Category: Bridal Inspiration

Gatsby Glam – 1920s Bridal Shoot at Hayne House

As a professional makeup artist, I have long been fascinated with the roaring 20s era for fashion, glamour and sophistication. I was eager to incorporate the perfect 1920s bridal look into my portfolio for brides dreaming of a great Gatsby-style wedding… Hayne House in Kent was my natural choice for such a shoot. The ‘Former Hunting Lodge’ at Hayne House was once home to Edward Simpson and his wife. In the 1920s they would often travel to their other house at Port Lympne where they were entertained by Charlie Chaplin. I picked the luxurious colour palette of emerald green, gold,…

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Styled Shoot – Edgy, Intimate, Sustainable

Earlier this year Jude (stylist and venue owner of Wickerwood Farm) and Anna (floral designer from Tales from Apple Tree House) hatched a plan for an inspirational bridal shoot. They wanted to focus on intimate weddings (sign of the times) with an emphasis on sustainability, a subject close to both their hearts. The concept of the shoot was to depict the ever-changing seasons using dried flowers from Anna’s East Sussex cutting garden, as well as Jude’s interpretation of ‘festive luxe’. It shows how a smaller, intimate venue can be cleverly used to create a mood using natural, organic materials. The…

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Lockdown Resources

Hello! How is lockdown 2 treating you? Personally I’m thanking my lucky stars school is still open, and I’m feeling positive after the US election result and news of Covid vaccine. #summer2021 is trending on Twitter and I’m hopeful all my boat shed bookings for next year can go ahead, and we can get back to wedding fairs before too long. I’m missing co-working in the pub with fellow wedding suppliers but I’m getting back into Zoom catch ups to stay connected. I’m moving house this weekend (I’m moving within walking distance of The Boat Shed!) so I’m being kept…

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Citrus Love Styled Shoot at Manor Barn

Today photographer Masha Unwerth shares the inspiration behind her zingy late summer shoot… This shoot was inspired by the citrus colour palette and summer Italian heat! With the end of the summer approaching I felt mesmerised by the amazing weather we still had and wanted to create something bold to inspire brides-to-be. It was important to keep this colourful shoot bold and crisp. To empower couples wanting to incorporate the vibrant colour into their wedding design. As a photographer I associate the vibrant colours of citrus fruits with Tuscan sun, which led me to the overall theme, Citrus Love. We…

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Editor’s Faves ~ Elizabeth James Events

Elizabeth James Events is a forward-thinking, trend-driven decor hire company. They have an impressive portfolio of statement pieces that work in a variety of settings. We were lucky enough to work with their Hampshire team on our last shoot at The Boat Shed and they’ve since joined our online directory. I’ve picked a selection of my personal favourite pieces to share with you today. I’m sure you’ll agree… they’re pretty special. Helen x Pictured above: 1) Neon ‘To The Moon & Back’ sign. 2) ‘Happily Ever After’ neon sign on copper frame with pale blush and Pampas Grass florals. 3)…

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Charlotte & Ben’s Covid-affected Portsmouth Wedding

Southsea-based Charlotte and Ben were the models for our boat shed shoot back in March. Their big wedding plans were affected by Covid this year so we caught up with them to find out how they adapted… Q. When did you get engaged? And when did you start planning your wedding?  A. We got engaged in 2019 in Yosemite, California when I was working in San Francisco. Ben flew out to join me for a week. He proposed in the coolest of yurts in a forest, complete with hummingbirds and wild deer. We got engaged over refried potatoes and a…

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Bridal Shoot

The Cherry Barn Wedding Showcase THIS SUNDAY

Back in March we announced The Cherry Barn were hosting a Wedding Showcase in April. But alas it was not meant to be! After all their hard work and planning they had to cancel because of lockdown (we have also had to cancel events so we totally understand their pain). What a different summer they must have lived through at the barn this year. Eerie silence in place of Champagne corks popping, music, laughter… We are pleased to announce they’re going ahead with their rescheduled date this Sunday (4th October) with all the necessary Covid restrictions in place; a one…

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The Boat Shed – London Warehouse Vibes by the Sea

Blog posts have been boat shed-heavy lately… but that’s just because we’ve got so much great content at the moment! We were eagerly awaiting the professional edited photos from our recent Boat Shed open day and boy, Weddings by Tom, did NOT disappoint. At the open day we really wanted to showcase the space and demonstrate how it could look for an event. We set up the space for a photo shoot back in March with a kitsch, colourful theme and this time I wanted something a little different. I still wanted the relaxed/rustic look because, lets face it, it…

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The Boat Shed Open Day – Thank You

Hello, hello! This is a very quick blog post as my son is waiting patiently for me to make a rocket with him (full time school from next week! Bring it on…) I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all the suppliers who came together to make Sunday’s open day at The Boat Shed such a success. My vision really did come to life in the space. It looked incredible; the festoon lighting, the neon, the giant light up PARTY letters, the bar, flowers, furniture, tableware… the cake! The music. It was a total dream. I’ll be…

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The Boat Shed Open Day – Who’s Who

We’ll be back to two posts a week from next week! It’s all just been a bit crazy what with school starting and getting ready for The Boat Shed open day this weekend… Here’s who you can expect to meet/appreciate their wares at The Boat Shed Open Day on Sunday (11am-3pm) Elizabeth James Events These guys are providing a neon sign and faux foliage wall for Sunday. We can’t wait to see it! Quite the statement piece. These guys are based locally and they have an extensive hire collection so they’re well worth checking out. www.elizabethjamesevents.co.uk Luminique Events We’re so…

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