Posted: April 18th 2019
by Belle Hutton
When it came to the styling of the venue for our recent bridal photoshoot with Prezola and Belle & Bunty, Katherine Raderecht, Brand Partnerships Director at Prezola, felt that “the Lady Elizabeth Wing just cried out for a modern coral and navy theme to showcase the kind of sophisticated use of colour in tableware that modern couples love today.”
Not only is coral Pantone’s colour of the year but the theme of coral and blue ties in beautifully with Holkham’s coastal location – embracing the beach and sea setting in a stylish way.
The complementary colours were woven throughout all elements of this bridal shoot, from the table decor to the flowers. Blue charger plates were layered under burnt orange Limoges dinner plates and topped with side plates by Raynaud painted with coral motifs on them. Pops of coral and peach hues were balanced out with elegant blue crystal glassware and elements of glamour added with golden tealights scattered across the round tables.
If you don’t want to embrace a bold colour palette fully but just want splashes of colour, think about opting for colourful cups on your tea and coffee station. For this shoot we chose Richard Brendon’s Superstripe tea cups and saucers in blue and white geometric patterns, which work brilliantly in a modern wedding venue like the Lady Elizabeth Wing. Equally you could use one or two decorative pieces to enhance the space you’ve hired and give a subtle nod to a theme. For example, here we’ve added Kelly Hoppen’s coral sponges and a selection of vintage glass vases. Another way of adding accents of a theme is through your wedding cake or desserts. Emma from Buns of Fun created the most elegant iced biscuits decorated with Sea Lavender, a characteristic feature of the saltmarsh at Holkham in the summer.
When it comes to styling a wedding venue, flowers are often the first place a bride and groom will start. Adding colour through your floral arrangements will instantly bring character to your wedding reception. For our coral and blue shoot in the Lady Elizabeth Wing we turned to Jo Thomas, the lead florist at Constance Rose to create the incredible displays.
“We wanted coral colours to be the focal point of the arrangement, adding in coastal element of the brief by using blue florals. Our thoughts were to create a backdrop to the contemporary dining space that the Lady Elizabeth Wing with a flow of florals and foliage along the mantelpiece, making it a statement focus point in the room. We used coral charm peonies, vuvuzela roses, ranunculus colony grand pastel and then eryngium, delphinium and agapanthus to tie in with the coastal blue of the charger plates and goblets. We added movement and texture to the arrangement with eucalyptus and populus, which also added a lovely tone to the overall colour palette.” A similar look was used in the bride’s bouquet, just without the blue accents.
The beauty of a white backdrop for a wedding venue is that it gives you total freedom with your wedding dress. You can go modern, traditional, long, short, nothing is off the table. For the modern feel of this theme, Belle and Bunty selected their Flossie Top and Petal Skirt, which complemented the sleek look of the Lady Elizabeth Wing and allowed the bride to have fun with hair and accessories.
If you want help recreating this look for your wedding or for any other questions, get in touch with Holkham’s Wedding & Events team on 01328 713108 / 01328 713937, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our other inspiration Get the Look blog posts from this photoshoot; how we captured an enchanting fairytale at the Temple!