Introducing the B.LOVED Hive Wedding Community

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Images by Anneli Marinovich Photography | Film by Story Of Your Day.

Fellow #girlboss Louise, founder of the B.LOVED blog, has been a big supporter of Coco Wedding Venues since our very early days. When we were just finding our feet in this crazy wedding industry world, her collaborative approach was truly welcomed and we’ve loved working with Louise and her curated network of incredible suppliers.

Back in 2014, B.LOVED had a little facelift and since the relaunch I’ve been part of the Lifestyle team of writers (you can read my offerings on travel, fashion and interiors here) and it’s been a great experience belonging to this diverse blogging brand.

Louise is an entrepreneur through and through and I’m pretty proud to be supporting her next adventure, so excuse me brides-to-be whilst I take over this blog space to shout about a really exciting opportunity for the wedding industry!

Who knows, planning your own wedding may just lead you to become a part of the B.LOVED Hive one day too…

The B.LOVED Hive

The Hive:

Bridal & Lifestyle Blog B.LOVED set to launch Wedding Community – The B.LOVED Hive!

Louise Beukes, founder of award-winning UK bridal and lifestyle blog B.LOVED is delighted to announce the start of a Kickstarter campaign which is set to launch London’s first dedicated co-working space and community for the wedding industry.

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Creative Direction for Wedding Venues & Beyond

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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.

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The City Chic Bride by The Hair & Makeup Atelier

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Images by Rebecca Goddard Photography.

So you may have spotted that this week is dedicated to our recent Tropics in the City styled shoot which took place at the incredible Wimbourne House.

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

Jo:

Editorial Skin

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’.

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Fiesta Fever with World Inspired Tents!

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Images by Sarah Lauren Photography.

Injecting some heat into this Monday, we have a colourful styled shoot treat from an incredible team of wedding suppliers! This fun, bright and Fiesta-inspired creation centres around the magnificent tipi spaces provided by World Inspired Tents.

Over to Jodie to explain a little more about the styling…

Notes from World Inspired Tents

Jodie:

Twice a year we pitch four tipis for our spring and autumn Open Weekends, where brides and grooms come and see the tipis in all their glory. We are helped by brilliant stylists, florists and makers of all sorts of wedding-y loveliness, who make sure everything is looking its best.

The styling theme of each Open Weekend is developed through idea sharing between stylists and our events team (who spend most of their working days talking to our brides and grooms). We look for ideas that reflect current trends and work well with the tipis’ natural beauty.

Once the tipis are dressed to perfection, we take the opportunity to make the most of the hard work and get some lovely images, the latest of which are these bright beauties!

When we were sharing ideas for this shoot, the ongoing popularity of ‘festival style’ informal weddings among our customers was discussed, as was the power of bright colours in the tipis. We wanted a look that packed a punch, and the idea of the Fiesta theme felt like a good evolution of the ever-popular festival styling. The wonderful Kirsten of The Little Wedding Helper and Nat from Meadowsweet Vintage shared the tipi styling, brought ideas together and coordinated suppliers.

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Dali Inspired Jewellery Shoot at Swanton Morley

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Images by Tori Hancock.

Emily Richardson Jewellery is a luxury British brand creating unique modern design with an effortless sense of style… This coupled with the fact that her latest campaign was shot at one of our beautiful wedding venues meant I of course had to share!

So sit back and be inspired by both Emily’s beautiful creations and the gardens at Swanton Morley in Norfolk, it’ll have you bathing in Spring sunshine!

Notes about Emily Richardson Jewellery

Emily Richardson:

Emily draws her inspiration from dramatic icons, fantastical film and literature, theatre and the arts.

Emily has a passion for creating timeless sophisticated treasures. She likes simplicity fused with ultimate attention to unique details. She endeavours to blend creative expression with versatile wearable design, evoking a personal connection with the jewellery’s beauty as well as its narrative.

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