How This Dreamy Victorian Photoshoot Channeled Timeless Romance
The concept of this shoot took magnificent influences from the Victorian style to a modern wedding, creating an extraordinary, timeless, and elegant theme
11 November 2019
Ask any bride and you'll know that wedding photos are one of the most important parts of the whole celebration. "It goes by in a flash", as they all say. So you want to have memories you'll look back on and cherish forever.
This breathtaking Victorian-inspired bridal shoot took timelessness to a new level by drawing inspiration from the late Victorian era. Giant Invitations wanted to create an inspirational style shoot that was ultra-feminine, elegant, timeless, romantic and most of all, incredibly dreamy.
There was no better creative approach to take than from the late Victorian era. Victorian fashion embraced extravagant tailoring as the British Empire bloomed throughout the era. However, towards the end of the era, fashion became more relaxed, romantic and feminine.
Here's how "Victorian Dream" was able to create a concept that will leave you delightfully charmed and enchanted.
Victorian Dream took inspiration for the bride’s fashion and styling from the incredibly influential and award-winning movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock". The film captured the imagination of the fashion world and made a drastic impact on top designers including Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Gucci and Luis Vuitton to name a few.
The signature style was all about portraying the innocence and relaxed femininity with white gowns featuring signature Victorian high necklines, bell sleeves, lace, and frill detailing.
In this shoot, the bride is photographed wearing a Swarovski detailed bridal gown by Jason Grech for her ceremony and an angel-winged gown by L’ETO Brida for the reception and picnic.
As for the groom, the shoot embraced the luxury tailoring of the Victorian Era, playing with preppy styles and colors.
The groom is photographed wearing a vintage custom-made dark green tartan jacket with a matching bow tie, and changes into a preppy burgundy vest, bowtie and pin-striped jacket by Half Past 8 tailors.
Bride's beauty looks
Aligning with the feminine and innocent Victorian style, the bride wears a natural bridal beauty look, with soft peach and rose tones, and subtle lashes.
She also wears a half-updo with a generously lush velvet black bow to tie her soft wavy hair.
For the picnic, the bride changes to breathtaking fishtail braided updo look with dainty baby’s breath incorporated into the hair weave.
This beautiful masterpiece was captured in the heritage-listed 19th century Rippon Lea Estate.
Utilizing the mansion for the indoor scenes (drawing room and conservatory) and reception (entertainment swimming pool area), and the estate’s private gardens for the picnic scene.
Victorian Dream Décor details
The shoot included a timeless and understated wedding stationery set by Giant Invitations including luxury textured paper, bronze foiling, blind letterpress matched with premium Kraft stocks.
In order to create the Victorian aesthetic, the shoot includes vintage décor details including antique books, quill, deckled letter paper, picnic basket, wide-brim hat, lace parasol, antique brush and mirrors, daisies and baby’s breath florals, fine-china and traditional Victorian afternoon tea menu