styled shoot: elegant gold winter wedding inspiration
Christmas and New Year Celebrations may be well and truly over, but the crisp chill of winter, the bare branches and stripped back beauty of nature, and pure white snow is still with us, for a few more weeks at least. While most of you, I’m sure, are planning summer weddings, off-season celebrations are becoming increasingly popular. And if you love winter, why not? It’s just another touch of personality you can bring to your day.
While winter wonderland weddings will always be totally beautiful, last year I wanted to style some wintery inspiration that was just a little different. Gold is not a colour that is hugely popular in the wedding world right now, but I think we’re going to see more of it in 2013 as more pared-back schemes become popular. Touches of gold add a gorgeous, warm and cosy glow that is perfect for an elegant and intimate winter wedding. I called upon some of my top wedding friends to create a scheme using a simple palette of white, cream and gold, and introduced ruffles and layered textures, to add a soft, feminine touch.
The table setting was given colour using gilded edge crockery and gold glassware, all set off against crisp white linen. Each place was set with laser cut place cards provided by Intricate Creations, napkin rings and favour boxes adding colour and texture, and finished with a gold-sprayed pinecones for a modern-luxe look.
I added height along the table by elevating the displays by Senses Floral, placing larger arrangements of lush avalanche roses, festive amaryllis and gold sprayed twigs on white cake stands, and romantic domes of spray roses and baby’s breath displayed in glass bell jars. Smaller arrangements were scattered along the table in mecury glass votives to add an extra metallic touch. Gold and white pompoms add a modern twist!
To match the ruffles and volume of the table, our model bride, Bea, wears ‘Tuesday’ from Madeleine Isaac James, a real princess dress with a gorgeous (and massive!) A-line skirt and delicate bodice with a sweetheart neckline. To show this off Gemma styled Bea’s hair in a classic updo with a a modern twist, and we accessorised using bespoke gold head-pieces and jewellery from Victoria Millésime and Trudie Arnold.
Tempting Cake embraced the trend for individual cakes, providing a trio of cakes adorned in stunning gold corsages, each with it’s own personality and filling! A ribbon garland using organza, lace and ric-rac provided the perfect backdrop in an otherwise neutral reception space, adding just the right amount of shimmer.
We added a final warming touch to the day with a hot chocolate bar (see my DIY post here) and wishing tree adorned with cross-stitch reindeer and snowflake cookies for a final tempting treat!
Previously printed in You & Your Wedding Magazine, I’m thrilled this shoot is also be featured on beautiful South African wedding blog SouthBound Bride this afternoon! To see what Gaby has to say, a sneaky special offer, an all the info on how to recreate the look for your own day click here
Photography: Liesl Cheney Photography // Styling: b.loved // Venue: Stoke Place // Flowers: Senses Floral // Dress: Madeleine Isaac James // Hair & Makeup: Gemma Sutton // Stationery: Intricate Creations // Cakes: Tempting Cake // Accessories: Victoria Millésime and Trudie Arnold // Model: Bea Piekarska // Embroidery Hoop: House of Lindiwe