Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Philippa Mackinnon Exclusive Offer

Lovely Philippa from Philippa Mackinnon Photography has been generous enough to give Florence Blue an exclusive 15% discount for all you loyal readers.
Philippa has a beautiful, natural style which you can get a taste for below.

Over a quick cuppa we asked Philippa a little more about her company and what floats her boat.

Tell us a little about you and your company.

As a portrait photographer, I take beautiful and natural photograph. Pictures that you will treasure for years to come. Shooting in a reportage style, I will capture you and your friends as family on your wedding day, as you know them.

If I come to your home, I encourage trips outside, games, lunch-time, tea-time and whatever it is you and your family would normally do together throughout the day.

If you decide to come to my studio, you will find toys for the kids, music and cups of tea. The key to a good photograph is a subject that is relaxed and enjoying the process.

What's your favourite part of a wedding to photograph?

The 'Getting Ready' part! Usually, there is some lovely detail to be captured - shoes, flowers, dresses.. And I love to capture the nervous anticipation of what is sure to be a momentous occasion. It's a special and intimate time.

What's the best wedding that you've ever been to, and why?

The wedding I enjoyed the most was my own! But apart from that, my oldest friends who had been together since the age of 18 got married in Cornwall in the most tiny and beautiful church sunken in the middle of a coastal golf course. Although it poured with rain no-one cared. We had champagne on the beach in the wind and rain, a boat ride to a sailing club and a small and lovely reception on trestle tables with daisies on the tables and so on. Small, intimate, all our oldest friends together. Such a happy day.

What inspires you?

Diane Arbus inspires me. The most amazing portrait photographer I know of. One day I will be rich and buy one of her prints. They retail at approximately 120,000!

What's your top tip for achieving great wedding photographs?

Blend into the background as much as you can for those unposed shots. Keep looking, don't miss a beat but give people space to enjoy the day without a lens constantly intruding. For the more formal shots that most people want, you've got to be fairly firm in your direction to get everyone together but the key is to create a good atmosphere by staying relaxed about it and encouraging people to enjoy the process.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Easy as 1-2-3

A simple guide to making your own table numbers:

What you'll need:

House numbers - found at a hardware store, or online for more vintage options
2 screws per number
A selection on vintage books - found at charity stores

To assemble:

Remove pages from book
Place the house number in the middle of the cover of the book
Screw the house number into the book using screwdriver
Repeat with the other numbers to coordinate with the amount of tables at event.


Monday, 27 September 2010

Loving Lola

These images make me smile a lot.
I love Lola's Room Photos in Brighton.
Lola has a shop on etsy, her bio reads like this:

I am a photographer from Brighton; I am inspired by the simple everyday things.
I took up photography as a hobby in 2006.
When I treated myself to a Holga camera, photography became an obsession.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Homemade confetti cones

With thanks to SMP, here's a how-to for making your own handmade confetti cones.
Obviously feel free to experiment with various papers and pretty extras.

Step by step:
Step 1: Cut 5 x 5 square of card. has some great varieties
Step 2: Tape the right corner with small piece of double sided tape
Step 3: Roll to form cone & secure with the tape
Step 4: Punch hole at the top to add your little note or accessory
Step 5: Fill with dried flowers
Step 6: Write your chosen phrase several times (approximately 1/2″ apart) on paper and photocopy. Cut into strips and cut bottom edge on an angle.
Step 7: Fold the top over and mark (with pen) hole on cone top with desired location for second hole on cone.
Step 8: Connect: Thread butterfly wire through top hole. Line up tag with hole in body of cone. Thread wire through tag and body hole (from the top down).
Step 9: Pass out to guests for a darling confetti shower

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Hello Lucky

So, we're a little behind on this one... but today, as I do many days, I was daydreaming about this Eunice and Daniel's wedding. Featured on every blog and in every wedding magazine, The Hello Lucky creative masterminds big day was simply amazing. There's no other word. Every detail was pure perfection, so we thought it was only right to feature it on our blog so we can remember it forever. Euince -we salute you.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Kooky Vintage

Ahead of the next Florence Blue project, we have been dreaming about all things vintage. We have decided to forget the clich├ęd styles and inject a bit of colour into our styling. Mix old with bright colours to achieve these knock out effects.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Real wedding: Britney and Johnny

Oooooo at Florence Blue we love a good barn... and grey with pink... and festoon lights.... and rustic flowers. What a dream this wedding was.