love shoot #59: modern vintage glamour {part 1}

Good Morning!  Today I am absolutely thrilled to share with you another of my styled shoots from this summer.

Yesterday I gave you a sneak peek, with a gorgeous modern vintage glamour inspiration board, but there is far more to this story!

It started earlier this year, when I met the wonderful & super talented Anneli Marinovich, and we began discussing ideas for a shoot.  Soon after I discovered the magnificent Brooklands Hotel, and the inspiration for the whole shoot suddenly sprung to life!  The Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge, Surrey is built on the site of the old Brookland’s motor racing circuit, home to British racing in the 1920’s and 30’s.  The hotel has been designed to combine the best of contemporary architecture and the history of it’s location with references to the Art Deco period throughout the stunning interior.  Taking inspiration from this, I set about creating a look that was full of glamour and bold details, with a modern edge.

We decided to create three different looks for the shoot, two of which I’m sharing today, and for the other you will have to wait until tomorrow!

On the day, a talented team of ladies arrived at the hotel, eager to start work!  The behind the scene’s action was all captured by Yolande from Rings ‘n Veils, our second shooter for the day, which I will be sharing on Friday as a taster of what goes into creating a shoot like this!

Our first look was inspired by the glamour of the Golden Age, a Hollywood starlet in a slinky dress, adorned with fur and pearls. I sourced the perfect dress, Emmy by Caroline Atelier, from the treasure-trove that is Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon, a sexy backless silk satin number with a long flowing train.  To complete the look, I accessorised with a simple pair of pearl earrings and bracelet from amazing accessories boutique Flo & Percy, and a feather bolero from Sasso at Luella’s Boudoir.  Our beautiful model’s hair was perfectly styled by hair guru Kim Roy in a loose wave typical of the movie-star glamour of the era, with soft makeup and almost nude lips by make-up genius Carolanne Armstrong.

Gayle from Bloomingayles created the most beautiful wintery bouquet to coordinate with this look, combining traditional roses and silvery dusty miller with contemporary succulents and finished with a vintage brooch.

The second look is perfect for the bride who wants a statement modern wedding, with a vintage-inspired edge.  The bold hair and sequinned accessories hint at another time, yet are unmistakably contemporary.  The stunning Freya dress by Jacqueline Byrne, with it’s delicate beading reminiscent of vintage embellishments, yet a modern silhouette, create a sense of theatre and drama.  Kim worked her magic on this stunning hairstyle, created to showcase the stunning Chaplin headband from Flo & Percy, with Carolanne’s perfect smokey eyes and soft red lips finishing the look.

The bouquet combined gorgeously scented soft white roses, gardenia and stock with touches of fresh green foliage and poppy heads adding another dimension and texture to the arrangement.

Using elements from both bouquets, Gayle created the amazing floral arrangements for the tables, which I styled using mercury glass and silver, cut glass and candlesticks to complete the elegant, timeless look.  Stylish homeware brand, Rowen & Wren, provided most of the accessories, including beautiful etched glass votives and a huge silver platter which provided a backdrop to the round table setting.  Each place setting was embellished with lace and ribbon, and finished with a vintage brooch or earring adding a final touch of detail.

The look was brought together with a stunning stationery collection from paper-princess Nikki at Knots & Kisses, combining pretty black lace with a cameo detail and art-deco typhography, reminiscent of a byegone era.

A BIG thank you to everyone involved in Part One!  Don’t forget to check back for Part Two tomorrow when I’ll be sharing the final, edgy and dramatic, look!



Photography ~ Anneli Marinovich

Photography assistant & behind the scenes footage ~ Yolande de Vries Rings ‘n Veils

Venue ~ Brooklands Hotel, Surrey

Decor & Styling ~ Louise Beukes Bijoux Bride

Flowers ~ Gayle Evans Bloomingayles

Make up Artist ~ Carolanne Armstrong

Hair Stylist ~ Kim Roy Breeze Creative Hair

Cake designer ~ Janet-Mohapi Banks

Table accessories ~ Rowen & Wren

Wedding dresses, shoes & accessories ~ Luella’s Boudoir

Jewellery & accessories ~ Flo & Percy

Stationery ~ Nikki Ward Knots & Kisses

Models ~ Look One – Amanda, Look Two & Three – Phillipa


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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Wow what a fantastic shoot and so many ideas here for brides to feast on! Great work from all involved and the flowers perfectly compliment everything on show. x

The table styling is perfectly fresh and cool without being harsh.

Can’t wait for the next instalment! x