I cannot resist Marie Antoinette. Her style, at least. And this shoot pulls it off to perfection! The decadence and the splendour, which are not at the expense of being achievable, and the grandeur of the venue come together to create a beautiful Marie daydream. There is so much you could take from this shoot for your own wedding day, and the Pantone colours of Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue aren’t too overpowering here, so your wedding wouldn’t look dated or obviously tied to this time. It is really cleverly done.
What’s also cleverly done is how the punky vibe of Marie is reflected in the outfit with the waistcoat by Jan Knibbs – a very Gwen Stefani look, and one that has stolen my heart, along with that floral train!! – and alongside it is a more classic guise of the teen queen in the Ashton Rose Bridal Centre gowns, so there is inspiration for everyone, whether alternative or traditional. Which Marie are you?
The Story of the Shoot by Ellis of Aisle Hire It
“We styled this year’s Aisle Hire It Limited shoot around the Pantone colours of 2016 (serenity and rose quartz), creating a soft, feminine, opulent and romantic vibe, whilst injecting plenty of quirky elements of Marie Antoinette and the French Renaissance with an eclectic and unique style. Lots of cherry blossom, soft pink, eggshell blue, gold and unexpected alternative touches. There was a wonderfully heavy focus on couture fashion (from local, award-winning Jan Knibbs), in addition to decadent florals, beautifully hand finished cakes and styling.
“We have a genuine love of history, and have wanted to style a Marie Antoinette bridal shoot for years. With the increase in luxury and opulently styled weddings that were coming to us as a prop hire and venue styling company, we knew it was time to get out there and create something truly breathtaking!
“The 2016 Pantone colours were the perfect palette to complement this Marie Antoinette theme, and we ensured that the gentle pastel colours were used carefully throughout the shoot, with the occasional injection of bolder colours and gold to give the styling depth.
“From the beautiful bridal bouquet that was adorned with pink feathers and pearl necklaces, to the intricately hand finished Marie Antoinette wedding cake that took pride of place on our vintage quaint dressing table, every element of the shoot was carefully planned.
“Whilst we injected plenty of period features and detailing, such as the glorious interior of Homme House, the wonderful horse Azgard, the masculine military jacket, and the ‘M’ wax seal on the napkin designs, we ensured that we still created a soft, airy feel to the opulence, giving the modern day engaged couple plenty to relate to – such as the giant gold glitter scroll ‘LOVE’ illuminated letters.
“Fashion, bridal accessories, beautiful make-up and hair were clearly a key part of this inspiration shoot. Beautiful rosy cheeks and gorgeous piles of curls made model Jessica shine. In relation to the fashion, we used a combination of couture dresses and accessories and a modern day tulle gown in order to create truly unique styles.
“Everything from the regal invitation designs and delicate little miniature cakes, to the decadent Versailles sofa and glassware oozed style, opulence and grandeur, but again in a light, airy way.
“We created a truly breathtaking wedding aisle with sumptuous ruffle tie-backs and delicately placed roses to decorate, eight 6ft tall blossom trees, evenly spaced, and rose petals in a complementary colour to ensure clean lines.
“We had an absolute ball working on this delightful shoot – it was truly epic! From the carefully styled dessert table, to the various bridal wear and fashion styles – it was certainly unique in every way possible!
“And we are pleased to announce that we also raised £100 for St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford. Homme House kindly allowed us the use of their truly beautiful venue in exchange for donations. Suppliers generously gave a set amount, and we reached the £100 mark!”
Organiser and one props supplier – Aisle Hire It
Venue – Homme House
Photographer – Marta May Photography
Prop hire – Cotswolds Vintage Party Hire
Couture Fashion – Jan Knibbs (something old…something new)
Bridal – Ashton Rose Bridal Centre
Groomswear – Bill Child Formal Wear
Bride model – Jessica Jones
Groom model – Josh Haverley
Hair – Bridal Beauty Wedding Hair
Venue décor – BStyled
Flowers – Bamboo The Flower Gallery
Cakes – Little Black Cat
Azgard the horse – The Cavalry of Heroes – Horses and Carriages for Weddings
Stationery – BlueBird Wedding Stationery
Chivari chairs – Harrison Marquees
Linen – Special Occasions Linen