We adore the use of colour, fun and bohemia in today’s Victoriana styled shoot, coming to you all the way from Hockwold Hall in Norfolk, shot by photographer Peter Denness. This shoot shows how much life you can inject into your wedding and with so many different styles! We love the fresh colours in the bouquet by florist Tolly and the stunning pink dress by Lara B which makes us want to get our Moulin Rouge on and start a can-can! Dress designer and boutique bridal shop owner Lara B tells us more about the inspiration behind the shoot…
Walking into the venue for the Victorian inspired wedding shoot set at Hockwold Hall is to quite literally fall into the rabbit role of the Victorian mystic. The estate, dating back to the 15th century, resonates a timeless elegance and nostalgic mysticism that seems to invite the Victorian clad models into its haunts. Passing through the glossed arches of the main entry hall the viewer is presented with a site that the likes of Lewis Carroll himself would applaud.
Enter the dining room, where sombre lighting and the glow of candles adds warmth to the adornments across the length of the stained oak dining table. Stretched upon one of the upright chairs at the head of the table sits a young woman, her gown falling across the length of the chair and upon the carpeted floor. The ample baskets of fruit, dotted amongst the slender forms of the candle sticks seem to complement the purple hue of her lips, curved upwards in a canny smile. The violet lends itself to the train of her dress, comprised of a gossamer substance that falls slightly from her waist to meet the floral touch of her stilettos.
A dapper gentleman stands by the fireplace, his deep navy suit an attractive contrast when juxtaposed to his softly clad bride-to-be sitting at his left. He exudes a cavalier dignity; enhanced by the rigidity of the paneled walls, lending structure to the scene. Only the small floral adornment snuggly pinned to the right of his pocket serves the purpose of softening his frame and complementing the whimsical adornments spread about him.
Each room seems to mold itself to the scene set within it. Move towards the billiard room where deeply stained cherry oak floors make the ideal template for the lavish white cloth spread across a stoud corner table adorned with a whimsically constructed wedding cake. Flair is essential for the Victorian era theme, and this scene is without lack of it. When considering the mystic, florals are never redundant. Throughout the venue one can find every shape, size and hue of the perennial. The models themselves are no longer people, they are merely adornments to the botanical garden that has eclipsed the estate. No where is this better exemplified than on the grounds itself.
Enter the garden, or, in other appropriate terms, the setting of a Beatrix Potter pastoral scene. The wired gates loom above the wall of hedges that, upon opening, leads the way to the mystic itself. Here the sombre cloak of the twisting trees only acts by illuminating the pale pink hues of the woman standing amidst them. Her dutiful companion stands beside her, lending form to the image. Perhaps the scene may not have been perceived as such if it were not for the trained eye of the photographer.
To render a scene that exemplifies the Victorian mystic, is to have a keen eye for the intricacies of the period itself. The subtle hues that are so deftly applied, that each frame resurrects the figures of this era, making this shoot nothing less than pure magic personified.
What a shoot! Thank you so much to Lara and all of the wonderful suppliers involved. We would love to hear from any daring brides who have chosen an alternative colour for their own wedding dress! Find more styled shoots and real weddings here.