Moody Nordic Elegance – alternative wedding styling at The Harcourt with Amanda Karen Photography
I thought we all deserved a little treat this Sunday afternoon, so gather round and snuggle up for an extra special dose of wedding lovely. Our fabulous friend Amanda Karen Photography sent in this beauty of a shoot and I’ve fallen for it hook, line and sinker. The styling is exquisite; the colour palette is fabulous. This is a shoot in two halves: the copper dress takes my breath away and I’d love to see more brides wearing such a bold statement dress… but if that’s not for you then the bridal jumpsuit is unique, different and 100% on trend for 2019! Both outfits are by the always fabulous Charlie Brear.
Talented London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography captured every detail in her uniquely beautiful style. We know she’s a huge fan of copper wedding styling so do head over to her gorgeous website and blog if that’s your thing too! You were made for each other…
Essex & London wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography
The planner and stylist behind the shoot was super talented Charlotte Nichols Weddings, who chose the theme of ‘Moody Nordic Elegance’ inspired by The Harcourt‘s Scandinavian heritage and decor. The styling is minimal and modern, with a wintery colour palette which includes a rich ‘tawny port’, softer shades of grey and ‘almost mauve’ and then subtle touches of black and copper for that really understated glam feel.
It’s becoming a huge trend for brides to switch outfit for their evening reception, and this shoot instantly shows how you can dazzle and shine on your wedding dancefloor all night long! Choose an on-trend bridal jumpsuit for your ceremony, accessorise with a casual and cosy wool jacket in-between venues or for mingling outside during the colder months of the year! Then surprise your guests with a real statement dress like the gorgeous copper satin one in the photos. Win – and WIN!!!
Hair and makeup were created by Love Hair by Lou and Pipa Cross of Be You Weddings. For daytime they styled a more traditional bridal up do to really show off the beautiful neckline and low back of the jumpsuit. Strong brows, flawless bare skin and a very deep berry on the lips really bring out the colours in the bouquet. Two subtle jewel embellishments under the eyes add a little glam – they’re currently super on trend and add a slight magical feel. To accessorise this look the bride wears a wonderful hair piece and back necklace by Laura Rhodes. Still trying to keep quite a minimal feel the Odessa hair piece sat underneath the messy top knot and the very dainty Rhoda necklace was work to really accentuate the deep v shape of the jumpsuit.
For an alternative evening look to work with the fabulous copper gown, the hair was taken down and styled to create a very soft, wavy and voluminous look. Again we went for a flawless look to the skin but this time with a slightly smokey eye in brown and coppery shades and then the lips left more neutral so as not to distract from the dress. The look was accessorised with a pair of very dainty drop chain earrings again by Laura Rhodes. We also had a collection of gorgeous statement stone rings which our model wore in a stack.
The wonderful Catherine Short Floral Design used flowers in rich burgundies, purples and reds to reflect the concept and season. She also used foliage in these tones, which, for her, really capture the essence of the changing of the seasons. The flowers that made it into the flower palette included ranunculus, anemones, roses, astilbe, as well as more unusual elements to bring interest and texture such as viburnum berries, skimmia, crab apples, eucalyptus pods and dried grasses.
Catherine wanted to reflect the heritage of the venue, so used flowers one would usually associate with a luxurious English Country garden, but still with a nod to the Scandi history. The clean lines of the stems sweeping out of the abundant arrangements captures the Scandi minimalism vibe beautifully. The use of ferns was also inspired by the Scandinavian landscape and the indigenous plants.
The rich colours in the bouquet and other florals were really complemented by a wonderful silk and velvet bouquet ribbon with deep burgundy, soft mauve and grey colours created by Silk + Purl.
The tablescape is right up my street: wonderfully bare yet romantic, with unusual cut glass, black candles in marble and copper candlesticks, black cutlery and gorgeous soft grey linens by Cox & Cox and The Linen Works. The florals really bring the whole look together, created using rich burgundy blooms and lush foliage as well as some more unusual elements such as fruit and dried lunaria. Combining such fabulous colours and textures helps to create a romantic yet unconventional feel.
The gorgeous stationery is by Jinny of Vine in the Wild. She creatively mixes handmade cotton rag paper and vellum with gorgeous copper touches. The gold ink hand calligraphy has a soft shine, while copper leaf details bring a delicate shimmer to the edge of the paper. We LOVE Jinny’s striking place names, made of real copper with names in hand calligraphy in a lively and characterful modern style. Domino Purchas created the cake with delicate copper strands and beads on a soft white, which looked absolutely beautiful. The handmade sugar peony on the top is sublime – see it here.
The Harcourt London wedding suppliers
- Photography: Amanda Karen Photography
- Planning, Design & Styling: Charlotte Nichols Weddings
- Venue: The Harcourt (Garden & Summer Room)
- Floral Design: Catherine Short Floral Design
- Bouquet Ribbons: Silk + Purl
- Table Linen: The Linen Works
- Bridalwear: Charlie Brear
- Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo
- Accessories + Jewellery: Laura Rhodes
- Stationery: Vine in the Wild
- Wedding Cake: Domino Purchas
- Hair Stylist: Love Hair by Lou
- Makeup Artist: Be You Weddings
- Custom Candles: Sweetness & Light
- Model: Jodie at Ginger Snap Models