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Engagement Shoot – Streets Of London

05/01/2015 | 0

Engagement Shoot

Christia & Yannis   ♥   London, UK

Photographer:   Elias Kordelakos

 

Welcome to 2015 folks and a warm welcome to any new readers to the blog! 

Were you proposed to over the festive season? If so…congratulations!!! What a super exciting time for you, enjoy every moment of the celebrations…oh and if you’re thinking of getting married abroad, you have of course come to the right place! There will be a plentiful supply of destination wedding pretty to feast your eyes on this year and of course top tips, advice, ideas and inspiration.

 

So with it being a brand new year and with newly engaged readers joining us today, what could be a better way to start 2015 than with a bright, springtime engagement shoot in everyone’s favourite city – London.

 

If your partner has just popped the question or even if you’ve been wearing your ring for ages, an engagement shoot is a great way to document this special time in your life. A love shoot is also the perfect way to get used to having your photo taken before your big day and if you have your shoot with your chosen wedding photographer it means that you get to meet and bond prior to the wedding day too.

 

Anyway back to the capital city…did you know that an estimated 18.7 million international visitors came to enjoy the delights of London during 2014? This whopping figure makes London the world’s most popular city for foreign tourists (info via Conde Nast Traveller) and if you’ve had the pleasure of spending some time in the big smoke then you’ll know why it is a firm favourite with visitors near and far.

 

Every metropolis has its hidden gems far beyond the tourist sights and I believe you don’t get to fully understand a city and truly experience its vibe until you discover its underbelly. With this in mind today’s photographer Elias Kordelakos guided Christia and Yannis (who first met each other in this cool city) away from the London landmarks and instead captured their happiness in the streets of London that the locals know and love.

 

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Wedding Theme Inspiration – Pink And Gold Hollywood Glamour

21/10/2013 | 6

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Last week we had the pleasure of sharing a 1920s inspired, black and sparkling gold styled shoot from London-based luxury wedding planners and stylists Perfect Events. If you missed it, be sure to take a glance.

 

For today’s shoot the creative folks at Perfect Events took inspiration from the fabulous 50s and added a hint of Hollywood Glamour – a fitting theme for the luxurious Connaught Hotel location. Tasty raspberry and plum tones perfectly complement intense fuchsia and glistening gold. Step back in time to glamour’s golden age by adding touches of vintage elegance to your sleek city wedding day…

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Wedding Theme Inspiration – Vintage Elegance Styled Shoot

14/10/2013 | 3

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With the party season nearly upon us (woop!), today we thought we would bring you a little inspiration from this shimmering time of year with a stunning black and sparkling gold styled shoot from London-based luxury wedding planners and stylists Perfect Events.

 

Set within The Connaught Hotel (an elegant and historic London hotel in Mayfair), this creative shoot oozes with 1920s Art Deco sophistication. Add vintage elegance to your sleek city wedding day by recreating touches from this sumptuous, stylish affair.

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Biscuiteers Boutique – Beautiful Biscuity Bliss

11/10/2013 | 0

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The sweet folks over at Biscuiteers invited me to their biscuit boutique and icing café in leafy Notting Hill to take part in an icing master class and to taste their newly launched London Afternoon Tea. How could I resist?!

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As I entered the quaint, vintage-vibe biscuit boutique my eyes lit-up at the delicious displays of sugar-coated delicacies. From jolly gingerbreads designed for all occasions to tasty biscuit cards, from personalised chocolates to extra special cakes and impressive tins brimming with themed iced biscuits, all of the Biscuiteers sweet treats are delicately hand decorated and look almost too good to eat!

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Fashion In Motion – Jenny Packham

22/07/2013 | 0

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Images: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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On Friday You Mean The World To Me had the pleasure of attending the latest in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s ‘Fashion In Motion’ series of live events set within the classical Raphael Gallery, which invite a broader audience to enjoy the catwalk experience and be up close and personal to iconic designer’s.

 

Friday’s fashion event was celebrating 25 years of one of our favourite bridal and evening wear designers – Jenny Packham. Four catwalk-shows presented a selection of the designer’s favourite and most glamorous gowns from her elegant past collections, frequently worn by Hollywood stars and Royalty alike.

Jenny Packham said: ‘Our 25th year provides the perfect timing to take part in Fashion in Motion, which will present looks from past collections and include some of our most iconic pieces. It’s a pleasure to be able to present these within the inspiring space of the V&A’s Raphael Gallery’.

 

The grand Raphael Gallery – a perfect backdrop to Jenny Packham’s timeless evening wear – was packed with guests, buzzing with excitement for the show to start as the room lights dimmed.

Long limbed, lean models wore soft, natural make-up, their poker straight hair pulled into a simple, low ponytail – ensuring all eyes were firmly fixed on the dresses. One after another, the models gracefully glided past like floating angels, walking in silent rhythm to the classical beats, amplified by the towering domed ceiling.

Each of the exquisite dresses featured Jenny Packham’s signature style; with cinched in waists or feminine floating chiffon and of course glittering embellishments gleaming in the bright lights and dazzling the audience. A red flash of Louboutin sole could just be seen beneath the floor sweeping dresses – each one breathtaking and at the same time, so wearable (should such an occasion ever arise, except from our wedding day!!).

A wave from Jenny Packham at the end of the show was met with a raucous round of applause and a standing ovation – well deserved for this hugely successful, highly recognised and much loved British designer.

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Champagne Afternoon Tea Review – The Ritz Hotel, London

17/07/2013 | 0

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Having never entered the doors of this landmark hotel before, I was really intrigued to have a peek inside the London institution that is The Ritz Hotel and of course I was rather excited about all of the tasty teatime treats that awaited us too.

 

My husband and I had received ‘Champagne Afternoon Tea for Two’ as a gift from his very kind and generous brother and our sister-in-law. We decided to save the experience and indulge on our first wedding anniversary, which of course made the occasion even more memorable.

 

Dressing up in our best outfits (smart attire is a must) really added to the feeling that we were headed somewhere special. We arrived (I tottered – heels and the Underground are not a good combo for me) at Green Park tube station which is directly adjacent to The Ritz.

 

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Open for over 100 years, The Ritz is one of the world’s most famous hotels. It does not fail to disappoint its visitors by serving up some quintessentially British old school charm, coupled with copious amounts of classic grandeur. Greeted by doormen looking positively regal in their royal blue top hats and tails, we swung through the iconic revolving door and into the elegant lobby.

 

We were guided to our table in the center of the opulent Palm Court where afternoon tea is served. The resident pianist Ian Gomes aided in creating a buzzy ambience as he performed classical favourites, as did the room full of guests, I suspect there is never an empty seat at any of the afternoon tea sittings.

 

The decor is decadent; miniature palms in pretty pots decorate the entrance, spectacular chandeliers hang from the domed ceiling over impressive floral centerpieces and the walls are delicately decorated in gold and pastel pink.

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