Subtle Sophistication at The Maynard

This thoughtfully curated shoot perfects the art of subtle sophistication at The Maynard and features one of our favourite dress makers Nora Eve Bridal. Ideal for couples who have an eye for detail with a desire for overall elegance, this glamorous editorial shoot by EKR Pictures is the perfect combination of vintage luxury and contemporary charm.  

The couple wanted a relaxed romantic wedding style and The Maynard, Grindleford, nestled in the calming countryside, offered the ideal backdrop to deliver this vision. 

The artfully designed interiors of The Maynard provided an elegant, luxe and romantic ambience. Elaborate ceiling and antique wall-mounted chandeliers decorated the hall. Intricately sculpted carvings with exotic gold detailing provided grandeur while rich velour drapes and tall plain windows created stature and simplicity. 

Laura Hillman, the event planner, focused on small touches to create a tasteful and timeless style.  

The Style and Colour Palette

Perfect Day Stylist chose a delicate pink as the primary colour for the day. Shades of blush pink and dusty greens with contemporary neutral tones were present throughout the design and other key elements like florals, tableware, linen, stationary brought the whole look together creating a soft, romantic vibe.

Powder pink fabrics, delicately tied with pretty pink bows, covered the ceremony chairs. This was paired with self-embossed detailing on the light wood and nude toned cushions to lend a elegant simplicity to the venue.  

The Floral Design

Silver Sixpence Florist created a delicate and graceful arrangement with lots of greens for a tumbling effect. The café au lait dahlia was the showstopper and a nod to the couple’s eye for subtle luxury.

Flowing florals in pink and peach pastels added freshness to decor. The tablescape was uncrowded and crisp, combining white and pink flowers. Sleek candle sticks on pink gold stands, exquisite vases, crystal cut glasses, and personalised menus added a touch of modern luxe.

White Cottage Weddings created exemplary menus on high quality textured paper with floral graphics that were perfectly in sync with the floral arrangements. We loved the attention to detail in the embossed invites and the envelopes lined with a complementing floral print. 

Key Details 

Claire Taylor Cake Design baked a beautiful three-tier cake in a spectrum of pink, orange and red that supplemented the principal colour palette. The cake undeniably acted as a centrepiece, garnished with flawless frosting, fresh flowers and organza ribbons. 

A bespoke, standalone art deco ceremony backdrop with dusty pink florals provided the perfect setting for the couple’s portrait shoot (and guests to take their own pictures). 

Last but not the least, the couple’s outfits fit the theme perfectly. Nora Eve Bridal supplied a flowy white bridal gown with off-the-shoulder frill sleeves in soft organza and intricate sequins embroidery. The gown’s fine floral patterns paired with classic pearl drop earrings by Keishi Jewellery. Master Debonair made a unique stone-brown suit with grey and beige that complemented the bride’s dress and overall theme. 

Key Tips

  1. Less is more. To create a subtle luxurious style, pay attention to details and select subtle elements that highlight the theme. 
  2. A simple elegant theme can easily be turned up or down, depending on how elaborate couples want like to go. Decor such as gold or vintage detailing can add some wow factor to this look. 
  3. If you have a main colour in mind, select neutral colours to complement the abundance of one colour (e.g. soft pink in this case).  


Event Planner: Laura Hillman | Stylist: Perfect Day Stylist | Venue: The Maynard | Florist: Silver Sixpence Florist | Cake Designer: Claire Taylor Cake Design | Photographer: EKR Pictures | Videographer: Keely Films | Hair Stylist:  Max it up Hair and Beauty | Bridal Boutique: Nora Eve Bridal | Makeup Artist: Sig Makeup | Jewellery: Keishi Jewellery | Hair Accessories: Kathleen Carey Bridal | Groomswear: Master Debonair | Stationery & Signage: White Cottage Weddings | Model Agency: DK Models