Bride and groom sitting in dark room in front of fairy lights

Dark and Dramatic Wedding Inspiration at Kilworth House

The general trend for wedding styling tends to be light or bright colours, so I love it when a shoot arrives in my inbox that’s dark and offers something different. That’s exactly why I love the pictures of this dark and dramatic wedding inspiration at Kilworth House in Leicestershire.

The creative team wanted to show couples alternatives to pretty pinks and rose gold, and the paler shades of weddings. If you are one of those couples looking for something more alternative then you will love this! With dark hues, dim lighting and the timeless, elegant backdrop of Kilworth House, this dark and dramatic wedding styling comes alive.

Bride and groom sitting in dark room in front of fairy lights

Taking inspiration from TV dramas The Crown and Victoria, the talented team used styling elements in keeping with that era. The tablescape with dark blue table linen, gold chargers, cutlery and candlestick holders, and hand lettering table numbers and menu cards, looks moody yet inviting. The dark green foliage table runner and single-stem spring flowers finish off the simple and elegant look beautifully.

I love the watercolour trend, so I especially love the stationery suite with its elegant font and splashes of blue watercolour. White Cottage Weddings also used a cute drawing of Kilworth House on the envelope liner (I do love an envelope liner!).

Another love of mine is gold leaf, so I adore the wedding cake. A pop of gold leaf running down the tiers of the cake brings the dark blue shade to life, and this styling carries over to the cake pops and macarons.

If you’re looking for a bridal style from a bygone era, then I’m sure this bride’s style will wow you just like it did me. The fabulous wedding dress designer Eliza Jane Howell kindly lent the team a selection of wedding dresses for the shoot. Each dress looks fabulous with the dark styling concept and fits perfectly with the era. Even the name of the dress collection, ‘The Leading Lady’, gives a nod to the styling. The groom also looks pretty dapper, wearing smart suits from Stephen Bishop Suiting, one of The Wedding Community’s very own groomswear experts.

I have such passion for these wedding ideas in dark, dramatic hues of blue with pops of gold. Rubie Love Photography had the wonderful job of capturing the shoot, and I hope you love it too…

Kilworth House drawing room

Charlotte Mills bridal shoes

Bride wearing crystal and pearl hairpiece

Bride standing in hall at Kilworth House

Back of bride's wedding dress with train

Bride looking over shoulder

Groom with white bow tie sitting in chair

From Another Era

“The shoot concept focused on something a bit richer and darker from the norm. Our whole objective was to show brides and grooms they can think outside of the usual paler and prettier wedding styles and go for something a bit darker and dramatic. I am also a huge fan of The Crown and Victoria, especially the style of filming, and wanted to create something with a little inspiration from those two dramas. Colourwise we wanted really rich tones, and our amazing team brought the indigo and gold to life.

Bride and groom holding hands in hall of Kilworth House

Reflection of bride and groom on stairs in mirror

Bride and groom walking down stairs at Kilworth House

Bride and groom looking out of window at Kilworth House

Bride and groom walking arm in arm through Kilworth House

Groom wearing smart suit and white tow tie Groom's foliage buttonhole

Bride sitting in chair

Bride sitting in chair

Bride's bouquet with dark flowers and foliage

Groom standing next to bride sitting in chair

Back of bride and groom walking down stairs at Kilworth House

“The stunning and incredibly welcoming venue, Kilworth House, fitted perfectly with what we were aiming for. From the orangery to their luxurious drawing rooms and gorgeous staircase, we had a huge variety of locations to work with.

Small wedding table with dark styling

Foliage wreath hanging above wedding table

Dark blue hand lettering wedding table number

Single stem flowers on wedding table

Wedding place setting with dark blue and gold styling

Vintage style wedding place name

Glasses on wedding table with dark blue tablecloth

Foliage wedding table runner

Menu on wedding plate

Small wedding table with dark blue tablecloth

“I was so happy when Eliza Jane Howell offered us so many of their samples to work with. Her dresses are stunning and so different; they also have that ‘from another era’ feel. I am also in love with their jumpsuit!”

Bride standing in front of wedding table

Groom standing next to bride sitting in front of wedding table

Wedding cake table

Dark blue wedding cake with gold leaf detail Gold leaf detail on dark blue wedding cake

Cake pops

Blue and white macarons

Bride and groom sitting next to cake table at Kilworth House

Hairpiece in back of bride's updo hairstyle

Groom standing by bride sitting on window ledge

Bride looking out of window at Kilworth House

Groom looking out of window at Kilworth House

Different Looks

“Debbie our hair and make-up artist was amazing, and gave us a variety of different looks for each of the dresses. Also, a big shout out to HoneyV for the wide range of accessories which allowed us to be really creative.

Bride and groom sitting in front of window at Kilworth House

Bride and groom in drawing room at Kilworth House

Groom sitting on arm of leather couch

Groom sitting on couch

Blue and gold watercolour wedding stationery

Blue watercolour wedding stationery Blue envelope with gold wax seal

Blue watercolour wedding stationery with image of Kilworth House

Blue watercolour wedding RSVP

Blue envelope with gold wax seal

Blue ribbon and confetti

“Our models, Louise and Jamie, were wonderful to work with and suited the look we wanted perfectly. I also could not be more grateful to Stephen Bishop Suiting for the three different suits. I was especially happy to see the white dicky bow, something Matt Smith regularly wears when playing Prince Philip in The Crown.”

Bride and groom outside Kilworth House

Bride and groom standing at entrance to Kilworth House

Bride and groom on steps of Kilworth House

Vintage bride with headband

Bride and groom in grounds of Kilworth House

Bride and groom walking holding hands outside Kilworth House

Bride and groom on steps at Kilworth House

Bride with hand on groom's chest

Bride and groom walking down steps outside Kilworth House

Bride and groom in corridor looking out of window at Kilworth House

Groom wearing light blue suit Bride wearing bridal jumpsuit

Groom standing next to bride sitting in chair in dark room

Bride and groom sitting in front of wall of fairy lights

Bride and groom standing next to wall at Kilworth House

Detail on bride and groom's outfits

Bride leaning on groom's shoulder as he stands with hands in pockets

Photography: Rubie Love Photography

Planning: Events by Emma

Styling: The Wedding Alchemist

Shoot Location: Kilworth House, Leicestershire

Wedding Dresses: Eliza Jane Howell

Shoes: Charlotte Mills

Bridal Accessories: HoneyV

Suits: Stephen Bishop Suiting

Hair and Make-Up: Debbie Mac Hair and Make-Up Artist

Flowers: Camomile and Cornflowers

Stationery: White Cottage Weddings

Wedding Cake: Storeybook Cakes

Bridal Model: Louise Ann

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