Black Lace and Red Roses: Dark and Sultry Wedding Ideas

19 Nov 2015

Black veils, warm autumnal colours and inky make-upbrides with a taste for the dark side prepare to be inspired as we go behind the scenes of this photoshoot by Essex wedding photographer Nathalie Denton and a team of wedding professionals.

Photography by Nathalie Delente

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With hints of black lace, red roses and dark autumnal décor, the theme for this styled shoot was perfectly matched with the rustic surroundings of the brick and tile Anne of Cleves Barn at Great Lodge, Bardfield, Essex.


Combining exposed brick within the historic barn and lush green gardens, wedding and lifestyle photographer Nathalie Denton and a team of wedding professionals dreamt up this autumnal shoot to veer away from the usual ivory and white wedding celebrations by using deep scarlets, intense black and tints of gold.


The Chelmsford-based photographer, whose philosophy is to make beautiful pictures that people will want to look at time and time again,takes Bride behind the scenes of this striking shoot.

Black lace and deep red roses are very dramatic. Talk us through the theme and look of the day, and about the inspiration behind the shoot. 

I wanted to do a styled shoot for autumn and Halloween as its my favourite time of year and I also knew the type of look that I wanted the models to have. I wanted something a bit edgy, not so classic, but still very beautiful. Luckily I knew a couple, Charlie and Luke Johnson, who I thought would be perfect for this shoot and they agreed to be my models for the day.


I wanted to use black instead of the typical white and cream associated with weddings, as it was so close to Halloween, and again to make the whole look a lot darker and quirky. It was really a mixture of all my favourite things. I felt like I was creating my ideal wedding day.


I wanted quite an extravagant look and feel we achieved this with the props we used gold cutlery and plates, lots of candles and an abundance of fresh flowers provided by Nicola at Little Flo Flowers. She made a fresh flower headdress, high, low and shorter table decorations so we had different heights to play with in the images, as well as the beautiful bouquets.

I set the colour theme as purple, gold, red and black. All the suppliers, who know each other through Martels Events Village, drew from each others ideas. I was keen to use black in the dresses and keep it as edgy as possible while still elegant and beautiful, and to match this with a black veil. 


What was the inspiration behind the make-up looks? 
I wanted to go for the polar opposite to what most brides ask for, so the opposite of nude lips were the purple and deep reds. Rather than natural golds and greys for eyes, I wanted dark statement liner and glitters. I wanted to reflect a Goth look but without the darkness and some warmth. I also took some inspiration from a male make-up artist who I took a course with who wore dark blue lipstick throughout.


Tell us about the location and why it was chosen.
The venue was the lovely Anne of Cleves Barn at Great Lodge in Bardfield. Having done a wedding there in August, we thought that it was a lovely setting for our winter wedding shoot.

In autumn, the afternoon sun is amazing for taking pictures, while the sun is low in the sky it produces lovely deep colours so the shots in the vineyard were a pleasure. Inside the barn we set up the usual lights to illuminate the subjects and tried to use natural light where possible.


Where were the dresses from and why were they chosen?
The dresses are all from Martels Bridal Boutique, a gem of a boutique set in Barnston, near Great Dunmow, Essex. They have a fabulous range of designer showcase dresses for sale, as well as beautiful pre-loved dresses too this was a mix of the two, chosen for their romantic design and all currently for sale from the boutique.

Steal the look:
Photography: Nathalie Delente Photography,
Dresses: Martels Bridal Boutique,
Grooms outfit: The Groom's Room at Dunmow,
Venue: Anne of Cleves Barn Wedding Venue at the Great Lodge, Great Bardfield, Essex,
Make-up: Beauty Treats By Natalie,
Hair:Unique Style Hair by Faye Dixie
Cake: Heart & Soul Cakes,
Flowers: Little Flo Flowers,
Chair Covers: Chair Covers for Celebrations,
Wedding Planners: Martels Events Village,

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