Images by Sophie Lake Photography.
Paradise is an incredible venue tucked away in a corner of London. The décor isn’t for the faint-hearted, with a boho/vintage mix of textures, patterns and bold colours. Keenda, Wedding Planner behind Events by Keenda, shows us how to embrace this venue’s interiors perfectly in this rich and decadent styled shoot…
Notes from the Planner
The overall theme for the shoot was based on the fruit of love; the pomegranate. With a boho luxe vibe, we wanted to create an ethereal world with an eclectic mix of modern elements and authentic bohemian style.
My concept came from the rich colour and jewel like resemblance of the pomegranate seed and upon research I discovered that the pomegranate’s early relationship to romance stems from a belief that the first pomegranate tree was planted by Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The pomegranate is the passion fruit, also called the fruit of love. The first written reference of the fruit was in a romantic poem The Flower Song, composed around 1500 BC:
To hear your voice is pomegranate wine to me: I draw life from hearing it.
Could I see you with every glance,
It would be better for me
Than to eat or to drink.
The full colour palette consisted of navy, purple, gold, burgundy, dusky pink and black. These colours were used to work in harmony with the venues existing colour scheme. With so many textures and colours, there is a really rich and vibrant feel to the styling which I believe can be reflective of all the seasons.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green was the perfect canvas for the Fruit of Love shoot because of it’s shabby chic and boudoir vibes running through the rooms. The features such as the fire places, hanging lanterns, rustic mirrors, wall mural and gothic garden really have a wonderful boho vibe. Each room with it’s distinct characteristics really lent itself to the various set ups, all captured beautifully by Sophie Lake Photography.
I chose to go for two wedding dresses to show a change between the ceremony and evening party. The first dress is by haute couture bridal designer Riki Dalal from the ‘Noya’ Shakespeare Collection. The Cordelia dress is luxurious lace with embellished beading, a beautiful dress full of romance but with a bit of edge. This paired particularly well with the bespoke ‘Wifey’ hand painted calligraphy jacket produced by Michelle from Scritto. Definitely a statement outfit for the sexy unique bride.
The second dress Galatea from Willowby by Watters La Luna Collection is a bit more fun, flirty and free flowing; perfect for twirling on the dance floor. Definitely a great choice for the modern boho bride!
With the theme of love prominent, the shoes were from Love Art Wear Art who create gorgeous limited edition shoes. They are all about comfort, quality and unique design – ideal for the creative bride to really show her personality.
The luxury bridal accessories were handcrafted with love from eden b. Studio with designs inspired by the beautiful botanicals of the English countryside. For the hair down, we used the Thalia crown and for the up do we had the Lena hair vines both creating stunning effortless looks for our bride.
Our hair and makeup artist, Storme, created two gorgeous looks enhancing the bride’s natural beauty, completely unfussy for the free spirited bride but super pretty at the same time.
The groom’s attire was from David’s Formal Wear, we wanted a chic but boho look. A navy blue suit with a tweed waist coat and simple button hole is perfect for the laid-back groom.
The overall styling was a mish mash of modern elements and bohemian adornments. I loved the use of the hexagon ceremony backdrop from Party Squared and the ‘Mr & Mrs’ lights from The Event Hire Company showing a mixture of wedding trends.
The table setting had some fantastic pieces from Classic Crockery; I used an ornate charger plate and mis-matching glassware in contrast with the modern midnight blue plates and gold cutlery. The look was completed with the glass geometric and slick gold candle holders from Party Squared. The finishing touches are in the details of the place setting with Kate Cullen ribbons to tie the cutlery and a hand calligraphy place card from Jacquie at White Olive Designs.
The dessert table from Malarkey Cakes was set up in the conservatory which had a great exposed brick wall with a rustic mirror and some hanging ivy and twig. To enhance, I added a macramé backdrop in deep blue and black from Half Hitch Macramé. The table was then dressed with fresh flowers and sliced open pomegranates.
My florist was the lovely Gaynor from Bailey & Blossom who got the brief spot on and designed some beautiful florals for the styled shoot. It was clear from the start that I wanted a gold pomegranate in the bouquet to really accentuate the theme along with some raw open pomegranates in the fireplace centre piece. Also with purple as my favourite colour, I opted for a lot of blooms in various shades of this hue.
The venue has a great set up for an intimate wedding; from the ceremony (which they are licensed for) through to the dinner and after party! Each room has its own personality and can be bespoke to the couple’s individuality. I just absolutely love the space and I hope you can use what we did with each room to inspire your own styling and planning at Paradise.
Photography Sophie Lake Photography
Film Yulia Hauer
Music in Film Joakim Karud
Concept, Coordination & Styling Events by Keenda
Shoot Assistant Purple Mint Weddings & Events
Florist Bailey & Blossom
Backdrop, Table Décor & Linen Party Squared
Tableware Classic Crockery
Cake Malarkey Cakes
Macramé Backdrop Half Hitch Macramé
LED Candles and Mrs & Mrs Lights The Event Hire Company
Bridal Boutique Halo & Wren Bridal
Hair Accessories eden b. Studio
Wedding Shoes Love Art Wear Art
Leather Jacket Scritto
Groom’s Attire David’s Formal Wear
Stationery White Olive Designs
Hair & Makeup Storme Makeup
Ribbons Kate Cullen