The shoot took place at one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and one of the most famous in the world. The Bodleian Libraries contains some of the most stunning and inspiring architectural features and it was important that our chosen décor enhanced this. Upon entering the Divinity School, you are welcomed with the warm stone ornate walls surrounding the Old Schools Quadrangle, with their intricate detail lit up by the beaming natural sunlight. Our chosen models, Toby and Hope danced away in the stunning Convocation House, which is an ideal setting for a traditional wedding ceremony. The wooden tiered seating arranged around the room creates a chapel-like setting, with excellent natural acoustics.
The overall design is fine art lead, keeping the whole wedding aesthetic luxurious and modern, yet charming, happy and exciting. I used soft, muted organic fabrics and elegant props with vintage touches in our chosen tableware elements. Velvet, textured ribbons adorned the sweet name cards designed by Lulabee, I especially loved that she had hand brushed the edges of the paper in flecks of gold. Wonderful Spring and early Summer flowers like delicate Clematis, Tulips, a selection of Roses, Lavender and Sweet Pea, perfectly complimenting the table setting and the stunning gowns too.
Our first bride’s gown by Charlie Brear was understated, yet an elegant fit that teamed beautifully with Hope’s natural makeup and tousled hair. Our second choice, by Jesus Peiro Metropolis collection, had such a delightful, flowy and romantic feel and featured playful sleeve details and a flattering deep back with a low lace panel. Both gowns were provided by Ellie Sanderson boutique, a hand-picked, Luxe Bride retailer. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE the long, soft purple veil that we decided to add to the shoot to create a little impact, hand dyed by Ellie herself!
For the Modern Groom, we wanted a suit that would reflect Toby’s personality and work with the style and theme of the day. The mid-grey wool suit from Clements and Church worked perfectly with our chic city feel.