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London wedding inspiration | summer styles at Prince Philip House

Earlier this year I was approached by Chenai (of wedding planning and stylist extraordinaire By Chenai) to take part in an editorial shoot at Prince Philip House in London and the mood-board looked incredible.

Prince Philip House is the Royal Academy of Engineering HQ, and is a truly beautiful building, with the iconic creamy façade and pillars at the front, you are met with a stunning staircase as you enter.  The rooms allow you to really stretch your creativity, which was achieved with this shoot, giving some great inspiration on how to dress a room for a London wedding ceremony.

We worked with two looks for this shoot, showcasing two statement dresses, both equally beautiful but so vastly different.  Showing that you really can do what you want for your wedding day, bringing in both the classical and modern into this London wedding venue.

 

London wedding look 1 – the Everest dress by Monique Lhuillier 

Our first look was a truly magical structured dress by Monique Lhuillier from Browns Bride from the Fall 2019 collection (so exciting to photograph a dress that at the time had only been seen by a handful of people).  A sweeping low relaxed updo was paired with beautiful soft makeup and an intricate hair piece.

The drama of this dress was first set against a breath-taking floral staircase, with pops of yellow to bring the summer in.  We then headed into the ceremony room, where the room had been draped with floor to ceiling soft white drapes, creating a gorgeous atmosphere.

 

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London wedding look 2 – a sleek number by Viktor & Rolf

The second look was a more sleek and stylish number, with statement detailing over the shoulder, so this time, side elegant pony with a bold lip completed the look.  Again, this dress was a Fall 2019 piece from Browns Bride, so if you’re looking for gorgeous dresses, I’d definitely take a look at their collections.

The team had set up the beautiful reception room, creating mini cake and cocktail stations around the room and stylishly adorned square tables for guests to enjoy a delicious menu by the in house team.  More on the venue design below!

We also explored the area around the venue for a truly London wedding feel, beautiful streets, private gardens and of course, not forgetting the stunning balcony the venue has on offer.

 

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Bringing the summer into this London wedding venue

So many wedding trends favour the muted, soft tones of blush and grey, which don’t get me wrong, I love and are super romantic.  However, couples can be mistaken in thinking that bold colours can’t be elegant, that they somehow have to be overpowering.  This shoot highlights the importance of having suppliers who can take your vision and bring it to life in something that will make your guests go wow when they walk in.

 

Yellow wild florals decorating a staircase, image by Amanda Karen PhotographyPops of yellow flowers for a wedding reception table, image by Amanda Karen PhotographyPops of yellow flowers for a wedding reception table, image by Amanda Karen PhotographyPops of yellow flowers for a wedding reception table, image by Amanda Karen PhotographyCocktail and canape table, image by Amanda Karen Photographycocktail and canape wedding table, image by Amanda Karen PhotographyPops of yellow flowers for a wedding reception table, image by Amanda Karen Photographywedding stationery with elegant font and yellow ribbon, image by Amanda Karen Photographyyellow and white wild wedding bouquet on chair, image by Amanda Karen Photography

 

The dream team

Photographer: Amanda Karen Photography | Planner & Stylist: ByChenai Events  | Venue : Prince Philip House  | Flower Design : Bloomologie Flowers  | Stationery : Jennifer’s Paper  | Gowns: Browns Bride  | Dress 1: Monique Lhuillier ‘Everest” Gown  | Dress 2: Viktor & Rolf  | Hair Accessories; Crystal Hair comb Keren Wolf via Browns Bride  | Hair Accessories; Drop earrings Taala  | Make Up: Sylwia Kunysz  | Hair: Hair & Makeup by Leila  | Draping: Boomting Bunting  | Furniture (Chairs): Jones Hire  | Model: Claire Marlein

 

It was an absolute honour to be a part of this shoot, with such an inspiring team.  Each and every person bought their creativity, professionalism and sparkle, just what every wedding needs.

Now, which was your favourite look?

Until next time,

Amanda x

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