Vintage Wedding Styling with a Modern Twist

I adore 30s and 40s styling, so this fabulous vintage wedding styling with a modern twist is right up my street, and I hope you love these ideas too! Having a vintage style wedding has moved on a lot from vintage teacups everywhere, and these ideas show how to work vintage eras into your wedding without a teacup in sight!

The styling has a romantic vibe with soft blush colours, pearl and gold as the main colour palette, and these colours work perfectly against the backdrop of the beautiful venue, Heythrop Park Resort. Opulent table decor creates a wonderful ambiance too. The table has a sparkly tablecloth as the base with candles, pearls, gold chargers, and diamanté napkin holders. The addition of ostrich feathers to the fabulous florals once again gives a nod to the era.

Bride looking out of window of Heythrop Park

However, my favourite aspect of the shoot is the vintage style dresses worn by the bride and her bridesmaids. Adorned with incredible lace and beaded detail, they look magnificent with the headbands, gloves and exquisite make-up and hair.

Everything about this styling has been carefully planned with such attention to detail. Grab a cuppa and enjoy these pictures, captured beautifully by Joseph Dart Photography.

Pearls, Feathers and Neon

“A group of wedding professionals collaborated to create this spectacular vintage themed shoot with a modern twist. We wanted the images to inspire couples and make them feel they could take elements of the shoot for their own wedding.

“Early in the planning stage we learnt that neon colours were trending in the wedding world, so decided to go with this idea. We brought a hint of neon into the table décor, flowers and buttonholes, headbands and wedding cake.

“Pearls and feathers are an integral part of the 20’s and 30’s era. We included them in the venue décor design with tea lights in gold votives nestled amongst a sea of pearls in small glass bowls.

“The spectacular floral centrepiece with roses, hydrangeas and peonies also featured large plumes of ostrich feathers and fabulous orchids arcing downwards. We displayed this glorious creation in a tall hourglass vase.

“The deliciously romantic chair décor featured soft draping chiffon weaved into the backs of beautiful Chiavari chairs. A timeless, romantic look, this styling would work in many different venues.

“The inspiration for the vintage style wedding cake came from 30’s and 40’s designs, including HM the Queen’s wedding cake. It’s decorated with a base of ivory royal icing with white royal iced details.

“Finally, the wedding party’s attire included beautifully beaded gowns and a lace detailed wedding dress.”

Heythrop Park Resort

Heythrop Park

Wedding table with vintage styling including floral and feather centrepiece

Wedding chairs with chiffon weaved through

Napkin with gold studded napkin ring

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Weird and Wonderful 1920’s Carnival Wedding Shoot

I have something really cool for you today with this epic weird and wonderful 1920’s carnival wedding inspiration. If you are considering a carnival wedding but want a new take on the theme then check out these ideas.

There’s a real ambience about this incredible concept. Combining old carnival traditions like fortune telling and kissing booths with magnificently edgy styling details makes for a real show.

Rich, dark reds teamed with vibrant teal and gold creates an amazing, warm colour palette that would be perfect for an autumn or winter wedding. The beautiful tablescapes have been created using teal silk runners, gold candlesticks and small vases of flowers. I love the place settings with gold chargers, mismatched ornate plates, place name and cute gold animal. And what carnival would be complete without a toffee apple?

Bride and groom sitting on couch in woodland

The fabulous props, from the furniture to the kissing booth, the carnival photo stand to the gramophone, make this styling so special. For a carnival wedding you want the cake to be a showstopper too, and this wedding cake is certainly that! Complete with carousel-look top tier, it really is a masterpiece!

Hazel Parsons and Jenny Wren created such a spectacle with these awesome weird and wonderful 1920’s carnival styling ideas. I just know you are going to love these pictures, captured perfectly by Grant Lampard Photography.

Quirky Props

“This eclectic 1920’s carnival shoot is a combination of pretty to weird and wonderful, and captures the grandeur of a 1920’s American Carnival with a touch of modern day glamour.

“The shoot took place at the Penventon Park Hotel in Cornwall, a Georgian mansion where old world charm meets modern luxury. The woodland surroundings inspired us for the first element of the shoot – a tipi nestled within the hotel’s grounds. Fairy lights adorned the interior of the Tipi twinkling in the dark winter light.

“With an abundance of quirky props, from the freak show set to the fortune teller’s tent and everything in between, the shoot screams fun with a strong dash of charisma.”

Groom putting on bow tie in mirror

Groom doing up bow tie in mirror

Bride holding bouquet looking out of window

Bride holding red bridal bouquet

Groom in woodland with foot on fallen tree

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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

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1920s bride and groom behind light up letters at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

1920s Art Deco Wedding Styling at The Duke

We’ve featured a number of fabulous wedding inspiration shoots at Duke of Cornwall Hotel but this art deco one is my favourite so far. The Duke is such a grand hotel, so the art deco concept works so well. These wedding styling ideas are wonderful inspiration for couples marrying at The Duke or any other hotel with such style and grandeur.

The creative team really made the most of every aspect of the hotel to showcase how the art deco look could work for you. The styling has has a modern, trendy edge, and a lot of the current trends in the wedding world have been cleverly incorporated. A big wedding trend is to have a cocktail bar for a cocktail hour (very 1920s!), and I love the globe drinks trolley, signed with a funky art deco type-style printed menu and a cool ‘trust me you can dance’ chalkboard sign. Of course, no 1920s drinks area would be complete without a gramophone!

1920s bride and groom behind light up letters at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

If you’re looking for bridal style with a nod to the 1920s then you’ll love the bride’s look. She wears a gorgeous, classic cut vintage style dress with a beautiful feather headband, which gives the look a touch of flapper style.

Everything about this art deco inspired wedding styling at The Duke really is fabulous, just like the era itself. Enjoy these wonderful pictures by UpArt Photography.

An Element of Art Deco

“The history behind the hotel has always fascinated me, and I love the fact it has seen many different styles and eras since opening in 1863. This shoot needed to be in keeping with age of the hotel and its history, so we decided to reflect the 1920s with an element of art deco.” – Agata, UpArt Photography

1920s art deco wedding styling

Drinks globe with Trust Me You Can Dance Sign

Drinks bottles in drinks globe

Drinks decanter and glasses

1920s art deco style cocktail menu

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Large urns of peacock feathers at entrance to wedding ceremony

Art Nouveau Wedding Styling with a Modern Twist

This fabulous Art Nouveau wedding inspiration oozes 1920s charm and elegance. There are so many beautiful styling details that showcase the decadence of Art Nouveau, and I am delighted to share them with you.

The peacock feathers, soft colours and natural elements add such a romantic feel to the shoot. I adore the bride’s beaded wedding dress, again with a 1920s look.

The styling team has created such a visual delight, captured perfectly by Inge Kooiman.

Rich History

“The location for this styled wedding shoot was Parkhotel Hugo de Vries, a gorgeous Art Nouveau venue built in 1906. The Parkhotel has a rich history as well a lovely 1920’s style. There is a great stained glass window with a peacock depicted, and an intimate, rustic ambiance. We attempted to take the rich history and restore an Art Nouveau wedding style with a bit of a modern twist.”

Groom fastening jacket as he looks out of window

Groom fastening buttons on his jacket

Candles on stairs in Park Hotel Hugo de Vries

Peacock stained glass window in Park Hotel Hugo de Vries

Ivy on stair rail

Bride's hand on banister

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