Today I’m incredibly excited to share this dramatic, bold & colourful Gothic Wedding Styled shoot shot at Buxton Opera House.
Glorious Tiaras bridal headpiece designer, Heidi Reid, had long admired the stunningly sumptuous interior of the 120 year old Opera House, so when the opportunity arose to collaborate with other wedding industry experts and stage a shoot at the venue, she grabbed the chance.
Buxton Opera House was designed in 1894 by Victorian architect Frank Matcham.
He is also known for designing the London Palladium, London Coliseum and Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom
Heidi enlisted the expertise of photographer Janet Broughton who she had worked with on previous shoots.
She knew that Janet shared her love of the dramatic shot, and statement styling.
“Janet and I met up at Buxton Opera House to discuss the shoot”, said Heidi.
“Janet hadn’t seen the inside of the venue before, so when she saw the baroque touches, the Juliet balconies, the gilt cherubs, stained glass windows, and the Gothic Victorian architecture, she got as excited as me.”
“Within a very short space of time we’d planned out a bold styled shoot using rich colours; strong, sassy models, and a look designed to inspire alternative brides.”
Heidi and Janet sought out wedding industry contributors who complimented the Gothic Victorian styling of the shoot, and were completely bowled over by the vibrant, handmade wedding dresses, supplied by Birmingham boutique The Couture Company.
“It was such a fun day.” said Janet.
“Just like a real stage production, everyone pitched in and got their hands dirty!”
“Our male model Matt moved furniture in between shots. Our cake and stationery designers Sue and Wendy had a hand in the styling, as well as supplying the delicious cakes and perfectly themed stationery.”
” And hair and make-up artist Helen kept the dressing room a happy place to be, whilst expertly transforming our ladies into Gothic drama queens!”
“We finished the day having made some great new wedding industry friends, giggling at the passers by who stopped to admire our models while they posed outside and tried to guess what big name production they were from.”
“We left feeling more than a bit spooked by the story Opera House Director Graham told us about a stage hand who long ago fell to his death from the rigging above the stage in the middle of a performance and who haunts the same spot at the very time of his death every evening!”
Thank you so much to Janet and Heidi and the team for sharing such glorious gothic wedding inspiration.
The rich vibrant reds really compliment the dark details to provide perfect inspiration to the alternative couple who really want to stamp their personality on their Big Day.
Location – Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire
Headpieces, buttonholes and vintage brooch bouquets – Heidi Reid – Glorious Tiaras
Photography – Janet Broughton – J Broughton Photography
Hair and Make Up – Helen Masters – Helen Masters Hair and Make Up Artist
Shoes, gothic details and modelling – Frankie Lynn – Frankie Lynn Emporium
Modelling – Sarah Tonin. Sara Bellisio (Rainbow Haired model)
Modelling – Matt S
Cakes – Sue Bowker – For Goodness Cake
Stationery – Wendy – The Charming Press
Victorian tram – Netta Christie – Discover Buxton