A Fantastical Medieval Castle Wedding styled shoot with Labyrinth influences

Today I am excited to share this fantastical Medieval Castle Wedding styled shoot with Labyrinth influences captured at Bolton Castle in Yorkshire.

Images were captured by Kieran Paul Photography with the collaboration of a fabulous creative team…

Francesca of Frenchie Loves Flowers says of the shoot…


Growing up my favourite film to watch on a rainy Saturday was the Labyrinth starring David Bowie.

I loved everything about it from the 80’s music to the flamboyant costumes and poetic script.

After collaborating on a few shoots organised by other suppliers, I had a strong urge to organise my own, and my first thought was to take something I really loved and make it into a wedding friendly styled shoot.

I really wanted to show my ideal client how you can take a concept like a favourite film and be inspired to stylise it into your wedding but still keep it classic and modern.

After working with Kieran in a few shoots before I knew his moody/outdoorsy photography style would be perfect so the next hurdle was to find a venue.

Bolton Castle was perfect. It was old, magical and more importantly it had a maze. Not only that they have a ring bearer owl. How perfect is that?

Kelly from Klue Doll created a stunning gown, very much inspired by the medieval dress Sarah wears at the start of the film.

Nicola styled the brides hair into a bouffant, inspired by the masquerade scene, and I decided, rather to style the groom in similar clothes worn by ‘the Goblin King’, to incorporate a tuxedo, inspired by masquerade, keeping it classic and current.

I was conscious throughout the planning to not turn this into a fancy dress, ‘themed’ idea, so I asked Debbie to create something that would fit the theme, but would wouldn’t look out of place at a conventional wedding.

Debbie took the Navy and gold, geometric, maze design from the stationary by Lorna Boyer designs and created a spectacular Navy cake, with floral feature for that touch of femininity.

When researching the film looking for floral inspiration, I knew I needed to incorporate the ‘poisonous peach’ so this was the main feature of the bridal bouquet.

I ran this colour throughout the rest of the florals and incorporated some flaming red, hanging amaranthus as a nod to the crazy ‘fireys’ in the film.

I also wanted a dramatic feature so created a pampas grass hoop, the hairy grass representing ‘ludo’

Jen at My Pretties, took all of my crazy ideas and styled this perfectly with lots of candle light, fitting perfectly in the medieval castle atmosphere.

Our celebrant for the day was penny, who showed us it is really possible to marry in a location you feel most inspired.


Shoot Credits

Medieval castle Venue: Bolton Castle

Photography: Kieran Paul Photography 

Concept planning and flowers: Frenchie Loves Flowers

Styling: My Pretties UK 

Cake: Debbie Gillespie Cake Design 

Make up and hair: Nicola Whitefield MUA

Dress: Klue Doll

Suit: Frank Bird Yorkshire

Painted shoes:  Inanna Bespoke Shoes

Models: Dani Ella Wynn & Will Connor

Stationery: Lorna Boyer Design

Celebrant: Penelope Jayne

Hair accessories: christinestnr@yahoo.co.uk



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