Today we feature this Winter Luxe Wedding Inspiration from many of our members at 5 Star Wedding Directory, including Raspberry Bespoke Events and The Bodleian Library.
What was the inspiration for this shoot Raspberry Bespoke Events?
Winter Luxe Wedding Inspiration is a magical time of year. The colours and warmth and use of the light are just incredible– we wanted to produce something warm and homely yet opulent set against a dramatic space oozing in character and drama in equal measures.
How would you describe the theme and look?
The theme is Winter Luxe Wedding Inspiration – to produce this look we knew we had to work with tones that project warmth and opulence but were yet striking to stand out in such a magnificent space.
How did you go about bringing your look to life through the details?
From the moment I met with Emma Soulsby, Florist we both studied the venue and just knew that this space commanded drama. With the venue, Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and renowned for its dramatic architecture, inspirational details such as the lamps were used throughout the shoot to reflect this. The lamp theme continued through the table design, to framing the cake and also through the escort card table where we also used books to continue with the theme. It’s good to note at this point that black and gold were used to create an air of luxury but also to reflect tones of a library, old books and gold text.
What palette did you choose to work with and why?
The palette was the easiest decision to make – it had to be moody, warm and yet sophisticated to work within such a stunning environment. It also had to stand strong yet work In harmony with the stunning architecture of the library yet not compete. The palette just had to be warm, inviting yet striking – we just couldn’t resist the tones of mulberry teamed with the contrasting black and golds.
How did you choose the location, and what did it add to the ambience of the shoot?
Oxford’s libraries are among the most celebrated in the world, not only for their incomparable collections of books and manuscripts but also for their buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages. The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library. Known to many Oxford scholars simply as ‘the Bod’, these buildings are still used by students and scholars from all over the world, attracting global visitors.
We just knew from the moment we started to plan this shoot that it had to be somewhere dramatic, steeped in history and a space to hold the most dramatic winter luxe wedding. The drama of the Divinity School gave us luxury and drama in equal measures!
Which flowers did you use and how did they contribute to the look?
As you can see from the gorgeous list above, it was hard not to pick such sumptuous florals in amazing tones such as blueberry and chocolate – the whole palette oozed a decadent colour scheme combined with large quantities and texture to provide a soft edge in an imposing space.
What do you think are the standout elements of this shoot/your personal favourite details, and why?
It’s hard not to totally fall in love with the strong decadent table runner of the most beautiful florals. I do however love the lamp detailing – not only tying the whole design together to pay homage to the lamps within the main library but brought such a strong luxurious look to such an elegant dining table.