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The romance of ballet: a styled bridal shoot with Amanda Karen Photography at BMA House

Do you know, I don’t think there’s anything more romantic than ballet: its grace and enchantment are second to none. Ballet as wedding inspiration is drifting onto the wedding scene for 2016 in a big way and I fell in love with this shoot as soon as I saw the first images. You will too, I know! The photography is exquisite. The dresses and setting are dreamy and oh, that bouquet! The styling and special touches are out of this world.

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Words and images: Amanda Karen Photography

I love the beauty of ballet; it’s graceful and reminds me of how a bride looks on her wedding day, so serene and almost magical.  This love of ballet and the rich autumnal tones around me were the inspiration for this styled shoot, as the combination made me think of the Nutcracker ballet.

I approached BMA House for this shoot as not only does this gorgeous building house some truly luxurious interior, it has an amazing outdoor space, hidden away in the hustle of London and we were lucky on the day of the shoot that we were able to go outside, even if it was a little crisp.

After the venue came the super talented team of wedding vendors who could share my vision, and I was so lucky to work with such a great team.  I wanted to include luxury textures and fabrics, deep and vibrant colour and stunning details, and they did not disappoint!

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Whilst I think this wedding look shouts luxurious, opulent style, I think it’s actually quite easy to use this to inspire your own wedding. Why not go with deep coloured flowers in season and team with autumnal greenery such as ivy or add in fragrant greens like herbs or eucalyptus? Not only will your table centres look amazing: they’ll smell fab too.

Or rich colours layered on something crisp white also makes a statement, be it by adding ribbon to your cake, coloured glasses or napkins on your tablecloth or the ink and design on your stationery.

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Photography

www.amandakarenphotography.co.uk
facebook.com/PhotographybyAmandaKaren
instagram.com/amandakarenphotography
pinterest.com/AmandaKHutch
twitter.com/AKaren_Photo

A massive thanks to the rest of the team in this shoot:

Dresses – Sabina Motasem
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SabinaMotasem?fref=ts
Instagram – https://instagram.com/sabinamotasem/
Website – http://www.motasem.co.uk/

Ribbons – Kate Cullen
Facebook – https://instagram.com/katecullenstyle/
Instagram – https://www.facebook.com/katecullenstyling?fref=ts
Website – http://www.katecullen.co.uk/

Flowers – Foxgloves and Glory
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/foxglovesandglory?fref=ts
Instagram – https://instagram.com/foxglovesandglory/
Website – http://foxglovesandglory.com/

Paper flowers – Snowdrop weddings and events

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SnowdropsWeddingsAndEvents/?ref=hl
Website: www.snowdropsweddingsandevents.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Anna_Snowdrops
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anna_snowdrops/

Venue – BMA House
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BmaHouseWeddingVenue?fref=ts
Website – http://www.bmahouse.org.uk/

Suit – Alexandra Wood
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/alexandrawoodbespoke?fref=ts
Instagram – https://instagram.com/awbespoke/
Website – http://alexandrawoodbespoke.co.uk/

Hair and makeup – Ashni – AM Hair and Makeup
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/amhairmakeup?fref=ts
Instagram – https://instagram.com/am.makeup/

Hair accessories – Debbie Carlisle
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dcbouquets?fref=ts
Instagram – https://instagram.com/dcbouquets/
Website – http://www.am-hairandmakeup.com/

Light up letters – Locke and Busby
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lockeandbusby?fref=ts
Instagram – https://instagram.com/lockeandbusby/
Website – http://www.lockeandbusby.co.uk/

Styling – JHay Styling (Jessica) – launching next year! 
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JHayStyling?fref=ts
Instagram – https://instagram.com/jessica_j_bride/

Stationery – Phylecia Sutherland
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ByPhylecia/?fref=ts
Instagram – https://instagram.com/byphylecia/
Website – http://www.phyleciasutherland.com/

Models – Eszter, Georgia and Christos

 

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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