Ali & Ian | Marrakesh by Tara Smith

One of my highlights from 2016 was being lucky enough to photograph Alison & Ian's breathtaking nuptials in Marrakesh, Morocco. Two beautiful people, inside and out, in one of the most heavenly places on the planet. Veering away from conventional wedding rules, Alison looked amazing in her rose quartz Alexander Mcqueen dress which was the perfect compliment to Ian's serenity blue suit (also Mcqueen). And yes, they were Pantone's colours of the year too. 

These guys certainly knew how to entertain their guests with camel rides, fire eaters, belly dancers and a traditional Joujouka band who travelled in especially from the Rif mountains. 

Thanks so much to Ali and Ian for letting me share their beautiful day at Villa Dinari, Marrakesh. An unforgettable day was had by all... 

Fairytale Weddings | The Launch Party by Tara Smith

Remember, remember the 1st September; fairytales, music and (lots of) prosecco...  

Yes it was just over two weeks ago when the fabulous ladies at Fairytale Weddings opened their AMAZING new bridal boutique and we were lucky enough to be there for launch night. 

Moving from their previous home at The Old Chapel, the girls have gone big with a beautiful, spacious new venue at Bell Plantation in Towcester. The extra space feels amazing and really gives the gowns room to flourish, in fact I'm quite envious of the lucky brides who will get to experience finding The One in such luxurious surroundings. 

Daisy, Amy and Martha are the three sisters who manage the shop on a day to day basis, not forgetting their lovely mum Kay. I first got to know the girls a few years ago when organising a photoshoot and it's great to see them get to call this amazing location their own. 

As expected, the girls laid on a fantastic evening with live music, displays from Maison des Macaron and of course our friend Miss Clemmie. Despite partaking in a few celebratory glasses of bubbly, I did manage to get a few snaps...

Congratulations on your beautiful new shop ladies!  

To see if Daisy & Co. are stocking the wedding dress of your dreams, pop over and see for yourself at: Bell Plantation, Towcester, NN12 6GX or head over here to their website... I guarantee wedding dress shopping will never be more fun...

Tara x

 

Modern Botanicals | Perfect Wedding Magazine | Styled Shoot by Tara Smith

PUBLISHED:  What feels like many, many moons ago at the beginning of 2016, the gang and I got together on a styled shoot collaboration at Dodmoor House. A curated selection has just been published in September's issue of Perfect Wedding Magazine (yay!) which also means I can blog some of the images from the day...

INSPIRATION:  Clemmie was the head stylist for this one and we managed to squeeze lots of fabulous wedding trends in. Incorporating rose quartz (one of Pantone's colours of the year), warm metallic accents, pretty succulents, eucalyptus galore and beautiful florals in muted tones, this has to be one of my favourite looks ever. 

BRIDAL INSPIRATION: Daisy from Fairytale Weddings selected some beautiful dresses from Ian Stuart and Ellis Bridal. Texture was of great importance so beads and appliqué flowers were the order of the day. 

HAIR & MAKE-UP: The fantastic Joanne Tromans and Lynddy were respectively in charge for Make-Up and Hair on the day. The bold looks created were edgy and modern, veering away from traditional bridal trends. Jo created a Black Swan inspired look on beautiful Bernadette with strong eyes and muted lips. Lynddy was strongly influenced by 2016/17 catwalk looks - a perfect contrast against the girly dresses and florals. 

 

Thanks to everyone involved (including little Bebe Daisy!) - as always a fantastic day was had with these girls. Grab a copy of September's Perfect Wedding magazine for a better look and for lots more wedding inspiration. Dream Team - Assemble...

Photography - Tara Florence Photography

Dresses - Fairytale Weddings

Styling/Bridal Accessories - Miss Clemmie

Make-Up - Joanne Tromans

Hair - Hair by Lynndy

Flowers - Willow & Thyme

Cake - Lillibet Bakes

Stationery - Imogen Owen

Model - Bernadette Lemon

Venue - Dodmoor House

 

Ali & Ian | Pre Wedding | Jardin Majorelle | Marrakesh by Tara Smith

Ali & Ian are one of life's most totally chilled out couples, naturally happy in each other's company. After falling in love with Marrakesh after several happy stays, they decided it would be the perfect destination for their wedding day. When they asked me to photograph it, of course, I jumped at the chance.

Ali & Ian opted for an intimate yet opulent affair for their wedding day and I can't wait to share some of those images with you soon... For now, I'm going to take you to the awe inspiring Jardin Majorelle in the heart of Marrakesh, the once home of Yves Saint Laurent. It's really not hard to understand why Saint Laurent was so inspired by Morocco itself and particuarly within the four walls of this amazing location. Now an archeological museum, it's unique cobalt blue walls and sea of giant cacti are truly captivating. 

When not running their successful jewellery design business, Bijoux Jewels, Ali & Ian are a couple with a taste for the finer things in life. What better place then to shoot their pre-wedding photos than the Majorelle Gardens? Ali looked naturally radiant in a beautiful silk kaftan by Temperley, perfect for the hot climate (the thermometer went over the 50 degree mark whilst we were there!). 

If you haven't experienced Marrakesh I whole heartedly recommend it. From shopping in the colourful souks to experiencing the flavoursome cuisine, you will leave feeling inspired and refreshed. 

Thanks to Ian and Ali for letting me share this beautiful experience with them and look out for some images of their amazing Moroccan wedding soon... 

Tara

 

 

Alysha & Liam | Barton Hall | Northamptonshire by Tara Smith

Last month I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Alysha and Liam at the gorgeous Barton Hall in the Northamptonshire countryside. 

When your mum is one of the county's finest florists - The Flower Stylist, one thing is for sure - your wedding flowers are going to all kinds of amazing. Alysha had probably the biggest and most jaw dropping bridal bouquet I've seen featuring some stunning Coral Charm peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus, David Austin roses and pretty anemones. To compliment Alysha's bouquet, there were perfectly bloomed peonies displayed in cloches, flower garlands galore, fresh lavender bursting from the drawers of the sweet table and the initials of the couple made in tiny roses (made by the bride herself, no less!). If flowers are your thing, this wedding is definitely for you! 

We were blessed with fabulous, sunny weather on the day, perfect for a beautiful English summer wedding. The orangery at Barton Hall glistened in the sunshine and Alysha looked stunning in her Mark Lesley gown, walking down the aisle with her father. The bridesmaids looked super stylish in Chi-Chi London and there were (fake but fab!) flamingos galore around the grounds on the day... 

The styling of Barton Hall on the day was truly unprecedented and what makes it all the more amazing is Alysha, her mum Ann and her bridesmaids did it ALL themselves the night before! From the flowers, to the huge balloons, the beautiful centre pieces and the amazing little hand made 'drink me' favours. No detail was overlooked.

So many brilliant suppliers were involved in making this day one to remember, including an prize worthy cake by Lillibet Bakes with hand made, sugar crafted peonies to compliment the flowers of the day, make-up by the perfectionist that is Jo Tromans, stationery by White Cottage Weddings,  rings by the uber talented Bijoux JewelsHair by Lynddy and videography by the awesome Halford Films. All of Northamptonshire's finest, I'm sure you'll agree!

The VIP of the day was the fabulous Jimmy, the couple's beautiful French Bulldog who stole the limelight with his beautiful floral collar and was the sweetest page boy you ever did see...  

Want to see more of Alysha & Liam's day? Our friend Halford Films was there - here's a little preview of the magic Ben captured on the day...

To see more amazing flowers checkout Ann & Alysha's website here...

Mr. & Mrs. Molyneaux, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your big day, wishing you all the best for the future! 

Tara... x