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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

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This Mexican hacienda engagement shoot was on the first afternoon of the Jose Villa workshop in the grounds of the amazing Hacienda del Carmen Hotel & Spa, where we spent an intensive week, listening, learning and shooting.  The hacienda is really worth a visit and about an hour and a half from Guadalajara airport. Just the spa alone is worth a stay – I had hands down the best hot stone massage ever that seem to go on for hours and took me to a whole other level of blissful relaxation.  I know I have already posted the wedding shoot featuring these two, but I just couldn’t wait to post it and so now here’s the engagement shoot.  I love the more formal look and the smart black cigarette pants Monica wears. It’s definitely worth dressing up a little for your engagement shoot and getting some great couple and individual portraits.  Lastly, the full praise here must go to Mar Romero of Team Hair & Make Up who did the hair & make up styling in ten minutes flat!

Workshop Concept: Jose Villa  |  Planner & Art Director: Laurie Arons  |  Design Direction: Amber Moon  Casa de Perrin  |  Lace Top: Emily Rose Riggs  |  Styling: Grey Likes  |  Bridal Stylist:  Mar Romero, Team Hair & Make Up  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo  |  Papel Picado: Karina Puente  |  Workshop Assistant: Nancy Villa  | Venue: Hacienda del Carmen

 

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The months have flown by since that glorious week spent in Mexico with Jose Villa and his amazing team of creatives and this Mexico destination wedding is the post that I have most been looking forward to publishing, because it quite simply is one of the most incredibly stylish editorials I have ever seen. Sumptuous and abundant are the two words that come to mind when describing Saipua’s floral design and Laurie Arons’ meticulous planning and art direction.  Heavenly, diaphanous ferns illuminated by soft butterscotch coloured candles nestled beside resplendent pink roses, their blooms fading & gently drying their petals, concentrating their colour and white lace china plates with vintage cut crystal glasses.  I shot so many rolls of film of the table because every angle was heavenly!  Add a beautiful bride in a fine lace gown and cape, a dashing groom and a small chapel in a 16th century hacienda in the middle of Tequila country and the scene is set for a little magic and theatre.

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  | Candles: Creative Candles  |  Cake: Sweet & Saucy  |  Workshop Assistant: Nancy Villa  | Venue: Hacienda Labor de Rivera

  • Ahhhh Sarah, these are so pretty. Worth every penny I bet?
    Love that cake shot. And the shoes. And the stationary. And all of it… 🙂ReplyCancel

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      Thanks Caroline! It was incredible – stay tuned as there’s more more more to come! 🙂ReplyCancel