Paradise for Two at West Reservoir

London Wedding Photographer

This month another shoot of ours has been published in Your London Wedding Magazine! Don’t forget to pick up your copy for the full editorial! Meanwhile, I would like to share some of the shots from the day…

From Charlotte Munro, the stylist: Many couples love the concept of an outdoor wedding but can feel discouraged by the grey British weather. In their quest for a colourful light-filled wedding, they often realise that destination weddings, a logical and popular solution when wanting that outdoor feel, are often incredibly difficult to organise as well as being limiting for the couple, making them significantly cut their guest list.
Sanshine and I wanted to create a shoot that is aimed at bringing the destination wedding to the UK, and themed around a modern, chic tropical ideas transported into an otherwise urban setting. With a colour scheme of bright pinks, oranges, yellow and lime against a contemporary white backdrop at an industrial chic venue with large windows, this is the perfect inspiration for a tropical wedding in the heart of London!

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Creating a bright, light, summery feel wedding indoors is possible with careful planning. Firstly, opt for a wedding venue with large windows that let in as much light as possible and white walls that will naturally reflect light to create a pleasant a setting for your nuptials. The West Reservoir Centre is a perfect example of a venue that offers a great blank canvas for your imagination to run wild. Secondly, book a photographer who is good at using available light to their advantage and specialises in natural and ambient light photography such as the wonderful Sanshine Photography, that way you will get beautiful, light-filled images of your big day to treasure forever.
We had a wonderful team on board to help my vision come to life. Creating the beautiful backdrop and columns of amazing flowers was the task of Susie at Tissue Blossoms, who makes fantastic floral installations from paper. From birds of paradise to giant orchids, we had every kind of flower imaginable!

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From Susie, the paper flower designer:
When I was approached about making flowers for this shoot, my imagination was set free! Bright, bold flowers with instant impact filled my thoughts and I turned to nature for inspiration. Birds of paradise, hibiscus, dahlias, lizianthus, passion flowers, orchids, heliconia, giant jasmin, gerbera and roses… So many ideas! I started a 6 week project of individually hand-cutting and crafting these beautiful unique works of art. Designing with paper creates infinite possibilities where our cold British nature can’t. A stylist’s dream is to have no worries about availability, longevity, size, colour, shape of flowers or allergies that the wedding guests might have, and this is where my flower creations out of paper truly shine.

The beautiful cake was designed by Clare at the Little Bear Cakery, who created a 3-tiered masterpiece, matching the beautiful blooms to the theme perfectly.
From Clare, the cake maker:
For the cake I wanted the flowers to speak for themselves and to show that you can have fun with your theme! Keeping the icing plain white and finished with a simple silk ribbon, I went big and bold with the handcrafted
sugar flowers. I love experimenting with flowers and colours outside the wedding norm: this time I created pink hibiscus, orange gardenia, pale pink bauhinia and yellow frangipani with a few wafer paper gold leaves to
match the tropical theme!

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We hope you enjoy this colourful and bold shoot and feel inspired to experiment with your wedding décor and, with the help of the incredibly talented wedding suppliers, create a truly unforgettable and unique event
that will transport your guests to your very own personal paradise!

Styling: Charlotte Munro | Venue: West Reservoir London | Hair: Roisin Kinch | Make-Up: Nina Bains | Cake: Little Bear Cakery | Paper Flowers: Suit: Jon Kruger Ivory Dress: Amanda Wakely at The Bijoutique | Coral Dress: Free People | Shoes: ASOS | Bride: Jess Bergman | Groom: Philipp Gelter


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