Fulham Palace | Pre Wedding Shoot | Lorna & Lachlan

Fulham Palace | Pre Wedding Shoot | Lorna & Lachlan

Yesterday, I met my lovely August couple, Lorna & Lachlan at Fulham Palace for their stylish pre wedding shoot.
Lorna & Lachlan decided they wanted their engagement shoot to be at Fulham Palace, as it’s got such lovely grounds and they will be celebrating their wedding their this year.
The venue is gorgeous, and with Jaye Archer creating the flowers for this couple’s happy day I know it’s going to be dreamy!
For the shoot, we ventured out into the walled garden where the wisteria was out in full force – looking gorgeous indeed. We then wondered up to the Church, where the couple will say their vows, and found a gorgeous path. We also stopped to look at the view by the river.
Despite all sorts of interesting weather forecasts, the sun shone for us and we created some beautiful imagery.
Here is a sneak preview of their shoot below…
P xx

Styling for a Luxury Party at High Elms Manor with Amie Bone & Top Balloon

Styling for a Luxury Party at High Elms Manor with Amie Bone & Top Balloon

WOW – I can’t believe how much of a success my first event was – a luxury party (for my parents) that I styled and planned, with some amazing help from my sister.  In true ‘Lawley’ style, we didn’t do anything half-hearted and there was a lot of DIY Lawley craft!
I think my parents enjoyed my wedding so much last year, that they wanted to see in their joint 60ths in a similar style, so they let me loose and goodness me was it pretty!

We held the party at High Elms Manor, a beautiful wedding venue hidden away just outside of Watford. I had not come across this gorgeous place before and can truly recommend it – Ailise who manages the venue (also her home!) is absolutely wonderful and really helpful. Not forgetting her equal amount of crazy love for cats – her Tonkinese will give you a cuddle or dive at your neatly placed tablecloths!!
It all began back in January, my sister and I presented two different design briefs to our parents and once colour schemes were agreed, we were off to design key areas of the venue for the party.
Following a venue visit, we began to bring the party to life. With Steph in charge of all balloon displays from Top Balloon, I began sketching out the different rooms and the detail that we would create to make the party truly spectacular.

The cheese and dessert station I created is something I am particularly proud of. The wonderful tasty goodies from Anna’s Kitchen adorning all the pretty décor certainly added a wow factor for all the guests. Anna’s cheese and desserts were a huge hit with guests.
The beautiful centre piece flowers came from the hugely talented and award winning Amie Bone Flowers in Watford. The garland and vases of foliage were created by the Lawley’s, including a 4am trip to New Covent Garden Flower Market, and a very craft Helen & Steph Lawley who created the draped masterpiece.

The beautiful cake was made by my friend Jaina (who absolutely HAS to start her bakery business soon!!) which was crowned with a gorgeous laser cut cake topper from Merrie & Bright Calligraphy.

Enough talk, here are some images I took before the party began and once Steph and I had set up the venue… (Cannot wait to see the official photos from the night itself from Amanda Karen Photography!)
And YES, you may have guessed it, Philippa Sian Luxury Styling is soon to launch this year!!
Enjoy xx
The entrance hall featuring Bubblegum Balloons:

The Ballroom decorated with gorgeous balloon displays from Top Balloon and giant light up numbers from Mighty Fine Entertainment


‘The Pantry’; Cheese and Dessert Station featuring flowers from Amie Bone:

Cake made by Jaina Patel and bespoke cake topper from Merrie & Bright Calligraphy:

Memory Book Station:

Introducing Dora with Thanks to the Silver Fox Dog Rescue

Introducing Dora with Thanks to the Silver Fox Dog Rescue

Sadly, we lost our gorgeous Tibetan Terrier Daisy last May. She was 14 and a half and had a really good (spoiled) life – we were all of course devastated. Losing any pet is truly heart breaking but a dog seems to take an even bigger piece of your heart away when they leave you.
My sister and I have been pestering our parents to get another dog for a while – ok, more ME than my sister, but for months and months, both parents said no, ‘no more dogs’ or ‘it’s still too soon after Daisy’.

However, about a month ago, my mum suddenly announced that she’d put a deposit down on a rescue dog from Romania! A good friend of mine, Hannah, fosters dogs and supports the Silver Fox Dog Rescue and little to my knowledge had been updating my mum on all the dogs being brought into the UK that needed homes.
I must say,  I think the Tibetan style tail and long fur of this particular dog definitely caught my mum’s eye the moment she saw her. Before I knew it, she was announcing that she’d put down a deposit for this Romanian doggie! SO, although we have had her for a few weeks now, I wanted to take the time to properly introduce our gorgeous new doggie, Dora!

Once she’d arrived in the UK, which in itself was a pretty horrific journey – 2 days travelling by road and suffering with travel sickness/anxiety – Hannah took Dora to be beautified at the doggie parlour (the state she was in as you can imagine was dire) and after she’d given her a couple of days of basic training and time to settle, she introduced us to her.
The moment we met her, I think we all just KNEW. She was calm, kind and most importantly didn’t attack the cat! HA! She’s been a member of our family for over a month now, and over the bank holiday weekend I took her off the lead for the first time! She did so well – best behaved dog ever, and came back every time I called.

More than anything, she is just a sweet girl and to think that she was most likely starving for all of her life, beaten and kicked, breaks my heart. But then I look at her and just praise her for her positivity and kind spirit. Despite the first two years of her life being traumatic and just horrid, she still has the kindest and most happy attitude.

She doesn’t resent people because she’s been kicked in the past. She doesn’t want a cuddle because she may have never had one before, she wants one because she’s put it all behind her. She is a fast learner and has left her past in the past, moved forward and appreciates her new life to the full. (Think we all need to take a page from her book!).
We love her SO MUCH and are so thankful for the opportunity with Silver Fox Rescue to give her a better life.
The work this charity does is incredible, so if you can support them in any way, whether that’s giving a good home to a poor dog longing for a better life, or donating to help rescue more dogs from these awful shelters, than please do.
You can visit their facebook page here where you can see updates on all the dogs urgently needing homes and care -there are some cuties on there and also some heart wrenching stories so be prepared with a tissue.

Of course it is always lovely getting a puppy (minus the toilet training and chewing!) and I am one to talk as I own pedigree cats but rescuing Dora has made me realise how important it is to not forget all those other dogs that desperately need a home. A puppy will always find a home as they are cute and always in demand. But what about that friendly dog, looking to start over, needing to be rescued from the dog catchers who will all but love you forever and do everything to please you? Dora is ten times better behaved than Daisy ever was (although i do miss her stealing sandwiches from the coffee table!), because she is just happy to be in our home and wants to please you. I believe it’s her way of thanking us 🙂
I am so proud of all the work Hannah does for this charity, and if you are looking for a furry friend, please rescue a dog! I promise you, Hannah will find you the perfect match, as she did for us and many others we know.
Here are some images of Dora enjoying her new life with pals – get ready for CUTENESS!
P xxx