A glamorous and gothic wedding shoot

06 Dec 2016

Estelle Keeber of Love Photography 13 discusses the details of this alternative bridal shoot in Leicestershire

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What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

We wanted the shoot to be alternative; something a little different to your white wedding. Both our bride and groom have tattoos and piercings and so felt that they embody the alternative theme themselves. We wanted to show how you can be a beautiful bride no matter what your theme.



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

Ladywood Estate is a gorgeous venue nestled in the heart of Leicestershire. It boasts a boat yard and stunning grounds. They also have a gorgeous 400 seat orangery should the weather not be so kind.


What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

For the bouquet we used calla lily, peony, celosia, carnation, rose, berries, twisted willow and various foliages. We went for a purple and red colour scheme to add to the opulence and alternative look for the shoot.

An autumnal modern textured bridal bouquet using a blend of bright pinks and reds instead of the usual orange autumnal colours atthis time of year really made the bride's bouquet stand out.



What kind of look did you want to achieve with the make-up, hair and outfits for the bride and groom?

For the hair we wanted something simple and elegant and just secured a small section up to show off the custom-made headpiece. The make-up was darker than a traditional natural wedding make up. Natalie Boland MUA created a goth-style look by giving our bride winged eyeliner and dark lip colour.

The dress was a traditional white princess dress with gold detailing, but customised at the front to show the bold coloured petticoat.


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

Agai,n we went for an alternative look when it came to the styling. The cake was a black iced four tier, decorated with red roses and skull motif... not your regular white wedding cake. The favours were small coffins handcrafted to match the wedding cake. Home-made spooky skull cookies finished off the alternative look.


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

The alternative theme was always a staple to the styling. From the flowers to the dress and make-up, we wanted to showcase that alternative weddings can look amazing and that any bride can pull off an alternative look.


Get the look:

Venue: Ladwood Estate, www.ladywoodestate.com
Photography: Estelle Keeber, www.lovephotography13weddings.co.uk
Dress: Lace & Pearl Bridal, www.laceandpearlbridal.com
Make-up: Natalie Boland, www.facebook.com/NatalieBolandMUA
Flowers: Pollen, www.pollenfloristry.co.uk
Cake: The Rutland Cake Company, http://rutlandcakes.co.uk/
Cookies: Custom Cookies by Emilia, www.facebook.com/Custom-Cookies-by-Emilia
Models: Emma Maskery and Martin Nelson

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