Pin-up Photo Shoot in Hampstead with Miss Victory Violet

Back in July Ella and I had the chance to meet up again for another shoot. We've both been super busy recently, so it's been 2 or 3 months since the last one. This times location was the beautiful and breathtaking Hampstead Pergola and Garden. We've been meaning to shoot here since last year and finally the time was right and we were lucky to get some great weather.

Hampstead Pergola is a wonderful example of faded grandeur and is undeniably one of London’s hidden treasures. It is essentially a raised walkway, overgrown with vines and exotic flowers, and is set amidst some wonderfully dramatic gardens.

Ella's dresses:

Top Vintage | Hell Bunny | Campbell's Craft

Wedding Top Tips - Wedding Planner | Revelry Events

Revelry Event's

Top Wedding Tips

Photo credit to Adam Rowley Photography

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read through my new blog series - Wedding Top Tips. I'm all for adding value to the website for my clients, subscribers & visitors, so I thought it would be useful for all the bride and groom to be's to get some tips and tricks from ace wedding suppliers and vendors. Over the next few months I will be interviewing cake makers, hair and make-up stylists, venues, wedding stationary suppliers and so on.

To kick this new feature off we start with the Holly and Susie from Revelry Events, an award winning wedding planner duo, based in London and planning weddings and other events all over the world.

I hope you enjoy this new blog series and would love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to get in touch, if you want to ask specific questions to the suppliers or are a vendor yourself and want to be featured.

Take care. x

 

Tell us a bit more about your company and how it came about?

We’re Revelry Events and we’re all about rulebook-free weddings. We love weddings that don’t fit the normal conventions, that capture your personalities and most of all, ones where everyone has a damn good time! We're Holly and Susie, the duo behind Revelry, and we both had very different paths to where we are now. S: I’ve used to work in PR and events but I changed careers to wedding planning after realising that I’d get much more satisfaction organising weddings for people than events for brands. A few years ago I knew I wanted to make the jump, so I emailed a few planners for experience and the one who got back to me was Holly. We met, we clicked, I shadowed her, then we decided to work together permanently! H: It sounds super cheesy but it’s honestly been what I’ve wanted to do since I was really young – though I had a brief longing to be an volcanologist. I learned everything I could through my teens about what it meant to be a planner. I shadowed other planners, I read every book going on weddings, I tore out pictures from magazines. So when I finished studying film and television production at university I just started planning weddings for free, for friends of friends, until I built up enough business and enough confidence to really go for it. Cut to a five years later, I get an email from Susie in my inbox and I'm intrigued! We joined forces and it's been epic every since.

 

 

What has been the best or most memorable wedding you've worked on so far?

We worked with a couple who really went all out for their 2016 wedding. They were an American and Danish couples who wanted to bring over lots of family from abroad for a whole weekend of fun. We found them the perfect venue to host their 140 guest wedding - pulling in a butler service, on-site massage and hairstyling, and round the clock food to keep all the guests happy and impressed. Friday kicked off with an afternoon of activities - from archery to zorb football, flower crown workshops to golf on the roof - complete with a prizegiving! The evening saw a sumptuous hog roast and ice-cream bar, craft beer on tap and live piano music outdoors in their very own tent under the stars. Saturday was a spectacular event. Fern covered chairs and benches lined the pathway towards the bespoke floral chuppah, with gorgeous views of the Somerset hills as the backdrop. As dinner wrapped up, the evening surprises began. A basement casino with croupiers opened up, custom cocktails came out to get guests in the dancing mood, and we quickly converted the ballroom from dinner into the perfect wedding lounge and piano bar - chesterfield sofas, photobooth and midnight cake bar! The whole weekend was a challenge but so, so worth it!

What are your 2 top tips for brides and grooms to be?

First off, don't feel like you have to do what other people do. Modern weddings don't have to follow a prescribed format anymore, you can shakeup the timetable as much as you want to suit you. Want a morning ceremony followed by a pancake breakfast with all your guests? Do it! An indoor funfair with street food trucks and no sit-down meal? Yes! Secondly, prepare for a marriage while you prepare for your wedding. There's so much stress and chaos during the engagement planning for one day, that sometimes the bigger picture can get missed. Your wedding day may be an amazing celebration but the part that really matters is the marriage and the life you'll have together. So yes, plan your day your way, but ultimately remembering that will give you perspective and will mean all the little annoyances of planning the best day of your life become small!

 

Contact - Holly Poulter & Susannah Lee

Email - hello@jointherevelry.com

Phone - 07789960135

Website - www.jointherevelry.com

Norah Jones at Somerset House

If you follow me on Facebook you may have see how excited I was a few weeks ago, when I got confirmation that I'll be able to cover the Norah Jones gig at Somerset House. I'm finally able to share the images with you as it's been published over at The 405.

Minimalist Blogger Shoots with Her Couture Life

Over the last few months I've done quite a few shoots with Anea from Her Couture Life again. Anea's blog concentrates on the minimalist style, showing you how to create stunning and diverse, yet simple outfits and where to get them from.

We've been working together for the past year and it's been blast, so I'll definitely be sad when she goes back to Australia later this summer.

Here are a few images & outfits from our shoots in the past 3-4 months.

Take care. x

London Engagement Shoot with Eva & Thomas | Kensington and Westminster

I've known Eva and Thomas for almost 6 years now. I was there when they first started dating and it's funny to think there was a time, when they weren't together. We all worked at the same place and I met Thomas a few months before Eva joined the company, so I can attest to the fact that she makes him a better person and that they are just made for each other. He actually came to me 2 or 3 years ago telling me he wants to ask Eva to be his wife, but was waiting for the right time. So here is the story of his proposal from Eva's point of view...

Thomas proposed in Hungary, in a car during a thunderstorm. We've been on a business trip, when I managed to lock the car keys, bags and all our money in the car. We spent about 5-6 hours waiting in a pub till the rental car company arrived with the spare keys and for the first couple of hours it was funny, then Arsch (it's my term of endearment for Thomas, which Eva always uses when we talk about him, it means ass in German) started to be really an Arsch. He was grumpy and it wasn't possible to talk to him, said he is not sure he'll be with me after that at all.

Anyway after the keys have finally arrived after nearly 6 hours at around 10 pm a huge thunderstorm started. We both got into the car very upset and then he suddenly got on his knees to get a ring from somewhere and said he always wanted to do it on a day, which we'll never forget and asked me, if I want to be his wife. It was dark outside with thunder and lightning, which was really.

Needless to say Eva said yes. ;)