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As soon as this deliciously stylish shoot landed in my inbox from industry chum Elisabetta White, I knew I had to share it with you.
This elegantly executed trendy black and white city chic shoot is right up my street. It was put together by Fiona Kelly Photography and London-based wedding planner & stylist Elisabetta White and inspired for the sophisticated modern bride and groom.
From designer to high street, the finishing touches in this shoot are so elegant.
Over to the planner and stylish Elisabetta White to find out more about the inspiration behind the shoot and tips on how you can recreate the look.
The Greenwich Hotel offers beautiful suites and a terrace overlooking some of London’s key landmarks, rich velvet furnishings, mirrors and designer pieces throughout.
We chose a black and white colour palette and touches of velvet, gold and marble grey to bring out and capitalise on the décor of the venue. This look is modern, minimal yet romantic.
Linear touches have been brought out by the use of chevrons, straight lines and polka dots used both on the stationery designed by Kate Ruth Romey and the cakes designed by Olofson Design. Black and gold candle holders by H&M, geometric marble and cast iron décor pieces by Att Pynta are all softened by more romantic elements, such as the sequin tablecloths by The Sweet Hostess, glittery table numbers and delicate floral arrangements by Ivy Pip & Rose.
With the help of makeup artist Ana Ospina Makeup and hairstylist Dionne Smith, we created two bridal looks:
– a sleek, romantic style, with a Jesus Peiro dress from Morgan Davies Bridal, accessorised with a modern metallic belt, and complemented by soft makeup and an elegant hair undo and a glamorous evening look with a sequin embellished Inbal Dror dress from Morgan Davies Bridal, sophisticated makeup and soft, red-carpet style waves
As our bride is a no-frills, less-is-more kind of girl, we accessorised with very subtle, minimal jewellery by Monica Vinader.
Our groom wears a black tuxedo with black and white polka dots braces, handkerchief and bow- tie, which is then replaced by a black velvet bow-tie for the evening look, all finished off with a pair of studded Christian Louboutin loafers.
Recreate The Look
One thing I always recommend my brides is to work a colour scheme (and/or “theme”, although I am not a big fan of this word) that complements the venue. The key is to make sure that if your venue is already quite ornate, you don’t overpower it with excessive decorations or opulence. That’s why for this modern, city chic shoot we have gone for a combination of black, grey and white with accents of gold – flat colours that perfectly complement the style of a modern boutique hotel.
In order to add more light and give it a touch of sparkle, we have used white sequins table cloths from The Sweet Hostess
If your wedding is in a room with no natural light (very common with hotel weddings), don’t be afraid to use quality white table cloths. Sequinned or not, when you have little light, using white as a colour base gives a beautiful, natural feeling of light and space.
In line with the whole “less is more” mood, we decided to keep all florals as minimal as possible. Rebecca of Ivy Pip & Rose came up with these really simple, long stem flowers in transparent vases, they add a romantic, organic feel to an otherwise very linear, sharp look.
If you are struggling for ideas for your favours, mini-cakes are perfect. Not only they are cute, but they also decorate your table and fill the space. Carrie of Olofson Design liaised with the our stationery designer, Kate Ruth Romey, to ensure her design complemented the look.
If you go down the mini-cakes/bespoke favours route, do ensure that all the elements look and feel cohesive, and don’t be afraid to ask your suppliers to liaise with each other. Most suppliers do like coming up with creative ideas that are in line with the overall design of your wedding day.
For our place cards we chose something really simple, but super pretty – simple vertical name tags attached to forks using a black velvet ribbon.
Now, in all honesty, I am not a huge fan of excessive use of ribbon (believe me, spending the week of the wedding cutting ribbon to size, and then possibly realise you’ve underestimated the quantity you need, is not fun!), but it is a fairly inexpensive yet effective solution. This applies for the table plan too – for our inspiration shoot, we went for simple portrait cards tied together with black velvet ribbon. They sit beautifully against any kind of backdrop, and if you want to soften the look, you can decorate the top with foliage or flowers (even faux would do if you are conscious of costs).
If you are having an intimate wedding, or one with just one imperial table, have fun accessorising it! The home department of high street stores like H&M have some amazing inexpensive decor ideas. I also looked for inspiration on Instagram (ah, the power of hashtags!) and found an incredible supplier that was very local to us called Att Pynta – they supplied beautiful cast iron candle holders, as well as a gorgeous hexagonal marble tray. These kind of props are perfect to decorate your tables or your cake stand.
Overall don’t forget these key points:
- In a very modern environment, don’t be afraid to add romantic touches by using using foliage or flowers with an unstructured feel. It’s a nice way to break up an otherwise very linear environment
- “less is more”, particularly in opulent spaces
- complement the colours of your reception space instead of adding a ton of others that would just make the room feel cluttered
- if your venue has a rooftop, make sure you are taking pictures with your beau on it! We don’t see enough of modern city views on blogs or magazines, so if you are that kind of modern, urban couple, take advantage of this unique opportunity
Photography: Fiona Kelly Photography
Planning & styling: Elisabetta White
Flowers: Ivy Pip & Rose
Venue: The Greenwich Hotel
Tablecloths, straws, cake stand: The Sweet Hostess
Stationery: Kate Ruth Romey
Cake and mini-cakes: Olofson Design
Marble hexagonal tray, cast iron candle holders: Att Pynta
Hair: Dionne Smith
Makeup: by Ana Ospina Makeup
Wedding Gowns, hair accessories & metallic belt: Morgan Davies Bridal
Jewellery: Morgan Davies Bridal