Sometimes you are sent emails that make you smile, emails that are full of excitement and a little intrigue. Today I get to show you some of that excitment. Hallowe’en isn’t really that important to me. I’m not going to lie, I love a wonderfully carved pumpkin as much as the next person but it still seems a little forced and well, plastic. I’m not a great lover of dark red on people either.
However, I am always happy to have my preconceptions exploded!
I was very excited when I saw the images and heard the backstory of the “Purely Indulgent Wedding Window.” I love it when lovely suppliers work together to create awesomeness. And well, this red is fabulous! Black and white is just so chic and the floral and tasty accents just add to the modern feel.
The flowers and dresses just work together so well. Oh and I adore the hanging candelabra. There should definitely be more hanging candelabras in the world. Yes to weddings working at all three dimensions! I shall leave you to the clever thoughts of the ladies who created the display. Enjoy. Could you be a Hallowe’en bride?
“It was a warm, sunny morning in August, the smell of fresh coffee and the excited ideas of 3 girls, dreaming of a perfectly beautiful Halloween wedding, fluttered around the room. But this wasn’t a group of friends planning a wedding, this was a group of talented industry professionals working on a collaborative window display. A window display which would inspire brides to be glamorous, romantic and completely chic, with just a hint of Halloween for their special October wedding day.
The excited group was Nicola (Mathilda Rose bridal boutique), Emma (Cake Maison) and Sharon (Flowerbug Designs). The inspiration was vintage 1931 Dracula’s Bride Movie with a touch of Mrs Haversham from the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations in 1861, whilst keeping a red carpet feel.
The dresses were carefully chosen & styled by Nicola to create the right look; a romantic French Chantilly lace dress with a luxurious black silk ribbon sash tied in a bow with fresh flowers (Verity, Johanna Hehir). A glamorous silk strapless fitted dress with a delicately pleated skirt with a soft grey pleated sash with black tie to create sophisticated drama (Delphine, Elizabeth Stuart).
The girls agreed that the ambiance would be elegant, sophisticated and glamorous with just a hint of ‘spookiness’. The Halloween theme should be no more than a feeling. So candles were key, from tiny tea lights to dramatic candelabras. Sharon decorated striking high gloss black candelabra’s suspended from the ceiling and a black mirror urn styled with velvety red grand prix roses, seasonal deep red tinged hydrangeas, deep burgundy foliage and trailing red amaranthus to complete the look.
Inspired by Elizabeth Stuart’s beautiful ‘Delphine’ gown and the velvety red used in the floral arrangements, Emma designed a cake that is a base of unadorned ivory, dressed it with vertical folded pleating and draped a dove-grey peplum around the cake. A black sugar belt pulls together the Halloween colours and works perfectly with the lovely ‘Delphine’. Finally, Emma added a magical blood-red fantasy flower which tied in with the beautiful flowers.
Once the window was styled to create and capture the stunning atmospheric feel, Danni Beach was invited to photograph the finished display using night time photography & using ambient light; it gives the most beautiful effects with dramatic results. The use of candles adds to the feeling while incorporating romance and luxury. This time of year, with the nights drawing in, there is no more effective way to elegantly capture the indulgent glamour of your day than some beautiful night shots.”
My favourite detail? The little black cat, of course.