Elegant Downton inspired wedding style editorial from Mount Ephraim
I have to admit, I’m more familiar with the Upside Down than the world of Downton (hey, Stranger Things fans!) but in a wedding context it’s easy to fall head over heels in love with the whole period aesthetic. Today’s shoot is a Downton Abbey inspired masterpiece, and Mount Ephraim is a dream venue: sweeping staircase, black and white floors, period details in full effect – the works! There’s something ever so real about this wedding style feature, as the day runs from beginning to end with the grooms’ preparations, ceremony, portraits, reception and even fireworks! I really love how authentic it all feels – and it’s down to a fantastic team of stylists alongside the awesome Matilda Delves Photography, who captured the day on camera. I hope you love it as much as I do!
The inspiration behind this shoot is showcasing two grooms in a classical and elegant way with a modern twist with a Downton Abbey influence. Real-life couple Maximilian and Elie really bring the romantic feel to life. The chemistry between the two grooms was effortless and heartfelt which was captured in the photos.
Sam from Flutterbee Me Events and Poppy from The Glitzy Balloon Company are the brains behind this shoot. Sam is a wedding planner and naturally coordinated the team of amazing suppliers to make the day run to schedule and on time. Her eye for detail and passion for weddings meant she assisted the photographer and suppliers in creating the perfect setup.
Poppy used balloons tastefully to portray a modern contemporary twist to the Downton Abbey era. She created a stunning balloon display to showcase the sweeping staircase. Her meticulous attention to detail enabled her to create this set up for a modern-day wedding, using a mixture of chrome, golds, silvers and marble black and white balloons, with green foliage to add a wedding feel.
Balloons were also placed into the dining room behind the grooms’ light up initials to create a perfect photo opportunity. This then gave the shoot a modern but masculine feel to the evening – these are also very on trend!
Poppy, Sam and our fabulous friend and floral stylist extraordinaire Gwenda from Bohotanical were selective on where to create this shoot and choosing the ideal venue was key to the success. Mount Ephraim Country House and Gardens was the perfect location for this Downton Abbey styled photoshoot. The Victorian house has a spectacular Edwardian garden boasting magnificent views across the estate, providing the perfect backdrop for the couple’s photos.
Matilda Delves Photography captured the day beautifully. She is a lifestyle photographer with free-flowing creative style. Every picture she shot is beautiful, natural, relaxed capturing the fun and laughter of the grooms.
Gwenda from Bohotanical created the florals by keeping the look subtle and stylish, she used beautiful green foliage, which is a natural flower alternative, ideal for a male wedding, sophisticated yet masculine.
Alexandra Celebrant wrote a bespoke personalised ceremony, with beautiful wording to bring the two grooms together. The freedom of using a celebrant means you can marry whoever you want, whereever you want and tailor the ceremony to your requirements.
Both grooms looked handsome in their tuxedos supplied by Gerald from Penguin Suits in Chatham, Kent. Stacey from Stacy B Makeup Artist www.stacybmakeupartist.co.uk was on hand to touch up blemishes and enable the grooms to be flawless for photos. Fitzgerald Jewellers in Canterbury, Kent www.fitzgeraldjewellers.co.uk provided the grooms’ rings, cufflinks and vintage pocket watches.
Sarah from Light of my Life provided the glitz and glamour of Broadway to Downton Abbey with Mr & Mr light up letters and groom initials. These made a fantastic backdrop for the ceremony and provided perfect photo opportunities.
Suki at Greige Stories supplied the vintage props from the gramophone, to the lights and candles on the stairwell, which complemented the venue’s house antiques.
The bespoke stationery suite was designed by Rachel at Made by Rae Designs who uses eco-conscious card and paper. Rachel took her inspiration from 1920s Art Nouveau illustrations and co-ordinated beautifully with the tableware.
Ellen at Vintage Flair provided the traditional white, black and gold china tableware, glassware and cutlery which captured the opulence and decadence of the era, set for a king, finished with a pop of green colour napkins!
Cheryl at Silk and Purl provided beautiful organic, hand dyed, grey silks which were used to tie the cutlery together for the place settings, along with the glitzy lollipops made from The Lollipop Shop.
Nadia from Cake me by Surprise provided edible marble biscuit favours that sat perfectly on the vintage plates along with a striking marble 4 tier cake.
Neil at Double Bubble Van provided the perfect outside toasting experience with bubbles.
The day was planned to a tee and captured beautifully on video by Leanne from Wild Heart Films. Leanne filmed the whole day with every detail and created a quirky masterpiece! The day ended with an explosion of beautiful colour provided by Will from Phoenix Fireworks.
Your definitive Mount Ephraim & Kent wedding suppliers list
Photographer | Matilda Delves Photography
Venue | Mount Ephraim Country House and Gardens
Vision, Shoot Production, Styling & Balloons | The Glitzy Balloon Company
Coordination, Shoot Production & Styling | Flutterbee Me Events
Videographer | Wild Heart Films
Florist & Styling | Bohotanical
Suit Hire | Penguin Suits
Makeup | Stacy B Makeup Artist
Stationery | Made by Rae Designs
Lights | Light of my Life
Props | Greige Stories
Jewellery | Fitzgerald Jewellers
Fireworks | Phoenix Fireworks
Favours and Cakes | Cake me by Surprise
Prosecco Van | Double Bubble Van
Cutlery and china hire | Vintage Flair
Celebrant | Alexandra Celebrant
Lollies | The Lollipop Shop
Silks | Silk and Purl
Groom Models | Maximilian & Elie