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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

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Here is a very sweet blush engagement session, set in the grounds of the utterly marvellous Hacienda del Carmen in Jalisco, Mexico on a rainy and dull Monday afternoon, during the week I spent at Jose Villa’s Mexico workshop.  I only had 5 minutes to shoot this cute couple, so had to move fast, but I’m really pleased that using film meant the gloominess of the day was swept away, giving this light, bright luminous feel.  What a great combination too pairing a plain white crisp cotton shirt with a pale blush toned silk skirt and some fabulous heels, hair pulled back into a low bun and a statement bracelet and the look is complete.  Simple, elegant and very feminine.  I think for engagement and pre-wedding shoots, it’s really worth it to have a little fun and spoil yourself a little by getting hair & make up done professionally and dressing up a little, plus you can still do something that is fun and personal to you.  It can be anything from a summer picnic on Hampstead Heath to full on Paris in a couture gown glamour!

Workshop Concept: Jose Villa  |  Planner & Art Director: Laurie Arons  |  Design Direction: Amber Moon |  Wardrobe Stylist: Grey Likes  |  Bridal Stylist: Mar Romero at Team Hair & Make Up  |  Custom Skirt: Bel & Beau  |  Workshop Assistant: Nancy Villa  | Venue:  Hacienda del Carmen

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A few weeks before Christmas on a dark, dreary and definitely un-festive day, I travelled to North Somerset to meet India Hurst, the floral designer and founder of Vervain and photograph some winter wedding flowers.  As much as I love the festive colours and berries of the season, I absolutely adore simple whites, greys and greens because they bring a clean, fresh feel and give us tangible hope that spring and all its delights is just around the corner.  I love the intricate details and work that go into making boutonnieres and I wanted a really stylish, high end look to the florals, so I was really thrilled with these stunning boutonnieres of tulip buds, ranunculus and narcissus wrapped in velvet ribbon by the super-talented India, as she totally understood the brief and what I wanted to achieve.   We both are extremely influenced by American wedding styling and hope to collaborate again this year.  After the shoot India and I discussed our dreams for 2015 over a very English cup of tea, which was the perfect end to such a fun afternoon.

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Styling: Sarah Hannam  |  Floral Design: Vervain

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Workshop Concept: Jose Villa  |  Planner & Art Director: Laurie Arons  |  Design Direction: Amber Moon |  Wardrobe Stylist: Grey Likes  |  Bridal Stylist: Mar Romero at Team Hair & Make Up  |  Veil: Emily Rose Riggs  |  Bridal Cape: Lili Hod  |  Candles: Creative Candles  |  Workshop Assistant: Nancy Villa  | Venue:  Hacienda Labor de Rivera