Victoriana Wedding Inspiration – Channelling the Romance and Glamour of the Victorian Age

Today I am thrilled to share some gorgeous Victoriana Wedding Inspiration channelling the romance and the glamour of the Victorian age.

Images were captured by Laura at Freeformimages Photography with the collaboration of an incredible collaborative team.

Laura says of the shoot…


Our Victoriana shoot was the brainchild of myself and a fantastic team of Devon & Cornish suppliers.

We took inspiration from the beautiful Highbullen Hotel, North Devon, with this unique bespoke venue lending itself to this incredible avant-garde shoot.

The hotel is located in rural mid-Devon in 127 acres of land nestled between Exmoor and Dartmoor, and is a truly magnificent Victorian country manor house offering luxury, comfort and fine food, and has the romanticism and elegance of the Victorian era.

Behind the impressive Victorian façade is a fine example of the architecture that emerged from the “Arts and Crafts” movement, with solid, well-proportioned forms, steep roofs and deep porches and the intriguing marble fireplaces, set the scene perfectly.

The Bridal Look

The uniquely exotic, “Aurelia” from Casablanca Bridal is a versatile gown.

A long-sleeved Mandarin collar jacket covers this A-line gown, but can be removed to reveal a beautiful sleeveless, sweetheart neckline gown constructed from a silk satin organza and decorated in lace appliques.

The bridal hair and make up is in keeping with the Victorian theme with a modern twist, adding drama within the style created.

A mixture of lilacs and dark purples were used on the eyes and a red lip to enhance the models features. The skin was kept a light to give that real Victorian look.

The headpieces worn are a modern take on a classic look with a gentle open scalloped shape and full of Swarovski crystals and pearls. In addition the drop earrings provide iconic, vintage glamour.

The flower girl’s dress was based on research from the Victorian era to create a pretty version combining old with new.

Using silk and cotton lace trim for the bodice ad bonnet and echoing this in the skirt with pleating helped in providing an outfit right for the occasion.

The Décor

The exquisite lace theme added a modern twist to marry the old with the new.

The dark panelling of the stairs was illuminated by candlelight used to high light the stunning cake.

Muted grey and green candles complimented the mosses and fruits and the hints of pearls and silvers brought everything together to create this unique display!

Lace drapes meant the wonderful decor could be seen whilst complimenting the dress.

The stunning period features in the house inspired the cake. Positioned in the grand reception hall to add to the glamour. Ivory icing was used to reflect the softer, almost sepia tones.

The sugar flowers are all varieties that could have been in a Victorian bouquet, but with a nod to the 21st century.

For the table set, grey lace overlays were paired with modern lilac lace hoods adorned with vintage style modern brooches, which provided an elegant, stylish base.

The use of pearls and tea lighting in sequin and crackled mirror glass was perfect for the theme and complemented the beautiful floral centrepiece.

A lace base, candelabras, sequin tea lights, silver LOVE letter and candles all provide depth of lightened shade at various heights and intensity too.

What more could be more romantic?

The bouquets and arrangements used a soft and opulent mix of lilac, pink and lavender roses, lilies and berries, wrapped with rich pink velvet.

The stationery took inspiration from the style of dress chosen and the lilac complimented the other supplier’s creations.

We decided on the Grace Confetti Mix for this shoot, with the soft greys contrasting the bold blues with the mix ‘fluttering’ very nicely when thrown, giving a very delicate effect

All the elements and the pretty palette of lilac, pink and lavender of this beautiful romantic shoot come together to create a stunning vintage look through modern styling providing couples with some fabulous inspiration for their own celebrations.


Shoot Suppliers

Venue: Highbullen Hotel

Photography: Freeformimages Photography

Styling: Do Me a Favour & Dream Styling by Jacqueline

Dress: Casablanca Bridal from Always & Forever Bridal – Devon

Flower Girl: Popsqueak Children’s Wear

Accessories: Hey Jules

Grooms Attire: Cameron Ross from Always & Forever Bridal – Devon

Flowers: Petal & Posie

Stationery: Clare’s Wedding Creations

Cake: Claire’s Sweet Temptations

Make up: Samantha Short

Hair: Kylee Marie Hair

Ice cream trike: Iced Delights

Confetti: Keslowena Confetti

Models: The Coombes Family


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