Beautiful Moody Dutch Art inspired Wedding Ideas with stunning jewel tones

Today I am thrilled to share these beautiful moody Dutch Art inspired wedding ideas with stunning jewel tones at the Guildhall in Abingdon.

This shoot was part of a series  captured by photographer Berni Palumbo dedicated to different movements and artist.

Sarah of Avant Garde Cake Studio says of this incredible Dutch Art inspired Wedding shoot….


Berni and I are obsessed with Art and we drew inspiration for the shoot  from Dutch artists, more precisely 17th century Dutch paintings, their vanitas and their Madonnas

The dresses were supplied by Marie Chandler Bridal but were actually separates. The top was made in fine silk and the skirt in thick satin, we loved how they looked together flowing around our bride elegantly.

Sash and Veil sent us a gorgeous polka dot black veil to accessorise that we used to explore light and shade as well as texture on Gemmas face. Paired with a dark hydrangea floral crown it created a stunning look.

We also asked our model Gemma to bring her little girl Issy to the shoot

We wanted to counteract the darkness of the shoot enabling our Bride to be painted as a Madonna like figure.

The dress the little girl wore was by Mondays Child in a dusky punk complimenting the shoots darker hues.

Hair and make up was done by Joyce Connor, and was both subtle and dark all to compliment the models natural beauty.

Joyce also styled Gemma with hair down in a natural wave, a deep lip and dark eyes so she looked like the Madonna, a young mother.


As dark and moody as we wished the shoot to turn out we also  wanted to convey luxury incorporating symbols of wealth to do this.

Working closely with Two Little Birds who provided props and stationery we used a  dark jewel palette to convey an air or luxury yet mortality too.

Adding to the moodiness of the Dutch art wedding ideas were long black candles, a rich velvet table runner, pyramidal  terrariums and fruit along the tablescape

The result is spectacular combined with a statement floral arrangement from Wild Renata Flowers as a  lush centrepiece.

Similarly the bridal bouquet was full and and textured conveying the same concept.

For the cake I wanted moody and dark almost with the impression of a vase filled to the brim, elegant, extravagant and rich but not losing sight of inevitable decay.

To do this it was paired with a skull vase and adorned with a mountain of florals and fruits.

The baroque rooms of the  Guildhall building made for the perfect backdrop, with the decorated ceiling of the Roysse room, the wooden walls , the grand fireplace, and the grand paintings all added to this exquisite travel in time.


Shoot Vendors

Venue – Guildhall – Abingdon

Photography – Berni Palumbo Photography

Bridal wear – Marie Chandler Bridal

Flowergirl Dress – Mondays Child

Black Veil – Sash and Veil

Florals – Wild Renata Flowers

Cake – Avant Garde Cake Studio

Stationery and Props – Two Little Birds

Hair and Make Up – Joyce Connor


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