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'Jewelled Opulence' Styled Shoot

March 25, 2019

It's officially springtime after what has felt like a very long winter here in Somerset. The days are gradually getting longer and the first buds are beginning to pop...
... And yet, I can't stop fantasising about dark, moody opulence...

I just can't get enough of the bold, moody wedding trend flooding Instagram lately. For those of you planning an autumnal or winter wedding in 2019, this trend is set to be huge, with many brides opting for opulent, rich tones and bold, maximal florals. 

 

I simply couldn't wait to try it out myself, experimenting with different colours and textures to stimulate all the senses. My inspiration was founded through various mediums, both musical and visual. I've always been a lover of Lana Del Rey's music with its references to tragic romance and glamour, and it certainly served as the perfect background music whilst planning this design. The regal element to this design was inspired by a vintage, metal crown I bought from a vintage market several years ago. I've never seen another one quite like it. I wanted to create a tablescape fit for a queen - something lavish, royal and extravagant whilst maintaining a contemporary feel. 

I wanted a vibrant mix of colours and chose a palette of black, gold, plum, burgundy, deep red, purple and pops of fuchsia pink. Add some velvet, eccentric florals and lots of gold and you've got yourself a tablescape fit for a queen. I bring you my take on the trend...

 

'Jewelled Opulence'...

The dramatic floral centerpiece was created by the incredibly talented Bramble and Wild, based in Frome. It was the boldness of the florals which led the way for this particular shoot and having been on the receiving end of their work, Bramble and Wild were my first choice when it came to choosing a local florist. The gold vase serves as the perfect contrast against the dark table linens, ensuring the florals really stand out. The floral backdrop was a simple DIY project using satin ribbon. The roses were actually attached to the wall behind the tablescape, whilst creating the illusion of a hanging floral installation above the table.

 I experimented with different table linens, switching between a ruby velvet tablecloth and a black linen table cloth paired with a plum velvet runner. Both looked equally luxurious against the gold tableware.I also switched up the use of stationery and favours, opting for peacock feathers in place of a single rose. The peacock feathers were a last minute addition from local independent florist, Hoi P'loy, Frome. I knew they would be the perfect addition to complete this look. 

In Persian culture, the peacock symbolises protection over royalty, and any Bride-to-be qualifies as a queen in my eyes..! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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