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A beautiful Neoclassical wedding styled shoot at the Hurlingham Club, London

It makes me incredibly proud to see some of the superb talents we have in the English wedding industry. I love to showcase exceptional suppliers, and one of the very best is the inimitable Petra Opperman.

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Petra’s exquisite taste often combines classical music with astonishingly beautiful design and styling: I know when Petra curates a styled shoot it will be divine. Today is no exception, and I have a luxurious styled shoot in two parts to share with you on the English Wedding Blog (with an exclusive “Get the Look” feature full of details and design this afternoon at 3!)

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Huge thanks are due to the fabulous suppliers who collaborated for this shoot. A full list is shown just after all of the images below, but to begin I must thank lovely wedding stylist Petra Opperman, and fabulous photographer (and brand new Dad to a beautiful baby girl!) Matthew Bishop Photography.

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“With all the elements in mind, the Neoclassical era was the inspiration for a wedding styled session at the Hurlingham Club, London. The beautiful architecture and The Palm court are wonderful backdrops for this theme.

Neoclassic style was a revival of the classical styles but with a new perspective. Clean lines, linear styles, sculpted forms and fine craftsmanship were characteristic of this style. There was a need to seek the very best and artists and architects sought to create eternally valid “true style” that could be expressed across all areas of visual arts and based on the designs of Classical Greece and Rome. It was the return to a more basic geometrical style.

Symmetry and balance are the most predominant characteristic of neoclassical design, and the use of columns an identifiable element. The arch and columns have become a cliché symbol of Greek and Roman society in popular imagination but are visually magnificent. The pillars and arched glass ceiling of the Palm Court provide the clean, linear style and add a contemporary feel to the theme. The magnificent trees visible from the windows and arched ceiling together with the blue sky, make out part of the colour scheme and add the natural element to the theme.

My colour inspiration comes from paintings of this era. I am using a split complimentary colour scheme with analogous greens and blues/purples and their complimentary peach/orange.

Many objects were decorated with swags and festoons and these hanging garlands of fabric, ribbons, flowers and bud-like motifs known as husks were based on Classical Roman decoration. The flower arrangements and cake design incorporates these features, together with a contemporary twist added to the theme.

In general Neoclassicism is an artistic styled defined stylistically by its use of straight clean lines, minimal use of colour, simplicity of form with uncomplicated designs and an adherence to classical values. A group of talented suppliers and a great photographer made it possible for me to show how to use a classic style with a contemporary flair.”

~ Petra Opperman

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Meet the wonderful team of creative suppliers who did outstanding work on this Neoclassical styled session.

~ Petra Opperman

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 www.byMoonandTide.com. 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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