Pretty and soft meets strong and tough in today’s Marie Antoinette and Botticelli inspired shoot, perfectly set to contrast against the pared-back, industrial modern backdrop of The Venue in Halifax.
We love this Renaissance-esque shoot, wild with textures and colours, and making one hell of a statement. There’s a dreamy air to the styling; an abundance of florals in girly bright pinks and hushed, blush tones, with draped fabrics contrasted with brass props and tableware, and rough, exposed brickwork.
Klaudia at Out Of The Bloom, a Leeds based florist, came up with the indulgent and inspirational concept so we’ve caught up with her to find out the all important hows, whats and whys, just for you. You’re welcome babes.
With images by The Burtons Photography
Klaudia says: The inspiration for the shoot came from two places; one of my favourite paintings The Birth of Venus by Botticelli; and Sofia Coppolla’s film Marie Antoinette, about the indulgent lifestyle of the Queen of France.
I’d been following The Venue in Halifax on social media for a while and I had always hoped to do a project with them. I wanted to shoot somewhere rustic but also timeless, and The Venue was the perfect fit. The space has an industrial feel with exposed brickwork, wooden floors, high ceilings and windows allowing the perfect amount of light into the space. It’s a former textile mill surrounded by woodland and an enchanting lake where couples can have pictures taken.
One of the reasons this venue was chosen for our shoot was because it’s a blank canvas and you can create anything you like within the ceremony space. This was ideal for the shoot as we wanted it to be minimalistic so the stylist would have free rein in creating something magical.
I invited suppliers whose work I really admire to do this project with me, and was able to fully trust them with the choice of accessories. They referred to a mood board full of pastel shades and golden accents. We were hoping to showcase to brides that you can bring colour back into your wedding without being afraid.
I wanted the flowers to look very abundant and rich, to bring out the Rococo spirit. Our flower choice was based on a Rococo colour scheme too – pastel shades of blue, pink and yellow. We used butterscotch and avalanche roses as our leading florals complimented by floating butterfly ranunculus and hellebores for lightness and texture. A touch of blue came from gorgeous hydrangeas and a pop of coral tones in the Ranunculus Fragolino brings everything to life. The mixture of asparagus foliage and gypsophila makes the arrangements look light and airy.
Styling and props was taken care of by Georgina Eldridge at two.eight.one. She kept the tablescape colour palette fairly neutral, using a base of soft pinks and creams to create a backdrop for the beautiful wild floral arrangements. The muslin and linen materials added a softness to the scheme, paired with brass candlesticks and bud vases to add a touch of luxe. The baby blue Ester & Erik taper candles were pivotal to the table design and we loved how they added a vibrant pop of colour.
The stationary was created to be a similar shade, which tied everything together really well. Finally, Georgina added a selection of clam shells and shell pieces to create some additional texture to the table, creating dreamy, ethereal vibes.
We used an Anderson dress, as well as a Lyla top and Rai skirt, all by Willowby By Watters. Both dresses are very bold, yet delicate and feminine which ties perfectly with the Marie Antoinette theme where power meets fragility.
The same rules applied to our choice of hair and make up, where we have angelic blonde waves and the strong rock-n-roll eye. It’s definitely a confident look for a bride who loves to be both the sweet girl and the strong woman, because who said we need to be one or the other?
The shoot was fantastic and a lot of fun. It was the first time we had all worked together and everyone did an amazing job. We wanted to create a look for the modern bride and show off some styling ideas that we find inspiring. We wanted to show how a more colourful theme can still be beautiful, classy and timeless; and we really think these photos achieved that.