Winter brings Spring: A rustic Easter inspired bridal photoshoot

The shoot was inspired by the proverb ‘No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow’.  
 
Kathryn Hopkins, super talented fine art wedding photographer, sent me photos of a naked  cake I made for a wedding she photographed last year. You can see some beautiful images on Style me Pretty here. I literally fell in love with her style so I asked her if she would be interested in collaborating on a spring inspired editorial, which I wanted to be very organic and natural.  Suppliers bought this together with the use of natural textures and surfaces, such as rings inspired by twigs and sycamore seeds, flowing calligraphy on the stationery, and dresses in soft lace and silk.  These elements where combined with items that symbolised spring to us; the little eggs and birds.  The proverb inspired Rebecca Avery Flowers to forage for the remains of winter and combine with lots of foliage, keeping flowers to a minimum, something often seen at the beginning of spring as everything starts to bloom.  Make up was kept dewy and natural, and the hair in a soft roll and tuck design with delicate plaits to compliment the detail of the lace dress. Here is the result. I hope you lovelies like it. Thank you Fern from Rock My Wedding for the feature. 
A bientôt
Lau xoxo

Photographer:  Kathryn Hopkins Photography                     http://www.kathrynhopkinsphotography.com/

Jewellery:  Lucy Sylvester                                                         http://www.lucysylvester.co.uk/

Headdress:  Rebecca Avery Flowers                                     http://www.rebeccaaveryflowers.com/

Make up: Joyce Connor

http://bridesandbeauty.co.uk/

Hair: Aimez Vous Hair & Beauty

http://aimez-vous.co.uk/

Cake Maker:  French Made London                                         http://www.frenchmade.co.uk/

Flower Girls Dress: I Love Gorgeous                                                     http://www.ilovegorgeous.co.uk

Stationery:  Paperknots                                                               http://www.paperknots.co.uk/

Furniture Hire: Vintage Style Hire                                                 http://www.vintagestylehire.co.uk/

Wooden Plates: The Living Lounge

http://thelivinglounge.uk/

Film Scans: UK Film Lab

http://ukfilmlab.com/

Brides Gown: Made by Kathryn Hopkins Photography

Décor/Styling: Rebecca Avery Flowers & Kathryn Hopkins Photography

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2015 another year of naked cakes

2015 was all about naked cakes. Just like 2014 and 2016, and we LOVE it!

Here are some of our favourite creations.

Sylvanian Mr and Mrs Sylvanian

Hessian Our signature cake with Langues de chat biscuits!

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Photo Kathryn Hopkins

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Photo Lexi Fleming

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White roses, berries and foliage Wedding photography by Paola De Paola

Photo Paola De Paola

Jay Anderson Fine Art Photography - Game of Thrones Styled Shoot 035 Game of Thrones inspired

Photo Jay Anderson

SA_190915_154413-10 Finally!

Photo Love That Smile

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Semi-naked themed cakes decorated with a figurine, a bunting, fresh flowers and berries Unicorn lover

Bring on 2016!

A bientôt!

Lau xxx

 

Pretty in Pink at Brixton East, London: A vintage modern wedding for the quirky bride.

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Hello lovelies,

My good friend and amazingly talented London photographer Paola De Paola, and I had been planning a bridal styled shoot for a long time. We were joined later by an awesome team of suppliers such as Natalie and Guy from Curious Fair, with helped out with the planning  and the props and the styling on the day and many many more! Kiki the fabulous organiser of Chosen Wedding Fair loved the idea so much she asked us if she could use the images and video as a promotional shoot for her 27th April lovely event. We said ‘OH YEAH!’ 😉

‘The Chosen Wedding Fair was created in 2012 by a frustrated bride-to-be, and has steadily been growing as it aims for a fresh and fun way to discover and design your own unique personalised wedding. Chosen work very hard to handpick each exhibitor and they are fortunate enough to showcase excellent talent from bespoke designer makers and vintage aficionados in the surrounding area.’ 

The shoot that took place at alternative wedding venue, a Victorian warehouse Brixton East showcases a modern vintage romantic ‘secret wedding’ which offers a fresh approach just like the Chosen Wedding Fair aims to do. “We really wanted to show how contemporary styling could bring a different look or edge to a vintage styled wedding, offering an alternative fresh look to what is already lovely, but may have been done before. Finding Brixton East was a fantastic part of the journey in planning the shoot, the brickwork walls, wooden flooring and rustic feel set the perfect backdrop for the playful ‘secret wedding’ shoot bursting with colour, excitement and a lot of tiny details to bring the wow factor to life.”

And here are the results. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Wow, wow, WOW!

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And here’s the AWESOME video: http://vimeo.com/89971062

Contributors

Location: Brixton East/ Photographer: Paola de Paola / Designer + Stylist: Curious Fair /Headpieces: Curious Fair / Cake Designer: French Made / China + Props: Mrs Terrence / Hair + make up: Cristina Pala Hair Make up / Decor : The Sweet Hostess / Promoter: Chosen Wedding Fair / Flowers:  Ladybird Flowers  / Veil: Kelly Spence Bridal Design / Suit: Tweed Addict / Dresses: Days of Grace Vintage / Videographer: Love Storage  /Models: Adeline & Scott

 

The National Vintage Awards 2014: Votes are open!

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Hello lovelies,

We’ve decided to enter the competition this year so please, vote for us!!

Follow the link then click on ‘Best vintage event service and supplier’ and French Made. It’s us. Thank you so much. Pass the word round, it would be great! 🙂

http://thenationalvintageawards.co.uk/vote2014/

 

Lau xx

A sailor’s love: An alternative nautical themed wedding

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Laetitia and Franck live in Marseille. They’re into tattoos, alternative lifestyles and each other. They aren’t planning to get married but wanted to do something unusual for their 4th anniversary. I offered to organise a shoot that truly reflects their fun personalities and love for each other.

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I was born and raised in Marseille. so of course, I am a little bit familiar with the place. I chose Le Panier, for its winding narrow hilly streets.  Always hiding little surprises around each corner such as quirky shops, yummy food and Les Goudes to honour the geographical location of the city.

A seaside themed photo shoot there may sound totally cliché, but with my team of fab suppliers, we worked with nautical symbols such as anchors, wheels, boats, sea shells …and turned our creations into something fun and rock’n’roll!

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The whole thing was brilliantly captured by Julie Siddi and Med from Bleucitron production.

Not only are Julie’s photos the most eye pleasing but they also tell a love story as honest and as warm as the Southern French climate!

In order to stick to the theme, Med included aerial views of Marseille. For extra impact, he added camera plans from different angles which gave the illusion there were several machines shooting at the same time. The two sets reflect a common artistic approach and highlight two different aspects of love and relationships, hence the music choice, a punchy song, ‘Cecilia Ann’ by The Pixies along with  a more romantic and ethereal one ‘Song to the siren’ by This Mortal coil.

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Our gorgeous tattooed bride, Laetitia wore two glamorous Elsa Gary’s dresses along with her own vintage dress.  As well as beautiful veils from Kelly Spence and a magnifique headdress from GG’s pin-up couture.  For her piece, she chose colours that were vintage in style, deep reds, gold and dusky blues for a different twist on the traditional nautical scheme of red white and blue, together with a wooden boat for an eccentric touch. Make up wise, Lisa Le Louet gave her two different looks, a 50’s one with fake lashes and another one with coral and grey tones to create a more modern and smokey effect.

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Franck was just himself that day, posing in his usual Fred Perry polos and funky shoes.

For flowers, John from Digitale put together an amazing collection of unusual floral pieces and using a mix of Protéas, astantias, dried nigellas, silver brunias, hortensias, freesias, foliage and eucalyptus. I absolutely loved the bouquets tied with nautical rope and golden thread.

Lesa from I Heart Buttons Bouquets created the vintage button and brooch bouquet and added the perfect brooch for this theme. She then based her bouquet around it incorporating antique and vintage buttons along with a gold glitter tulle collar.

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The cake made by moi, was decorated with shells, golden buttons and glitter. I also created matching cupcakes and cookies which I carefully arranged on a fishing net together with other seaside themed items.  The kitsch light included in the scene was used as reference to Notre Dame De la Garde, which is to Marseille, what the Eiffel tower is to Paris.

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For stationery, Catherine from Vintage Loves Roses created the cute invite and tags we attached on the net as a table plan.

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Voila!

There are more photos here on the mighty Rock n Roll Bride 🙂

 http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2013/12/nautical-wedding-inspiration/#more-175422

Enjoy!

Lau xx

A beautiful Musical themed, rustic chic wedding: Emma and Iain.

When Emma approached me with her wedding ideas, I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about creating a dessert table for her and Iain. She mentioned their colour scheme (blush, ivory, beautiful shades of pink and grey), the music theme (They actually became a couple enjoying their favourite bands at Glastonbury festival) and naked cakes!

We all met up on a Saturday to discuss their requirements further and to sample some of my cakes. Needless to say, they loved them all (ok ok, a tiny bit of showing off never hurt anyone 😉 but they decided to go for Victoria sponge with raspberries for their three tier as it was Emma’s dad’s favourite flavour. Iain told me he liked cheese cake and Emma said she had a (big) thing for Macarons so I made sure there were plenty to go round on the day.

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And THE macarons (by Anges de sucre)

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When I arrived at the venue , a retro London bus was waiting for the guests, totally my kind of scene! Everything about the reception room was just WOW! Of course, I didn’t get to see the blushing bride that day as she was busy making herself gorgeous in her dream outfit with the help of make-up artist extraordinaire but I was greeted by Emma’s lovely brides maids in their fabulous blush dresses. It then took me a couple of hours to arrange the goodies on the table that was allocated to us for desserts.

Here’s me, working hard 😉

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To match the theme, I used my cream and white shabby chiccy style cake stands, trays and props. The florist had left some beautiful flowers for me to decorate the table and the cake together with the berries I had brought with me. For the final touches, Emma had left some cute labels that matched the wedding stationery and some grey and pink ribbon.  What an organised bride!

These are the cupcakes I left on the dessert table as little presies for the lovely couple to enjoy as a midnight snack or maybe as a breakfast treat!

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The CAKE and matching cupcakes

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Tadaaaaa!

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The HAPPY bunny (hum…froggy)

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And because it was an extra nice wedding captured by a super duper photographer, it  was even featured on Emma’s favourite blogs!

Enjoy the whole story and the amazing photos by Ann-Kathrin Koch! http://www.rockmywedding.co.uk/if-music-be-the-food-of-love/

Voila!!

Lau xx

Autumn inspired cakes: What’s hiding behind the bush?

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Today it does feel particular autumnal round here so I thought I’d do a post related to this beautiful season. A while ago, I designed a rustic dessert table that matched fits perfectly.

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For this one, I used wicker baskets, old fashion jars, jute fabric and string as feel as raffia ribbon. The tags and favours were handmade by moi too. For sweets, I chose Hazelnut Petits-beurre bundles, madeleines, Amandines, pine nuts tartlets, mini meringues, biscuit pops and of course, cupcakes!

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Some as a rose bouquet presented in a plant pot and some sprinkled with nuts. I also included some cinnamon favours berlingot sweets that I brought back from my last trip to Lille and finally, a two-tier cake and a single tier ruffle one. Here are some photos by the amazingly talented Carla Thomas (http://www.carlathomasphoto.com).

Voila 🙂

A bientôt!

Lau x

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