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A Tropical Paradise Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Tropical Paradise Wedding
As I’m writing this, it’s a rather grey and gloomy January day outside of my window so I thought I would share this Tropical Paradise Wedding Inspiration shoot as the perfect antidote! So crank up the heating and whisk your mind away to warmer climes…
Tropical Paradise Wedding
The shoot was put together by stylist Charlotte Munro and shot by the wonderful San of Sanshine Photography. The concept for the shoot came from the idea of bringing a destination feel to a British wedding. In a country that is notorious for unreliable weather, we wanted to show you that you can bring the outside in with these colourful and light-filled wedding ideas.
Tropical Paradise Wedding
Choosing a light and airy venue with plain walls is key to achieving this look. The West Reservoir Centre in Stoke Newington provided the perfect blank canvas for us with it’s large windows which flood the vast chamber with an abundance of natural light no matter what the weather is doing outside!
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Cue Susie of Tissue Blossoms to inject that colour and tropical paradise wedding flavour with her incredible paper flower creations:

“I turned to nature for inspiration. Birds of paradise, hibiscus, dahlias, lisianthus, passion flowers, orchids, heliconia, giant jasmine, gerbera and roses… So many ideas! I started a 6 week project of individually hand-cutting and crafting these beautiful unique works of art. Designing with paper creates infinite possibilities where our cold British nature can’t. A stylist’s dream is to have no worries about availability, longevity, size, colour, shape of flowers or allergies that the wedding guests might have, and this is where my flower creations out of paper truly shine. It was a privilege working on this project and seeing the flowers of my imagination come to a reality, knowing they make a lasting artful keepsake as well as a beautiful backdrop for any couple!”
Tropical Paradise Wedding
For the cake I wanted the sugar flowers to speak for themselves and to show that you can have fun with your theme! Keeping the icing plain white and finished with a simple silk ribbon, I went big and bold with the handcrafted sugar flowers. I love experimenting with flowers and colours outside the wedding norm and so this shoot was the perfect opportunity to try something new. I created pink hibiscus, orange gardenia, pale pink bauhinia and yellow frangipani with a few wafer paper gold leaves to match the overall tropical theme.
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I love all of Charlotte‘s little styling flourishes, from the fluoro pineapples, pretty pink and orange cocktails and the vibrant laser cut mdf place settings which can then be painted in your colour of choice.
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The real key to fully achieving this look though is of course having a fantastic photographer who specialises in natural and ambient light photography such as the wonderful Sanshine Photography. She is a true master!
Tropical Paradise Wedding
I do hope you have enjoyed browsing our Tropical Paradise Wedding and that it can hopefully inspire you in your wedding planning!
Tropical Paradise Wedding

Photography: Sanshine Photography | Styling: Charlotte Munro | Venue: West Reservoir Centre London | Hair: Roisin Kinch | Make-Up: Nina Bains | Cake: Little Bear Cakery | Paper Flowers: Tissue Blossoms | Suit: Jon Kruger Ivory Dress: Amanda Wakely at The Bijoutique | Coral Dress: Free People | Shoes: ASOS | Bride: Jess Bergman | Groom: Philipp Gelter

Black and Gothic Inspired Wedding

Given that it is Hallowe’en today I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you our black and gothic inspired wedding shoot that was featured on Way Out Wedding back in August. I particularly love couples who dare to be a bit different with their wedding styling and so I hope this post inspires some of you creative types out there, and shows that a hint of black in your colour scheme needn’t be a scary prospect…


The shoot was beautifully captured by Ilaria Petrucci Photography. A few words from Ilaria:

“When I think about the weddings I photograph, I love when brides (and grooms!) bring their own personalities and touch to their day. I love non-traditional brides, particularly. Break the rules and do it your way! With this bridal shoot, I wanted to say that if you want to wear a black dress…do it. If you have beautiful tattoos that you love, then show them. It is your day, and you want your day to reflect who you are, individually and as a couple.

This inspiration shoot is for the chic and elegant bride with a big personality. I wanted to combine the idea of the ‘goth look’ as everybody knows it with a classy and elegant feel, beautifully captured by the stunning gown made by Karen at Dornellie. The flowers and the styling also translated my idea perfectly, and we hope to bring beautiful ideas and inspiration for the brides out there looking to do things their way!”

We even have a fabulous video of the shoot by Digital Bohemia

Sophie at Digital Bohemia Weddings:

“When Ilaria and Gwenda contacted me about a gothic/boho styled shoot, I absolutely jumped at the chance to contribute on the project. I love all things gothic and out of the ordinary, so I really saw this as a chance to get creative and use some awesome music and editing to create something to fit the feel of the day. When we arrived for the shoot, the weather was really overcast and windy, and created the perfect setting for the style I was trying to achieve with this film. Whilst still keeping in touch with the boho side of styling, I ran with the ‘goth’ aspect, choosing a bluesy rock track and trying to enhance the already slightly ominous weather – so many couples worry about rain on their wedding day, but I think stormy weather creates such a dramatic backdrop, and it was so great to work with something different like that.”

Lou from Beyond Vintage on the styling:

“The tableware was a mix of vintage brass and gold cutlery and goblets, with vintage brass candelabras, which gave quite a gothic statement to the table. We also set up a festival style chill out area with crates and cushions.”

Gwenda of Bohotanical on the flowers:

“For this look, I chose to play with texture, from the feathery astilbe to the robust protea. I included roses, carnations, hypericum and populus eucalyptus to pick up on the berry, blush and peach colours of our chosen palette, and opted for an informally-structured arrangement to complement the beautiful venue.”

For the cake:

“Black is rarely used in wedding cakes, other than in monochrome styling, so I wanted to show how it can be used in a subtle way that needn’t be a scary prospect for your average couple. My main inspiration came from the dress and flowers. The layers of black tulle in the bride’s gown are mirrored in the delicate charcoal ruffles on the bottom tier of the cake, slightly softened on the edges with a hint of gold. The unstructured cascade of sugar flowers incorporates ivory, blush and marsala roses, eucalyptus and a few hypericum berries to tie in with the main floral table arrangements.”

Karen at Karen Dornellie on the dress:

“I was given the brief of a moody boho gothic wedding, and wanted to take a slightly different route to the traditional idea of gothic. I wanted to emphasise the sensuality of the black lace, with a nude base underneath and the lace edges overlapping to give a feeling of tattooed skin. The dress became a more couture style of gown as I worked with the drape of the fabric. The lace I had chosen was soft and floaty and the final design grew organically into a beautiful wistful creation.”

Patricia Soper – Make Up and Hair

“When I was asked to work on this amazing black goth wedding shoot, my immediate thoughts of this concept were dark and delicate. The stunning dark, outside-of-the-box elements of this styled shoot were exquisitely entwined with so much prettiness. So I decided not to go down the path of the default dark gothic look (sometimes less is more) for the make-up, but to take inspiration from the soft muted underlay of the dress, subtle florals and model Gwenda’s gorgeous fair complexion, and create a delicate pretty look that would not distract from the stunning dress. The hair was kept very natural for movement and to scream effortless, relaxed and carefree. Extensions were added to Gwenda’s hair to create length and thickness, styled to create waves and texture, which was then softened by gently pulling through to create movement.
For the make-up, I just couldn’t resist incorporating some of the colour hues from other elements of the shoot, which worked beautifully with Gwenda’s colourings. I focused on giving Gwenda a flawless base to enhance her complexion but still give luminosity. For the eyes, I used a palette of soft blush pinks, creams and subtle rose and aubergine. To warm the skin slightly, a little bronzer was used, and for the cheeks a pinky/rose blush. To complete the look, a mix of two lipsticks were applied to create a rich antique rose colour, giving a soft romantic feel to the overall look.”

Lou at Beyond Vintage on the stationery:

“For the invitation, I wanted to blend pretty florals with darker madras tones with black as the contrast. Each card with the floral design to the back and tied with cord and a personalised hexagon tag.”

Full list of suppliers:

Photographer – Ilaria Petrucci Photography
Venue – The House Meadow at Worsenden Farm
Florals – Bohotanical
Props, styling and stationery – Beyond Vintage
Dress – Karen Dornellie
Hair and make-up – Patricia Soper
Videography – Digital Bohemia Weddings
Cake – Little Bear Cakery