Inspired by the grand palaces of Europe, this elegant photoshoot is dripping in luxurious details, from the cascading rose centerpiece to the two gorgeous gowns worn by the beautiful bride. Blush, gold, and ivory details blended perfectly with the estate's lovely finishings. To keep the look modern, the groom opted for a rich blue suit for the ceremony and a gray suit for the reception, instead of a classic tuxedo. And we would be remiss if we didn't mention the majestic cake that utilized real flowers and gold details. It was the finishing touch on the whole royal affair.
Sage & Belle Styling wanted to create an inspiration shoot that pulled from their favorite parts of yesteryear while keeping the whole look fresh for the modern couple. The key was finding just the right venue, and they did, Prestwold Hall. Then, they had the challenge of enhancing the already gorgeous location, and these sumptuous florals by Big Day Blooms & Cakes elevate every part of this wedding from the ceremony to the reception. We love how the photographer, Sophie May Photo, captured not only the intimate indoor wedding but the stunning garden views that can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the estate. You can see even more from this shoot in the full gallery. Keep scrolling to hear from Samantha Harrison of Blondelle Beauty about how everything came together to create this elegant inspiration shoot.
SOME ROYAL INSPIRATION
The inspiration behind this shoot was the grandeur and opulence of European palaces such as the Palacio Real in Madrid, the Palace of Monaco, and the Palace of Versailles. Prestwold Hall is a grand and stately home with a fascinating history all its own. Both English and European influences run throughout the interior such as busts of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer and stunning painted ceilings inspired by the Renaissance period and Italian marble. We wanted to incorporate luxurious yet feminine details into the shoot which inspired the color scheme. Pretty pinks, blooming blush tones, and elegant golds seemed to fit the brief perfectly. The aim of all of the talented suppliers involved was to achieve a romantic yet fresh and clean vibe. The bridal portraits by Sophie May Photo are fresh, airy, and brimming with luminosity. The images are modern yet utterly timeless. Capturing the couple completely in love is something she achieves effortlessly.
TWO, BECAUSE ONE LOOK ISN'T ENOUGH
Our jaw-droppingly beautiful bride is enveloped by two stunning bridal gowns by Moonlight Bridal, both available from Shade Bridal Boutique. Because, what could be more extravagant for a bridal queen than two wedding dresses?! Shade is so much more than your average dress shop. It is a treasure trove of lust-worthy bridal gowns that all have a unique quality to complement each bride's individual personality. The bridal hair was magically created by Rock N Roller Hair. It was soft, voluminous, and piled high, complete with a flower crown fit for a queen. Plush pearl and flourishing floral hoop earrings were the perfect accompaniment, both handcrafted by Vivi Embellish. Hollywood waves gave our evening bridal look a chic and carefree vibe perfect for dancing the night away. Timeless and refined makeup was produced by Blondelle Beauty. Glowing skin, a sublime statement lip, and a touch of sparkle all brought the vision to life. Rose pink and burnished bronze were the heartbeat of both looks. Our resplendent groom was utterly charming in his classic suits. The navy option really was a show stopper, designed by Marc Darcy, available from Blidworth Menswear. The groom looked devilishly dapper with a matching tie and pocket square in a muted pink tone.
Big Day Blooms & Cakes created exquisite florals that were plentiful. Swoon-worthy peonies and show-stopping roses adorned the majestic table setting and then cascaded over the edge to create a dramatic yet romantic feel. Two remarkable floral installations were lovingly created for the ceremony space where fresh flowers were handwoven between wire to reveal a whimsical winding design–a truly modern and eye-catching concept that is sure to wow every single guest! The cake featured subtle baroque details to reflect our love for this style with a modern twist. Delicate and tantalizing pink and white macarons stood proudly in a tower enticing any passer-by to take a bite!
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
The decor and table setting was fervently planned by Sage & Belle Styling who truly has an eye for detail. From gilded flatware, sumptuous satin tablecloths, and crystal-cut stemware, it all collated together to create the perfect setting for a culinary delight. Floating candles set the ideal ambiance for this intimate and idyllic affair. Luxury stationery by Tabitha Kate beautified each individual place setting with a lavish invitation, velvety vellum finished name cards, and arch-shaped menus. Silk ribbon completed the name tags to add a heavenly touch and hand-made wax seals gave an essence of splendor. Finishing touches include a delightful welcome sign from the calligraphy genius Inviting Writing. Bella Belle shoes are a supreme choice for any bride with their ultra-feminine designs. Last but not least, our extraordinary model couple. Both beautiful on the inside as well as out!