A Mad Hatter wedding shoot in Dorset

07 Mar 2019

For brides looking to create a wedding in Wonderland, take a closer look at this Mad Hatter-inspired shoot

Mandy Hart of Swingletree Vintage shares the details of this Mad Hatter shoot which offered vibrant wedding inspiration aplenty - as influenced by the charming tale from Lewis Carroll. 

The inspiration

When asked to style a photo shoot at Milton Abbey, it had to be in the grand Abbots Hall in the Mansion House - the perfect setting for an eccentric Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Inspired by the blue of the traditional Alice dress and vintage blue and white china, the styling combination of the table and the groom’s attire pulled the details of the shoot together.

With the stunning backdrop of ornate wooden carvings and in an avenue of bay and olive living trees and topiary hearts, we set the scene.





The bride

The bride in a stunning Ian Stuart dress with textured lace layers in the taffeta skirt and a simple bodice of handmade flowers. Ian Stuart's designs were perfect for our shoot as they are a bit different with a traditional twist. Her bouquet comprised dahlias, chrysanthemums and amaranthus with silver foliage and grasses for texture and shape, the bright dahlias contrasting with the blue theme throughout.

The bride’s hair was pinned in a loose boho style with a teacup shaped fascinator of embroidered lace adding to the quirkiness of the theme. Smokey grey eyes and burgundy lips made for a striking look.





The groom

The groom wore blue tails with matching grey tweed waistcoat and bow tie. His grey top hat with an added band of themed fabric matched the pocket watch which hung from his buttonhole of dahlias.




The details

We styled the table with contrasting blue and white vintage china with blooms filling silver teapots. More Mad Hatter themed details featured here: the sleepy dormouse in a teapot, pocket watches to ensure no one is late for the most important date and even the napkins tied as rabbit ears. Chocolate dipped biscuit favours shaped as teabags sat in teacups and 'drink me' bottles dressed the length of the table. 




Above the table stood slightly eccentric centrepieces of candelabras displaying teacups and teapots decorated with vibrant raspberry coloured dahlias and hanging foliage of lime green and red amaranthus. Below our white rabbit joined the tea party.

No tea party is complete without cake and a cake with the most stunning detail was provided for the shoot. The cake featured painted tiny cups to match the table china and themed iced decorations which spiralled around the cake.




Get the look:

Venue: Milton Abbey
Styling, tableware and props: Swingletree Vintage
Photography: Photos By Jim 
Dress: Exclusively Yours Bridal Boutique 
Flowers: Sweetpea Florist Blandford 
Cake and biscuits: Angel Cake Company 
Fascinator: Tessa's Tiaras 
Suit: By Cameron Ross, supplied by Ragtags 
Hair and make-up: Bournemouth Bridal Hair and Makeup 
Topiary: Whitestem Living Trees and Topiary 
Linen: Coast to Coast Ltd 
Dormouse: Mary Jane Lillie 

For more Dorset wedding inspiration, pick up the latest edition of Dorset, Wiltshire & Hampshrie Bride magazine

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