Venetian Opulence in Devil’s Dyke
This rural elopement styled shoot took its inspiration from Venetian splendour and transported it to Devil’s Dyke, a stunning National Trust spot in Brighton, England. This sophisticated pairing gave the whole occasion an enchanted, mystical feel—a vibe that seemed to take on the whole idea of an elopement, and really utilise it as an influence for the occasion’s aesthetic.
We are simply in awe of the luxe elopement of this stylish, loved-up couple. It’s near impossible to stop yourself from admiring the drama achieved in this décor. Who knew elopements could be so sumptuous?
The decorative details the couple chose made for plenty of intriguing, creative fusions.
A great example of this is the location. The dramatic expanse of Devil’s Dyke would typically be combined with a hippie boho vibe. Instead, this was a ceremony simply dripping with opulence.
Every element of the day was done luxuriously—from the cascading florals that adorned the tree where the couple said their vows, to the elegant dusty pink chiffon that draped and framed the florals. The main emphasis of this style concept was to use a bold variety of colours and textures in order to ignite all of the onlookers’ senses.
The bride’s outfit was equally resplendent. The veil featured delicate, hand-stitched, floral embroidery, and she wore diamond leaf drop earrings.
Being playful with colour was a key way the planners achieved this occasion’s signature look.
They described the process of creating their colour palette as first picking out two main colours, pink and orange. Then, they complemented these selected colours with a number of different tints, tones and shades of those primary colours—coral, fuschia, gold and cream to soften these bold colours, and create a dreamy, luxurious colour combination. This way, they were able to bring in a colourful palette while avoiding any clashing shades.
This palette was then carefully implemented into every single one of the wedding’s elements. These colours were used throughout the stationery, tablecloths, and every little detail, from the ribbon on the bridal bouquet to the shade of the bride’s eyeshadow. This commitment to the colour palette created a seamless, cohesive look.
When it comes to the table setting, the advice from this wedding is to be brave, and play with texture and contrast. For the wedding table, the designers paired luxurious fuchsia velvet fabric with soft, delicate dusty pink chiffon, gracefully draped over the tree branch (which added a lovely whimsical touch).
For the floral design, a significant emphasis was placed on sustainability. This meant that no foam was used in any of the arrangements—chicken wire was used to create the base of the tree installation. This was then filled with three varieties of roses, including Miss Piggy, Black Baccara and Alchemy, alongside a variety of seasonal foliage and berries to create a seasonal and layered look.
We adore the way that The Bloominati Florist created a melting pot of delicious textures and colours in the asymmetrical, loose bridal bouquet. The drama of the deep red Black Baccara roses artfully played against the frilly and feminine apricot lisianthus. It consisted of a riot of fluffy lisianthus, coral and burgundy roses, berries, caramel carnations, striking anthuriums and a lush, seasonal mixture of foliage. To finish, the bouquet handle was wrapped with a gold crushed velvet ribbon.
- Speak to your florist about how installations can be created in a sustainable way.
- When it comes to your table and the use of decorative draping, brave and play with texture and contrast.
- Think about how colour will link throughout your styling—this will ensure a seamless, cohesive look on the day.
Planner, Florist, Stylist: The Bloominati Florist // Cake Designer: Sparkles & Swirls // Photographer: Photography by Paloma // Hair and Makeup: Nadia Wyatt Hair & Make Up // Videography: Nina Emily Photo + Film // Stationery: Inked by Hand // Veil: Rebecca Anne Designs // Bridal Wear: Chameleon Bride // Stylist and Props: CLB Weddings & Events // Ribbons: Northern Hands // Bridal Robe: Georgina Keeley // Garter: Nottingham Lace & Garter Company // Jewellery: Starbox Designs // Models: Meera and Ben