Beautiful Bygone Meets Classic Luxe Wedding Styled Shoot

Thursday, June 17, 2021

If you love rich tones and the most decadent wedding palette (who doesn't?) then this styled shoot is for you. Featuring beautiful blooms of deep reds and soft pinks, with a cake and stationery to match. This is your one stop shop for all your inspo down to your table settings and favours! Each supplier tells us all about their part in this stunning shoot in a beautiful Georgian House.


The styling of the shoot was all based upon the decor in the townhouses main living space. We brought together all of the main colours that the wallpaper encompassed and created stationary, flowers, cake and all of the details to compliment it. By bringing a handmade headpiece, a modern handmade wedding dress and splashes of gold within the cake decor and place settings, we made the vintage room appear timeless with a contemporary feel whilst not taking away from its eclectic antiques.


It was after discovering this beautiful Georgian house that I knew I HAD to photograph in it. The dark wood and berry tones throughout would just make the most stunning vintage and luxe setting for a wedding.


I wanted to create a classically romantic styled centrepiece cake that really had the wow! factor.  With an eye catching sparkly white tier covered in sugar crystals and arrangements of luxurious detailed hand crafted sugar flowers with gold centres and detailing it all came together to incorporate the beauty and opulence of the venue.  This design can easily be scaled up or down to suit a wedding of any size whilst still encapsulating the feeling of classic luxury.


With some truly amazing suppliers involved, I wanted to bring this vintage room of my friends house to life. Injecting lots of deep reds and pale blush pinks to give the room a real luxurious feel to it. As we only had the one room to work with I wanted to get as many suppliers on board to really make the most of the location and show brides to be that you don’t need a large space to create something jaw-dropping. Every detail came together to make a work of art. It really showed me that by having a strong colour scheme can make the world of difference when planning a wedding and bringing lots of different elements together.


The unique style and colours in this gorgeous room were the inspiration behind the flower choice. I used a mix of deep burgundy and red Dahlias. The star of the bouquet was a beautiful Karma chocolate Dahlia that sat alongside pink Wizard of Oz, Dark Spirit and white Water Lily Dahlias all British locally grown blooms from Howbury farm. Dahlias grow perfectly for the autumn weddings. It’s great to consider the season in your choice of flowers and to be able to add British grown is very special. I added softness with roses and draping blush fabrics to the styling and romantic candlelight. The table setting oozes elegance with gold chargers, gold cutlery, black plates and beautiful glassware.

The Dress

I chose one of my new dress designs from my ‘Floribunda’ made to measure collection for the shoot. Although the dress was traditional in design, the style felt more modern, with layers of polka dot tulle and a soft winter nude lining that highlighted delicate rose embroidered lace on the bodice. The dress design worked perfectly with the shoot brief, a modern classic with a bygone vibe.


When Chloe sent photos of the interior of the incredibly beautiful country house that was to become the backdrop to this shoot I was bowled over. The rich, jewel colours and sumptuous fabrics adorning the mellow carved antique furniture immediately transported me back to an era long forgotten that I knew only a special headpiece would suffice to complement such a delicious colour palette … As luck would have it I had recently created a unique statement wedding crown using vintage brass flowers which I hand enamelled in juicy berry shades and adorned with semi precious stones. Vintage velvet ribbon was wrapped around the wire base for a soft,  opulent feel. I felt it was a perfect match for all the other amazing accessories provided by the incredible team of suppliers and Chloe captured everything beautifully!


This stationery design combines sophistication and simplicity. A very ‘minimal design’ with romantic airy fonts is so subtle but makes such a statement upon opening, especially when teamed with a wax seal. The stationery’s gold foil and a soft velvet finish all contribute to its luxurious look and feel, all inspired by art from the mid 1800s. Opt for elegant typefaces and deep regal tones to achieve this wondrous look.


Inspired by the beautiful colour scheme, I used various rouge tones throughout the Makeup look, carving a crease to best suit the eye shape of the model, which enhanced and deepened the socket allowing the eyes to pop! Using these tones also allowed me to create a look that was strong and feminine but still soft enough to be in keeping with a bridal Makeup look. For a natural finish, we used Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation and added a subtle highlighter to keep a fresh and flawless appearance to the skin, a soft radiance that is a must for any bride to be!


When I was given the brief for this shoot I imagined lots of elegant piled up curls in a soft sophisticated bun. Then I arrived and the shoot and was reminded what beautiful hair Cathy had the length and colour is so gorgeous that it seemed criminal to put it up. The gorgeous statement headpiece made my decision to keep the hair down in soft classic curls. With a hairpiece like this simple  is best.


Lisa found me when I posted an image of the house in a styled photoshoot Facebook group and from there we were able to pull together suppliers that she had worked with before and some brand new suppliers whom we hadn’t to create the perfect timeless shoot.


Photographer – CeeCee Photography

Dress – Lisa Lyons Bridal  

Hair – Kate Atalay Bespoke Hair

Styling and Florals – Queen and Eden 

Make up – Stephanie Alexandra Bridal 

Cake – Cazs Cakes and Sugarcraft 

Headdress – Sixpenny Bride 

Stationery – PS Weddings 

Suit – The Cotswold Tailor 

Favours – Emilys Lollies

Model Couple: Cathy & Partner Will @ceemeandtea

From Brides, With Love xo

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