The dark sense of moodiness in this bridal portrait session from Kristen Parker is incredibly luxurious. With a flavor of old-world, aristocratic elegance, dramatic natural lighting, and some of the most stunning natural vistas (in fact, we’re finding ourselves quite jealous of our English friends right about now), this bride couldn’t have chosen her photo locations any better. We also love to see brides embracing their natural beauty, and the simple makeup choices made here are perfect: a slightly darker eye and natural hair will never go wrong.

More from the designer Amanda Rose:
“There isn’t, arguably, a more magical place in the world than the English countryside of Cornwall, surrounded by the Celtic Sea. At it’s heart, set on the River Tiddy and in the small and historic village town of St Germans, lies the stately home and wedding venue, Port Eliot. The Port Eliot estate, home to the aristocratic Eliot family since the 16th Century, includes 6,000 acres of breathtaking scenery. 

Our shoot inspiration came not only from the estate but from the spirit of the land with its moody autumn fog and endless green pastures. We wanted to capture the contrasts and rawness of the season while staying true to the richness of the landscape’s deep and hushed hues. It was important for the design to reflect a modern, yet genuine wedding of a current bride in a historical setting. So rather than creating a ‘mood board’ to determine the design, we relied on the story that developed through the relationships we formed locally: We were incredibly fortunate to work with a talented local florists, Becca and Marion at The Garden Gate Flower Company, who not only designed our arrangements but provided the florals and foliage grown on Becca’s farm. And then we met Emily, our model and our ‘bride’, who embodied the vulnerability and grace that only an heir to a great estate can. It was as if modern-day Downton Abbey had manifested when Emily wore the Claire Pettibone gown generously provided by the area’s very special boutique, The Bridal House of Cornwall.”

Design and Styling: Oak & Cypress Weddings | Photographer: Kristen Marie Parker | Venue: Port Eliot House and Gardens | Model: Emily Anderson | Dress: Claire Pettibone’s Cheyenne Ivory | Boutique: The Bridal House of Cornwall | Floral: The Garden Gate Flower Company | Floral Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Paper Goods: Michelle Mercado | Linen: La Tavola Linen

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Chloe | Reply

Thoughtful & evocative photography. I spent my childhood summers in Cornwall & they mostly always had a week of that grey mysterious mist. Quintessentially English.

Sarah Chancey | Reply

I love how moody and romantic this piece is! Fabulous design work!

Zookbinders Wedding Albums | Reply

Amazing photos! That dress is just magical!

Callie Manion | Reply

This location is surreal! And such moving images!

Meredith Cherniack | Reply

Wow, Kristen this is a breathtaking shoot. I feel completely transported back in time. And that dress is exquisite. This is so inspiring, thank you!

Patryk Stanisz Photography | Reply

Wow! Very climatic photos! Great work!

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