We have been fortunate enough to be asked by Bobby & Ilianna to do a Save The Date film for their upcoming wedding in Santorini on 24 May of 2014.
We met them in New York on a freezing cold morning, and after a quick shoot in Hoboken (Birthplace of Frank Sinatra), we headed towards Portsmouth Massachusetts. The organization of the shoot was orchestrated by the talented Helena Han of Yasena Weddings. The whole trip was a laugh and so much fun from beginning to end. Bobby was the most hospitable host we have ever come across, proud of his town and a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Ilianna is full of life, funny, hospitable and the love between the two is infectious.
As a couple there could be no better match! We spent 3 days in and around Boston, we ate lobsters and Clam Chowder, had a few Smuttynose beers and did some shooting in the freezing weather. We had such a good time we didn’t want the trip to end…
…now we can’t wait to get together again in Beautiful Santorini…their wedding will be sooooo much fun, we can’t wait to film it!!!! and meet this wonderful couple in such a romantic venue.
On a cold winter’s day which saw the first snowflakes of the year, the creative talents of Kosibah, Cedar Events, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, Essential Flowers, Jide Alakija and other wedding industry suppliers came together for a styled shoot inspired by the Majestic Splendour of one of the UK’s most historic palaces.
Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim (derived from Blindheim) in 1704.
The Palace and its treasures includes family portraits, sculptures, and the famous ‘Victory Tapestries’ charting successful military campaigns. Also, Sir Winston Churchill, cousin of the 9th Duke, best known for his outstanding leadership of the UK during the Second World War, was born at Blenheim Palace in 1874.
Given unprecedented access to the venue, the massive Orangery was transformed through the use of unique floral designs (the floral tree centerpieces alone were over 6 foot tall), floral artistry, inspired table settings, Chiavari chairs and specially commissioned thrones.
The hand embroidered couture gowns worn by the beautiful models were made from the finest quality silks, satins, brocade and lace and featured the most sumptuous embellishments. These were perfectly accessorised with tiaras, jewellery and brooch bouquets made from semi precious stones in rich colours such as amethysts, garnets, rubies and pearls.
The luxurious wedding cakes in matching colours were decorated with edible gold cameos, cherubs and expertly crafted sugar flowers whilst the impressively laden dessert table featured fruit including pomegranates, figs and grapes; cupcakes, mini cakes, custom made cookies with the Marlborough Crest, bon bon jars, meringues, cake pops, petit fours, cupcakes, fondant fancies, and hand made chocolates.
Beautifully captured, the images are a perfect reflection of the dedication and hardwork of all involved and the vision of Cedar Events who styled the shoot.
Acknowledgements & Vendors
The team is very grateful to His Grace, The Duke of Marlborough, for granting us such unprecedented access at a time when he was in residence and to the wonderful team at Blenheim Palace for their support and hospitality.
Above Text Courtesy of Bella Naija.com
Photography-UK: Cristina Rossi www.cristinarossi.co.uk
Stylist: Cedar Events – www.cedar-events.co.uk
Couture Wedding Dresses & Evening Dresses: Kosibah – www.kosibah.co.uk
Cake, Cupcakes, Cakepops and Sweet Tables: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium – www.elizabethscakeemporium.com
Photography-Nigeria: Jide Alakija – http://www.alakija.com
Videography: Johanna Lawrence & Apos Goris Urban Cinematography – http://urbancinematography.com/
Flowers, Thrones & Props: Essential Wedding Design – http://www.essentialweddinghire.com
Makeup: Kemi Kings – http://www.kemikings.com/
Hair Styling: Kasia Fortuna – http://kasiafortuna.co.uk/
Venue: Blenheim Palace – http://blenheimpalace.com/ with special permission from His Grace, The Duke of Marlborough
Stationery & Jewelled Bouquets: The Finer Details – www.thefinerdetails.co.uk
Jewellery & Headpieces: Rosie Weisencrantz http://www.rosieweisencrantz.com/
Shoes: Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes – http://www.marshahall.com/
Linen: Over The Top Rentals – http://www.overthetoprentals.co.uk/
Gold Chiavari Chairs & Clear Beaded Chargers: iAM Wedding Hire – www.iamweddinghire.com
Models: Gayle Thompson-Igwebike, Chloe Penney and Olaya Diez Del Corral
Nonsuch Mansion is set in the Grounds of Nonsuch Park In North Surrey England. In Medieval times it was part of a three thousand acre Manor of Cuddington. The Mansion was built in 1731-43. The Farmers family crest is evident throughout the building which reads ‘Hora e Sempre’ which means “Now and Forever” which is a beatiful motto as weddings are now held at the mansion in the beautiful Rose Room and decadent Orchid Room.
We had the pleasure of filming there this winter to showcase some talented individuals in the wedding industry. This film focuses mainly on the location.
The Finer Details are a company that create Bespoke wedding Stationery with the special touches to be individual, and Brooch Bouquets that “wow”
Charlotte Garrett Couture is a very talented up and coming Wedding Dress Designer about to hit the big time with her latest collection to be showcased in the coming weeks.
Cristina Rossi Photography set the scene and created some beautiful elegant images.
Maggie Dreher worked her Make-up Magic and Hair to produce a flawless glowing Red carpet look.
The Model Eloise was a joy to work with, her Glamour and Beauty gave us the Hollywood Glamour we were hoping for.
All images courtesy of Cristina Rossi Photography
Ourselves Urban Cinematography filmed all these talented people hard at work throughout the day, the outcome was a classic, elegant, timeless film we enjoyed making, hope you enjoy watching.
Love Jo x