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One of my favourite colour palettes for weddings is blush, powdery pinks and golds. The opulence and the softness of these shades together is trés romantic, and flatters so many tones and colourings. This styled shoot brings you the inspiration for a Pre-Raphaelite wedding day, with so much to pin to your planning boards. It’s just pure elegance with touches of the offbeat, particularly in that wonderful use of gold leaf in the make-up…






The Story of the Shoot by Gwenda

“The Pre-Raphaelites were always one of my great art historical obsessions, so it was only a matter of time before I pulled together a styled shoot with this genre as inspiration. Kelly from The Knowle Country House kindly let us use this lovely Victorian house and gardens as our venue, and our photographer, Maria, captured it all perfectly.

“With the working title of ‘Gilding the Lily’ also came an emphasis on luxury fabrics and accessories. The romantic theme and opulent colour scheme were the perfect backdrop for Karen’s ‘Greta’ bias-cut gown: a body-hugging waterfall of satin, with beaded lace trims at the shoulder and base of the spine, and a very daring low back with a front cowl drape, finishing with a puddle of satin. She also created a new veil in a honey-coloured tulle, with silky satin flowers at the temples for the continuation of the romance. The ‘Jakarta’ gown by Ian Stuart is the epitome of decadence in golden taffeta, richly beaded lace, and a fully beaded floor-length belt.

“Using soft shades and shimmering highlights, Mel created a radiant make-up look, accented with real gold leaf. Amanda drew inspiration from the long-haired models of the Pre-Raphaelite artists, and fashioned flowing locks of gently tamed curls. The finishing touches were added with Caroline’s exquisite vintage jewellery and Myriam’s beautiful and unique millinery.

“Sas designed some William Morris-inspired stationery for us, and Kimberly made a cake of refined elegance, accented with touches of gold and gilded foliage. In keeping with the theme, I used oriental lilies and alstroemeria (a.k.a. Peruvian lilies) alongside gilded leatherleaf and trailing asparagus fern, for a look that combined strength with something of an ethereal quality, in reflection of all the very best Pre-Raphaelite muses.”


Photography – Maria de Faci Photography

Flowers – Gwenda Jeffs from The Vintage Floral Design Co.

Venue – The Knowle Country House, Kent

Veils and silk wedding dress – Karen Dornellie

Beaded wedding dress – Ian Stuart Bride

MUA – Mel Kinsman

Hair – Amanda White

Headpieces – La dame au béret 

Jewellery and bridesmaid’s hair accessories – Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Jewellery

Cake – Bliss Bespoke

Stationery – Candelabra

Models: Gwenda & Nadia