If you are considering going abroad to Europe for your wedding, and you are accustomed to staying at five-star resorts, then you've come to the right place. Our next feature has layers upon layers of luxurious details, exclusive venues and next-level wedding styling.
The entire inspirational shoot is overflowing with dreamy photographs by Jessica Rieke. You can see every last photograph in the full gallery here. Please scroll down event planner, Charlotte from, La Fête shares all the particulars and behind the scene details. Be sure to watch the beautiful film by wedding videographer, George & Irene.
The Color Palette
This styled shoot was inspired by the decadence of the Romanov dynasty that ruled Russia, particularly in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Fascinated by the imperial family, we wanted to bring their beautiful aesthetic, detail and wealth to a one-of-a-kind wedding shoot, but with enough modernity for a real life, 21st-century couple.
We flew to Vienna and stayed at the Palais Hansen Kempinski, which was their home base during their Vienna shot. A 5-star luxurious, modern hotel in a historic Palace, complete with personalized service and Viennese charm. The Palace is located in the center of Vienna close to the most popular sights. This gorgeous hotel is also can host your wedding. For information visit here.
The palette we chose was relatively soft, with pastel pinks, creams, greens, peaches and blues. However, we also included stronger shades, such as touches of royal and navy blue, fuchsia pink and plenty of gold! Metallics definitely played a key role in this shoot, almost as the dominant color at times, but while still remaining tasteful and subdued by lighter accent hues.
Luxury Vienna Wedding Venue
The Liechtenstein city palace is, situated in Vienna's inner city. The palace was renovated five years ago and appears at originally did 400 years ago. It is held to be the first major building of the High Baroque age in Vienna.
The magnificent ensemble of Baroque stucco ceilings, opulent neo-Rococo interiors and original furnishings complemented by Michael Thonet’s fine parquet flooring form a harmonious whole. This stunning European wedding venue hosts exclusive events.
Luxury Wedding Cake Designer
The dessert table was set up at the Liechtenstein city palace and created by opulent luxury wedding cake designer, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. The multi award-winning Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium founded in 2008, is recognized as one of the best luxury wedding cake purveyors in the world. You really do need to take a bit of time and peruse their site and check out their Instagram.
Bride and Groom Style
This was undoubtedly one of our favorite parts of the shoots. We wanted to have two jacket options for our groom’s tuxedo: the first was a traditional Oliver Brown navy blue velvet dinner jacket, for the more formal shots of the day, while the second was a Hussar-style military jacket in a light blue-grey, with gold braiding, from the National Theatre Costume Hire department. We wanted to incorporate the essence and aesthetics of 19th century Russia, without dressing our groom in a full blown costume, which is why we paired the Hussar jacket with a contemporary tuxedo and simple dress shirt.
Our bride had three gowns courtesy of Brides Do Good,a Vera Wang blush pink and off white asymmetrical tulle ballgown, with gathered fabric and a sweetheart neckline: a perfectly dramatic gown for sunrise at the Hofburg.
A one shouldered, empire line silk gown, complete with elegant draping and a low back, more as an ‘after party’ outfit, and the third was a Phillipa Lepley sleeveless full lace ballgown with a dramatic train, perfect for our reception set up at the regal Liechtenstein City Palace.
We also wanted to include a pair of bridal shoes that would catch the eye but still blend in to our aesthetic, which is how we selected the Dolce & Gabbana gold sequined sandals.
Hair & makeup
We chose to keep our bride’s makeup fresh, dewy and natural: almost ethereal. For the hair, we opted for two looks: one with loose waves and the floral crown, while the tiara and pearl headpiece worked better with an updo, complete with gentle waves and face framing tendrils. We were careful to steer clear of anything too harsh or strict, as we wanted to keep the overall look romantic and regal. Alma Milcic, a local Viennese artist brought our vision to life in the most perfect way.
With each outfit, our bride wore a sapphire and diamond engagement ring and wedding band from London Victorian Ring Co. and a different headpiece. We wanted to make sure that our bride had a crown of some kind to go with each gown, and our final three choices were an imposing preserved floral crown by Sophie & Luna, a replica of the Duchess of Sussex’s bridal tiara (the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau from 1932) and a Jane Taylor London pearl embellished headpiece. Jewelry was mostly kept to a minimum, but we did include some stunning gemstone earrings from Eva Gems & Jewels.