Absolutely Stunning Art Nouveau | Mackintosh Styled Bridal Shoot

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Art Nouveau period, so when this utterly gorgeous bridal shoot dropped in my inbox I couldn’t wait to share with you. The styling is to die for, I just love everything about it… from the stunning florals to the magnificent Mackintosh inspired cake, to the super pretty stationery and all this beauty was wonderfully captured by the fab Plenty To Declare. Well done to everyone involved, this is such an inspirational shoot!

Words by Petra

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This Wedding styled shoot was inspired by the love story between Charles and Margaret, an apprentice architect and an art student from Glasgow,  whose backgrounds were vastly different. Margaret’s family could afford giving her a good education while Charles came from a working class family. 

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Charles chose Margaret instead of marrying a girl that would have secured his place in wealthy Glasgow society where he would have been a made man. His social reputation was shattered but in Margaret he gained an inspirational partner. 

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Together they created futuristic designs and their work proved to be one of the greatest partnerships in art and design history. Their love also proved to be strong and they supported each other until the very end. 

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In a last letter to Margaret, Charles wrote: “You must remember that in all my architectural efforts you have been half if not three-quarters of them”. What a beautiful endless love story.

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As with the contrasts in Margaret and Charles’ designs we made use of the effects of light and shade in the beautiful venue, Malmaison Oxford, which provided the perfect interior for our Mackintosh theme. Stunning visual effects are created by the architecture of this venue. The contrast between the strong geometric forms and the softness of the flower arrangements and wedding dress created an enchanting effect. A light elegant and sophisticated atmosphere was created with an almost dreamlike feel.

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Warm pinks were used in the sensational flower arrangements and how fitting, that the “garden rose romantic Antique” was the choice of rose to provide the softness and elegance.

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The pink blush on the berries, the different textures and contrasts all work together to make the flower arrangements and the bouquet unique and fascinating. The closed rose is a symbol of “what is to come” and reinforces the idea of the wedding celebration as being the beginning of something new.

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Grace and elegance exudes from this Guirlande wedding dress by Cymbeline. The natural light accentuates the beautiful lines and delicate lace. The subtle make-up and vintage hair style becomes a beautiful partnership in softening the whole look. The black tailcoat suit and the white bow-tie takes the groom into the 1920’s style with sophistication.

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Matching the colours of the theme, the stationary is exceptional and unique. It is not only an invitation to the wedding celebration but a glimpse of what the day would entail. Vintage tea sets  glassware and an unconventional champagne tower is an innovative way of making a wedding day uniquely yours.

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The exquisite wedding cake design with stained glass effect on the second tier combines all the elements of our Mackintosh theme. It reiterates the geometric designs so typical of Charles’ designs, and the softer feminine, floral-inspired decorative motives of Margaret’s art. The sugar lace effect on the top tier and the berries, stringed in grass symbolises a collaboration of shape form and textures.

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Do leave the collaborators some love and let them know how inspired this shoot makes you feel :)
 
wedding suppliers/service providers | photography: plenty to declare photography | suit: stephen bishop suiting | dress: windsor and eton brides florist: martyn crossley | makeup artist: sheila makeup artist | crockery: prim and proper vintage hire | wedding cakes: poshpud | tailor made stationery: noble hound | venue: malmaison hotel | wedding design: petra opperman weddings
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