A Beautifully Sophisticated Shoot at RSA House

by Michelle

This elegant and modern shoot is entitled ‘Disenthrall’ which means to set free and it has been brought to us by Assumpta Vitcu who runs AVE Creations.

The shoot took place at RSA House, the stunning central London venue that we had the pleasure of featuring recently and it acts as a majestic backdrop for AVE Creations celebration of diversity and the the belief that you should be free to celebrate your day your way.

The contemporary and traditional have been blended perfectly by showcasing the beautifully creative work of super talented suppliers against the Georgian grandeur of RSA House.

And would you ever believe that this shot took place in February? Just look at that sunshine which was captured beautifully as were all the images by Amanda Karen Photography.

The unseasonally bright weather was also a fabulous opportunity to acknowledge that precious private moment when just the two of you, and your photographer, of course are able to snatch a little time away from your guests to relax in each others company.

With so much more to tell us about the shoot and the suppliers who made it all possible, we’ll hand you straight over to Assumpta.

What was the inspiration for the shoot?

The concept for the shoot was inspired by my desire to blend sophisticated, modern styling with some traditional elements to create a unified, striking, yet relatable aesthetic in celebration of the belief that all people should be allowed to get married and express their love precisely how they see fit.

Where and when did the shoot take place? Can you tell us anything further about the location?

The shoot took place in Central London on Friday 22nd February 2019 at the historic, award winning RSA House. We specifically chose to use the Benjamin Franklin Room because the natural light flooding the large, elegant space lent itself well to the chic styling envisaged.

The original Adams fireplace in the room provided a great backdrop for a ceremony space and due to the beautiful, summer-like weather we experienced that day, we made use of the neighbouring streets which served as a great setting for some al fresco shots.

Describe the style of the shoot. Was there a specific theme?

The shoots style was modern and sophisticated with some traditional touches. The theme was affordable luxury and romance. The stunning cape dress by Rita Colson could not have been more fitting ….

and was perfectly complimented by Keye London’s contemporary take on a tux.

I wanted to keep the bride’s styling unfussy yet still regal and Molola Bade (formerly Hair by Ola), did a great job with the hair and so did Honiglam with the makeup.

The modernity of our stationery by Studio Oudizo, featuring a leather envelope and leather name place cards combined with the traditional art of calligraphy worked very well.

All of these details, including the modern cake by Buttermilks Cakes were gorgeously framed by the arrangements provided by Studio-Chi Weddings featuring luxurious roses in various shades, vibrant anemone and lush greenery.

Amanda Karen Photography did a fantastic job of capturing It all.

What was the main focus of the shoot? What were you promoting?

The main focus of the shoot was to promote diversity – not just in the visuals themselves but also with the suppliers selected to bring it all together.

The choice of a darker-skinned model was very intentional on my part in order to highlight the fact that brides truly do come in all shades and can still look breath-taking, as our model did.

What were the highlights from the shoot?

Apart from the uncharacteristic yet glorious sunshine in February, other highlights from the shoot include working with talented professionals in the stunning setting of RSA House to create absolute magic and having a super fun day while achieving our objective.


The Dream Team

Concept, planning and styling: AVE Creations

Photography: Amanda Karen Photography

Venue: RSA House

Stationery: Studio Oudizo

Floral Design: Studio-Chi Weddings

Wedding Dress: Rita Colson

Hair: Molola Bade (formerly Hair by Ola)

Makeup: Honiglam Makeover

Shoes: Emmy London

Groom’s Suit: Keye London

Models: Jasmine Botchey & Conor Hartnett

Wedding Cake: Buttermilks Cakes


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