You’re about to have a brilliantly inspiring Monday morning. (You’re welcome!) I’ve fallen head over heels for today’s style inspiration: we’re about to journey into a world of Viking style, via a shoot which embraces amazing lighting, decor and beauty. There’s a fabulously creative tablescape the like of which I’ve never seen before: it’s simply out of this world.
The first bridal look is my favourite: those long braids and striking accessories are more than gorgeous – and the dress and accessories work beautifully. It’s an alternative look for a bride with real character: a chance to embrace your creativity and dress up – knowing your bridal look will be unique, and oh so you.
I adore the shape of this dress as much as I do the detailing: the delicate lace and hand cut suede flowers in the shoulder detail make it such a magical style to wear – bliss!
The shoot was curated and styled by Tiree Dawson Photography, Legend Bridal Designs and a team of the north west’s very best wedding creatives. Megan from Typical Type explains: “The brief was ‘sexy, luxurious Viking style’ and I hope you will agree we have delivered this by the bucket load. From the handmade gowns which were designed and made for this shoot, to the jewelled berry tones of the sumptuous flowers, every single detail was carefully curated to create this individual inspiration shoot.”
The shoot took place in November at Lowther Castle, a real Gothic castle dating back to 1806, which is soon opening its doors to host its first weddings. The dew was heavy on the ground, with mist shrouding the castle for most of the day. The leaves still bore their Autumn colours, adding to the rich palette and complimenting the grey of the building perfectly. It was a truly atmospheric day.
All of the suppliers came together for the first time on the day of the shoot, and we couldn’t believe how well it all blended once we met. The florals, in rich plums, damson, aubergine and peaches, perfectly matched the amazing cake and hand-painted stationery. The brassware, blue-grey slate and dark plates all provided a fabulous feast table, punctuated with wild floral arrangements, candles and lit by a custom made table, complete with hanging Edison lighting. It’s a far cry from the whites and pastels of many weddings, but it was so warm and inviting that we all wished we were dining at that table.
The hair and make up were vamped up, modern versions of traditional Viking styles with heavy, smoky eyes and plaits and accessories for the hair. Each model brought their own unique look to the shoot, and when they were all together they look incredible. Like true warrior princesses, evocative of something from an epic movie.
When we started to create this shoot we wanted to show that no matter what your personal taste, you can always incorporate it into your big day, and I believe we have shown that you can truly celebrate your sense of style on your wedding day.”
Today’s feature is only the first of three unique and breathtaking bridal looks, each of which is worthy of a full length blog feature. Over the next few days on the English Wedding Blog we’ll meet two more Viking brides, and take a closer look at the stunning details of this shoot – as well as showing you how you can get the look for your own celebration!
Photography by Tiree Dawson Photography
Styling, coordination and lighting by Typical Type
Concept, coordination, dresses and accessories by Legend Bridal Designs
at Lowther Castle, Penrith
Hair by Duncan Fisher Hair Designer
Makeup by Sonara Parker Makeup Artist
Flowers by Lucy MacNicoll
Cake by Amy Swann Cakes
Illustrated stationery by Amy Swann with calligraphy by Calligraphy for Weddings
Additional props from Nina Marika
Videography by MoviArt Films
Models: Sam, Kate and Rachel
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