[In the Press] Wedding styled shoot: A Touch of the Orient

YYW_mayjune14I’m so terribly sorry it’s been over 10 days since I’ve been active on here but I’m glad to say that I’ve come back refreshed after a much-needed break with my family….especially when we’re a million miles from each other. Saying ‘goodbyes’ gets harder and harder each passing year but I’m sooooo grateful that I’m able to see them once or even twice a year!

Anyhooo….I have some exciting news to share with you, which I hope will make up for my absence!! Well, last September, I had the most awesome experience working alongside some über talented people within the wedding industry on a wedding styled shoot that recently got featured in You & Your Wedding magazine!!!! This is the second styled shoot I got to be a part of last year……however, with this one…..I was involved from a much different perspective! ;)

The first time I heard about this shoot was when Elisabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings reposted an ad that wedding stylists and planners, Pocketful of Dreams had featured on their Instagram. They were looking for a ‘real couple’ to work on a shoot they had in mind…………and what do you think I did? Yep, I applied for it….after an afternoon of intense deliberation, of course! I even asked Elisabetta whether if it was a delusional idea to sign up for it and she encouraged me to do so! I’ve been big fans of Michelle and Vicki of PoD and although this wasn’t quite the conventional way of getting involved on a shoot, I thought it would be fun regardless. Besides, B and I were approaching our 1st wedding anniversary and I felt this would be a rather different yet exciting way to celebrate it! I mean….who wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to wear beautiful dresses, get made up and relive the entire wedding madness, one year on? ;)

So I applied, and I was taken by complete surprise when they got back to me saying they would be interested!! (Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be picked!) Anyway, I was so giddy with excitement (and nerves!!) that I TOTALLY forgot…….. I never quite told my hubby about what I had just signed us up for! So, I decided I’d keep it as a little surprise and break the news nearer the time but as I expected he wasn’t all to pleased at first simply because he’s not a huge fan of being in the limelight….or being photographed for that matter! However, when he saw how excited I was about it and the potential it had for me by meeting creative people in the wedding industry (albeit in a much different way) he soon came around to my so-called “crazy adventure”! (And that’s why I married him!)

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The shoot took place at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons (I know!!!) where the Pocketful Of Dreams girls put together a marvellous set up for their East-meets-West inspired shoot (you can see their brainstorming ideas here) with the help of other talented collaborators; Krishanti who provided the staggeringly beautiful cakes and treats, vintage furniture by Kate, hand-written stationery by Gemma Milly, decadent flowers by Euphoric Flowers and finally, hair and make up by Sarah. It was a real honour to be a part of this beautifully executed shoot (everything from start to finish was utter perfection!) and to get to know such an amazingly talented team of creative individuals! For that I’m sooooooo grateful!! :)

Anyway, without further adieu, here are more breathtaking photos from that day and all credit goes to the talented duo, Nicola & Glen for capturing it perfectly….I wish I could put them all up on here but you’ll have to swoon over these for now.

Stunning right? I just love how they’ve combined elements of the two cultures beautifully where luxury can be achieved in an elegant, stylish and tasteful way. Coming from a middle-eastern and Indian background, I’ve seen many occasions where luxury and opulence verges on the lines of garish and OTT, so this shoot shows you exactly how it is done! I’m super chuffed for the team because they worked so hard to bring this shoot to life….as you can in these images.

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As for us….we had a ball of a time…..and you know what still amuses me to this day……how much the hubby enjoyed the shoot in the end, strutting about in his October House suit! He actually envied me for having two outfits….Ah, the irony!! ;) And annoyingly….he looked far better than me!! ;) But hey – I got to meet Mr. Raymond Blanc in person and got a cheeky kiss from him! So it’s all good ;) I guess being ballsy and signing up to something I thought was ludicrous at the time turned out to be one of the most fun things we’ve done! Here’s to many more of my “crazy adventures”! ;)

Touch-of-Orient_Mr Blanc[Image credit: ©Weddings by Nicola & Glen]

Well I hope you guys enjoyed these images. You can get the hard copy of next month’s issue in store now where there are lots of tips and advice by the PoD girls on how to achieve this look. And, if you’d like to look up the fabulous team of collaborators, I’ve listed their links below……I seriously couldn’t recommend them enough!

Design & Stylists – Pocketful of Dreams

Photography – Weddings by Nicola and Glen

Furniture – Vintage Style Hire

Bridal Dress & Accessories – Kate Halfpenny

Grooms suit – October House

Floral design – Euphoric Flowers

Cakes and sweet treats – Cakes by Krishanti 

Stationery – Gemma Milly

Hair & Make up – Sarah Elizabeth for Claire Hanson Make Up

Décor and Props – Amara / Brollies Galore / Farley Prop Hire

 

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a wonderful weekend folks!!! Much love, x x x

 

[Wedding Inspiration] English Country Romantic

SAN-LISA-WEDDING_ENGLISH-ROMANTIC-webOooh so did I tell you I have been asked to help plan and style my friend’s wedding later this year? Well, as you can imagine, I’m absolutely delighted!!! Since planning my own wedding and helping other friends of mine with decor and stationery, I haven’t really done much planning per se and seeing as I’ve been increasingly interested in design and event planning in the recent months, particularly with weddings, this is my ideal chance to test my skill set and make the most out of this fabulous opportunity. Some of the plus points to planning/styling this wedding is that it’s 1) within close proximity i.e. Buckinghamshire so unlike my wedding, I wont have to plan from a remote location, and 2) the Groom is a dear old family friend (practically like a brother to me) which means I get to work with him and his lovely fiancée closely to try and deliver what they want (hopefully, minus all the family drama!) :D

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So, while dates for the venue is being finalised, I have been drawing up two possible options for their country wedding, based on what the bride and groom have suggested. The first style, and which I will be sharing in this post, is the English Country Romantic, oozing elegance, English gentry and vintage charm. Think Jane Austen, Lord Byron or Shelly, 19th Century manor houses, parasols, High Tea, lawn games, roses, strawberries and cream, vintage china and secret gardens. It really epitomizes the idyllic and quintessential essence of English countryside, combining soft colour palettes such as blush pinks, duck egg blues and mint greens with materials like lace, silk and soft florals along with key vintage details. Makes me want to sigh every time I think of these. ;) SAN-LISA-WEDDING_ENGLISH-ROMANTIC-3 webI started collating images on Pinterest, for both styles as my source of inspiration and I’ve put together some of my favourite images to create these ‘mood boards’ you see here, categorising them under Table Settings, Décor /Styling, Stationery, and Bridal Party just so the bride and groom get a good feel for the style and the overall look for the wedding. Plenty of scope for DIYs, calligraphy and pretty styling so looking forward to hearing what they have to say.

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[private commission] A date to remember – 1

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This was a commissioned piece for a friend who was looking for a bespoke wedding gift and I was asked to create a wall art bearing the wedding date of the bride and groom. I had a few ideas in mind where I wanted the overall look to feel regal and decadent yet keeping it elegant and minimalist at the same time. After a few test runs, I finally decided on using similar techniques used on the pieces I made for the ‘White on White‘ wedding styled shoot in summer, where the template (fonts and layout) was designed and hand cut to create a stencil. The numerals were then hand-stamped using a rich brushed metallic gold pigment ink on heavyweight cotton paper after which the lettering was handwritten in gold ink to finish it all off. I chose to frame the print in a simple white box frame where it was mounted 5mm off the backing card to create a lovely shadow gap which adds that extra bit of ‘oomph’ I think! ;) I’m pleased with how it’s turned – I think I may have to make one for ourselves to keep! :P Anyway, lets hope the recipient is delighted with it too! And luckily for me, I have another couple of more wedding gift projects coming up! Just the creative adrenaline I need so do stay tuned!! Oh and if you know anyone looking for something a little ‘bespoke’….let me know! :D xx BLOG_STRIP_wedding-commissioned_WEB-2

[Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]

{In the Press} Love My Dress wedding shoot feature!

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Some of you may have already seen my rather gleeful Facebook and Twitter updates earlier this afternoon (I couldn’t contain my excitement!) so I’d like to properly share the exciting news with my readers on here too.

Remember the ‘White on White’ wedding styled shoot I had the great pleasure to work on back in July with the lovely wedding planner Louise Macpherson? Well, I’m so thrilled to announce that it’s been featured on Love My Dress – a highly esteemed and award-winning wedding blog in the UK!!!! *shriek of delight* If you aren’t familiar with Annabel and her wedding blog then perhaps you may know her for her book Style Me Vintage: Weddings that came out earlier this year or for recently picking up a Perfect Wedding Magazine award for ‘highly recommended for the Best Blog’ category? Well if you still haven’t and you’re looking to indulge in elegant, chic and vintage-glamour weddings then you’ll find her blog an amazing source of inspiration from decor to fashion to lifestyle and I can definitely vouch for that!

Anyway, do pop over and check out the featured post by clicking here. I cannot express enough how grateful and honoured I am to have been part of this amazingly talented team of people (all part of the Glasgow Wedding Collective) who put their heart and soul to bring this design concept to life! Craig & Eva Sanders have captured the soft, pure and delicate mood so perfectly and to see these gorgeous photos again with all those little carefully thought out details, especially on Annabel’s wedding blog, makes this whole experience even more surreal and so fulfilling! If one can be ecstatic, overwhelmed and speechless at the same time…..that would be me right now!

And I don’t think I could say it enough but I will again: a MASSIVE and heartfelt ‘thank you‘ goes out to Louise (my former wedding planner and now good friend) for giving me this amazing opportunity to work with her on the decor and styling for this stunning shoot. She is one super talented lady with impeccable taste and great eye for detail – it’s an immense pleasure knowing her let alone working alongside her :)

Here’s to many more wedding prettiness and amazing projects! Actually, on that note, I can say that there is another fabulous style shoot coming up soon where I’ll be working with yet another team of inspiring, talented and widely acclaimed people within the UK wedding industry but I shall hold back from revealing too much now (you have no idea how hard that is!) and I’ll keep you posted when the time comes.

By golly, I think I’m on a complete wedding high this week!! :D

[Sneak Peek]: Wedding Styled Shoot – White on White

Okay, so here they are! Thanks to the talented Craig & Eva Sanders Photography here’s a little glimpse into the ‘White on White‘ Wedding style shoot that took place at The Lighthouse (Glasgow) in July. I’m absolutely excited by the final photos and I can’t thank wedding planner (and friend!) Louise Macpherson enough for the fantastic opportunity to work with her on the decor front for this shoot!! It really was a dream come true and I hope this is the start to many more fabulous opportunities! Well folks, there you have it!! :) xx

Photography by Craig & Eva Sanders Photography | Cakes by Lynsey of Custom Cakes | Truffles by Guppy’s Chocolates | Stationery by E.Y.I. Love

[Wall Art]: True Love Stories Never Have Endings

If you remember me going on about the wedding style shoot that I had worked on back in June/July where I had made two wall arts, some geometric wall hangings and table numbers. Well this post is on one of the main wall art pieces I had done bearing one of my favourite wedding-related quotes.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos of all the final pieces before sending them off (as the wall hangings were all made flat-pack to be assembled on site) and if I had I couldn’t have revealed it back then! But if you saw my wee sneak peek at the work I was doing and the behind-the-scenes video from the day of the shoot you probably would have seen glimpses of it? Anyway, I can tell you the official photos from the shoot are out and a  little taster of it will be coming up very shortly after this (!!!!) but in the mean time here’s my ‘True Love Stories Never Have Endings‘ print – where I designed a stencil using Art Deco-inspired fonts, hand cut it all and then used metallic gold pigment ink, which in the right light, gives you this beautiful powdery brushed effect! :)  BLOG_STRIP_wedding-style-shoot-WEB

[Image credit: Made by Molu]

Oh I do LOVE this piece….if I may say so myself!! ;) I have it hanging up on our wall along with all our other collection of prints and love how it’s turned out. The other wall art piece I did in the same techniques had the words “You & Me“. So, if you like this or want something similar made for a special occasion let me know!! xx

It’s not about the journey, but the destination.

BLOG_STRIP_anniversary-5_webWell it’s been a lovely couple of weeks celebrating some special milestones; our 1st wedding anniversary followed by my thirtieth birthday and for both occasions I’ve been rather overwhelmed by all the thoughtful gifts received from loved ones. So, I thought I’d do a little series on ‘gifts’ based on the ones received, starting with our 1st wedding anniversary, where traditionally gifts of ‘paper’ ranging from love letters to scrapbooks to vouchers (depending on how creative you are) are presented to each other. As you can imagine, I was delighted at the prospect of making something unique for my husband seeing as it had been a while since I did anything of that sort (I think Christmas or his birthday was the last time!) so in this blog post, I’ll give you a wee nosey at what I ended up making for him!  Oh and FYI, this is the first of his two presents I got him!  ;)

So – I knew I wanted to make a print of some kind. My husband loves collecting bespoke pieces of art so I decided I’d make something he could have framed that was not only symbolic of our relationship and marriage but also a piece of inspiration for all the years to come together…..come what may. Interestingly, I had come across a quote a couple of months ago which I had scribbled down (I do this a lot! Anything I find inspirational I just jot down) and I thought really summed what I was looking for: It’s not about the destination, but the journey. And how very apt! Apparently, there are several adaptations of this quote but Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American poet, is often credited for it. Anyway, seeing as we completed one wonderful (and eventful!) year together, it was important that we reminded ourselves that it’s the journey we embark together,irrespective of the final destination, that really matters…for the destination we cannot always foresee or have control over but as long as we’re in it together we’ll do just fine! :) So, with that in mind, I sketched out the words a few times until I was pleased at how they were positioned after which I patiently cut each letter out by hand to create a stencil. By this stage, I remembered the tandem bike and balloon design I had drawn up for the screen-printing workshop earlier in the year (which I had used to make my ‘You & Me’ t-shirts) and knew instantly that it would team up perfectly with this quote. A stencil of this was also cut out and once I was satisfied with how it all sat on the card stock I wanted to print on, I got stamping away using Versacraft black ink. for the quote and the tandem bike, and the red ink for the balloon. BLOG_STRIP_anniversary-1_webAnd this is how the final piece turned out! I did have another frame in mind for this piece but for now I had it placed in a spare Ikea RIBBA 42x52cm frame (fits A3 and oversized A3 prints) we had kicking about. So what do you think? I must say I was delighted I got the thumbs up from my man! :D Anyhoo….do stay tuned for more on the various gifts received! xxBLOG_STRIP_anniversary-3_web

(image credit: Made by Molu)

This time last year…

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Sorry I’ve been rather quiet on here this week but work has been crazy busy – both my day job and freelance work are at their peak not to mention the numerous other things to keep on top of which is definitely keeping me busy and well out of mischief! AND on top of that…we celebrated a significant milestone earlier in the week where we reached our 1st wedding anniversary! I know it’s only our 1st but my goodness has it flown by so quickly! I think we both found it quite surreal to think time last year we were saying our vows and celebrating the occasion the entire day (and weekend mind you!) with our dearest family and friends….and boy, when I think about it, I’d do it all over again! Well – if money wasn’t an issue! :D Anyway, it’s been an incredible adventure and I raise my glass to many more fun and exciting years with the hubby! I know life is never going to be a bed of roses but as long as you have that ‘someone’ by you through thick and thin…..then that’s all that matters! :)

For a little trip down memory lane, you can find more on our wedding here.

[Behind the scenes]: A sneak peek behind the wedding style shoot

If you follow me on IG, FB or Twitter, you’ve probably seen my updates about the work I was doing for a wedding style-shoot in collaboration with Louise Machpherson Wedding Design. Louise was our on-the-day wedding coordinator who I got on with brilliantly at the time of our wedding and thereon after (it is so refreshing to work with people on the same creative wavelength!) Back in March, she got int touch to see if I’d be interested in working with her and other wedding suppliers for a wedding style shoot she was putting together. I was obviously, super delighted by this! Unfortunately I wasn’t able to physically attend the shoot as it was the following morning from my return from Dubai. Nevertheless, having always wanted to work on style shoots for aaages, I jumped at the opportunity and agreed I’d do whatever I could from London and have it posted up! We got liaising, pinging back and forth numerous emails on things that inspired us. Louise was keen to have a ‘white on white’ theme for the shoot with a subtle hint of gold and rose, keeping the overall look very clean and contemporary but with an air of glamour – totally up my street! :)

The shoot took place last Monday at the Lighthouse in Glasgow and I managed to create some handmade prints and decor for this fabulous occasion. I’m not going to reveal much on what exactly my work entailed just yet (the big reveal will come soon!) but it does involve clean lines, geometry, shimmery gold ink and more! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute working on this project. Still gutted I wasn’t able to be there on the morning to see it all come together but delighted I was a part of it – thank you Louise! So here’s a wee teaser by Mallard Weddings of what went on behind the scenes! There will be more coming on this so make sure you keep your eyes peeled! :D xx

[Our D.I.Y. Wedding] Order of Service

MbM_Our-Wedding_OofS_mainI came across the Order of Service we designed for our wedding last year whilst rummaging through my shoebox of sentimental things looking for something else and it only occurred to me that I never actually had anything up on the blog about it!  With our first anniversary just round the corner, this find definitely brought back so many wonderful memories of that day. I still find it surreal that it’s nearly a year since I stood at the altar, professing my love, faith, loyalty and commitment to that one man I chose to spend the rest of my life with! So, here’s to many more happier years! :) Anyway, if you remember our wedding invitation pack we designed, you’ll see how we’ve brought in the same ‘east-meets-west’ design elements and colour scheme into the Order of Service for our irish-Indian fusion wedding, keeping it simple, elegant and contemporary at the same time. I can’t tell you enough how much I (well, the both of us, being design geeks!) enjoyed designing all our stationery and I have since done a few more wedding related projects. Recently did a few things for a wedding style shoot (soon to come on the blog!) and some commissioned work. So if you have a wedding coming up or know anyone who’s planning one (UK or abroad) and in need of bespoke wedding stationery and decor…..then I’m only an email away! ;) Let me know and I’d be more than happy to work with you! xx MbM_Our-Wedding_OofS_1(web) [Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]