Hollie came to chat at a wedding fair I did early last year.. and I remember thinking she was just an absolute doll. Plus she happy-danced when I said I was free for her wedding to Davide.. so I obviously loved her even more.
There is so much to say about their amazing day.. it was styled to perfection and full of personal touches and lovingly handmade bits and pieces.. the Italian spread was out of this world.. some seriously good disco dancing went down.. I drove away to the sound of music and celebration with a huge grin on my face from ear to ear.
When Katy of What Katy Did Next got in touch to see if I’d be interested in doing a retro shoot for Thimble & Bobbin’s homewares range I don’t think I even hesitated. Katy’s wonderful styling has been the driving force behind all out past shoots, and I knew she’d do a sterling job organising another shoot for Lauren’s gorgeously crafted bits and bobs.
Here is a sneak peek from the day…. Hope you liiiiike!
Headwear: What Katy Did Next
Homewares (cushions, hearts, prints and other textiles): Thimble & Bobbin
Ahhh Tracy & Chris’ wedding was amazing! They asked me to come along for a few hours for the evening reception, as they actually got married in Costa Rica a few weeks ago and had their honeymoon in one go.. When they got home they threw a VE Day/Post War/1940s themed bash and really. went. to. town. Have you seen the guests outfits too?!
Every table was decked out differently with all kinds of paraphernalia from table lamps, to jars of pansies to books..Favours were homemade whisky (labelled Yak’s Piss..!) for the men, and sourced vintage brooches for the ladies.. Bunting poured from the ceiling, and when the lights dimmed, the room was completely transformed into a retro haven ready for a good knees-up!
Here is a small preview of photos from the day, rest assured that I’ll get this set edited as soon as possible, there’s plenty more to come!
Can you believe they only started planning in January?!
The wonderful Katy from What Katy Did Next is a wonderful moodboard maker as well as owner of magic crafting fingers, and has recently been asked to contribute to Brides Up North fortnightly with some of her brilliant inspiration boards. I cheekily asked her to make one for my upcoming shoot in June, even though I’d made one myself, as I knew hers would be much better… I love it!
A few months ago I visited a car boot sale/indoor flea market at Tynemouth, a gorgeous seaside town near Newcastle, with my sister, I ended up buying a few old cameras which didn’t work (a strange habit that I can’t kick!) and a bag of expired films, standard 35mm and 120. I had no idea what the results would be like apart from that the colour and contrast would be altered.
I took my little 35mm automatic camera (also from a market… there’s a trend developing here..) to January’s birthday parties. Now, I hardly ever go out at the moment so two parties in the same month was a big deal! Olivia turned 21 and one of my best friends Katie turned 23, in Newcastle and London respectively, and both were equally… shall we say… lively.
Here are the best of a very bad bunch of photographs I had developed today. I know their ‘look’ is all over the shop but there is something so fascinating with film, and I love the strange colours and crazy contrast, even if it did steal a lot of the detail.
I still have about 5 rolls of 120 film to develop but my favourite camera shop here seems to have closed its doors and I’m still scouting out a suitable replacement 😦
PS doesn’t Katie look like the perfect ‘Birthday Girl’.. and also a little like Princess Peach from Mario Bros??