HOTEL WEDDINGS

With the recent news of this much loved historic hotel being sold I thought I’d share with you a mash up of styled shoots that I’ve been a part of there…. and show you that a hotel wedding doesn’t have to always look the same.

Even if a hotel has a certain look or character, you can still totally put your own unique spin on things.

By adding or removing pieces of furniture or props to a specific room you can free up space, let more light in or even hide areas that you don’t necessarily want to be seen.

By incorporating one of the colours from the venues decor in to your colour scheme you can compliment rather than clash with your surroundings.

Just take a look at these three styled shoots and how different each one is from the other.

Art Deco Styled Shoot

A LITTLE ART DECO

I styled this 1920’s inspired shoot way back in 2018. Agata from UpArt Photography came up with the concept and asked me to come on board with styling and bridalwear. The influence of this era really suited the hotel. We didn’t want to go over the top with a “theme”, so just added little touches here and there with a nod to the style of the 20’s. You can see more images of this fab shoot and read all about it over on the Duke’s blog here.

Art Deco Styled Shoot Groom
Art Deco Styled Shoot Flowers
Art Deco Styled Shoot Stationery
Art Deco Styled Shoot Bride
Art Deco Styled Shoot Cake
Art Deco Styled Shoot Couple

Venue The Duke of Cornwall Hotel  Photographer UpArt Photography Flowers The Secret Garden Flowers 

Suit & Shoes The Vintage Suit Hire Dress Rock The Frock Bridal Cake Cut Me Off A Slice

Stationery Knots and Kisses Props: The Prop Factory Hair Stylist Wags Hair MUA Gem Ryder MUA

Bride Philippa Bowden & Groom Mark Bowden

Style & Sophistication

STYLE & SOPHISTICATION

The lovely Meg from Mimosa Photography came up with this shoots concept. She wanted to showcase something traditional to compliment the hotel but with “an added touch of opulence”.

Meg asked us to provide the dresses for this shoot.

There’s such a diverse range amongst our concession of Rock the Frock Bridal, Meg knew we’d have something perfect to fit with her theme.

She chose to use two dresses to give two very different looks. Something with the wow factor for the ceremony and then something a little more simple yet elegant for the evening look.

You can check out lots more of this shoots images here.

Style & Sophistication
Style & Sophistication
Style & Sophistication
Style & Sophistication
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Style & Sophistication

Photography Mimosa Photography Dress Rock The Frock Bridal Necklace: Lavish Lockets

Hairpiece The Lucky Sixpence Hair stylist No4 Hair Make-up Chloe Jane MUA

Florist The Secret Garden flowers Bride model Emily Ball Groom Model Stuart Mcintosh

A Vintage Tea Party

A BIT OF VINTAGE TEA PARTY INSPO

This was a little different from previous shoots at the Duke that we’re taken part in! Showcasing a more fun and colourful side to the hotel the team pulled together a mix up of vintage tea party and added a little Alice in Wonderland twist. We were asked to provide the lovely Blue Tweed Suit from our concession of The Vintage Suit Hire Co and a pretty Tea Length Wedding dress from our Rock the Frock Bridal collection. The ceremony shots took place way up in the Tower, outdoor images over the road from the hotel amongst the trees and then a pretty little afternoon tea set up in the dining room.

You’ll find way more pics and you can check out who was involved over on the blog post here.

A Vintage Tea Party
A Vintage Tea Party
A Vintage Tea Party
A Vintage Tea Party

“It is a time of change at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel as after 18 years of ownership Jonathan Morcom and Walter Combstock have handed over the keys to Bespoke Hotels. Bespoke Hotels operate over 200 properties world wide, including over 65 properties in the UK currently, with the Duke being the first in Plymouth.”

Oh go on then, I’ll tell you a little bit of interesting info about the hotel that I just learned over on wikipedia…

The hotel was built in a Victorian Gothic style. It was opened in 1865 to cater for the increasing number of travellers who were coming to the region by rail and sea.

The hotel survived the World War II Plymouth Blitz without any damage, and was the venue for regular functions throughout the war. In the 1970s and early 1980s it was threatened with closure but, helped by poet laureate John Betjeman's praise for its architecture and was saved by a major refurbishment.

So, I think if it can survive the Blitz it can survive being sold to a hotel chain…. we wish everyone at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel the best and look forward to seeing it thrive! 


A VICTORIAN BATHING HUT AND A GOTHIC BRIDE

I've spent so long in the darkness, I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is” Emily The Corpse Bride

Gothic Bride Outside

Styled wedding shoots over the last few years have become more and more popular, which is wonderful as they’re a great way for us creative suppliers to showcase our talents and appeal to a  much wider audience. 

As well as organising my own shoots, I’m often asked by others to either provide products that I stock in the shop or come on board to lead the styling side of things. Admittedly these are the ones I enjoy the most because I love to help bring a concept to life! 

Gothic Bride

Take this shoot for example…

MUA Gemma Ryder and Hairstylist April Wagner are no stranger to a styled shoot. They’re extremely talented ladies and both have great reputations for their “pretty bridal”, however they wanted to showcase another side to their work and create a shoot that would let you see just how versatile they can be.

Gothic Bride
Gothic Bride Hair

Now, as you know I’m always up for doing something a little edgy so this was right up my street. It’s fun to get asked to style something that isn’t necessarily traditional bridal, or expected of certain suppliers. So, I was really excited to be asked to get involved with this small team and head to the grounds of Pentillie Castle in Cornwall to create a gothic inspired bridal shoot. 

Gothic Cake

Located a little distance from the castle you’ll discover The Victorian Bathing Hut which is set on the edge of the River Tamar. On shoot day the venue and river was covered with a really eerie mist. The surrounding wooded areas coupled with the river made the perfect setting for this darker styled bridal shoot.

The Bathing Hut

With both the stationery and the styling for this shoot I wanted to create something that although dark could still feel romantic. It was about trying to show how you can take inspiration from the Gothic realms and it still be as beautifully bridal as something that is light, bright and airy. 

Gothic Styling
Gothic Skull
Gothic Stationery
Typewriter

The venue itself needed very little styling, it’s history and decor lent itself to the theme brilliantly. We loaned a couple of pieces from well know Exeter based Prop Factory, had a cake made by Edible Essence and I raided my ever growing props cupboard for the smaller styling details. 

Gothic Wedding
Gothic Styled Shoot
Gothic Invite

Over the last couple of years bridal separates are growing in popularity. The model wore a long sleeved black lace top with a floor length black and red layered tulle skirt which were actually from our in house collection of Atypical Bridalwear.

Gothic Bride

Here’s what the team had to say about the shoot…..

“It was so exciting to create a really strong makeup look for this styled shoot. It gave me the opportunity to stretch myself creatively and that is every makeup artist’s dream. Not all brides are the same but a lot do prefer a natural, romantic makeup look, so to work on something darker and edgier was fun. This look of course can be paired back to a simple dark, smokey eye and nude lip which may appeal to many brides looking for a more dramatic look for their BIG day.” Gemma Ryder - MUA

Gothic Bride In Veil

“From the very first moment Gem Ryder MUA invited me to be a part of this project, I knew it was going to be special. Her vision and this collaboration was a great opportunity to showcase everyone’s unique skills, and show our audience a different take on a bridal editorial. Weddings these days are so versatile and creative, there’s a lot more room for new influences and inspiration. I loved how instead of bright, light and airy, we got to present a darker, raw and moody look for those brides who are not afraid to make a little statement, go against the current and be who they really want to be on one of the most important days of their lives. I hope this shoot will inspire future brides to play with styles and themes and just have fun creating their own vision for their wedding day.” Photography – UpArt Photography

The Bathing Hut

“What a fantastic look! I absolutely loved being part of this dramatic wedding styled shoot. It’s always an amazing feeling to reach out from the normal classic bridal looks and create something spectacular. As a group I think we smashed it! I was inspired by the ‘Game of Thrones’ look, soft curls and plaits… Then with my own imagination, a few tweaks and changes I created this more dramatic, Gothic and eye-catching look. This could easily be adapted to bridal hair, there is no right or wrong when creating your bridal style. If you love it, DO IT!!! Hair Stylist – April Wagner

Gothic Masked Bride

What do you think to a black wedding… would you risk going to the dark side for your big day? 

Gothic Wedding

The Team

Makeup – Gem Ryder Makeup Artist 

Hair – April Wagner Hair 

Photography – UpArt Photography 

Stationery & Styling – Faithful Designs at The Wedding Hub 

Top & Skirt – Atypical Bridalwear

Cake – Edible Essence – Edible Essence Cake Art 

Props – The Prop Factory 

Venue – The Bathing Hut Pentillie Castle

Model – Livi Bassett

ITALY STOLE MY HEART

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I am so thrilled to finally be blogging about this amazing experience!

Some of you may remember at the latter part of last year a team of us traveled to Italy to take part in a styled shoot organised by Italian Wedding Planner Jo of Accent Events. It’s taken several months for us to be allowed to share the images with you due to exclusivity, however TODAY the shoot is featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine and can be purchased all around the country!!

So, without further delay let’s go behind the scenes and show you just how special Italy and its people are and give you a small glimpse of what we all got up to in 48 super filled hours!

Art Hotel Villa Fiorella - WOW, where to start? The hospitality provided to us from every member of staff at this beautiful boutique hotel was utterly outstanding! We were looked after so well, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel was still open to the public whilst we were there shooting, so not only did we get to witness how well they treated their guests, we were given the same exceptional service. I do truly believe if you chose to elope and tie the knot at this venue, you wouldn’t be disappointed. The service, location and oh my days the food are out of this world! Set in the hills about Sorrento with the most amazing views you can’t help but feel utterly relaxed. Getting married aside, if you ever get the chance to visit I highly recommend you get yourself booked in to this place and enjoy a little slice of heaven!

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Team Work….

When working with new people it’s important to get it right, to feel at ease and relaxed in each others company. Styled shoots are no exception to the rule, you really have to communicate well and understand what vision the shoot creator wants to achieve. Thankfully, Jo of Accent Events had a clear idea of style and concept for the images she required. Jo wants to focus on providing a memorable experience for couples wanting to get married in Italy who have a deep love for travel, adventure, culture and all that this majestic country has to offer. It was wonderful to watch and listen to her excitement and passion in her explanation and enthusiasm for why she’d chosen the venue, location and suppliers involved in this project.

The experience was intense! It was very fast moving and not without obstacles, but I do believe we all managed to create something really wonderful and I think the images speak for themselves!

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MUA to the stars Joanna Falanga created a soft, beautiful and timeless look with her makeup and hair styling skills on Victoria.

Wonderful Carmela of Carmela Ceremonies, who speaks both English and Italian, is your go to lady for all civil and symbolic celebrant services!

Beautiful venue decor can be hired from Wedding Chairs &/ Co. They have some wonderful props and furniture which would totally enhance the look and feel of your wedding day as it did on our photoshoot!

Talented local florist Giuseppe & Luisa Terrecuso provided all the floral arrangements. It was so lovely to see them pulling up in the cutest little truck laden with a boot full of flowers, dreamy rich lush autumn colours!

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Our two gorgeous models travelled from Tuscany to be with us for the shoot. It was a delight to hear all about their own italian love story. Victoria (who is actually a super talented artist) had packed only a backpack of belongings several years ago heading for adventure with a one way ticket, quickly meeting and falling head over heels for this cheeky chap and Italy! They were total naturals and provided us with some great entertainment along the way... Adriano couldn’t wait to whip his shirt off at the end of the day for a giggle!

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Victoria wore “Wendy” by Saja from Rock The Frock Bridal and a stunning hair vine made by Claire Austin. Adriano looked rather dapper in the Southwold Suit from The Vintage Suit Hire Co.

Photographer and travelling side kick Mrs Jutson Photography

Stationery & Styling was provided by moi….Faithful Designs.

Thank you to Jo & her awesome husband Martin for being wonderful hosts, travel guides and overall lovely people! I hope you have great success with the rebrand and continued success in the wedding industry!

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I hope to one day return to Italy and explore more of its beauty… until then I’ll continue to reminisce over these images!

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EARLY MORNING WEDDING DAY SURF

When I met C & J way back at the beginning of the year I knew they were going to be fun!

From designing the invitations, recommending the right suppliers, arranging a seamstress to alter two beautiful (but way too big) wedding dresses and providing on the day styling I really enjoyed the whole experience.

Both C & J are very active people so it was no surprise to me that they’d want to incorporate their love of surfing and Acroyoga in to their wedding day schedule somewhere!

The day began with an 8am surf on a very very rainy morning…. poor Louise got drenched taking that first lot of images and had to dry herself off whilst bridal prep was underway!

Ready to hit the waves

Ready to hit the waves

Friends who surf together….

Friends who surf together….

Getting in the dress

Getting in the dress

Mrs Jutson Got a little wet on the early moring beach walk!

Mrs Jutson Got a little wet on the early moring beach walk!

Amazingly after watching the weather forecast every hour for the last 24 we were delighted when the sun came out just in time for everyone to hit the beach for the ceremony….admittedly Kirsty and I were very dubious of the almighty winds still swooshing around, so roped a couple of willing guests in to holding down the floral arch whilst we headed back to finish up at Retorrick.

i do … i do too!

i do … i do too!

Time to reflect

Time to reflect

sandy toes

sandy toes

beach acroyoga

beach acroyoga

They managed to throw in a little Acroyoga and a woodland walk before heading to the venue for their wedding breakfast and an evening full to the brim of entertainment… karaoke, tattoo stations, team Acroyoga and of course dancing in to the early hours!

Congratulations to C & J on their wedding x

wedding flowers

wedding flowers

Fantastic entertainment idea for your guests - Temporary tattoo station from Doris Loves

Fantastic entertainment idea for your guests - Temporary tattoo station from Doris Loves

cake and cake pops from edible essence

cake and cake pops from edible essence

it’s fun to use areas of your venue to display your wedding decor.

it’s fun to use areas of your venue to display your wedding decor.

wedding cake goals! edible essence

wedding cake goals! edible essence

acroyoga with your wedding guests

acroyoga with your wedding guests

post box available to hire from  the wedding hub . floral arrangement from escential blooms

post box available to hire from the wedding hub. floral arrangement from escential blooms

wedding cake information sign - cake from edible essence

wedding cake information sign - cake from edible essence

order of the day signage from  faithful designs

order of the day signage from faithful designs

Wedding Welcome Sign from  Faithful designs

Wedding Welcome Sign from Faithful designs

bride and a rodeo….why not?

bride and a rodeo….why not?

C & J decided against a first dance in favour of a first song!

C & J decided against a first dance in favour of a first song!

Supplier Love to all these wonderful people….

Stationery/Signage/Styling - Me!

Venue - Retorrick Mill

Photographer - Mrs Jutson Photography & Margo R Photography

Florist - Escential Blooms

Cake - Edible Essence

Grooms Suit - The Vintage Suit Hire Company

Heart Guest Book - Made for You Gifts

Temporary Tattoo Station - Doris Loves









MIDNIGHT MADNESS AND CRAZY CONCEPTS!

Sometimes I shrug them off because they’re just too way out there and other times I run with them…The Get Your Freak On Wedding Showcase concept was one I am so glad I decided to embrace!

After hearing lots about all the work that Toby & Jo from Street Factory have done and continue to do for our children, young people and their families in and around the city I was totally inspired by them and knew that I wanted to help in some way. 

I made contact and then arranged to visit Toby at the Street Factory. I instantly fell in love with the space! No the makeover hasn’t begun yet, yes it is totally industrial and in a raw state but that’s what I loved! My head was buzzing listening to the plans for the Hip Hop Kingdom project and everywhere I looked I could imagine something cool. Head filled with ideas and a plan I headed home to start the preparation for the event. The following week I was back there accompanied with my small but wonderful team creating the styled shoot to start promoting the event. 

I was thrilled when both Toby and Jo said yes to me using their venue for the showcase and even more pleased when I had wonderful exhibitors embrace the concept and agree to come on board with it even though it was the first one. That’s dedication to the cause, that’s a real show of trust to say yes to someones “idea” without any promise that it’ll actually work….

I believe with all my heart that everyone deserves to be loved, to get married if it’s their choice to do so and have the wedding that they truly want! 

"Get Your Freak On” in my head was a bit of a two fingers up to the “norm” that can be the wedding industry. A sod you to those who think you have to do things a certain way. Who says that models have to be professional and look like they just stepped out the pages of a bridal magazine? Who declared that all wedding fairs should be in a posh hotel? Who ruled that there had to be rules? 

There are no rules!! Not one wedding should be the same because not one person is (not even your doppelgänger would want the same things as you). 

So in the words of Missy Elliot “Gimme some new shit”. I’ve decided to begin a revolution joined by some rebels with a cause! We aim to shake things up and show the sleepy, safe and samey Southwest that we really can provide whatever is needed to make your day perfect for you! Now this isn't a new concept, I've always liked to do things differently... ask my mum! I also do not proclaim to be the first to try giving things a little wobble. There's some awesome examples amongst the industry of creative geniuses, blogging, providing products and putting on events up the line and beyond (Way Out Wedding, Rock The Frock, Most Curious, EWE, Rock n Roll Bride to name a few). But, they're not here, we are! Therefore it's our job to move things forward here! 

Our first event may not have been huge but we needed to start somewhere! I can honestly say I am so super proud of everyone who exhibited, helped, supported and attended…. you are all wonderful! Thank you for joining me on a whim, I promise it was the right decision! 

With Special Thanks to...

Venue - Street Factory  Prop Hire - The Prop Factory & Rustic Love  Exhibitors -  Verity Westcott Photography - MargoR Photography - Urban Disco - Pole Fitness Plymouth - Ashleigh Jay Embroidery - Mimosa Mobile Bar - The Beautiful South Photobooth Company - Made For You Gifts - Magenta Rose Designs - No 4 Hair Boutique - Chloe Jane Makeup Artist - Ezzicakes - Inky & Grace - ID Fashion On The Day Event Photography Miss Imagination Photography & Martha Fitzpatrick Photography MUA's for the Catwalk Models Katy Short Makeup Magic Gemma Ryder MUA & Chloe Jane Makeup Artist and Hair Stylists for Catwalk No 4 Hair Boutique Last but not least, thank you to all the wonderful ladies who modelled on the day for me...you are amazing! 

 IMAGES IN THIS BLOG POST BY MARTHA FITZPATRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

IMAGES IN THE SLIDESHOW BELOW ARE FROM MISS IMAGINATION PHOTOGRAPHY