A fairy tale wedding shoot in a Welsh castle

13 Dec 2021

Inspired by the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, a dramatic Welsh castle set the scene for this enchanting wedding shoot

Maya Jasinska of Loxus Hair and Makeup shares the magic behind this fairy tale wedding shoot in Wales. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The inspiration came from the well known Beauty and the Beast classic fairy tale. Set in a magical, mystical castle hidden in the middle of our spectacular Wales, the castle offers privacy and seclusion away from the hustle and bustle with extraordinary and breath-taking views.

With a Welsh focus, we called upon local suppliers to make this shoot possible and the results were astonishing. 

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Tell us a little bit about the venue and why it was chosen

St Donats Castle near Cardiff was the perfect spot. With its magical interior and spectacular exterior, the castle offers a luxurious setting where every girl can become a princess and every dream can come true.

As the night draws in, a dusky and starry sky adds further magic, bringing life to the pampas, roses, glassware, candlesticks and cutlery, which dance together with joy.

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

We kept it delicate and ethereal in soft pastel shades. Cappuccino roses, seeded eucalyptus, apricot gypsophila, fine peach pampas and bunny tails were used for the peach bouquet, while heather, eucalyptus, gypsophila, pods and teasels comprised the pink arrangement. 

A matching headpiece in peach and cream with soft dried grasses, mini pampas and strings of pearl completed the bride's look. 

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What kind of look did you want to achieve with the hair and make-up for the bridess?

I wanted to create two looks: one being soft, bohemian, fresh and flirty; and the second being sophisticated, glamorous, luxurious and enchanting – much like the story of the Beauty and the Beast.

For Belle, I created beautiful boho, natural waves touched by ocean and dried by wind. These super natural waves enhance fresh, dewy make-up, which was achieved with Charlotte Tilbury, Inglot Elemis and Caudalie products. 

For Kelly, I have created classical yet timeless Hollywood waves, complemented by glamorous smoky eyes and red lips, and finished with sun-kissed blusher.

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What was the thinking behind the décor for the shoot? How did you tie it all together?

St Donat's Bradenstoke Hall is a beautiful and inspirational venue for a shoot and we wanted the table design to complement the neutrality of the soft stone coloured walls and the classical beauty of the venue.

Taking inspiration from Jan Lima Flowers' soft colour palette of pink, apricot, natural grasses and pampas, we used soft pink as the main colour for the table design. Gold pieces created a modern design with classical elements.

The pink chiffon table runner, laid in folds, is more relaxed and the tied napkins make the design feel less formal. Gold rim chargers, glassware and cutlery were illuminated by taper candlesticks and tea lights to create magical lighting and atmosphere.

A spacious table design gave us the freedom to choose a chair dressing that would create impact and drama, finishing the tablescape with a popular weave pattern.

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What kind of accessories were used to create these looks and why?

The beautiful gardens of St Donat's Castle on a starry night influenced the hand-crafted hair pieces by India Grace, with celestial elements and plenty of sparkle. 

Asteria, Nashira and Maya were the three hair pieces used in this shoot. 

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Get the look:

Venue: St Donat’s Castle
Photography: Photo-Graphics Photography and Art Design
Shoot co-ordinator: Snapp Production
Dress: Eva Ashley Bridal Limited
Groomswear: Dyfed Menswear
Hair accessories: India Grace
Hair and make-up: Loxus Hair & Make-up
Flowers: Jan Lima Flowers
Venue styling: Simply Bows and Chair Covers
Table décor hire: The Luxe Touch
Models: Belle RoseKelly Deeben, Thomas Greenhaf 

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