Picture yourselves as Lord and Lady of the manor – glamming things up in the finest style with your loved ones for the wedding of the century… today’s fabulously decadent inspiration shoot is for all the glamorous guys and girls out there. I LOVE those dark table settings and the protea bouquet – just divine!
Words & images are by lovely Laura Calderwood Photography
Words I would use to describe this shoot are glamorous, gothic, chic, romantic, feminine, and dramatic. Delicate fabrics with lots of fine details and soft flowing layers. Dark and striking make up looks; curls and waves in simple but stunning styles. Elegant and spectacularly detailed cakes and hand drawn calligraphy. All in a colour palette of deep, passionate reds and burgundy mixed with greys, gold and subtle pinks. Heaven!
Carlton Towers is an incredible country house sitting in 250 acres of Yorkshire parkland. The grand Victorian exterior has a definite Downton Abbey feel to it, with a touch of Hogwarts magic! Inside all of the rooms are stunning, from the phenomenal ceilings and brass chandeliers, to the elaborately carved woodwork and fireplaces.
The venue itself was really the inspiration behind this shoot, and I wanted to create something slightly gothic with lots of deep reds, grey/black and metallics, but highly glamorous and with a soft feminine side as well which reflects my style of photography.
Allie from Wild Floral Couture worked some floral magic, perfectly picking up the deep burgundy tones with ranunculus, tulips, roses and chrysanthemum in her bouquets and centrepiece. Allie also incorporated some King Protea, which made for a really dramatic bouquet and centrepiece, but also added a softer pink hue to compliment the darker colours.
Laura from Ambience Venue Styling created our beautiful table set up, combining black linens with lots of gold details, cutlery and candles. She also added some flowing grey chiffon to the chairs to bring a softer, more feminine touch, and tied these with deep burgundy ribbon. We chose black for the place cards as well, with stunning hand drawn gold calligraphy by Nicky Chadwick.
The cakes from The Blush Cake Company were created especially for the shoot and they were divine! Sarah combined so many incredible looks and techniques, from marble icing to hand crafted sugar flowers, and the overall effect was absolutely perfect! Again the colours were greys and burgundy, with touches of gold and some blush pink to add a lighter, more romantic touch.
The amazing Lauren Rippin did such an incredible job creating two dark and dramatic looks for our models Emma and Kendal, with smoky, metallic eyes and perfect red lips. Hair was styled by the lovely Emily Hawkes who created two very different looks – soft, flowing waves for Emma and super stylish up do for Kendal’s fab curls! Our fantastic male model Gurdeep arrived looking pretty much perfect for the shoot! His clothes were all his own, he just needed a buttonhole to finish the look, which Allie provided again in the most glorious deep burgundy.
Diana from The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique in Pickering very kindly provided us with three of the most gorgeous dresses – Temptation by Le Papillon by Modeca featuring a beautifully detailed lace bodice and a jaw-droppingly dramatic skirt of layered tulle; Obsession from the Rosa Clara Two Collection was a softer, lace fishtail gown with a plunging neckline and a low v back; and from Charlotte Balbier the Tempest lace top with eyelash edge and long, elegant sleeves which was worn over the slipper satin Harper dress from the same collection. We also chose some stunning wedding rings made by the amazing Iain Henderson. One was a delicate gold band with a beautiful ruby, and the other with layers of the most perfect little diamonds!
Venue – Carlton Towers
Photography – Laura Calderwood (www.lauracalderwood.co.uk)
Florist – Wild Floral Couture (www.wildfloralcouture.co.uk)
Make up – Lauren Rippin (www.laurensally.co.uk)
Hair – Emily Hawkes (https://www.emilyhawkes.co.uk/)
Dresses – The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique (http://www.thelittlepearlbridalboutique.co.uk/)
Cakes – The Blush Cake Company (http://www.blushcakecompany.co.uk/)
Styling – Ambience Venue Styling York (https://www.ambiencevenuestyling.com/wedding-stylists/york/)
Calligraphy – Nicky Chadwick (www.scarletstarfish.co.uk)
Rings – Iain Henderson Designs (http://www.iainhenderson.co.uk/)