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Lavish London Wedding Full of Glamour at The Dorchester Hotel

Let’s count a few of the reasons London is fabulous. First, Kate Middleton and her precious children (I mean, Prince George’s cheeks). Second, the accents (enough said). Third? This drop-dead-gorgeous dream wedding. The stunning Bride and Groom, the beautiful flowers, the over-the-top glam Dorchester Hotel reception and photos from Jacob And Pauline Photography combine to create the ultimate fairytale day. See all the magic in THE VAULT!


From Jacob And Pauline PhotographyLondon is peppered with iconic hotels, but none quite so opulent as the Dorchester. Ijay and Tolu chose the London landmark to host their friends and family for an unforgettable day spilling over with lavish touches and relaxed elegance. Ijay looked exquisite in a dress reminiscent of silver-screen sirens of yesteryear, with an effervescent veil and gorgeous hairpiece. She arrived at the church in a snowy-white Rolls Royce, just one of the many luxurious additions to this wedding!

The ceremony itself was held in a local church, which as you can see, provided a perfectly simple backdrop for our photos with its bright ambience and soaring stained glass windows – offset by the warm hints of pink in the traditional dresses worn by the female guests, which we loved! The ceremony was two hours of incredible singing and energy, everyone there was just swelling with happiness for Ijay and Tolu, and they could not have looked more thrilled.

As wedding photographers, we often feel guilty stealing the couple away for photos, but Ijay and Tolu were so laid back and true naturals in front of the camera – we took them to one of our favourite spots in Knightsbridge and were blown away by how comfortable they were in the light of our lens – it was as if we were shooting two models!

Our next stop was the Dorchester’s sumptuous ballroom, which looked absolutely stunning with décor by Planned2Perfection and decadent floral arrangements by NB Flowers giving a breath-taking finish. It was without a doubt one of the most beautifully arranged rooms we have seen yet, with a towering, intricate cake as the centerpiece.

There was so much love at this wedding – from the emotional speeches which even got the groom wiping away a tear – to the spine-tingling moment when the bride danced with her father under a canopy of falling confetti, fluttering through the spotlights – such a magical moment!

We borrowed Ijay and Tolu to photograph them on the terrace with its sweeping views across the London skyline. Again, we were struck by how natural they were – we didn’t have to direct them at all, just capture the love that they so obviously hold for each other.

It was a long 12 hour day for us, but Ijay and Tolu were such a pleasure to work with that that the time flew by. Their kind and positive natures warmed up the cloudy London sky that day!

Photography: Jacob And Pauline Photography | Event Planning: Planned2perfection | Floral Design: Nbflowers | Cake: Sweet Hollywood | Stationery: HipTwist | Makeup: Joy Adenuga | Band: Segun Gilbert | Venue: The Dorchester Hotel | Desserts: Sweet Hollywood | Event Decor: Planned2perfection

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Casual Chic London Engagement Session

It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I have a soft spot in my heart for London, so when these engagement photos came across my desk, you could easily say my day was made. Join me as we take a transatlantic tour of this city I love so much through the lens of Shadi Boulos and if you need me anytime soon, stop by our VAULT and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find me settled in right there.

From the Bride-to-be… I’m Mira and my fiancé Daniel and I live in London. Our engagement session was shot in this city that we love so much and where we first met! We saw photographs of friends who had just had their engagement session in the States, and couldn’t believe how good they were. So we couldn’t resist persuading, Shadi B, a U.S. based photographer to fly over to the UK for our wedding!

Daniel and I met two and a half years ago, at our church in London, after he finally plucked up the courage to ask me out on our first date for my favourite sushi and to watch the Despicable Me 2 movie, claiming it to be market research as he designs toys for the movie. Turned out the sushi restaurant had closed down and the cinema was probably the most uncomfortable one in the country! He was embarrassed to say the least, however after that he quickly became my best friend, and we went on many more dates, until he proposed to me in a Romeo/Juliet fashion outside my balcony which overlooks the lovely English countryside where he was there down on one knee with a ring that he had personally designed and made into a project like one of his toys.

So off we went to meet Shadi at our favourite food market in London, Borough Market, which is full of the finest fresh foods. We then walked around the city, the River Thames along the Embankment, and even got traffic to stop for a photograph on the famous Tower Bridge. We finished off at my favourite building in the whole city at the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral, and the walked over Millennium bridge at sunset.

Our photographer, Shadi B, has an incredible talent, we couldn’t believe how comfortable he made us feel, when we both aren’t naturals! He managed to get the best photographs we could have ever imagined, and felt like he was part of our family, even though we’d never met him before! This engagement shoot really gave us the opportunity to get to know Shadi just two days before our wedding, so come the big day, we knew each other and understood Shadi’s creative direction well enough to just enjoy every moment of the day.

From Shadi Boulos Photography… I’ve been traveling since I was a newborn, so it’s obvious it is a passion of mine. When I can combine photography and traveling, I can’t ask for anything better. When Mira first contacted me, I was so excited to work with her! After months of emails and traveling, I finally arrived to London excited to meet my new couple. Not only did we have an amazing time throughout the session, but a few days later I had the honor of photographing Daniel and Mira’s wedding. It was quite the destination wedding! The details of the dress, the groom and his custom tuxedo, the beautiful venue, it was very royal!

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Photography: Shadi Boulos Photography | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Venue: Borough Market | Venue: St. Paul's Cathedral | Venue: Tower Bridge | Bride's Attire: Sandro | Bride's Coral Shoes: Reiss | Bride's Flower Dress: Bourne

Elegant English Country Estate Wedding Inspiration

I was lucky enough to study in London in college and while I took many side adventures, my weekend trips to the English countryside will always hold a special place in my heart. The sense of calm and simple elegance has stayed with me over the years and this photo shoot by Taylor and Porter was the perfect reminder of why I fell in love with this area. Quintessentially English and undeniably romantic, these pics will be up on my screen for quite some time – see them all in our VAULT right this way!

Luxury Venue

From Taylor & Porter… I’m a Fine Art Film Photographer based in the UK and recently shot an inspirational bridal editorial piece at Boconnoc House and Estate in Cornwall. It focuses on quintessentially English, refined, understated elegance. For the colour palette we worked with predominantly white on white with touches of subtle colour; tones from a Farrow & Ball paint chart; sage green, softest blue dove grey; natural hues. Antique platinum and diamond jewellery, a bespoke letterpress stationery suite, a Rue De Seine wedding gown and stunning organic florals by American florist, Forage & Fleur completed the look. All the photographs were captured on medium format film lending a soft, timeless romance and intrinsic quality to the images.


Photography: Taylor & Porter | Event Styling: Amber Persia | Floral Design: Forage & Fleur | Wedding Dress: "Poppy" By Rue De Seine | Stationery: Artcadia | Hair And Makeup: Ella Butler | Groom's Attire: ASOS | Venue: Boconnoc House And Estate | Antique Jewelry: Little Jems | Bridal Boutique: The White Gallery | Models: Emma & Joe, Gingersnap Modelling Agency | Ribbons: FrouFrou Chic | Veil: SIBO Designs

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