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spanish country villa wedding bride and groom portrait in sunset

When the fine art photographer becomes the bride, it is a given that the wedding will be a distinctly stylish affair.  Bride Ashlee brought all her experience to planning her own Spanish country villa wedding and undertook a real labour of love by making many of the gifts and decorations, to bring chic and style to her marriage to Spanish doctor Miguel, with her groom’s mother making the blush chiffon and tulle bridal gown.  All their efforts came together beautifully and brought a real personal touch to the day.  The wedding took place on a hot May evening at a country villa set amongst the almond groves and vineyards on the borders of Aragon and Catalunia in North East Spain and I feel so honoured to have been asked to photograph this wonderful day.

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Floral Design & Wedding Stylist: Bo Boutique   |  Stationery: Morello Graphics  | Groom’s Attire: DKNY  |  Groom’s Shoes:  Massimo Dutti  |  Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Zara  |  Flower Girl’s Dresses: Zara  |  Groomsmen’s Attire: Zara  |  Venue: Mas del Cigarrer

I recently returned to Vervain Flowers to photograph another collection of small Spring wedding florals in shades of yellow and green.  Helebore boutonnieres and stunning delicate rings of dwarf narcissus and snowdrops for a more modern, minimalist take on spring wedding florals.  Paper tags with traditional copperplate calligraphy and a linen background brings a refined elegance and is also a great way of presenting the wedding party with their boutonnieres – much more attractive than distributing them in cardboard boxes, plus for brides seeking a more fine art editorial style to their wedding, paying attention to every little detail like this will help bring all the other wedding details together to one beautiful and cohesive aesthetic that will make your wedding photographs sing!

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Styled: Sarah Hannam  |  Floral Design: Vervain Flowers  |  Calligraphy: Judy Broad

I recently did a late winter wedding inspiration shoot when it was not yet quite spring, yet not really true winter anymore either.  The sun shined a little warmer during the day, Christmas was long gone and everywhere there were little whispers of spring, signs that the new season was just around the corner, but by night the winter chill had returned.  Shot on the main stairway of Boconnoc, a beautiful house on a private estate in Cornwall restored from decades of dereliction and the perfect place for a winter wedding, candles in hurricane lamps lit the folds of cream silk satin and silvery mercury glass.

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Photography & Styling: Sarah Hannam  |  Venue: Boconnoc House  |  Floral Designer:  Charles Fox | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham  |  Bridalwear:  The Mews Clifton  |  Shoes:  Rachel Simpson  |  Hair & Make Up: Amanda Platt  |  Model:  Harriet at Impact Models  |  Chairs & Cake Stand:  Inspire Hire  | Table Linen:  The Sweet Hostess  |  Calligraphy:  Judy Broad  |  Candlesticks & Votives:  Nordic House  | Jewellery:  Accessorise

Everyone was so welcoming, with some inviting photographers into their houses – with all the bad you hear about Mexico on the news, I’ve never encountered this during a single one of my visits there.  The people are friendly, smiling and hospitable and though often lacking the utterly unnecessary material possessions we endlessly covet, they seem to live happier, simpler lives where children play in the street and newcomers are offered a sugared doughnut.

I will always remember the joy I felt strolling in the late afternoon sunshine around the small village of El Carmen in Jalisco, Central Mexico and taking pictures of the villagers as they went about their day.  People of all ages were so receptive to our workshop group charging around their tiny streets photographing them.  There was no suspicion about our motives, especially when photographing children, which was so refreshing.  People were comfortable with it and I felt that there was still some sense of occasion, an importance of being photographed, that we seem to have sadly lost here.  The portrait above of the two boys was completely unposed.  When I said ‘juntos’, meaning together, the smaller boy got off his own bike and went to stand with his friend, placing his hand on his shoulder and in so doing giving his friendship and the photograph a sense of reverence.  I love how serious he looks!

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This modern destination elopement is the last beautifully styled shoot from Jose Villa’s workshop in Mexico, which is a fabulous source of inspiration for brides wanting to go for a stylish contemporary look, but still keeping things a little glamorous.  This soft tailored trouser with intricate beaded lace top by Tel Aviv based designer Lili Hod is utterly perfect for elopements, small ceremonies and where a full on wedding gown isn’t desired.  Instead of a full sit down wedding breakfast, serve stylish finger food like chilli shrimp on skewers accompanied by heady pink grapefruit & kiwi fruit tequila cocktails in vintage cut glasses and the makings are there for a simple, but very chic event.

Workshop Concept: Jose Villa  |  Planner & Art Director: Laurie Arons  |  Design Direction: Amber Moon | Floral Design: Saipua  |  Local Florals Sourcing: La Musa de las Flores   |  Table Flatware & Design Direction: Casa de Perrin  |  Bridal Gown: Lili Hod  |  Styling: Grey Likes  |  Bridal Stylist:  Mar Romero, Team Hair & Make Up  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Artist: Karina Puente  |  Calligraphy: Anne Robin  | Workshop Assistant: Nancy Villa  | Venue: Hacienda Labor de Rivera