Chritmas 2015 styling

Christmas has always been a magical time of the year for me going way back into my childhood where the whole extended family of aunts and uncles, grand parents and cousins.  We would hired a hotel to celebrate it in together.
For me its is a time to play and a time to create. This year I dressed up with what I could find in my theatrical wardrobe, as a Victorian lady, to add to the styling effect. The Victorian Christmas seen in books is where it all began and is very hard to recapture their opulence and theatre which they did so well.
I change  my theme  every year. It is exciting for the grand children to enter my little Christmas cave and for the whole family to be all together which is hard now our family consist of 14 people and another one on the way and all with very busy lives.
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Seb & Daisy’s Wedding – Ravello Italy

I am sharing a few photos of my sons wedding this May in Ravello, Italy on the Amalifi coast with you – it was so elegant, charming with this romantic Italian venue Villa Eva. My son chose to be married in Ravello where his father has a home and where he spent many wonderful holidays. It was an amazing day that I shall never forget. Images courtesy of Nikki Sheffield Photography

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Christmas Styling at Home

Words and photography by Nikki Sheffield Photography.

“I am always excited to visit photographic stylist, Christine Maciocias cottage, knowing that she will have created her little corner of  styled magic, somewhere in there. I enjoyed capturing,  her xmas table as seen in above video. And what a feast for my eyes!”

Photographs by Nikki Sheffield.

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Video: Christmas Styling at Home

A peep inside the home of photographic stylist and artist Christine Maciocia, at Christmas time. Take a look at the video below!

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Styled Shoot Photographed by Penny Young

It was lovely to see more photos from my Whimsical Wedding shoot on photographer Penny Young’s blog recently. Take a look at her photos from the beautiful day here.

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Here are her words about the experience.

“In May I was lucky enough to spend the day at Whipley Manor Farm along with a small group of other photographers and the very talented event stylist Christine Maciocia Christine had put together a beautiful styled shoot based on a Whimsical Wedding theme and had enlisted our models, real life couple Christine and Will, and then set about recreating a wedding day for them.

There was a beautiful vintage styled table in the orchard for tea and a chest of drawers filled with flowers.  Candelabra’s and shabby chic furniture, lots of beautiful flowers and many little details that were created by hand by Christine. During the afternoon we shot the couple with some beautiful horses and then a vintage trailer pulled byWill and his tractor (Whipley is a working farm!).

Styled shoots are a fabulous way for photographers to push their creative envelope and to try new things, play around with their camera and their style of shooting without the pressure of having to deliver work to a client.  Often there’s more time and, unless you organise the shoot yourself, there’s generally other photographers to chew the cud with, which is always nice.  The shoots usually have a theme or a concept which tends to be far more extravagant and stylised than your average wedding, although they do often have an achievable feel and include individual elements which are there to inspire brides and give them ideas for their own weddings.

I love love love shooting styled shoots and I learn something new at each one which then feeds into my work for my clients so it’s a win win for everyone!

I think these images speak for themselves and show just how talented Christine is and what an amazingly wonderful day she put together for us all.”

Thank you Penny!

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Featured! Whimsical Wedding Shoot on English Wedding!

Wow – so excited to see my last styled shoot featured on the gorgeous English Wedding blog! A great source of inspiration, resources and advice for your UK wedding today.

The photographers did a great job on the day – thanks Penny Young Photography for submitting the styled shoot for others to enjoy, it looks brilliant, and thanks for the English Wedding blog for featuring it.

Take a look here:
http://english-wedding.com/2014/07/whimsical-wedding-shoot-whimpley-manor-farm/

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Whimsical Wedding Photo Shoot

I am constantly amazed when I style a shoot, how it can even possible to make it better from the last. It shows that imagination is a magical ingredient that makes your dreams come true.

The day was made all the more delightful working with talented photographers, being fired up and enthusiastic by the different sets on the day.

While having a buffet lunch in the bale barn, the creative group shared laughter making the whole day fun for all. I find it fascinating to see the end results from each photographer who are talented in their own way.

They photograph the same styled shoot as each other, yet produce different effects, like we all have individual handwriting, though we might be writing the same words.

The photographers brought inspiration and fun to the day. They were a lovely group and very appreciative.

Whipley Manor Farm has vistas all around, giving a feast for the eyes. A massive thank you to Caitlin Fahy for loan of her pony, Moonshine Boy and a big thank you to Vicki Glynn for the loan of her stunning show cob, Red Rock. These horses were stars in their own right, with personality and endearing natures.

Christine and William were the ideal couple having only recently married. Their love for each other shone throughout the day. Their rescue dog thoroughly enjoyed being photographed, and looked like a real diva on the trailer.

The hens were yet another extra to enhance the shoot. My helper worked tirelessly with me through challenging weather elements, such as gusty winds blowing props off the table in the Orchard. Luckily the sun finally arrived in the afternoon and a massive thank you to photographer Nikki Sheffield for the use of her stunning images which you see here. The full set of images are on her blog – www.nikkisheffieldphotographer.co.uk.

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Credits:

Stylist & Props:  Christine Maciocia, Event Stylist (http://www.christinemaciocia.wordpress.com)

Photography: Nikki Sheffield (http://www.nikkisheffieldphotography.co.uk/)

Location:  Whipley Manor Farm.

Models:  William & Christine

Wedding cake:  Truly Scrumptious Chesham

Hair & Makeup:  Natasha Howden (howden.natasha22@hotmail.com)

Owners and horses: Caitlin Fahy’s dressage pony Moonshine Boy and Vicki Glynn’s show horse Red Rock

Behind the scenes photos!

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Before… And After.

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Whimsical Wedding Sneak Preview!

The whimsical wedding shoot that I styled earlier this month was very romantic, with amazing props, animals, and a very much in love couple…

I will be thrilled to share the full set of photos on my blog here early in June! Meanwhile, here is a taster of whats to come!

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Looking forward to sharing more about the day with you soon!

 

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Whimsical Wedding Styled Shoot Details Announcement!

I am so excited to confirm the details for my next styled shoot – the theme is Whimsical Wedding and will take place on Sunday 11th May from 10am – 4pm at an absolutely gorgeous Farm in Bramley, a couple of miles outside Guildford, Surrey.

I have stunning models lined up – a beautiful America Bride & her handsome Groom, vintage bridal dresses, beautiful grounds, hay barns… I will be styling a vintage tractor and cart as well as a stunning styled rustic wedding table set in the orchard. There will be a few chickens and a beautiful grey and white speckled stallion which the Bride will be riding.

I can hardly wait – it will be a really magical day and you will come away will some beautiful images for your portfolio as well and new fellow photographers friendships.

All this for £150 including lunch. Spaces are limited so do book early to secure your place. This is open to all levels of photographers from beginners to professionals.

Please contact me directly by emailing me at c.maciocia@hotmail.com to book your space, and receive the styled shoot timings and address.

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

When: Sunday 11th May from 10am – 4pm
Where: Bramley, Surrey
Cost: £150 including lunch

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Casablanca with Styled Contemporary Wedding Table

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We are thrilled to have this shoot featured in Boho-Wedding Online Magazine.

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I was given the opportunity to style a shoot for photographer Kate Hopewell-Smith, from any choice of film or book about a love story. After viewing Monika Dysons (bespoke interior designer) Moroccan style home in Berkshire I decided this would be the perfect location for the Casablanca shoot. At present this house is on the market – details below.

I feel very blessed and honoured to have worked alongside such talented and creative people in their own field, on this shoot.

Styling is my joy and comes naturally to me. It’s as if I am given a massive blank canvas on which I am free to express myself. Being an imaginative person and a colour enthusiast by nature, I find styling comes easily to me.

This is different to most shoots because of the use of noir lighting – Kate is a master of her art and this effect, which adds drama and takes one back to the 30s when cinema noir used long shadows effects in many of their black and white films.

This shoot was exceptional, because everybody that was on it contributed to the whole with their amazing talents, which you can explore further on their websites given below.

Photography by Kate Hopewell-Smith and photographer Nikki Sheffield.

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Continuing below the supplier list is my inspired contemporary Moroccan Wedding Table for todays brides, to get inspiration and ideas from!

Casablanca Styled Shoot – Contact List of Suppliers

Monika Dyson – Owner of the property (currently on the market – photos below!) – monika@monikadysondesign.com

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Kate Hopewell-Smith – Photographer –  Website:  http://www.katehopewellsmith.com

Nikki Sheffield – Photographer – Website:  http://www.nikkisheffieldphotography.co.uk

Christine Maciocia – Set Stylist & Props – Website:  http://www.christinemaciocia.wordpress.com

Jeremy Pratt – Vintage Wedding Car & Props – Email:  jeremy@la-maison.co.uk – Phone: 01628525858

Cat Fransham – Hair & Make-up – Website:  http://www.makeupforbrides.co.uk

Penny Hunter – Florist – Website:  http://www.penelopehunterflowers.com

Johanna Hehir – Designer Bridal Dresses – Website:  http://www.johanna-hehir.com

Abby Gadd at Cherished Vintage – Vintage Accessories – Website: http://www.cherishedvintage.co.uk

Marie-Francoise Wolff – Model – Website:  http://www.marie-francoise.co.uk

Christopher Price – Model

Jolliffe & Co – Suite Hire Company – Website:  http://www.jolliffes.co.uk

Enjoy my Moroccan inspired Wedding Table below.

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A big thank you to my helpers Lori Douglas, Mary Hainline and Christine Elliot, without whom I couldn’t have done this on my own. I’d love to work with you again.

Many of the props can be sourced from the list below.

Styled Moroccan Contemporary Wedding Table Shoot Suppliers:

Penny Hunter – Florist – Website:  http://www.penelopehunterflowers.com

Jeremy Pratt – Props – Website:  http://www.jeremy@la-maison.co.uk

Alexandria Lindo – Wedding Invitation & Menu  http://www.alexandrialindo.com

Michelle Stewart – Table Rosettes – www.backthroughtime.etsy.com – backthroughtime@embarqmail.com

Sandy Bahrich – Match boxes    http://www.fireflynotesonline.com

Heidi – Printed Rose Petels   http://www.burlapandblingstudio.com

I am really excited to have finally got around to creating a business page on Facebook where I will be regularly updating with information on my work and my styled shoots so please click this link to see the page and “like” in order to receive regular updates. Thank you so much for your support and please feel free to share with your friends. Many thanks Christine.

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