A whole year ago, Susie and I were squealing in delight as we scrolled down image after image in the gallery of our latest photoshoot. Weeks earlier we'd shot our latest wedding inspiration shoot at Middle Temple Hall, a hidden gem of a venue in London's 'law quarter'.
This grand and gorgeous Elizabethan hall was the ideal backdrop for our botanical styled shoot to see soft florals against strong architecture - the perfect blend of feminine and masculine.
Our inspiration for this shoot was classical botanical, taking influence from historical paintings and fine art - think moody still life fruit and flowers with a modern twist.
We knew botanical and foliage was going to be big this year, especially fern, so we wanted to create a look that really had botanics at it's heart. Instead of going down a light and airy floral route, we tried to go for something a little darker, a little more sultry.
Foliage was literally trailing through every part of this shoot to bring together all the botanical details. From the table runner to the bride’s hairpiece, we mixed fruit and florals to create a look that could have been in a painting itself. The dark colours of the backdrop were echoed through the tablescape and even the bridal look, but always teaming them with more feminine elements like soft fabrics and delicate blooms to achieve the right visual balance and heighten the sense of drama.
We paired moody hues of plum, burgundy and lush green with lighter, feminine colours like blush to create a really truly dynamic look. Hints of antique silver with soft candlelight were just perfect for the tone of the shoot.
Most of all we wanted to show that even in a venue as prestigious and grand as Middle Temple Hall - not at all a blank canvas with its ready-made luxurious decor - that formal doesn't have to be boring. Embrace dark colours, yes, but apply a sense of looseness, warmth and sensuality with it to a venue that could appear to be to an outsider to be stiff. Your wedding style choices don't need to be dictated by the wood panelling and oil pantings!
Planning and Styling - Revelry Events
Photography - Xander and Thea
Flowers - Mary Jane Vaughan
Cake - Olofson Design
Hair and Make Up - Hair and Make Up Atelier
Stationery - Judy Broad Calligraphy
Dresses - Joanna Penneycard
Venue - Middle Temple Hall
Chairs, linens, tableware - Options Hire