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We were lucky enough to be invited to design the stationery for a recent blog shoot organised by the lovely Jenny from Love Me Love My Wedding.

The venue was the Manchester 235 Casino, and the styling was Vegas!

Jenny pulled together a team of experts from the North West to capture the glamour of Vegas in Manchester…decadence with a hint of sin! (It even smelt naughty in there!)

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She drew inspiration from and the opulence of the casino itself with its luxurious wallpapers, sumptuous upholstery , heavy curtains, playing cards, roulette tables, dimly lit corners, and strategically placed mirrors .  We wanted to capture Vegas in the North!

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The shoot’s inspiration began with a mood board, sent by Jenny to everyone involved.  This gave each member of the team the same starting point but the chance to explore their own interpretation.

McAvoy weddings & Martin Hambleton (our photographers) had the task of pulling the shots together at Manchester 235 Casino, coordinating the team and getting our glamorous models  into exactly the right position.  Using the dim lighting to their advantage they captured shadows, reflections and really made the fabric of the room stand out.

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Jenny was the real drive behind the shoot, and taking vibrant red, black, white and a wonderful yellow she was able to pull together a vibrant shoot made even more striking by the dimly lit roulette tables.

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McAvoy Weddings and Martin Hambleton are both talented and experienced photographers, wonderful to work with, putting everyone at ease, especially the models, Heather McHale, Molly McConnell and James Kinsella to get that all important shot!

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Red Floral Architecture, a leading North West Florist provided the flowers for the shoot.  Mat created the most amazing highly stylised, glamorous contemporary arrangements, looking at texture, fashion and the setting itself for inspiration. Mat created contrast and texture through his use of feathers, crystals and strings of pearls.  The crystal bouquet captured the decadent atmosphere beautifully.

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The beautiful hair accessories by Julia David Bridal enhanced both the dress detail and captured the flavour of Vegas hinting at the feather headdresses of the showgirls.

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And of course, it wouldn’t be Vegas without black tie for the groom,  supplied by Bestman Hire.

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Personal Touch supplied the dresses for the shoot. Jenny  the creator of Personal Touch Bridal Boutique recently married knows how important it is to find the right dress for  one of the most important days of your life. The primary colours of the dresses have such impact and reflect the light to create subtle tones of colour.  Jenny’s am is to make your bridal experience memorable, allowing you to savour every precious moment in preparation for your wedding day.

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Emma at Hattie Boo Designs is incredibly creative, has an amazing attention to detail and quality and can take your ideas and add hers to create something special. The Vegas stationery tied itself to the casino through the playing card style, and colours but linked it firmly to Vegas with the skyline, font and wording.  Elvis, of course, had to be included!

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One Beautiful Day had the task of Casino ready hair and make-up.  Joanne is a freelance make-up artist and beauty therapist in the North West, specialising in bridal, fashion and occasion make-up. Joanne has received professional training in all aspects beauty therapy and has worked in beauty salons for several years. To widen her skills, Joanne completed an advanced make-up and hair course at a specialist academy, where she was trained by top celebrity make-up artist Cassie Lomas.

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If Vegas is your thing, then visit a casino for more inspiration.  We can’t promise Elvis will be there but I’m sure your guests will love it.

Love Me Love My Wedding Vegas Shoot Directory:

Models – Heather McHale, Molly McConnell and James Kinsella

Photographer – McAvoy Weddings & Martin Hambleton

Videography – Unforgettable Memories

Floristry – Mat Hepplestone  Red Floral Architecture (Manchester)

Bridalwear – Personal Touch  (Leyland)

Hair and Make up  One Beautiful Day (Manchester, Bolton, Preston, Cheshire, Liverpool & North West UK.)

Venue  Manchester 235 Casino (Manchester)

Hair accessories – Julia David Bridal (Preston)

Stationery  – Emma Bryan Hattie Boo Designs (Hatton, Warrington)

Suit – Bestman Hire (Sale, Manchester)

Images © 2013 McAvoy Weddings and Martin Hambleton Photography

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