounge area with flowers and tealights

The ceremony was held in the Main Hall, keeping in mind the informal feel to the day we opted for benches rather then chairs and I designed and made a striking fabric ribbon backdrop in autumnal shades of red and orange; the couple stood on a lush deep red rug we bought for the ceremony which they were able to keep for their home afterwards. We were then able to use the benches with sofas that were already in the venue to create little lounge areas with coffee tables so keeping the relaxed vibe of the day.

autumn wedding flowers gloriosa lily buttonholes

The gorgeous flowers by Boutique Blooms in clusters of varying vases were a lovely combination of seasonal autumn flowers and foliage but also the Gloriosa flame lily which as the national flower of Zimbabwe was important to Nic be included. The couple also made 100’s of origami cranes in matching shades or orange, red and map print paper to tie in with the maps at the Royal Geographical Society.

wedding flowers wedding flowers red dahlias and candle light wedding flowers candles in storm lanterns and tealights origami cranes for wedding

All the on the day stationery was designed by friends and comprised of vintage map inspired information posters for the different parts of the day.

vintage map wedding day stationery information posters bespoke artwork as guest book signing poster

We also put together a DIY photobooth by covering a notice board with a selection vintage maps and the after dinner dessert buffet by Sweet and Eventful continued the travel theme with vintage suitcases and globes as props and maps as tags and tray liners.

DIY travel themed map photobooth dessert buffet at travel themed wedding

 

Mood board credits

RGS by Helen Maybanks Photography
Couple in leaves by Cuppa Photography  via Style Me Pretty
Autumn wreath by euphoric flowers
Stationery by Betsy Dunlap  via Oh So Beautiful Paper
Benches with blankets by Abbey Rose Photo
Bouquet by Kate Webber Photography  via Lover.ly
Large floral displays photo by Christian Oth  via Mathew Robbins Design
Small rose displays via Pinterest via Wedding Magazine
Map pin wheels on chairs by Tracie Howe Photography  via Wedding Chicks
Lounge area photo by Alyssa Nicol Photography  via Style Me Pretty
Dahlia flowers Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

Supplier Credits

Photographer – Lillian and Leonard
Wedding Planner & Designer – Andri Benson of Always Andri Wedding Design
Venue – Royal Geographical Society in Kensington London
Brides Dress – Claire Pettibone via Blackburn Bridal
Cloak – borrowed
Shoes – self-designed via Shoes of Prey
Grooms Suit – Debenhams + shirt from Thomas Pink + tie from Austin Reed
Bridesmaids – their own dresses
Flowergirls – BHS
Florist – Boutique Blooms
Cake – a friend
Entertainment – Party Down via Melisima Music
Rings – Hatton Garden
Catering – Lodge Catering
Wedding website – Appy Couple
Hair and make-up Artist – Amanda Roberts
Dessert Bar – Sweet and Eventful


A relaxed autumn wedding in London

bride and groom sitting on a bench in Hyde Park

On a crisp autumn day in London Nic and Rich celebrated their wedding with friends and family who joined them from all over the world.  With Nic’s family now living in Australia and having grown up in Zimbabwe, their wedding day was always was going to be one filled with international touches.

red and orange autumn wedding bouquet with dahlias and gloriosa lillies

When Nic and Rich asked me to help with their wedding planning Nic was living in Liverpool and only had limited time in London with Rich at the weekends so knew they would need help with full wedding planning. When we discussed what they wanted for their wedding day it was important to them that guests could mingle without the restrictions of being at dining tables and not have to worry about getting around different venues especially as a number of guests were coming from overseas.

The Royal Geographical Society was the perfect location for their autumn wedding; not only because of its obvious travel and map connection but because the layout of the venue allowed us to utilise the spaces in different ways for the various parts of the day.

Nic got ready at the fabulous Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington and had her hair and makeup done by Amanda Roberts. Her maids joined her to get ready and Nic gifted them all with beautiful floral dressing gowns Nic had purchased from Etsy.

bride getting ready at Ampersand Hotel

The boys all met at a local pub and then walked up to the Royal Geographical Society where both the ceremony and wedding reception were going to be held.

grooom and groomsen outside Kensington pub outside of Royal Geographical Society wedding ceremony room with partial view of Order of the day poster bride walks up the aisle with father bride and groom first kiss at alter with ribbon backdrop bride and groom getting married weding ceremony with autumn colours ribbon backdrop

After the ceremony guests enjoyed drinks and canapés on the terrace and then returned to the main hall and education room for dinner but rather then a formal sit down meal they had food stations where guests could help themselves to a choice of curry, fajitas or burgers with fish and chips and risotto were passed round by the catering staff.

wedding guests at Royal Geographical Society terrrace Royal Geographical Society terrrace wedding guests signing guest book poster small boy at wedding taking picture with disposable camera Royal Geographical Society set up for wedding wedding curry station bride enjoys wedding speeches groom gives speech at laid back wedding homemade Africa inspired wedding cake

After the enjoyable speeches and cutting of the cake, which was lovingly made by a family friend, guests continued to dance the night away to fab band Party Down.

Bride and groom first dance at wedding wedding reception party at Royal Geographical Society

Supplier Credits

Photographer – Lillian and Leonard
Wedding Planner & Designer – Andri Benson of Always Andri Wedding Design
Venue – Royal Geographical Society in Kensington London
Brides Dress – Claire Pettibone via Blackburn Bridal
Cloak – borrowed
Shoes – self-designed via Shoes of Prey
Grooms Suit – Debenhams + shirt from Thomas Pink + tie from Austin Reed
Bridesmaids – their own dresses
Flowergirls – BHS
Florist – Boutique Blooms
Cake – a friend
Entertainment – Party Down via Melisima Music
Rings – Hatton Garden
Catering – Lodge Catering
Wedding website – Appy Couple
Hair and make-up Artist – Amanda Roberts
Dessert Bar – Sweet and Eventful


A photoshoot inspired by texture and nature

jenny packham wedding dress bride at foliage runner wedding table
The inspiration for this shoot was to create a style that used textures as the starting point. We loved the idea of something that could be simple, elegant and yet detailed and with depth. These beautiful images from photographer Fiona Kelly showcase a shoot full of lush, organic textures and show how you can create an elegant, stylish wedding with a few, simple unusual touches.

foliage table runner on long oak wedding table

The venue for the shoot was the Royal Geographical Society in London. The classic, simple lines of the Main Hall were a perfect backdrop for the opulent top table. Dressed in layers of Eucalyptus, Green Bells & ivory Majolica roses, our florist Blue Sky Flowers created a dramatic display, adding a touch of luxury with bronze spray painted ferns & Eryngium thistles. A scattering of pheasant feathers finished off the organic look.

bronze mini wedding cakes with wire holders Kate Ruth Romney organic textured wedding stationery wire table number hanging table plan

The earthy looking stationery was created by Kate Ruth Romey who used brown paper & wooden details for the place settings. The ingenious table plan was a clever combination of little, brown luggage tags suspended from giant wire globes made by our stylist Andri Benson. The wire detail was also incorporated into the place settings with twirly bronze plate chargers and nests for the cute bronze, mini cakes provided by Little Boutique Bakery.

little boutique bakery delicate sugar paste flowers on square stacked wedding cake blue sky flowers organic textured wedding bouquet with foliage and pheasant feathers

The elegant ivory wedding cake was decorated with delicate sugar flowers in the same muted colours as the tablescape and the bouquet; a unique organic arrangement of Broom, ivory Hydrangea and Majolica spray roses and those lovely Pheasant feathers again!

Jenny Packham Callie sequin wedding dress Jenny packham callie sequin dress

To match the opulence of the table, our model bride, Bryony, wears ‘Callie’ from Jennie Packham a beautiful, simple tulle gown embellished with sequins. We pulled the look together with a bronze ribbon belt to coordinate with the floral arrangements and Sjaniel Turrell styled Bryony’s hair into a classic up-do with a modern twist.

wedding dress by Kobus Dippenaar Jesus Peiro sequin metallic wedding shrug

The second gown featured is a classic, elegant design from Kobus Dippenaar (AG-12-022) supplied by Morgan-Davies Bridal, who kindly provided all the accessories for this shoot. With a simple strapless bodice and full, flared skirt we accessorised the gown with a sequinned belt and the fabulous bronze shrug by Jesus Peiro to give the right amount of shimmer. Bryony’s look was more laid back with a modern, fishtail plait and classic, natural make up. Shoes throughout were provided by Marsha Hall.

Marsha Hall Bespoke wedding shoes and organic texture feather bouquet

Photoshoot Credits
Photographer Fiona Kelly
Design & Styling Andri Benson
Flowers Blue Sky Flowers
Stationery Kate Ruth Romey
Cake Little Boutique Bakery
Catering/hire Lodge catering
Venue Royal Geographical Society
Hair & Makeup Sjaniel Turrell
Dresses & accessories Morgan-Davies Bridal
Footwear Marsha Hall
Model Bryony Robertson
Styling assistant Wendy
Photographer Assistant Megan


A summer wedding in the City

Happy bride waiting on car with pastel peony bouquet

On a very hot July day in the City of London Rosie and Frank tied the knot at the beautiful St Etheldreda’s Church followed by a joyful reception for family and friends at Stationers’ Hall.

Rosie first got in touch with me 3 months before their wedding; they’d chosen their wedding venues and the dress the year before but between work and moving cities they suddenly realised there was a lot more to do and not much time left to do it. We quickly put a plan of action together and I got to work sourcing a crack team of suppliers for them.

bridal prep at City wedding

With 6 bridesmaids in the bridal party and mums and aunties too, I recommended fabulous makeup artist Ana Ospina to carry out her airbrush magic (and it really was magic-despite being one of the hottest days of the year all the ladies still looked immaculate at the end of the day) and hairstylist Yuki from Love Hair.

bridesmaids in lilac dresses with peony and roses bouquets

The catholic wedding ceremony was held at St Etheldreda’s Church. Liz from Blue Sky Flowers dressed the church beautifully with 2 large pedestal arrangements & pretty hydrangea pew ends that we later used at the reception venue.

Wedding at St Etheldreda's Church London

bride and groom ring exchange at wedding at St Etheldreda's Church London

happy couple at St Etheldreda's Church London

After the ceremony guests had the option of either walking or catching a red routemaster bus to Stationers Hall where they were greeted by the dulcet tones of Quattro String Quartet in the courtyard.

wedding drinks reception at Stationers Hall London

Bride and groom enter wedding reception at Stationers Hall

wedding speeches at Stationers Hall London

guests congratulate with champagne toast at wedding

happy bride at Stationers Hall Wedding

The Wedding breakfast was served family style in the Great Hall so the guests could help themselves from a selection of delicious meat and vegetarian curries. After the very moving and funny speeches the bride and groom cut the cheese tower cake then danced the night away.

bride and groom first dance at Stationers Hall London wedding

Do take a look at the fun wedding video by Smooch Films from this wedding on my film page here

Brie and groom kissing in front of St Pauls Cathedral

Wedding Suppliers

Ceremony venue St Etheldreda’s Church
Reception Venue Stationers’ Hall
Wedding planner Always Andri Wedding Design
Photography Kat Hill
Makeup Ana Ospina
Hair Yuki at Lovehair
Florist Blue Sky Flowers
Stationery Hello! Lucky
Macaron Tower Anges de Sucre
Cheese Tower The Cheese Shed
Crèche Arftull Splodgers
Videography Smooch Films
Video Booth Wish You Well
String quartet Quattro String Quartet
DJ Mobile Music Company
Red Bus : Routemaster for Hire
Catering Greenleaf
Bar staff The Cocktail Service


Defining Your Signature Style worskshop

I recently attended a fabulous two day workshop on photography and mood boarding. The course ‘Defining Your Signature Style’ was run by the lovely Emily Quinton (Makelight) who taught the photography day and mood boarding guru and trends expert Gudy Herder (Eclectic Trends).

Emily Quinton teaching photography styles

The first day was all about photography, having already done a couple of courses with Emily I was excited to see what new tips I would pick up. As per the workshop’s name we looked at 3 example styles of photography and practised taking photos in that style. On the day I was drawn to the minimalist style and you can see a few of my practise shots in this style but we also considered moody imagery and bright and colourful ones too.

minimalist style rose photo

Playing with focus points

cotton reels practising focal points
Learning how to spot meter and playing with exposure

berry photo practsing spot metering and exposure
It was great not just thinking about how to take a good photograph but consider the look and style you wanted to portray in the images well.

Gudy Herder discussing mood baording and personal style

The second day was all about mood boarding and all the different ways you can create mood boards and then use them to define your style. We were focusing on representing our personal styles and brands but as mood boarding plays an important role when I’m working with wedding couples’ wedding design I was able to pick up some incredibly helpful tips on creating and using mood boards to express design ideas.

group moodboarding

Gudy has written a fabulous blog post that explains the worshop in a lot more detail and you can also see my moodboard from the day (that gives you a little sneak peek into my new branding colours), so do take a look here.

If you’d like to take the workshop Emily & Gudy are holding another one on July 10th & 11th 2015 and you can book your place here:

http://attending.io/events/signaturestyle2015

All photos taken by Andri Benson


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