This elegant and sophisticated shoot will take you back to the Regency era
Planner and stylist Lily Jones tells us more about this Bridgerton themed wedding shoot in Chatham, North Kent.
What was the inspiration behind the shoot?
“A few months back I watched the Netflix series, Bridgerton, and was inspired by the elaborate costumes, vibrant florals, locations and its message of inclusivity. I knew this was special and it was fuelling a fire to create what would become my first wedding concept piece.
“I pitched my idea to one of the most amazing wedding planners, Lily Jones, who helped me bring the concept to life. The day itself was full of creativity and fun, and my concept would never have happened if it wasn’t for the phenomenal team that brought it together.” – Lauren Jackson of bespoke wedding stationery company Ribbons & Wren.
Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen
We chose the famous historic dockyard in Chatham as not only is the Commissioner’s House the perfect Regency setting, but it was also one of the actual filming locations for the Bridgerton series. As well as using the Commissioner’s House, we also used the ropery and magnificent three slip hanger which was where all the Bridgerton boxing matches were filmed as well as the location of the shipyard in Les Mis.
What did you choose for the flower arrangements?
The flowers by Coco & Bloom were created with a romantic and extravagant feel that was a nod to the grandeur of the Regency era. Much like the Netflix series, wisteria was the main focus of the shoot but we complemented it with roses, scented lilac and vintage and blousy purple and pink garden roses.
What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride?
Felicity Westmacott, our dress designer, created a stunning dress that was very true to the Regency era, which even had period accurate lace-up ‘stays’ (corset) and petticoat. The modern twist that Felicity created was this stunning dip-dyed purple tulle overskirt and train piece that was detachable from the traditional beaded gown so that the bride can have different looks throughout the day. She paired the whole look with a bespoke lilac spencer jacket with hand-appliquéd beaded lace.
Sam at SJB Hair and Makeup took her inspiration from Daphne Bridgerton and created a French braid style which can be worn two ways – half up half down and fully up. Make-up was created with a ‘barely there’ look with a pop of lavender on the eyes and soft pink lips and cheeks.
What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?
The styling for this shoot focused on marrying the classic Regency era with modern elements, much like the Bridgerton series. We used lilac linen from Northfields Linen instead of traditional white to add a splash of colour but paired it with traditional candelabras, flower centrepieces and vintage crockery and cutlery from A Touch of Vintage. For another splash of colour, we added this tinted purple cut glassware, also from A Touch of Vintage. Overall, we wanted to create an elegant feel to the styling to match the elegance of the era.
What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?
Varoshe created beautiful, elegant wedding rings that also had a vintage twist including intricate beading and diamonds. Other accessories included a stunning hand embroidered veil from Tulle & Flo Designs featuring purple wisteria, a vintage hair piece from Vintage Adornments and stunning lace boots from House of Elliot.
Get the look:
Concept and stationery: Ribbons & Wren
Photographer: Kate Hennessy Photography
Venue: The Dockyard
Planner and stylist: Lily Jones Events
Dress: Felicity Westmacott
Shoes: House of Elliot
Veil: Tulle and Flo Veil Designs
Hairpieces: Vintage Adornments
Hair and make-up: SJB Hair & Makeup
Flowers: Coco & Bloom
Cake and favours: All Shapes & Slices Cake Co
Crockery and glassware: A Touch of Vintage
Linen: Northfields Linen
Musician: Gwenllian Llyr, Gwenllian’s dress is from Matchimony
Videographer: Luke Batchelor Productions
Models: Amie Hampsheir-gill and Kaii Munroe
Shoot assistant: Shannon Hunt