botanical vibes | bell plantation | styled shoot by Tara Smith

To celebrate the opening of Fairytale Weddings beautiful new bridal boutique, some of my favourite wedding suppliers got together recently for a botanical inspired shoot (I do love a leaf!) and made some magic along the way. 

With dresses by Mooshki, Eliza Jane Howell and the fabulous Ian Stuart (check out the beautifully embroidered Papillion - it will make your heart a'flutter...) alongside some beautiful artisan made bridal accessories, we were really spoilt for choice.

I've long admired Sophie and Luna from afar - their dried and preserved floral crowns always look great but in real life I was really blown away! Not only do they look and feel amazing but they also still smell fresh... 

The ever lovely Jo Tromans was the make up guru on the day teamed with the uber talent that is Cate from Cates Boutique. 

Enjoy... 

Bridal Babe X Barbarella - Alternative Bridal Editorial by Tara Smith

The first few months of the year are a quiet time for those of us in the wedding industry. There's definitely somewhat of a lull. Your creativity takes a back seat, then all of a sudden - boom - you get the urge to create something again. I count my blessings that over the years I've accumulated a great tribe of girls (and guys!) that are in the same boat and we love to collaborate together. So one snowy day in March, me and a few of my wedding friends got together to do something a lil' bit different.

Daisy from Fairytale Weddings chose some awesome dresses from Charlie Brear and Eliza Jane Howell which we styled with a show-stopper of a headpiece by Headspace Headdresses and some pretty pink fluff. When we collaborate like this we usually put a Pinterest board together beforehand so everyone involved is on the same page regarding the look and vibe. I nonchalantly pinned an image of a flower wall and the awesome Steph from Me and My Bloomers  brought it to life before our eyes. Most of Steph's creations are made with home grown flowers from her garden in Northamptonshire, she has a brilliant for mixing flora and fauna and teamed thistles with carnations, eucalyptus and roses. Love, love, LOVE!

On make-up the uber-cool Jo Tromans worked her magic on our model Emily while Jo Taylor Bates on hair pulled off the super slick 90's space babe look we were going for (no easy task!). Hi-shine and maximum gloss were the order of the day - not your traditional bridal look...

Elizabeth from Lilibet Bakes doesn't just bake the tastiest cakes on the planet, she is also a genius when it comes to creating the most realistic flowers from sugar and wafer (take a peek at her website to see what I mean!). She made a beautiful 3 tier wedding cake with row upon row of tiny, wafer flowers, perfectly complimenting our flower wall. What's more, she didn't even know we were having a flower wall. Great minds! 

Have a scroll down for some eye candy and also a short editorial film I made with a little bit of footage I grabbed...

Tara x

Photography and Video - Tara Florence Photography 

Dresses - Fairytale Weddings 

Make Up - Joanne Tromans 

Hair - Jo Taylor Bates 

Headpiece - Headspace Headdresses 

Flowers - Me and My Bloomers 

Cake - Lilibet Bakes 

Model - Emily Burnhamm

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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