Oh I just love this charming shoot! And I know you will too! Easing you in after the bank holiday delightful Olivia, blogger and planner over at NulyWeds and photographer Anne Schwarz have produced such gorgeous inspiration for you today.
Not your typical city location, this shoot is based out of Grange City Hotel and London Rowing Club, a riverside location full of interesting portrait locations, beautiful backdrops and some quirky accents and fresh yellow and blue palette.
The lovely Olivia working her magic behind the scenes.
With relaxed and flattering bohemian styling including gorgeous lace Claire Pettibone bridal fashion courtesy of one of my favourite London bridal boutiques; Blackburn Bridal and contemporary and cultural tailoring from the talented Kwame Koranteng Bespoke Tailoring. The team cleverly utilised West African/Ankara bright colours and patterns to contrast this quaint English setting to beautiful effect!
Read on to be inspired below and find out from the delightfully talented Olivia about how you can recreate this look!
Inspiration Behind the Shoot
(Nu Bride: Look at that artistry!)
This photoshoot was inspired by West African/Ankara bright colours and patterns contrasting with a quaint English setting.
First we recreated the most natural of mornings with the make-up and hair taking centre stage.
We chose the Grange City Hotel for its spaciousness and neutral palette so we could create something realistic and pretty.
Our gorgeous model Julia Anukam was treated to expert textured hair styling by Subrina Kidd, who made use of Julia’s natural curls to create an up-do that flattered her face shape.
Our make-up artist (Nu Bride: the very legendary) Malkia Roberts created a neutral sultry smokey eye, a soft gold highlight and barely-there blush which flatters every bride.
The team at Blackburn Bridal were fantastic at matching our bride to the perfect bohemian dress for her shape. We chose Patchouli and Cheyenne from Claire Pettibone Romantique collection.
For the flowers it was great to work with the creative team at Ricky Paul Flowers who delivered this stunning leafy, oversized bouquet, adding to the soft bohemian look. We completed the bridal style with some tigerwood hoop earrings.
Our groom, Hamid Atta, was styled in suits by Kwame Koranteng Bespoke Tailoring. We loved the boldness of the colour against the softness of the bride.
For the main wedding look, we chose peacock-blue, emerald-green, lemon yellow, white and black to create a very bold, African inspired look that can work all year round.
The London Rowing Club was the perfect canvas as it brings a lot of its own character with a boat on the ceiling and club portraits, whilst still having a neutral background with floods of light.
Recreate The Look
To get the look, ditch the chiavari chairs and go for crossback chairs which work for any styling.
Less is more for an intimate ceremony, so a few flowers on the mantelpiece and clusters of floating candles at different heights is all you need for an instant wow factor.
The perfect pattern is important so choose a creative stationer that is willing to go outside of the box for an African-style pattern that’s individual to you!
For flowers, big headed blooms and leaves are a must. You’ll feel so elegant carrying an oversized bouquet (our bride certainly did!)
For the table, these royal blue napkins balanced out the black and white crockery perfectly without looking garish.
Add in some quirky, personalised touches like DIY succulent-in-lemon-rind name-card holders. Or patterned cupcakes like these beauties created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium and patterned ties for a simplistic, colourful and fun look!
Creative Director and Stylist – Olivia De Santos
Photographer – Anne Schwarz
Cinematographer – Ben Queenborough
Hotel – Grange City Hotel
Venue – The London Rowing Club
Cake designer – Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
Florist – Ricky Paul Flowers
Stationery – Jennifer’s Paper
Crockery and Glassware – Whitehouse Crockery
Linen and Candles – Complete Event Hire
Chairs – Stress Free Hire
Dresses – Claire Pettibone at Blackburn Bridal
Suits – Kwame Koranteng
Hair – Subrina Kidd
Makeup – Malkia Roberts
Bride – Julia Anukam
Groom – Hamid Atta