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Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (31)

Dark florals and breathtaking, statement wedding styling, with Jo Bradbury Photography

Approach any wedding creative with an idea for dramatic and beautiful styling, and they’ll be your best friend forever. There’s something especially exciting about working with darker colour palettes, dramatic contrasts and an alternative wedding look which we all love. I was thrilled to be asked to create stationery for this breathtaking styled bridal shoot with Jo Bradbury Photography last year. It’s one of my favourite collaborations of all time and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you today! Jo has an artfulness to her photography which I absolutely adore. We’ve featured her beautiful weddings on the blog before – she works across the north west, photographing dreamy celebrations in a romantic editorial style.

Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (25)

The shoot has already been featured in the beautiful Unveiled magazine – you can still buy previous issues here – so you may well have seen some of these pics in print already. If you haven’t, then this will be a treat for you today! As much as I loved writing the calligraphy pieces (gold ink on black textured papers is my fave!) it’s the flowers and cake which steal my heart.

Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (35)

Amy Swann‘s wedding cake creations are works of art in themselves – stunning and colourful creations with the most intricate floral sculptures to captivate and enchant any bride and groom! The flowers, designed by Joanne at Fletcher & Foley and grown by Carol Siddorn, combine dark, dramatic shades with vibrant pops of colour. The textures are soft and beautiful, the shapes are simply divine.

Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (43)
Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (23)

Every detail of this shoot is just wonderful – the black wedding dress by Village Bride is as perfectly alternative as can be; bride Olivia is stunning with hair and makeup by Amanda Jones and a flower crown, again beautifully handcrafted by Amy Swann.

Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (34)

The stationery is handwritten – this is what I do when I’m not writing the English Wedding Blog. I used textured black paper and mixed a soft metallic gold ink, which creates a gentle shine and raised effect on the paper. I love designing wedding stationery suites which have more than the simple invite + envelope combo, so we included a handwritten quote, a bespoke calligraphy menu and some little place cards too. The lettering is a very modern, slanting script which evokes the drama of the shoot and ties in perfectly with the floral elements and table styling. See more of my calligraphy at Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com.

 

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Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (30)
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Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (44)
Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (45)
Dark Floral wedding ideas, alternative wedding styling, photo credit Jo Bradbury (46)

The shoot took place at Stretford Public Hall.
All images are by Jo Bradbury Photography
Floral Designer Fletcher & Foley
Flower Grower Carol’s Garden
Hair and MakeUp Amanda Jones
Cake and Flower Crowns by Amy Swann
Stationery by By Moon & Tide
Dresses by Village Bride
Model @olivia_heywood

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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