Beautiful Baroque for the Modern Bride

This editorial shoot was created for the modern bride who wants to look and feel like a princess but believes less is more. The bride who is looking for ways to give her wedding a beautiful, impeccable elegance, while keeping things modern and fresh.

The idea for this editorial shoot was based on baroque inspiration. After much research, the brief evolved into a contemporary wedding style inspired by the royal feel of pre-1900, with nods to the opulent baroque era, its fashion, patterns and architecture. Set in the Nelson Rooms of the Trafalgar Tavern, a Greenwich wedding venue from early 1900, this shoot was planned by wedding planner Elisabetta White. My approach was to make the most of the elegant chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows and rich decor details while capturing our modern-day bride in a candid and fresh way.

Luxury wedding florist Paula Rooney and cake designer Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium truly brought the theme to life. Paula created a cascading bouquet and stunning table arrangements introducing flowers and colours with a distinctive spring/summer feel, so as to soften the austere look of era. Elizabeth and Paula also created a dessert table fit for a queen! Elizabeth capitalised on the gold theme by creating intricate cakes and cupcakes with gold detailing, and a bespoke wedding cake recreating the details of one of the two Halfpenny London dresses. With wall decorations becoming more and more popular, we decided to ‘frame’ the dessert table with a gold foliage garland and roses tied to cream and blush ribbons.

The talented Made by Molu created all our stationery and paper installation on the wall. Soumya designed the beautiful invitations and menus in keeping with the elegant and intricate details of baroque but also hand-cut gold place names and table numbers to add a modern and fun twist.

Our wedding table had to capture the theme of beautiful baroque, so Elisabetta worked with a white colour base and accents of gold, blush and black. The Wedgwood plates by Chinacraft, combined to metallic black and rose glasses and gold cutlery, perfectly completed the look without weighing down the table with excessive opulent details.

For our bridal attire, we went for three distinctive looks with the help of makeup artist Ana Ospina Makeup and hairstylist Kasia Fortuna, fashion-forward accessories by Lila, Halo & Co, Gilded Lab, Olivier Laudus and shoes by Freya Rose.

Our first look showcases a dress with petal details from Ian Stuart Bridal Frill Me! collection. For this look Ana and Kasia worked with softer makeup and hair, to allow the dress and accessories to play the leading role. This look is perfect for a young bride who wants to feel and look like a real princess.

For our second and third looks, we used the gorgeous dresses of Halfpenny London. The second look is more for a sassier bride, who quite literally, wants to let her hair down. She experiments with accessories, introducing some black & gold details, and customises her dress with a lace gold belt. As the focus of this gorgeous dress is on the intricate details of the skirt, she can afford to keep her soft curls down to add some movement to the top part and cover her otherwise naked shoulders.

For our third look, we addressed a more mature and elegant bride. Her dress is linear but covers her shoulder with a gold and pearl beaded jacket and a sexy back opening. Ana and Kasia worked with a deep makeup, contrasted by a fresh orange lip colour and a softer hairstyle that puts all the emphasis on that stunning dress and jacket.

I hope you are inspired and enjoy this beautiful Baroque inspired shoot.


This stunning shoot was featured in You & Your Wedding Magazine

The Team

Concept and styling: Elisabetta White

Photography: Fiona Kelly Photography

Flowers: Paula Rooney

Cake designer: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Stationery, paper installation, co-styling: Made by Molu

Makeup: Ana Ospina Make Up

Hair stylist: Kasia Fortuna

Venue: Trafalgar Tavern

Model: Violet Dillon

Dresses: Ian Stuart Bride (look 1) Halfpenny London (looks 2 & 3)

Shoes: Freya Rose

Accessories: Lila, Halo & Co, Gilded Lab, Olivier Laudus

Crockery: Chinacraft

Glasses and cutlery: stylist’s own

Chairs & table linens: Options Hire

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Thanks for popping by,

Fiona x