Exotic Elegance - a warm and sultry bridal shoot



This shoot by My Wedding Professionals is so rich and sumptuous; it makes me dream of being back in Cuba, surrounded by its incredible culture and beautiful people. I am fortunate enough to have actually been there twice, and there really is nowhere like it in the world. Seeing the images from this shoot instantly transported me back there, with the warm, luxurious colour tones and subtle Latin vibe of the setting, Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells.

The My Wedding Professionals team, a group of talented local wedding suppliers who have joined together to form a ‘super-group’ of wedding suppliers, collaborated to produce these striking images that almost make you forget you’re in England!

The team had this to say about the shoot: ‘We embraced the slightly sultry feel of the venue and Vicky from Victoria’s Bridal Boutique chose a gorgeous gown covered in decadent silver beading in a sleek vintage silhouette by Stella York… Our stunning model Emily’s exotic look was enhanced by our make-up artist Elizabeth Joseph Love, who created dramatic eye makeup by blending gradient shades of warm browns combined with cooler purple tones. A smokey, winged liner and glamorous lashes were added for effect and completed with a complimentary, rich berry lip… Angela our hair guru from RKW Hair then added her contribution to this sexy but sophisticated look with a fantastic style that had lots of volume and texture…. Our florist Sarah from Wild Idea’s teamed this with a long exotic hand tied bouquet that included tumbling amaranthus, a mix of heady scented roses and unusual purple callicarpus berries. These blooms were chosen for their rich colours and to give layers of texture in the bouquet and also so they would move and cascade in different ways depending upon how the design was held… In fact, that really was the feel of this shoot….casual elegance. Just beautiful, timeless elements that compliment each other perfectly.

Next came setting the scene….we all thoroughly enjoyed creating a stunning cake table with quirky furniture, fun signage, cascading flowers and a fabulous lit heart by Light It Up UK… A show stopper of a cake completed the look with gilding and an illusion window through one of the tiers made by the incredible Shelley’s Cakes. [They also] created a new twist to a luggage cake with “Hector and Maria” seated on their Cuban cigar box surrounded by travel items and [a] delicious coffee bean cup cakes… Finally, we dressed the main function room with an array of high and low floral design in burnt orange, aubergine plum and burgundy tones with acrylic table numbers in exotic teal. The room was completed with a floral mantlepiece, candle light and a matching stylish Seating Plan and Order of the Day with a gorgeous watercolour style design and gold foiling.’

Simply divine!



The My Wedding Professionals Team:

Venue - Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells Photography - Jeff Oliver Photography Dresses – Victorias Bridal Boutique Make-Up – Elizabeth Joseph Love Hair – RKW Hair Cake - Shelley's Cakes Stationery - By Blossom Flowers –Wild Ideas Light-up Heart - Light It Up UK Model - Emily Anderson

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