styled shoot: opulent glamour at Fetcham Park
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been so lucky to have a number of my styled shoots featured in some of my favourite magazines and wedding blogs! Today, I’m really excited to share an opulent shoot that was featured a couple of weeks ago on the gorgeous Whimsical Wonderland Weddings blog.
Back in January, on one bitterly cold morning, I arrived at the grand and impressive Fetcham Park House with a team of eager wedding professionals, for a highly stylized bridal shoot captured by the talented Fiona Kelly. The shoot was bourne from a spontaneous twitter conversation, and months of meticulous planning, research and sharing of ideas on Pinterest!
Using the opulent interior of Fetcham Park House, with its stunning features and dramatic lighting, this look is all about over the top glamour and decadence. Taking inspiration from the grandeur of masquerade balls and the Marie Antoinette era, the ‘Geisha’s Swan Lake Dress’ from The State of Grace Bridal provides all the necessary drama with its huge rosette and feathered skirt and embroidered corset top. Big hair, by hair stylist Hayley King and flawless makeup with smokey eyes and strong brows by makeup artist Ana Ospina Ruiz give our model bride, Lucy, plenty of attitude. The look is completed with a selection of accessories from Victoria Mary Vintage, a statement feathered and sequinned headband working seamlessly with the dress. These images on the staircase are some of our favourites from the day, the dramatic lighting giving the images a painterly quality, our model almost blending into her surroundings.
In the stunning Salon, I styled a reception table for an intimate, yet glamorous gathering. A striking black iced wedding cake provides the main feature, embellished with edible, jewel-like brooches and iced white lace, by Tempting Cake. The opulence continues with crystal-strung candelabra’s adorned with a lavish floral display of natural white blooms to the centre of the table, by Fairynuff Flowers, and diamanté encrusted vases and votives carrying elegant white blooms lower down, contrasting against the decadent black lace table cloth. The lace motif continues in the unusual black stationery design by Beyond Beyond, displayed under scattered crystal adding another touch of reflection and sparkle.
To recreate this look for your own wedding, I used a few simple DIY details. The black lace votives were made using simple glass votives from Ikea, embellished with a wide strip of black lace from my local haberdashery and secured with double-sided tape for a clean finish. Once filled with a glowing candle, they make such a pretty addition to the table. I also added a touch of sparkle to otherwise plain wine glasses, frosting the rim with a mixture of sugar and non-toxic silver glitter (from any good baking shop) stuck with a sugar-water solution.
A huge thank you to all the suppliers who were involved in this shoot! Their combined talent and creativity produced a stunning result, I hope you’ll agree!
Photographer: Fiona Kelly // Venue: Parallel Venues, Fetcham Park House // Stylist: b.loved Weddings // Florist – Fairynuff Flowers // Dress:The State of Grace Bridal // Bridal Accessories: Victoria Mary Vintage // Makeup Artist: Makeup by Ana // Hair Stylist: Hayley King // Props: Lavenders of London & stylists own // Cake: Tempting Cake // Stationery: Beyond Beyond // Model: Lucy Evangelista