Dutch Masters-themed Bridal Shoot @ Fabrica, Brighton

This unique and dramatic styled shoot was curated by Alex Cvijovic from The Wonderous Wedding Fair. Her vision for the shoot was to juxtapose the vibrancy of Dutch Golden age paintings with vintage florals.

The palette was a combination of rich sultry colours with pops of blue and gold.

The Venue

Fabrica in Brighton is a former Regency church in the heart of the city. It boasts impressive stained glass windows, high ceilings, and a traditional overhead balcony. Now a contemporary art gallery, the venue allows a number of exclusive ceremonies to be held every year.

Alex was looking for a venue with decaying walls, a feeling of abandonment and a dark atmosphere.

The Bride

British designers, Hazaar of London and Ashley Wild Bridal contributed dresses and accessories to create the desired look.

The first look was a simple full skirt and delicate strappy camisole. Then a nude tulle cape was added, with black polka dot bow detail on the shoulders. Finally a champagne veil with gold beaded detail. All outfits and accessories worked to compliment the model’s tattoos.

The Groom

The men’s tailoring came from established Brighton tailor, Gresham Blake. They worked with pieces from their recent collection, including a green and hot pink checked suit.

Dapper and Suave provided a plethora of bespoke accessories to adorn and decorate Basil.

The Table

Sally from Luna and the Lane layered up unique items to create a dramatic ambience. Modern copper cutlery, vintage floral napkins, mismatched cut glass wear, bright blue candles, vintage brass candlesticks and rustic stoneware vases.  French bistro chairs painted black popped against the blue tablecloth.

A combination of dried and fresh flowers created dense and contrasting textures. The composition of the table styling drew inspiration from the Dutch Masters still life paintings, with intricate layering of objects, exotic fruit, flowers, fabrics, and dinnerware.

The Flowers

Isabel from Portos Flowers created a variety of stunning floral arrangements in a range of containers including brass vessels. Ranging from pastel pinks to vibrant corals, the combination of different floral textures filled the delightful tablescape.

Working closely with Hartt Cakes, she provided the flowers for the decadent cake.

Dried flowers in gentle pinks gave a perfect ‘wild’ backdrop. The dried flowers were installed by Pheobe from Phohm.

The Cake & Feasting

Hartt Cakes created a three-tier cake covered with black ganache and hand-painted florals.

Adding even more decadence to the table, Gracefully Grazing contributed a vibrant selection of cold meats, cheeses, antipasti etc.

The Jewellery

Brighton-based Baroque provided a wealth of gorgeous jewellery for the shoot. Layers of semi-precious and exotic  stones were worn by both models.

The Stationery

Dream Wild created all the stationery, from the invitations to place names, menus and signage. The idea behind the design was modern romantic meets simplicity. Gemma wanted to keep the design neutral in colour, with emphasis on font and illustrations.

The Beauty and Hair

Lauren from The ID chose a warm nude palette mixed with an edgy smoky eye. The Artful Hairstylist kept the hair sleek and simple for the first look and then changed it to a relaxed updo with fishtail plait.

Supplier Credits:

Concept and Fashion Styling  – The Wonderous Wedding Fair – www.wonderousweddingfair.com

Photography –  Chris Barber – www.chrisbarberphotography.co.uk

Table styling  and fabric banner – Luna and the Lane –  www.lunaandthelane.co.uk

Flowers  – Porto’s  Flowers – www.portos.florist

Cake – Hartt Cakes – www.harttcakes.com

MUA – The ID – www.the-id.co.uk

Hairstylist – The Artful Stylist – www.theartfulhairstylist.com

Venue –  Fabrica – www.fabrica.org.uk

Dresses  – Hazaar of London – hazaaroflondon.com

Jewellery – Baroque –  www.baroquejewellery.com

Stationary – Dream Wild  – www.dreamwild.co.uk

Grazing table –  Gracefully Grazing –  www.gracefullygrazing.com

Hair accessories – Ashley Wild Bridal- www.ashleywildbridal.co.uk

Men’s accessories – Dapper & Suave – www.dapperandsuave.uk

Tailors –  Gresham Blake –  www.greshamblake.com

Gold tinsel tassel fringe – Hello Party – www.helloparty.com

Dried floral installation – Phohm  – www.phohm.co.uk

Shoes  –  ASOS

Models – Basil and Meera


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