Updated: Jun 12
The very first styled shoot we organised back in 2016 whilst we were waiting around for the next roaring twenties to come along - turns out it has been more of a snarling twenties so far so let's just look at some beautiful wedding imagery instead. The objective of this styled shoot was to replicate the glamour of the 1920’s whilst inspiring the modern bride. Using the luxurious platinum and black of the stationery collection, we collaborated to create a look reminiscent of the grandiose age of The Great Gatsby. Lily & Lottie Stationery used their Gatsby design to create a typically bold art-deco look in platinum, black and white.
The flowers were a work of art, the beautiful bridal bouquet was understated, pure and elegant, mixing white O'Hara Roses, Crystal Blush Calla Lilies, white Avalanche Roses, white Hydrangeas, white Ranunculus, a diamante brooch pin and trailing platinum Asparagus Fern. The bouquet is edged with white ostrich feather trim and the handle is covered with a pearl satin ribbon and decorated with a diamante and pearl bracelet.
Julia really went to town with the table décor and created three unique displays, drawing on Art Deco’s own infusion of eclectic style and ability to draw from different influences. On one of the tables, Julia created a sumptuous black and white ostrich feather display in an extremely tall glass vase which was surrounded by cut glass votives.
On another, a cluster of silver and black crackle vases were adorned with black feather fringing and strings of pearls and contained a separate arrangements of single heads of white Hydrangea and a posy of white Hydrangea, O' Hara Roses, Lisianthus and Avalanche Roses, with a mix of glass candlesticks and tealights to add further levels and visual interest.
The third table offered possibly the largest centrepiece I have ever seen, atop a clear and black glass vase stood a breathtaking ball of pure white elegance. The display included plumes of white ostrich feathers, strings of pearls, Hydrangeas, Phalaenopsis Sensation Orchids, O’Hara & Avalanche Roses and Antonov Chrysanthemum blooms, the base was then decorated with mixed tealights.
The dresses, kindly supplied by Bridal Reloved Dorchester were;
A Jenny Packham, which we loved as it added a hint of the ‘flapper’ style to an elegant and romantic gown.
An Anna Campbell, to really add some sparkle to proceedings! The huge crystal beaded neckline extends to a beautiful belt creating a fabulous waist with sophisticated bling!
An Amanda Wakeley, a stunning silk sheath gown with a train to die for! This slinky gown looked so glamorous and worked perfectly in the beautiful surroundings.
Kirsten Sare Makeup Artist applied the make-up and styled the model’s hair in such a way that was truly authentic to the 1920’s and great care was taken with the colours used to replicate the sumptuousness of the deep plum lip of the time. The model, Bell Norgrove, is a timeless beauty but the styling looked divine on her.
Bell’s look was further enhanced by the beautiful Twilight Designs headpieces provided by Wedding Time Bridal Salon, which complemented the glamorous Art Deco look and included a statement white feather and crystal headpiece and a beautiful pearl and crystal headpiece to complement the different gowns.
The cake was an Art Deco triumph, Lisa Notley Cake Design created a black, white and silver cake with beautiful edible pearls and rice paper feathers to capture the theme perfectly.
The venue is simply the most beautiful place I have ever visited, the exterior of Coombe Lodge is magnificent, as are the views but it’s not until you go inside that the true nature of this Art Deco palace is revealed, it was the perfect setting for this shoot. The beautiful arched windows, wood panelling, furniture and décor deliver unparalleled luxury. All captured expertly by Photos By Jim (who is now offering a highly unique post-wedding photography service)
Having been a guest at a Coombe Lodge wedding, I have nothing but praise the food, rooms and service and I know the bride and groom had the time of their lives so if you are looking for a venue in Somerset, please do give some thought to this beaut.
The Crew Venue: Coombe Lodge, Blagdon - http://www.coombelodge.co.uk/
Photographer: Photos by Jim - http://www.photosbyjim.co.uk/
Stationery: Lily & Lottie Stationery - http://www.lilyandlottie.co.uk/
Florist: Julia Moore Floral Designs - http://www.juliamoorefloraldesigns.co.uk/
Hair & Make Up Artist: Kirsten Sare Make-Up Artist - http://kirstensare.co.uk/
Dresses: Bridal Reloved Dorchester - http://bridalreloved.co.uk/
Cake: Lisa Notley Cake Design - https://lisanotleycakedesign.co.uk/
Bridal Accessories: Wedding Time Bridal Salon - http://www.wedding-time.com/
Chairs: Oakleaf Marquees – http://www.oakleafmarquees.co.uk/
Table Linen: 5 Star Celebrations - http://www.5starcelebrations.co.uk/