WEDDINGS

pretty inspired wedding session london ~ with the pretty blog

At the beginning of this year I received an email from lovely South African wedding photographer Christine Meintjes, titled ‘Just a Idea!’. Her ‘idea’ was to organise a number of events when she travelled to Europe this summer, and would I perhaps be interested in styling and helping to coordinate them? Of course, I immediately replied something along the lines of ‘umm, wow! Yes please!’

So I found myself, on a sunny July day, with Christine and Nicola from The Pretty Blog at Beaufort House in Chelsea, styling the very first UK Pretty Inspired Wedding Session!  The full day session was an amazing, inspirational day covering all aspects of creating ‘the prettiest day of your life’ attended by 25 brides-to-be planning their weddings in South Africa, the UK and Europe!  The Pretty Blog is an amazing resource for pretty, stylish and creative weddings, trends and ideas, and one of my favourite reads. It’s inspirational content is written by Christine, Nicola and a host of talented South African wedding suppliers, and is totally relevant wherever you’re planning your wedding.  If you’re not following already, go and check it out!

To kick off the day, we welcomed our brides with fresh coffee and delicious pastries whilst they ooh’d and aah’d over the delightful goodies in their gift bags. Nicola took to the stage to introduce the team and start the morning’s session, discussing where to start with your wedding planning and how to find your personal style.

Iaan from PlusPlus Minus (Christine’s tech-guru other half!) gave a great talk about using social media tools to plan your wedding, including twitter, facebook, pinterest and lover.ly, as well as some great planning and styling apps available on iPhone and Android.

Christine covered everything you need to know about dealing with your wedding suppliers (nicely!) and how building a friendly and personal relationship with everyone from your venue to photographer is the key to a smooth running day.

After lunch, Sinclair from London-based Maids to Measure joined us to talk about bridesmaids style, and shared some lovely ideas to help them feel included in the whole planning process, before I took to the floor to explore some new wedding trends.  We covered ways to style four different trends, ranging from pretty and romantic to modern eclectic.  I guided our lovely brides through a table which I had styled relating to one of our trends ‘Urban Chic’, including elegant crockery and glassware from Couvert Hire, stunning stationery from BerinMade, beautiful flowers by the lovely Liz at Blue Sky Flowers, and delicious cakes from Tempting Cake.  There’s more to come on this little styled set up soon ;)

After a quick break for some delicious sweet treats, provided by Pistachio Rose, we rounded off the day with a few luxury giveaways for our lucky brides, and some one-on-one questions from lots of very excited ladies!

It was such a fun experience, and I can’t wait to do it again soon! Watch this space…

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HUGE big thank you’s to all the suppliers involved in organisation and set up of the day, as well as those who provided the most amazing goody bag items ever, but especially Christine and Nicola for inviting me to help coordinate & style such a successful event!

Beaufort House for the venue and super friendly service, Anges de Sucre for the yummy macarons, Karin from  Flowerwheel for the Flowerwheel Apps, Bella Chiara for the Wedding Day Survival Kit,  Folly Home for the beautiful cushion,  Lauren for the delicious biscuits,   Blue Sky Flowers for all the gorgeous flower arrangements, BerinMade for the gorgeous stationery,  Tempting Cake for all the stunning wedding cakes, Pistachio Rose for the delicious afternoon tea treats, Not on the High Street for props and gifts, Pearls Pearls Pearls by Tabs for the earrings,  White Knot for the pretty stationery countdown calendar, Upper Street Shoes Little Book of Shoe Lovers and last but not least the girls from Maids to Measure for coming to say hi to all the brides. Thank you to Carrie B for the lovely hairpiece gift and to Cheryl Parker and Anneke Roux for helping with the content.

Styling by b.loved // Photography by Christine Meintjes

Louise

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.

You’ll also find me working as an Editorial Stylist, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as contributing as a founding member of bridal inspiration hub Aisle Society, and running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive from our super pretty base in London. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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