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

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Romantic + Whimsical Georgian Era Wedding Inspiration

I’m urging you beautiful Brides out there to breathe in every ounce of utter beauty that follows and exhale your own inspired version in real wedding form. Whether it’s the mauve, buttermilk yellow, blush and coral palette that graces your day, the touch of whimsy Georgian Era style or the endless facets of charm infused in this shoot, it’s a role model muse in every way. Favorite, pin and share your hearts out because Zosia Zacharia has filled The Vault with her enticing imagery.


From Zosia Zacharia PhotographyOur shoot was inspired by the neo-classical venue, Parkstead House, built in the 1760s, located in south west London. Full of beautiful original features including its elegant plaster work indoors, a stunning double staircase outside, manicured grounds and neo-classical temple all of which provide the perfect back drop to any wedding.

With this we wanted our bride to embody the soft, whimsical, romantic look of the Georgian era. Soft flowing antique lace gowns from bridal dress designer Sally Lacock in styles Esme and Flora were paired with beautiful pairs of Rachel Simpson shoes in styles Victoria and Isabelle.

Make up artist Clare created a modern twist on the traditional English rose look for our bride by pairing dusty pink lips with a smoky gold eye with lashings of black mascara to give a more glamorous feel. Clare created a loose up-do and used delicate hand made hair-pieces to finish the look loaned by Abby of Cherished Bride.

Florist Kate created a modern trailing bouquet featuring Jasmine flowers, Sweetpeas, colourful Caramel Antike and Café Latte English roses, Dahlias and Astrantia. Along with romantic buttonholes featuring English garden roses tied with hand dyed silk ribbon.

Krishanthi Armitt of Cakes by Krishanthi created a stunning 4 tier wedding cake with sugar flowers to reflect the over all botanical theme. Krishanthi created a pale pastel blue icing as a base with a silver trellis design and hand crafted delicate sugar flowers in the style of trailing Clematis flowers & sweet peas. She also created co-ordinating cup cakes with silver trellis style holders and matching sugar flowers.

Our groom wore a romantic buttonhole and looked rather dapper in a tailored navy blue, fine pinstripe wool, 3 piece suit from bespoke tailors Marc Wallace.

Modern calligrapher Judy created a delicate invitation suite featuring white ink lettering on soft grey card finished with botanical theme stamps. Metallic silver was used as a high light colour for trailing botanical design invitation liners and a family crest threaded with beautiful organic, hand-dyed ribbon from Lancaster & Cornish.

For the reception tablescape wedding planner Rachael matched white linen and elegant bone china with antique silver cutlery & silverware, creating a simple backdrop to the colourful floral display which included extending trailing Jasmine along the length of the table, intertwined between antique silver candle sticks & tea lights. The tablescape was made completed with modern calligraphed placecards and luxurious leather Louis chairs provided by Academy Hire.

Photography: Zosia Zacharia Photography | Event Planning: Serendipity Wedding Planning | Floral Design: Kate Alban Davies | Wedding Dress: Sally Lacock | Cake: Cakes By Krishanthi | Bride's Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Makeup: Clare Pinkney | Calligraphy: Judy Broad | Groom's Attire: Mark Wallace | Venue: Parkstead House | Film Processing: UK Film Lab | Furniture Hire: Academy Furniture Hire | Hair Accessories: Abby Gadd | Model: George Mitkove | Model: Ria Dines | Ribbon: Lancaster And Cornish

Travel Inspired Summer Wedding at Chelsea Physic Garden

Hidden away from the urban rush of London, this secret garden venue was the perfect place to host these two lovebirds’ blissful bash. Knot & Pop took their love and interest in all things travel, Colonial India and Edwardiana and created a unique celebration, with Pete Cranston capturing it all with some help from Gary Didsbury. Slip away into this fabulous fairytale with every pic right here!


From Knot & Pop… Hannah and Derrick opted for the stunning natural surrounds of Chelsea Physic Garden in London for their wedding celebrations.

Wanting a day that was welcoming and inviting for all their guests, the couple opted for the venue with its secret garden feel, a hidden oasis in the heart of London. Beautiful and serene, they very much wanted a day where people could enjoy the great outdoors, relax and have fun.

The couple contacted us (UK wedding planners, Knot & Pop) having booked the church and reception venues but with just four months to go to the wedding date, needing a trusted and urgent help in hand to get invitations underway, theme and scheme set and all other suppliers booked.

With the bride’s love of E.M.Forster and the couple’s shared love of travel, Knot & Pop developed a wedding design that played to their passions, and set the tone for a unique and memorable day.

Having courted in India, the theme mixed in a sense of wanderlust, Colonial India and Edwardiana. From the Karma Kabs (Vintage Indian Ambassador cars) to the elephant motifs on invite and props throughout, and the vintage suitcases and trunks as coffee tables in lounge areas, the scene was set with not a detail over-looked. The table plan saw custom-made postcards with the couple’s’ initials as stamps, guiding guests to their table, with each named after a different place they had visited, and further showed their showed love of travel, culture and adventure. Little luggage tags were attached on peach ribbon for place cards, with gold bells, asking guests to ring them as the couple entered the marquee as Mr & Mrs. It was a lovely and treasured moment for Hannah and Derrick entering to the sound of everyone ringing the bells!

Guests dined on round tables with the top table as a banquet table, lined with tapered peach and coral candles on brassy gold candlesticks, with ornate brass filigree lanterns placed behind them for a beautiful backdrop.

The flowers mixed David Austin roses with dahlias,
 white ohara rose, eremurus,
 blushing bride hydrangea and trailing green amaranthus to name a few. Knot & Pop got the florist to create floral chandeliers that acted as a real focus point in the marquee, with garlands hanging over the dancefloor that looked beautiful.

With a photo booth to capture all the guests before they sat for dinner, a roaming artist drawing through the day and a great swing band and swing lesson taking place to get everyone on the dance floor – and a few, delicious bespoke cocktails to help fuel them – the guests, Bride, and Groom had the most magical of days in the most beautiful of settings in the heart of London. A hidden gem, for a gem of a couple.

Photography: Pete Cranston | Event Planning: Knot & Pop | Floral Design: Bo Boutique | Invitations: Berinmade | Catering: Rocket | Wedding Venue: Chelsea Physic Garden | Custom Props: Knot & Pop | Marquee: Claremount | Photography - Assistance: Gary Didsbury