Who doesn't enjoy celebrating the imminent arrival of a new baby? And with an urban tropical theme, you know it will be nothing short of amazing! With personalised details, mimosa bar and cute party games, this is certainly a baby shower to inspire!
From Lisa: For the last eight years we have been focusing solely on planning weddings for clients in the UK and internationally, and we’ve had great fun in that time creating beautiful weddings in hotels, private homes, exclusive venues, marquees and castles.
Over the years, we kept being asked by clients if we could help them to organise other events – from baby showers and milestone birthdays to anniversaries and private dinners – and we realised that adding these to our existing offering made perfect sense.
To celebrate the launch of our Private Events business, we decided to do a series of shoots to showcase our credentials and we brought in some of our amazing industry friends to help bring our vision to life.
For the baby shower, we wanted to portray a gender-neutral celebration which was both contemporary and striking but also fun and relevant to our clients. The Urban Tropical theme was born out of our current obsession for banana leaves and Miami and the fact that we could create a neutral colour palette which would work well for both a baby boy or girl.
We chose to hold the shoot at The Old Parish Rooms in Essex as it is an intimate space with lots of character and would be the perfect location for a baby shower for a mama-to-be and a group of girlfriends. The décor in there is white with some lovely features to include a cluster of festoon lights and wonderful church-style windows, providing a bright, airy and contemporary space which acted as a neutral but interesting backdrop for the shoot.
Kate Nielen was the natural choice of photographer for the shoot, with her keen eye for detail and her sharp imagery, we knew she would capture it all perfectly!
We created five distinct elements for the baby shower – a beautiful tablescape from which guests could enjoy a delicious three course meal, three activity areas and also a drinks station.
Wedhead London provided a beautiful limewashed dining table which fused rustic with contemporary with the addition of white Masters chairs. The focal point of the table was a large foliage runner complete with banana and palm leaves and interspersed with gold candlesticks and bright white candles from Duchess and Butler. We have worked with florist Claire from Lily & May on a number of occasions for wedding clients and she always goes above and beyond to create the most amazing florals. Knowing that she is also a big fan of bold designs, we knew that she was the perfect florist for the shoot.
Duchess and Butler also provided the tableware for each place setting including the leaf-inspired green charger plates, gold cutlery and the wine and champagne glasses. To soften the look, we used natural cotton linens and napkins from Kate Cullen which provided a slightly more relaxed feel. All of the paper goods were provided by Emerald Paper Designs who used the green and gold palette as well as adding some on-trend vellum.
Paint a Baby Gro
We love the idea of getting all the girls to get crafty and create items for the new arrival and we wanted to create a sophisticated take on the Paint a Baby Gro activity. To do this, Claire from Lily & May decorated a gold clothes rail with lots of green foliage and we used gold coat hangers on which to display our baby gros. A small table was set up with fabric paints and brushes and beautiful ‘Made with Love’ tags were placed on each baby gro ready for gifting to the mummy to be once painted by her friends and family.
Paint a Building Block
All babies love building blocks and what better keepsake than to have your closest friends create bespoke blocks for your child. Plain wooden building blocks were displayed on a shelf ladder along with bright metallic paints and brushes so guests could paint as many as they like ready for the new arrival.
As a little keep sake for guests to go home with, we also set up a flower crown station so that guests could get crafty and have some fun with the botanical theme. A variety of ribbons and foliage were available so that guests could make their own unique headpiece to take away with them as a lovely memento from the day.
We also created a beautifully styled mini bat complete with cocktail and mocktail recipes for guests to mix themselves. Using flowers from Lily and May and signage from Emerald Paper Designs, the bar set-up created a brilliant Miami feel and also enables guests to have fun making their own drinks.
My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones.
I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary. Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.
I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring us to live beautifully.
"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl