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Plum, navy & mad men 1950's wedding inspiration

I’m a sucker for mid-century furniture, it inspired me throughout my design degree and you’ll see influences of mid-century style throughout my styling work.  My ply-based Eames dining chairs are my favourite ever purchase!  This 1950′s design movement was characterised by clean simplicity and an integration with nature, so it’s easily translated into the world of weddings with bold graphics, rich jewel colours and plenty of polished timber furniture.  I think it’s perfect for an Autumnal celebration, the warm colours are so inviting and welcoming and contrasts perfectly with the golden landscape of the season.

Furniture is key, think chintzy styles contrasted with sleek button back sofas in tweedy fabrics and mid-century design classics from Eames, Saarinen and Bertoia mixed with ply and mahogany tables.  Of course a bar cart is a must for Mad Men-style cocktails!  This style of furniture is available to hire in the UK from suppliers like Inspire Hire, just ask if they don’t have exactly what you’re after!  Add rich plum coloured florals, a 50′s prom-style wedding dress with birdcage veil, retro-inspired stationery and some cheeky signage, and you’ve got it covered!

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Botanical Powder Blue & White Tuscany Wedding Invite

Happy Friday my loves!  This morning I’m delighted to share with you the newest collection from Knots & Kisses Wedding Stationery.  Nikki’s work is a firm favourite with us at b.loved HQ (with a customised version of her chevron design featuring in our Real Life Bride Danielle’s wedding earlier this week!).  Knots & Kisses launches new collections twice a year, and Nikki never fails to disappoint with fresh new designs proving popular with brides throughout the year.  This Autumn sees the introduction of four new designs inspired by the botanicals trend seen creeping in this year, with florals featuring strongly.  While there’s definitely a vintage influence in every range, the designs are pared back and simplified, making them perfect for the style-concious contemporary bride.

To celebrate the launch Nikki has an exclusive discount for b.loved brides.  Get 10% off any of the new ranges by quoting BLOVEDOFFER14 when ordering before 31st December 2014.

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Blush, gold & navy winter wedding table setting

Good morning my loves! It’s a double-wedding-whammy this week as I get to share the final chapter of our Real Life Bride Danielle’s story.  Yesterday she told us all her contemporary classic chevron & succulent-filled English wedding and today we get to see her South African blessing ceremony and celebration with family and their friends.  Being winter in their home town of Cape Town meant a colour palette change for this wintery day, using blush, gold and navy while fairy and candle lights added a cosy warm glow to the party.  Their utterly romantic day was captured perfectly by local photographer Yolande Marx.

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Maggie Sottero wedding dress

To say I’m excited to share today is a bit of an understatement!!  It’s FINALLY time to share the wedding(s!!!) of our gorgeous Real Life Bride Danielle to her fiancé Christiaan, captured by one of my very favourite fine art photographers, Holly at Belle & Beau Photography.  It’s been over a year since these two got engaged and started sharing their wedding planning journey on b.loved, from their hilarious engagement story (involving a pie!) to the difficulties of planning an overseas wedding and their gorgeous winter-y engagement shoot showcasing the groom’s obsession with Polaroid cameras!

The inspiration for their day started with this chevrons & succulents mood board which I created especially for Danni, and ended in not one but two magical celebrations in both the UK and South Africa.  Today I get to share their contemporary classic UK wedding on a stunning summer’s day at Coombe Lodge in the beautiful Somerset countryside.  They exchanged vows in the sunshine after sneaking in a first look with their photographer Holly from Belle & Beau (yay!!) and celebrated with friends and family in a stylish reception. There is just SO much to say about their day – from the chevron details that appeared throughout the stationery and framed prints incorporating their favourite romantic quotes by Knots & Kisses, classic clouds of white hydrangeas created by Liz at Blue Sky Flowers to the contemporary succulent favours (a sweet detail included in honour of my own South African wedding where Danni was a bridesmaid!) and DIY details.  Yet, for me this wedding is mega special, as not only did I get to share Danielle & Christiaan’s story right here on the blog, but also as their wedding stylist, guest and sister-in-law!!  But enough from me, here’s the lovely Danni with the story of their day…

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Larissa & John's Breakfast Engagement Shoot with Anna Pumer Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

I LOVE at home engagement shoots, there’s nothing more personal, cosy and romantic.  Larissa and John met when she moved into his house as a student, so home really is where the heart is for these two!  One Sunday morning their photographer Anna Pumer rocked up to catch these two doing what they love best – making a lazy breakfast in their PJ’s at their stylish London flat.  I absolutely adore these two…

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orange, navy and teal wedding colour palette inspiration board with modern prints and geometric patterns

Hi lovelies!  Well what a gorgeous weekend! Mr B headed up to the Welsh borders to visit the absolutely beautiful Iscoyd Park, a venue that’s been on my wishlist for a while now.  Oh my, we were not disappointed!  I’ll be writing up my review soon, so check back in a few weeks to find out more about our stay!

Autumn is slowly creeping up on us, so this week I’m sharing another colour combo that’s just perfect for this time of year, when we’re not yet settling into cosy jumpers and crunching golden leaves.  Shades of blue are always beautiful, but add a pop of orange and you’ve got a contemporary, and fun palette with just the right amount of warmth – a combination that’s hot in fashion this season too!  I’ve kept some subtle geometric themes running through this board, a contemporary take on ikat patterns, with on-trend chevrons and stripes in tones of blue, aqua, orange and tangerine.  As ever with modern schemes, less is more. I’d keep the flowers to the bouquets and buttonholes and create this fab DIY chevron backdrop from the Glitter Guide to create a focal point for your ceremony and behind the top table.  Keeping it simple, cover the tables with tall, elegant dinner candles in bold, bright shades which add a warm glow as the evening goes on, find the DIY on Martha Stewart.

Are you celebrating this Autumn? We’d love to hear what colours you’ve picked for this transitional time of year, leave a comment below!

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Natural wedding photography London

Morning lovelies!  I’m so pleased to introduce you to another of our lovely sponsors today! Louise Bjorling is a fab London based photographer and a great believer in telling your wedding day story.  So if she sounds like your kind of girl, read on…

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A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

Eeeep! I’m so excited to share the pics from this super pretty shoot, photographed by Marianne Taylor, that I styled recently for the super stylish girls at Bridal Musings.  Founder and Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth and I started blogging around the same time back in 2011 and it’s been so fun to share the journey so far!  Bridal Musings has grown into one of the biggest wedding blogs in the world, filled with super inspirational, chic and unique content from real weddings to beauty DIY’s and a one-of-a-kind film gallery featuring a tear-jerking selection of the very best wedding videos. Oh and a rather EPIC Pinterest following!  While Elizabeth travels the world with her husband keeping an eye on all the latest trends and meeting the very best suppliers, while Editor Claire looks after things right here in the UK.

A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
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A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

When Elizabeth got in touch with me over at Louise Beukes Styling to say she was touching down in London for a few days, and would I be available to create something for her, of course the answer was yes!  Having followed Bridal Musings from the beginning, it was easy to come up with the fabulous concept to ‘bring Bridal Musings to life’.  Bring on the gold sequins, pink peonies, popcorn and of course Elizabeth’s trademark red lipstick….

A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

The shoot took place in the gorgeous Nash & Brandon Rooms at the Institute of Contemporary Arts on The Mall, the elegant contemporary interior providing the perfect backdrop!  I created a celebratory dessert table, with gold sequin linen from The Sweet Hostess, the sweetest treats from Anges De Sucre and Nila Holden, and a stunning peony-topped gold heart cake by Olofson Design which revealed layers of pink & red ombre red velvet inside.  Blue Sky Flowers created stunning red, pink & coral floral arrangements packed with the prettiest peonies and roses, and made a giant faux floral heart! 

A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com
A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

These two pretty ladies were made even more gorgeous by the talented hands of  make-up artist Mariam Jensen and Sev from Hepburn Collection who created those fabulous waves.  These clever girls have even shared how to get the look – see Claire’s easy braided upstyle here and how to make Elizabeth’s pretty floral hair slide here.

A chic & unique styled shoot for Bridal Musings Wedding Blog with Pink Peonies & Red Lipstick by Louise Beukes Styling and Marianne Taylor Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

This was such a fun shoot to work on!  You can see more on Bridal Musings  and keep an eye out for some more stylish DIY tutorials too!

If you would like to find out more about my styling services for the wedding industry visit www.louisebeukes.com or email me.

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Photographer: Marianne Taylor Photography // Behind-the-Scenes Photography: Sophie of Her Lovely Heart // Stylist: Louise Beukes Styling // Venue: The Institute of Contemporary Arts // Hairstylist: Hepburn Collection // Makeup Artist: Mariam Jensen // Flowers: Blue Sky Flowers // Cookies: Nila Holden Artisan Cakes and Cookies // Cake: Olofson Design // Macaroons and Marshmallows: Anges De Sucre // Linens: The Sweet Hostess // Elizabeth’s Shoes: Faith at Debenhams

Contemporary & Elegant Wedding at Kew Gardens Cottage with berry shades and blossoms by Claire Graham Photography on www.blovedweddings.com

As well as receiving beautiful submissions, it really makes my day when I spot a talented team of my favourite suppliers have been involved in creating the most perfect wedding for their couple!  Gemma and James’ Kew Gardens wedding was inspired by contemporary elegance, and their choices from venue to florist to photographer were flawless throughout!  Gemma’s Ritva Westenius gown is sheer beauty, Ritva’s classic style shining through in sleek and simple silhouette with just the perfect amount of lace.  She carried a cascading bouquet of orchids created by Pollen Nation who really deserves a special mention for the incredible berry-toned flowers throughout their day.  Their celebration was captured perfectly by Claire Graham, who’s elegant fine art style complimented the couple’s throughout.

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golden hour engagement shoot

Good morning my loves! It’s been a little while since I shared an engagement shoot with you, so this month I’ve given the b.team a break and we’ll be bringing some newly engaged couples to these pages.  I do love a good couple shoot, especially when the stars align to combine romance and gorgeous ‘golden hour’ light just before the sun sets. Candice & Nick’s engagement session by Anouschka Rokebrand was shot in with a mixture of digital and film photography, capturing the magic all the more beautifully.

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