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california dreaming. a palm springs inspired styled hen do shoot

August 2nd, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

A Cali Themed Hen Do Shoot (c) Cherished Moments Photography (3)

If the sunnier climes up North this summer have given you a taste for the sun drenched, carefree life, then we have the perfect styled shoot for you today, as we transport you to California to provide inspo for that other big day in your life – your hen do!

Led by Natasha, stylist and creator at planning and styling company Want That Invite, the shoot is a dreamy, colourful affair bursting with fun factor – everything we could want from our celebrations with our girl squad in tow!

There are gorgeous prints, palm trees (of course), rainbow bright cocktails, balloons and cake pops to get the party vibes in full swing. And it all takes place in a back garden in the North West of the UK, no less – so no airfare required! We’re just wondering if we even need the excuse of hosting a hen do to recreate this beauty ourselves?!

With images by Cherished Memories Photography. Model: Sophie Baines

A Cali Themed Hen Do Shoot (c) Cherished Moments Photography (22)

natasha says: We decided to create this shoot to show our clients what can be achieved in their own back gardens. With the help of us at Want That Invite, and our dream team of suppliers we can transform any space to suit their needs.

California is a popular hen party destination, but this is not always easy to get to (think money, flights and getting everybody to commit). So, instead, we decided to bring California to the UK!

A Cali Themed Hen Do Shoot (c) Cherished Moments Photography (40)

Our colour scheme was inspired by Palm Springs’ architecture; think pastel pinks paired with geometric shapes. The shoot’s overarching theme is California dreaming with a ‘party in Palm Springs’ concept.

We wanted the party to be relatable and to show what’s possible with the help of a planner and stylist. We selected a colleague’s garden as the venue for the shoot, which was fairly neutral with pastel grey fences and no bold flowers or decor. We knew it was the ideal spot for our shoot as we loved the different areas available. There was a grassed area for the picnic, decking for a seating area and also a great long fence for the Photo Booth (supplied by Vivalabooth) to go in front of. It wasn’t overpowered by bushes or trees, which meant our styling was the focal point.

A Cali Themed Hen Do Shoot (c) Cherished Moments Photography (29)

A variety of styling elements were taken into consideration when designing this shoot – from the patterns on the picnic rugs, to the colours of the placemats and cushions. Modern elements were introduced with the use of gold cutlery and Perspex name-tags and signage, with stationery supplied by Ever After Paperie and favours from Team Hen.

A Cali Themed Hen Do Shoot (c) Cherished Moments Photography (8)

Beautiful fresh florals were introduced to add pops of colour to the picnic table, the drinks cart and even in the bride-to-be’s hair, supplied by the talented Milly Davey Flowers. Even the desserts, crafted by Honeywell Bakes and Polka Pops, were styled to match with the theme – think palm trees and pineapples.

We wanted the attire for the shoot to be relaxed, fun and realistic to what would be worn to a garden party. But we wanted to add a statement piece, which is why we decided to get Bee Davies Illustration involved. She created a bespoke denim ‘Miss to Mrs’ jacket to add to the relaxed atmosphere.

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That’s Not Pants! Win Your Hen Party Knicker Making Masterclass With Top Drawer Diva! (CLOSED)

October 28th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Are you a stressed out chief bridesmaid?  STOP.  You need to read my top tips for organising a hen doClick here.

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Now then.  We all know that Fridays are about that feel good factor – finishing work, slicking on some lippy and hitting the town with your gal pals.  That’s why today’s wedding blog competition is all about Hen Parties, and having some silly fun with the girls. 

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Top Drawer Diva

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For just £25 per person, today’s featured supplier, Top Drawer Diva – who have twenty years of experience in the lingerie industry – will visit your home, Hen Party venue or hotel and host a Knicker Making Masterclass for you and up to 15 of your friends.  They bring the raw materials and kit, a cupcake for each hen, organza goody bags and prizes.  Nothing pants about that, I say.   

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Get the drinks flowing and after a round of Knicker Bingo, Top Drawer Diva will guide your party through the customising process, and away you go.  Try not to get your knickers in a twist as there’ll be a prize for the best pair of pants!  Afterwards you’ll be divided into teams and tasked with making two garters for the Bride – one for her wedding day and one for the hen night – oh la la!  Of course, you’ll all be sporting your own creations too!  Remember to strike a pose, as the session involves a photo shoot to showcase your work. 

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Top Drawer Diva is available in Leeds, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Hull, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and anywhere in between and also as part of a Hen and Stag World package. 

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Top Drawer Diva are offering one Brides Up North reader the chance to win a Hen Party activity with a twist:  a FREE Knicker Making Masterclass for you and nine friends in any of the locations that they cover. 

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To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling Brides Up North why you would like to win*

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The competition will close on 28 November 2011.

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For more information email topdrawerdiva@hotmail.co.uk or call Vicki on 07739 960 568. 

Follow Top Drawer Diva on Facebook and on Twitter.

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*Winner will be drawn at random.  No cash alternative.  Prize must be taken in one of the locations covered by Top Drawer Diva – Leeds, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Lincoln, Nottingham, Hull, Doncaster, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and anywhere in between. 

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  – Images © 2011 Top Drawer Diva

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