Today I am excited to open up the brand new year on the Blog by sharing this stunning Parchment and Gold wedding styled shoot inspired by medieval scribes.
Conceived by Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, the inspiration of the parchment and gold wedding shoot is a story about a house of female scribes.
Scribes were responsible for copying the works of authors by hand. Manuscripts were for the most part written on parchment or vellum and were used before the invention of printing presses, which meant that they were time consuming and very expensive to make.
As very important aspects of medieval society they represented major religious, social, and artistic beliefs of the period.
Because manuscripts were very expensive to make, they often served as status symbols.
Elizabeth imagined a beautiful scribe on her wedding day surrounded by scrolls and ancient scripts writing a letter to her true love as she leaves the House of Scribes for the last time.
As the pen and quill touches the paper and the ink starts to flow, the harmony of gold ink on parchment transforms into a ballet of beautiful letter strokes.
Elizabeth worked with Rola Aina of The New Wonderful to plan, style and coordinate this epic shoot.
Award winning Amie Bone Flowers created a phenomenal floral ‘roof’ floral canopy over a very rich and lush inspired tablescape of white and gold.
The cascading white florals consisted of white roses, orchids, chrysanthemums, and hydrangeas.
The opulent gold rimmed crystal, gold patterned china and gold cutlery were from Options Hire.
Couture Chairs custom created the rather splendid “his” and “hers” monogram chairs which took centre stage at the wedding table.
As well as planning the shoot concept Elizabeth created a collection of white and gold calligraphy inspired cakes including an all gold dessert table.
The tall and elegantly proportioned ‘torn paper’ main cake featured hand written edible wafer paper and the beautiful antique frame cake was in her signature baroque style.
Renowned calligrapher, JB Calligraphy delivered the to the brief. She designed the most beautiful stationery suite featuring the P and G monogram on cream parchment paper edged in gold, displaying her beautiful penmanship.
The very talented hair and make up artist Boe of Botias, created two distinct beauty looks.
For the first look she made the make up soft and radiant with beautiful gold shimmer on the model emphasizing the eyes.
For the second look, she created an up do which went perfectly with the head dress and gold lace ruffle dress from the very talented Ruth Milliam Couture.
Thank you so much to the team for sharing their incredible creativity.
I hope that has given you some elegant inspiration for your own Parchment and Gold wedding day.
Venue – One Belgravia (now closed)
Photography – Sanshine Photography
Concept / Planning / Styling and Cakes – Elizabeths Cake Emporium
Planning and Styling – The New Wonderful
Flowers – Amie Bone Flowers
Hair, makeup/ gold headpiece and lace veil – Botias
Stationery – Judy Broad Calligraphy
Gold ruffle dress / head dress – Ruth Milliam
Shoes – Dolce and Gabbana
Gold candlesticks and White and Gold chairs – Great Hire
Tables – Jones Hire
P and G Custom Monogram chairs – Couture Chairs
China / crockery and crystal – Options Hire
Table cloth – Over the Top Rentals
Books / scroll holder / ink stand and writing desk – Farley