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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Christmas at my Home!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

I had fun creating a playful, colourful Christmas in my cottage, which delighted and excited my 7 grand children aged 4-15 years old, and to my surprise, the adults as well! I hope you enjoy the images.

I love styling for any occasion, and am here to contribute to any event or celebration to help inspire the day. Do get in touch if you are planning an event and would like to discuss your plans so far and how I may be able to serve you.

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The next blog in January will be feast a for the eyes with an exceptional team of artists working together to create something beautiful and exotic. I can’t wait to be able to share it with you!

Thank you again for your support in 2013, I was thrilled to see how many viewers I had on my blog this year, and after reviewing my annual statistics I found that if the concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people it would take about 4 sold-out performances for the amount of viewers I have had to see the blog!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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A Selection of my Favourite Photos from my Shoots and Creations in the Last Year!

As an events and set stylist I’ve been lucky enough to meet some creative people and work with some amazing photographers.

As a finale to the end of the year I’m putting in a few reminders of past shoots. I’d like to thank the photographers who came on to my shoots particularly Nikki Sheffield and the models who worked with me… Everyone gave me inspiration to dig deep and find the treasure inside my creative self, which I hope inspired their pictures.

Recently I was fortunate enough to be invited to style a shoot for one of the most celebrated photographers in the country who’s globally recognised. The shoot is a feast for the eyes and a gift to the soul. I look forward to sharing it with my viewers as soon as I’m allowed to release the images!

For me it was the cherry on the cake! I can’t wait to share it with you!

Looking back on my shoots I’m pleased to say they still delight me in their own way, for their free spirited, imaginative expression. I am doubly lucky because not only do I style and create the sets and story-line, but as a textile artist, I was able to create many of the props, such as the cake, tablecloths, lampshades etc and dressed the fairy Bride & Groom and made their crowns etc.

My textile art can be found in early blog posts. I hope you enjoy reflecting on these photos. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m personally super excited to create much more in 2014!

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Keep you’re eyes open for the ‘cherry on the cake’ last styled shoot I worked on – coming soon!!

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Birthday Play Date

Last month I styled a photo-shoot around Jessicas birthday, to remind us that children can have fun playing and inventing games in wigwams, picnics with their favourite toys, climbing on logs, dressing up in grannies old clothes for a vintage tea party look. I hasten to add this was only for dressing up, not an authentic shoot, hence the wellingtons! They enjoyed dancing in tutus like little ballerinas! Instead of sitting in front of computers, grunting, not playing with friends. Children don’t play as I did as a child, they’re missing out on nature, laughter, make-believe and imagination… Today their play is all to do with gadgets, loosing their imagination and their childhood adventure.

I’d like to thank Donna Bright from Monkeys from Heaven for making the fabulous tutus.

This shoot comes from my inner childhood memories, I like the dressing up box, the tutus gave me huge delight, they looked like little water faries. The vintage tea party I thought was incredibly beautiful with the water behind. This was really to demonstrate how much fun one can have with ones friends and some imagination!

A big thank you to all the children who took part! Without them it wouldn’t have been so charming to look at.

I was very grateful to have had two wonderful photographers who worked on my last shoot also, which was hugely successful, the talented Rosie Cutbill and Evelyn Rose.

I would love to share some of the photographs taken, beginning with my own photos, because I can never resist to capture the scene because it’s so delightful, albeit I’m not a professional photographer.

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Here are some of Evelyn Rose’s images from the day which captured the mood…

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Here are Rosie Cutbills shots from the day. She’s caught some beautiful photos of the children having fun!

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“That’s enough modelling for today, thank you! …Goodbye face!”

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Holiday in Italy

I love this part of Italy so much and I like to share it with friends, so for the last twelve years I have been taking different friends to share this beautiful experience, between Ravello, Positano and Amalfi.

It feeds my soul and my spirit, as it does all the guests that have been there.

One of the treats is that we stay in a private home, so a big thank you to Giovanni from all of us. It stands on the side of a mountain over looking the sea, Ravello and Amalfi, and is part of an Italian community where there are no tourists. One feels part of an Italian family when staying there!

In Ravello, one can get the 5 star hotels, celebs and luxury, concerts and shops. Amalfi offers a little boat to take out, to explore the beautiful coast, swim, eat fresh fish in the restaurants in the caves and visit Positanos beautiful churches and shops.

Here are this years images captured, which I shared with my special friends Dr Michael Shepherd and his creative wife Jenny.

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This is the view from the garden where we were staying

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Outdoor concerts, mostly classical orchestras and opera are staged here in the evenings in Ravello, with beautiful views.

Jenny with an example of the typically large lemons of Amalfi

Jenny with an example of the typically large lemons of Amalfi

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The view at lunch in Ravello

The view at lunch in Ravello

Art work at an exhibition in Ravello

Art work at an exhibition in Ravello

Old Mr Faithful, never let me down, always there to greet me every year!

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Villa Chimbrone Gardens, heaven on Earth

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I noticed these hens were not fed for four days, so I fed them and gave them water

I noticed these hens were not fed for four days, so I fed them and gave them water

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The largest sailing boat in the world happened to be in Amalfi while we hired a little boat

The largest sailing boat in the world happened to be in Amalfi while we hired a little boat

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Church in Amalfi

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The view from our pool where we were staying

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Went to our favourite church in Positanno

Went to our favourite church in Positano

Shopping in Positanno... No cars and narrow streets, an Arabic feel to it.

Shopping in Positano… No cars and narrow streets, an Arabic feel to it.

We like looking at the churches and making three wishes

We like looking at the churches and making three wishes

Dome of my favourite church

Dome of my favourite church

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