Victorian Dolls House: Styled Wedding Inspiration
Morning morning ladies, it’s Tuuuuuesday and I’m feeling very bright and breezy ~ even after last nights word press dramas, yes, I managed to bring the site down with all my tom foolery! Note to self. Do not mess with the settings in WP when you don’t know what you’re doing… And talking about tom foolery… Victorian Dolls House: Styled Wedding Inspiration
When David from Modern Vintage Weddings contacted me to ask if I wanted to feature his delightfully enchanting styled wedding inspiration, I jumped at the chance. There are so many things to love and feel inspired by, I adore the colour palette of dusky pinks and powdery blues and the nostalgic feeling this shoot evokes in me of playing dress up as a child and dreaming of my wedding day…
Over to David who shares his inspiration behind all the prettiness and the stellar group of collaborators who brought his enchanted victorian doll house vision to life!
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Inspired by a trip to see Queen Mary’s Dollhouse at Windsor Castle as a child, I have wanted to do a styled bridal inspiration shoot along the lines of a dolls house for a while now, the idea being that a child has put together a vintage wedding reception in an old dolls house, perhaps looking for inspiration for their own wedding in the future. This styled shoot’s colour scheme was inspired directly from the most popular colours of the era- light pinks and blues.
I approached Liz Inigo Jones from Blue Sky Flowers, an expert florist whose attention to detail and creativity was perfect for this styled shoot. Taking her inspiration directly from the Victorian period’s traditional wedding arrangements, Liz kept with the overall colour palette of palest baby pink, slightly darker dusky pink and touches of powder blue.
The results were the most beautiful and delicate arrangements which lifted the whole tone of the shoot. Liz used pale pink Lydia spray roses, anemones, lilac, bluebells, fragrant herbs (a big Victorian thing), antique pink carnations, a little lavender and some classic orange blossom to create a gorgeous bridal bouquet. Liz, who was assisted by the lovely Sarah on the day, completed the tablescape with some individual cut glass vases of freesia, dahlia, carnations and wax flower, to co-ordinate with the bouquet.
International hair and make up artist Gemma Sutton’s top tips on how to do your own doll look makeup.
All about the dolls eyes: Apply a thin line of black eyeliner on your models upper lash line. The closer to your lashes the better. Do not put any eyeliner to the side of your eyes, and try to avoid adding eyeliner near the inside corner of your eye. In the inside corner add some white eyeliner mixed with a white eyeshade to soften that has some slight shimmer in it. The white should go on the inside corner, and go underneath your eye to where the colour in your models eye begins when you stare straight at her.
With the black liquid eyeliner, draw another thin line of eyeliner, but this time on the bottom lashes. Allow the line to go all the way until it meets with the white eyeliner. If you’re using liquid, let it dry before continuing. Add layers to the top and bottom of the black liner, the more lashers the better. Add a pick or light red to the cheeks, using a cream plush with a shimmer power on top. With the lips apply a medium to dark red/purple colour, downward in a straight line in the center of your lips. Then repeat drawing a line of the left side, and then again on the right. Your lips should look like you are pouting and the colour should only be in the middle.
The stationery, hand- crafted perfectly by I Am Nat, was inspired by hand coloured Victorian postcards. Powder blue and baby pink dominated the period and Nat cleverly combined collaged images with these colours.
When thinking of statement wedding cakes, there is one person who springs to mind immediately, Rosalind Miller. Rosalind cakes are finished to the most exactly of standards, delicate icing completing decadent designs.
The short wedding dress ‘Reubens’ was supplied by the amazing Isle of Wight based designers Forget Me Not Designs. This dress, like their whole range, is designed and handmade in the UK by the lovely ladies Katrina and Gerry. I choose a shorter, simple yet strong shape to emphasize the model Kathryn’s doll like appearance.
Don’t you just LOVE this?! I think it’s absolutely adorable and I’m so happy to share with you lovelies. As usual, please do leave some love on the blog for this shoot and the incredibly talented bunch of wedding peeps!
Lots of Love,
and remember… keep wanting!!
WEDDING AWESOMENESS CREDITS >>>>>>
Photographer: David at Modern Vintage Weddings
Hair & Make Up and Bridal Headpiece: Gemma Sutton
Floral Design and Styling: Liz at Blue Sky Flowers, assisted by Sarah
Cakes: by Rosalind Miller Cakes
Vintage Crockery and Styling: Miranda at Teaspoon Events
Stationery: I Am Nat
Wedding Dress: Forget Me Not Designs
Venue: Parkstead House
Models Kathryn and Adrian