A regal and vintage wedding shoot in Dorset

28 May 2019

Shot in Wimborne, this woodland-based shoot harks back to a bygone era and draws on details that are reminiscent of the time

Hair and make-up artist Sally Malcolm of Blushing Brides Bournemouth shares the details of this vintage shoot with a regal twist. 

What was the inspiration behind the shoot?

The purpose of our photo shoot was to showcase a new business venture - a collective of wedding professionals coming together to make wedding planning that little bit easier. The business is called Heritage Arts. We named the styled photo shoot ‘Regal’ and went for a royal pre-1920s look to fit in with the name.

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

The highly ornate design of the Lady Wimborne Bridge reflects the power of landowners over British railway companies in the mid 19th century. Built shortly after the railway came to the town of Wimborne in Dorset, it is now a Grade II listed structure. The beautiful design of the bridge as it stands was a perfect place to add a regal feel to our photo shoot. 

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What did you choose for the flower arrangements?

We decided on silk flowers for this photo shoot. They seem to be a lot more popular at the moment and you can get some quality looking flowers. We chose large garden roses in blush as you don’t need too many to make a large statement. The foliage was asparagus fern, ivy and eucalyptus which gives the trailing and light feel to the bouquet as well as smelling lovely to complement the silk flowers that were used...although you'd never know.

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

The bride's look was simple but with a vintage twist. Hues of rose gold for the make-up and a red lip was the iconic look of that time. A beautiful high, smooth up-do with a crown tiara and long veil finished the look - perfect for a royal aristocrat. 

Our groom wore his long hair in a plait tied with a tiny bow and of course sported a full beard, which was just right for our vintage look.

Both outfits were loaned by our local Age UK charity store. The bridal gown and matching jacket was absolutely stunning and a real find, both minimalistic as of the time. 

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

The bridge itself was enough to give off a royal feel and we added minimal foliage which was in-keeping with the woodland setting.

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Get the look:

Photography: Jay's Photography 
Celebrant: Celebrant Sally Bawden  
Floristry: With Love From  
Hair & make-up: Blushing Brides Bournemouth 
Models: Lauren and Matthew

For more Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire wedding inspiration, pick up the latest issue of Dorset, Wiltshire & Hampshire Bride magazine

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