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Black and Gothic Inspired Wedding

Given that it is Hallowe’en today I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you our black and gothic inspired wedding shoot that was featured on Way Out Wedding back in August. I particularly love couples who dare to be a bit different with their wedding styling and so I hope this post inspires some of you creative types out there, and shows that a hint of black in your colour scheme needn’t be a scary prospect…


The shoot was beautifully captured by Ilaria Petrucci Photography. A few words from Ilaria:

“When I think about the weddings I photograph, I love when brides (and grooms!) bring their own personalities and touch to their day. I love non-traditional brides, particularly. Break the rules and do it your way! With this bridal shoot, I wanted to say that if you want to wear a black dress…do it. If you have beautiful tattoos that you love, then show them. It is your day, and you want your day to reflect who you are, individually and as a couple.

This inspiration shoot is for the chic and elegant bride with a big personality. I wanted to combine the idea of the ‘goth look’ as everybody knows it with a classy and elegant feel, beautifully captured by the stunning gown made by Karen at Dornellie. The flowers and the styling also translated my idea perfectly, and we hope to bring beautiful ideas and inspiration for the brides out there looking to do things their way!”

We even have a fabulous video of the shoot by Digital Bohemia

Sophie at Digital Bohemia Weddings:

“When Ilaria and Gwenda contacted me about a gothic/boho styled shoot, I absolutely jumped at the chance to contribute on the project. I love all things gothic and out of the ordinary, so I really saw this as a chance to get creative and use some awesome music and editing to create something to fit the feel of the day. When we arrived for the shoot, the weather was really overcast and windy, and created the perfect setting for the style I was trying to achieve with this film. Whilst still keeping in touch with the boho side of styling, I ran with the ‘goth’ aspect, choosing a bluesy rock track and trying to enhance the already slightly ominous weather – so many couples worry about rain on their wedding day, but I think stormy weather creates such a dramatic backdrop, and it was so great to work with something different like that.”

Lou from Beyond Vintage on the styling:

“The tableware was a mix of vintage brass and gold cutlery and goblets, with vintage brass candelabras, which gave quite a gothic statement to the table. We also set up a festival style chill out area with crates and cushions.”

Gwenda of Bohotanical on the flowers:

“For this look, I chose to play with texture, from the feathery astilbe to the robust protea. I included roses, carnations, hypericum and populus eucalyptus to pick up on the berry, blush and peach colours of our chosen palette, and opted for an informally-structured arrangement to complement the beautiful venue.”

For the cake:

“Black is rarely used in wedding cakes, other than in monochrome styling, so I wanted to show how it can be used in a subtle way that needn’t be a scary prospect for your average couple. My main inspiration came from the dress and flowers. The layers of black tulle in the bride’s gown are mirrored in the delicate charcoal ruffles on the bottom tier of the cake, slightly softened on the edges with a hint of gold. The unstructured cascade of sugar flowers incorporates ivory, blush and marsala roses, eucalyptus and a few hypericum berries to tie in with the main floral table arrangements.”

Karen at Karen Dornellie on the dress:

“I was given the brief of a moody boho gothic wedding, and wanted to take a slightly different route to the traditional idea of gothic. I wanted to emphasise the sensuality of the black lace, with a nude base underneath and the lace edges overlapping to give a feeling of tattooed skin. The dress became a more couture style of gown as I worked with the drape of the fabric. The lace I had chosen was soft and floaty and the final design grew organically into a beautiful wistful creation.”

Patricia Soper – Make Up and Hair

“When I was asked to work on this amazing black goth wedding shoot, my immediate thoughts of this concept were dark and delicate. The stunning dark, outside-of-the-box elements of this styled shoot were exquisitely entwined with so much prettiness. So I decided not to go down the path of the default dark gothic look (sometimes less is more) for the make-up, but to take inspiration from the soft muted underlay of the dress, subtle florals and model Gwenda’s gorgeous fair complexion, and create a delicate pretty look that would not distract from the stunning dress. The hair was kept very natural for movement and to scream effortless, relaxed and carefree. Extensions were added to Gwenda’s hair to create length and thickness, styled to create waves and texture, which was then softened by gently pulling through to create movement.
For the make-up, I just couldn’t resist incorporating some of the colour hues from other elements of the shoot, which worked beautifully with Gwenda’s colourings. I focused on giving Gwenda a flawless base to enhance her complexion but still give luminosity. For the eyes, I used a palette of soft blush pinks, creams and subtle rose and aubergine. To warm the skin slightly, a little bronzer was used, and for the cheeks a pinky/rose blush. To complete the look, a mix of two lipsticks were applied to create a rich antique rose colour, giving a soft romantic feel to the overall look.”

Lou at Beyond Vintage on the stationery:

“For the invitation, I wanted to blend pretty florals with darker madras tones with black as the contrast. Each card with the floral design to the back and tied with cord and a personalised hexagon tag.”

Full list of suppliers:

Photographer – Ilaria Petrucci Photography
Venue – The House Meadow at Worsenden Farm
Florals – Bohotanical
Props, styling and stationery – Beyond Vintage
Dress – Karen Dornellie
Hair and make-up – Patricia Soper
Videography – Digital Bohemia Weddings
Cake – Little Bear Cakery

Tropical Bohemian Wedding Shoot

At the end of last summer, and with busy wedding season still in full swing, I hotfooted it down to South-East London to join a fantastic team of suppliers and create colourful “big day” inspiration in the form of a tropical bohemian wedding shoot!

Whilst we may not always be able to guarantee tropical warmth and sunshine in the UK, we can certainly bring a taste of the tropics to our decor as a nod to warmer climes.

The concept for the shoot was dreamt up by the lovely Frances of Frances Carlisle Photography and Nicole of Love Art Wear Art. The amazing Andri from Always Andri (who I avidly follow on instagram!) then added her styling expertise to the team.

The location for the our tropical getaway was the picturesque Severndroog Castle, tucked away in the trees in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, it is the perfect setting for a smaller wedding ceremony or gathering. It has a winding spiral staircase leading up to an impressive vista boasting a view of seven counties over the treetops!

The brightly coloured florals were supplied by The Fresh Flower Company. You really can’t go wrong with a hanging flower backdrop and this one is certainly no exception! I also love the additional greenery of palms and cheeseplants.

A drinks trolley laden with cocktails and delicious exotic fruit is a totally tropical essential and the addition of edible flowers to the cocktails add an extra special touch don’t you think?

Styling your table with leaves and chinese lantern plants is an inexpensive and and alternative way of adding interest to your place settings.

I am totally in love with the palms, peacock feathers and pineapples of Pepper & Joy‘s tropical jungle stationery. Surely every letter should be sent in an envelope that special!

For the cake, I created an ever-popular rustic buttercream finish in a vibrant peach. I then dressed it with fresh tropical flowers and a palm leaf and finished it with miniature gold sugar pineapples to keep it fun and playful.

Model Chloe’s vibrant hair fit the bill perfectly and Amanda Roberts was the lady in charge of executing her laid-back bohemian hair and make-up look. Chloe wore two different dress looks on the day: first up a beautiful floral embroidered dress called Ivy from Naomi Neoh‘s 2016 collection, followed by a floaty off-the-shoulder number – the Woodland Wedding Dress from the Saja Collection at Rock the Frock Bridal.

And of course finally, Nicole’s incredible and unique shoe designs for her label Love Art Wear Art – so hard to pick a favourite!

I hope this tropical bohemian wedding shoot has inspired you to bring a little something different to your wedding decor. Do check out all of the wonderful suppliers below:

Venue: Severndroog Castle
Photographer: Frances Carlisle
Stylist: Always Andri Wedding Design
Dress 1: ‘Ivy’ (2016 collection) Naomi Neoh
Dress 2: Saja at Rock the Frock Bridal
Shoes: Love Art Wear Art
Florist: The Fresh Flower Company
Cake: Little Bear Cakery
Hair & Makeup: Amanda Roberts
Stationery: Pepper and Joy
Tableware: Classic Crockery
Model: Chloe Papworth

Paradise By Way of Kensal Green Styled Shoot

Towards the end of the summer, I was fortunate enough to be part of some beautiful styled shoots. This Paradise By Way of Kensal Green Styled Shoot is no exception, showcasing the wealth of talent that the wedding industry has to offer today.

Curated by Annabel from Love My Dress for Goldsmiths UK, Little Bear Cakery favourite Georgia of Westwood Design was in charge of the concept, styling and stunning flowers.

I love this shot of Annabel on this gorgeous chair from Vintage Style Hire. Kate has a wonderful collection of furniture and smaller items for hire – the perfect individual touches to dress up your wedding venue.

I kept the cake and sweet treats super simple as they had a minor role to play in this shoot with the jewellery by Goldsmiths taking centre stage. This is just a little almond and apricot cake with orange mascarpone icing. Georgia then styled it up with her beautiful blooms.

Peach marshmallows and raspberry macarons completed the sweet line-up.

Georgia did an incredible job with the table settings. How pretty are the jewel-like colours with the gold?

Superb stationery as ever from The Charming Press.

Is there anything better than a Westwood bouquet?

How sweet is this little locket too?

I’ve only shared a snapshot of the beautiful pics by Naomi Kenton. For more pics and to learn more about Goldsmiths jewellery, head over to Love My Dress or the Goldsmiths blog.

Shoot Curator + Model – Annabel Beeforth, Love My Dress
Photographer – Naomi Kenton
Concept, Styling, Flowers – Westwood Design
Vintage Furniture Hire – Vintage Style Hire
Location – Paradise by Way of Kensal Green via Coco Wedding Venues
Stationery – The Charming Press
Silk Runner/napkins/ribbon/gift wrap – Kate Cullen
Hair + Makeup – Issidora
Jewellery – Goldsmiths
Cakes and Desserts – Little Bear Cakery
Tableware: Classic Crockery Hire