Happy new year, everyone! Today we crash bang straight into 2017 (and never speak of 2016 again…ever) with a shoot so wonderfully pretty and contemporary, and with colours guaranteed to uplift and refresh you. Described as “a mid-century modern shoot with an edgy twist” I think you’re going to love it.
Some of the popular trends of the last few years, such as flower crowns, have been updated and played around with for a new feel, and there’s a youthfulness to the details such as yellow tights, temporary tattoos, and a denim jacket.
I also like the use of greens dotted around the place. If, like me, you were a bit unsure of Pantone’s colour of 2017 ‘Greenery’, this shoot is the perfect example of a way of incorporating it so it doesn’t overwhelm.
The Story of the Shoot
The Southbank Centre has such a strong design heritage that we were keen to embrace the mid-century vibe and give it our own twist. We found a print from that era that had a palette of mustard, peach and grey that we loved and thought would be a fantastic scheme to work from. Elegant, and a little bit unexpected, the whole thing brilliantly captured by both Paola De Paola Photography and Wagtail Productions.
We wanted the look to be urban, design-conscious, and with just a bit of rock and roll! The geometric trend definitely fits within this era, and Sincerely May created a collection that was perfect with its clean lines and utilitarian font.
The models are a real couple and are creatives just starting their own careers within the wedding industry, and we loved their young, cool look. Young brides aren’t often featured in shoots, so we thought it was an original twist. Solomon Dent is a singer/songwriter who creates original pieces for couples for their big day, so we insisted he brought his guitar!
The Pavilion rooms have amazing views of London, so we wanted the look to be unfussy and let the venue speak for itself. It also has a fantastic terrace that we used to showcase the cake table, where a centrepiece cake by French Made was displayed as well as geometric shaped painted macarons from Mon Dessert and fluffy marshmallows by The Marshmallowists.
We added a touch of glamour with a peach sequin table runner from The Sweet Hostess. Geometry was also reflected in the wedding table set up, creating a linear tablescape with clean lines, tall candlesticks and a cube of bold flowers.
Rock the Frock has such a fabulous collection of dresses, and we decided to take Tara the model on a journey from more classic pretty through to really edgy with mustard tights, denim jacket and cute shoes from Love Art Wear Art.
Clare from Love Blooms created arrangements that encapsulated the period and matched the scheme so well with coral peonies, anemones and hints of mustard and dark leaves. A different take on the flower crown shows how a look can be totally transformed with fresh flower adornments.
Traditional jewellery was replaced by non-permanent modernism inspired tattoos by Deborah Ballinger Illustrations.
Photography and coordination | Paola De Paola Photography
Cakes and coordination | French Made
Styling, concept and coordination | Carrie Southall Design
Videographer | Wagtail Productions
Stationery and cake toppers | Sincerely May
Shoes | Love Art Wear Art
Flowers | Love Blooms
Dresses | Rock The Frock
Marshmallows | The Marshmallowists
Tattoos | Deborah Ballinger Illustrations
Macarons | Mon Dessert
Props | The Sweet Hostess
Venue | Southbank Centre
Models | Tara Trangmar and Solomon Dent