Grandeur and decadence come to the fore in today’s ultra-stylish bridal shoot that places curvy brides in the spotlight.
Set at the beautiful Wortley Hall in Yorkshire, the team behind the shoot wanted to ‘mix things up’ and deliver a dose of fresh and unique wedding day inspo from this picturesque venue – and we think they’ve done just that!
A vivaciously bright colour palette of rich reds and burgundy really pops against the stately home’s regal backdrop, with the most eye-catching of tablescapes, stationery and blooms to match.
The bridal looks are everything. We’re talking sumptuous, princess-like gowns and delicate veils blowing in the breeze. And as the shoot suppliers rightly acknowledge – brides should fall in love with the dress, not the label, as all designers work differently when it comes to sizing gowns.
So, let’s delve into these gorgeous images with shoot organiser and florist Sam, of Fantail Designer Florist, as she shares all the behind the scenes details.
With images by Mark-Tierney Photography
Model: Eve Laverack
Inspiration & theme
Sam says: The inspiration behind the shoot was to use Wortley Hall’s beautiful venue and grounds, and to create a wedding shoot with our curvy brides at the forefront.
We’re seeing lots of beautiful decorative styling at the moment that isn’t quite in keeping with a venue, so I really wanted to capture the ‘look’ of Wortley Hall. Under the guidance of our photographer, Mark Tierney, we wanted to create images that were out of the norm. Anyone can do a shoot at Wortley Hall, but we wanted to mix things up a little. For example, we incorporated a seated snug area within The Foundry Dining Room, which would traditionally be used for the wedding breakfast.
Wortley Hall is picturesque and some of the rooms aren’t always used for weddings. We decided to base part of the shoot in the Sylivia Pankhurst Library where the books created a wonderful backdrop. Using accessories like the typewriter and floral letters, this really added to the book theme and they make great centrepieces on their own.
A bride and groom’s initials aren’t just for light up letters – we chose to incorporate these within various elements of the styling details showcased in the library, with various props for the shoot supplied by Mark at Wild Wedding Days.
Flowers by Fantail included a mixture of classic colours and modern blooms consisting of Anthuriums, waxed raspberries, Hypericum Berry, Eryngium Thistle, gold sprayed Gypsophila, seeded Scabiosa, Phalaenopsis Orchid, Dahlia and Hydrangea.
Fantail’s new range of UK-made products also featured on the tablescape setting. Our natural reed diffusers are developed with a natural vegetable base that’s alcohol and glycol free, combined with high quality fragrances. Meanwhile, candles featured in the shoot fill a room with romantic scents and are also vegan and eco-friendly.
The stationery was a beautiful collection by The Vow Weddings in Sheffield. We chose a range called ‘Hannah’ – a beautiful floral invitation set with a gold glitter band and name label. It comes with an invitation, envelope, RSVP card and wish card. We also used an Instagram photo sign in a rich red and burgundy tone; colours that featured in the shoot throughout the day and wonderfully in keeping with the character of Wortley Hall.
Inspiration for the cake design, created by Ange from The Snowdrop Cakery, was taken from the popular texture trend in the cake world at the moment, with the rough concrete texture looking both modern and elegant. Our colour palette for the day lent itself so well to these beautiful Moroccan style tiles, especially against the greys. Pushing the boundaries of the normal stacked cake style to a deconstructed single cake keeps this design ultra-modern.
As for the outdoor element of the shoot, we dressed our model in a size 22 Nancy dress by White Rose Bridal. This just goes to show that brides-to-be should fall in love with the dress, not the label, as all the designers work so differently when it comes to sizing.
We went for a relaxed hairstyle with soft waves and a side plait. Meanwhile, we chose an autumnal look for the makeup to complement the theme of the shoot.
All the makeup and hair products used by Nicola Whitfield are cruelty-free which is something many brides are keen to support on their big day. Nicky wanted to create a natural but polished look with the makeup and used a soft golden shade on the eyes. She also used a warm claret hue on the lips to match the burgundy tones of the bride’s gorgeous bouquet to finish off the look.
Our model Eve was a gem – she really embraced the day. I think her friendly, bubbly personality really shines through in the images and this is what a shoot should be like. We wanted it to be fun and relaxed. Our main aim was to show curvy bridal fashion within a shoot and hope that ladies take inspiration from these images for their own wedding day.