Victorian Love – styled wedding inspiration by Storybook Films

Happy Thursday everyone! Lots to share today – I stumbled across a lovely article from It’s Your Wedding Dance in response to my Glastonbury blog, which has made me smile today. But the main event is a behind the scenes look at Victorian wedding style inspiration, with Petra Opperman and Storybook Films. The film brings yesterday’s shoot to life, as tables are set and flowers arranged, make up done and food served… here you’ll see every tiny detail of the wedding dress and oh! the wedding cake – a real show stopper.

Petra Opperman has written the loveliest of introductions to accompany the wedding style film, and I’ve included some new images from Matthew Bishop Photography for you as well – I have more up my sleeve… and they’re hard to resist!

Victorian Love Styled shoot from Storybook Films on Vimeo.

In the tranquillity of the countryside, the magnificent dining room in the stately home, Ardington house, sets the scene for a Victorian love wedding theme.

With meticulous precision and careful attention to detail, the day evolves:

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Inspired by the Victorian era, the focus of this style is on opulence, associated with abundance, and definitely an abundance of fresh flowers. Tightly massed, in shades of pink, the flowers are looking beautiful and lush in the wood panelled room. The delicate white wedding cake with lovely sugar flowers and lace is placed on a stand with fresh flowers in shades of pink. Carefully chosen crockery, accessories and stationery adds elegance to the table setting and compliments the colours of the flowers. The menu, expertly planned, and the creatively delicious dishes add colour, contrasts and lovely textures to the table decoration. Deep rich tones of the music played on the harp, enhances the romantic atmosphere.

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Beautiful make-up, the pearl tiara and the classic hairdo bring an old fashioned charm to the bridal look. The pendant and wedding bands are fittingly a Victorian style design. With delicate lace and thousands of pearls, the exquisite couture wedding gown in stunning silk Duchess satin, is breathtakingly divine.

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The perfect groom attire is the traditional tailcoat and pin striped trousers with a subtle pink coloured cravat and added pearl cuff links to complete the look.

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Every little detail, magically captured to tell the story of Victorian Love.

“I come here with no expectations,
only to profess,
now that I am at liberty to do so,
that my heart is and always will be yours.”
Jane Austen

The Victorian love styled session was made possible thanks to a group of outstanding wedding suppliers/service providers

Wedding Cinematographer –

Photography –

Ardington house –

Wedding design –

Bridal gown – Phillipa Lepley –

Groom Attire – Stephen Bishop Suiting:

Bridal hair accessories:

Jewellery: Jason Charles Jewellery:

Flowers – Foxgloves and Roses:

Wedding cake design – Emily Jane Cakes –

Accessories – Floral Vintage Crockery:

Wedding catering – Fingers and Forks –

Hair and Makeup –

Soraya Vermeulen Harpist –

Stationery – Paper Willow –


Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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