Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography.
So today I’m hijacking this space to talk directly to our wedding venues & industry colleagues as we’ve launched a brand new adventure that’s a ripple of Coco Wedding Venues. I can’t tell you how lovely it feels to be saying welcome to Coco & Kat – Creative Direction for Wedding Venues & Beyond.
If you’ve been following the antics of either Katrina or myself over on our own social media then you may well have spotted the hashtag #cocoandkat; Used to highlight our collaborations and joint projects, it caught on quickly and we even found one of our favourite wedding blogs using it too! So after lots of discussion we finally sat down to pinpoint what ‘Coco & Kat’ could and should be.
Well, it turns out it’s this… A place where we hope to assist Wedding Venues and our industry friends on their own creative journey.
Images by Angela Ward Brown Photography.
This is pretty much my dream shoot… It combines all of my faves; boho vibes, botanical touches and the sacred ‘getting ready’ ritual that is so, so important.
Hill Place is a new addition to our collection and I’m completely in love with the style of this Georgian Country House. Don’t be fooled by it’s typically classic exterior, because behind this facade is a very cool team – What Peggy Did Next.
Oh and there might just be a tantalising Special Offer for those of you wishing to marry Summer 2017!
Notes from Hill Place
Welcome to Hill Place, Swanmore, a Georgian country villa set within twenty acres of Hampshire parkland. The ideal venue for your exclusive-use, wedding, house party or event.
Hill Place is first and foremost a private home which gives you a hug as you walk in (as will the staff and the dogs!). It is most definitely not a corporate, cold, corridor laden old house; and we would not dream of dictating your day to you – we’re here to make it what you want it to be.
Images by Rebecca Goddard Photography.
We talked you through the inspiration behind the shoot on Monday, the full shebang was shown on Wednesday (including a fab piece by stationery legends Cutture showing the design process behind creating our tropical suite) and today we’re chatting beauty with Jo from The Hair & Makeup Atelier!
We simply love working with Jo, not only is she so much fun to be around (great for the wedding morning ladies!) but she also translates our shoot briefs to perfection.
We really loved pulling together the looks for this shoot, so we wanted to share with you how to recreate this city bridal vibe. If luxe skin and voluminous hair are what you’re after for your big day then you’re going to want to make some notes.
I’ve also included some behind-the-scenes snaps by Rebbeca Goddard Photography from the shoot – enjoy!
Notes from the hair & makeup atelier
The cool brides must-have-accessory on her wedding day is luxe editorial skin à la Kate Moss. Skin can be hyper-real looking with the clever use of key products to achieve an effortless youthful glow ‘from within’.
Images by Rebecca Goddard Photography.
At Wimbourne House in East London, you can absolutely let your imagination run wild… And that’s what we did. Channeling the hot, sultry tropics for our City Chic styled shoot, this vast loft space provided us with so much inspiration. From the man’s corner complete with brick wall, boxing gloves and a gym horse (because every Groom needs one on their wedding day right…?) to the elegant grey paneled ‘room’ with the most beautiful parquet floor; this studio-space-come-wedding-venue was the perfect canvas for our vibrant styling.
To us, Tropics in the City meant industrial vibes, flashes of pink, luscious botanicals and hot love…
I can’t think of a better week to be sharing our Tropics in the City inspiration with you… With temperatures set to soar to 30 degrees it’s certainly going to be feeling HOT. And that’s exactly what this botanical City Chic shoot is all about.
When we started to design the look we wanted industrial vibes, flashes of pink, luscious botanicals and hot love…
Alongside Katrina, resident Wedding Planner and my Coco & Kat sidekick, we worked with an incredibly talented team including Rebecca Goddard Photography, Hiding in the City flowers and Perfect Day Bride who came swathed in acres of Charlie Brear tulle.
Before we share the full shoot and a new film by Insta Wedding with you, we thought we’d share a snippet of the mood boards we put together for each element. Much like your own wedding day, you want to document your thoughts and ideas to ensure your styling is consistent, dreamy and reflective of you… So here’s my inspiration behind Tropics in the City; a colourful, HOT, chic wedding.
First Row (Left) image by Leezett Photography via Bula Bride. First Row (Middle) image via Morgan Davies Bridal. First Row (Right) image by Love in Photographs via 100 Layer Cake. Second Row (Left) image by Two Foxes Photography via Ruffled Blog. Second Row (Middle) image via The Finish Blog. Second Row (Right) image by Anushé Low via Wedding Chicks. Bottom Row (Left) image by Emma Pilkington via Love My Dress. (Bottom Row (Middle) image by Fondly Forever via 100 Layer Cake. Bottom Row (Right) image by Mary Costa Photography via Studio DIY.