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Inspiration | Moody Nordic Wedding Editorial Shoot

I can’t believe that this shoot was a year ago, but as it’s now those autumnal, wintery vibes it’s time to dust it off and showcase the amazing creativity of this epic team.  Showing how stylish a London wedding really can be, and how a white wedding dress doesn’t have to feature!


Nordic wedding design

The concept of this editorial shoot was Moody Nordic Elegance. Minimal styling and modern whilst giving a nod to the venue’s Scandinavian heritage and décor was the focus for the shoot. The wintery colour palette included a rich ‘tawny port’, softer shades of grey and ‘almost mauve’ and then subtle touches of black and copper for that really understated glam feel.

Tablescape details include a wonderfully bare yet romantic table setting that featured unusual cut glass, black candles in marble and copper candlesticks, black cutlery and gorgeous soft grey linens by Cox & Cox and The Linen Works. The florals really helped to bring the whole look together, created using rich burgundy blooms and lush foliage as well as some more unusual elements such as fruit and dried lunaria. The combination of colours and textures helped to create the romantic yet unconventional feel.

Jinny of Vine in the Wild was the perfect person to bring together the look creating an array of gorgeous stationery is her modern and ethereal style. She used a mixture of handmade cotton rag paper and vellum with gorgeous copper touches using gold ink for her calligraphy and copper leaf details to the edge of the paper. She also created very striking place names made of real copper that sat so well with all the other subtle copper detailing on the table.



Bridal style

Central to the shoot was the contemporary bridal styling which featured gowns by the luxury designer Charlie Brear. Intended for the wedding ceremony, our bride first wore an on-trend bridal jumpsuit accessorised with a wool jacket for a more casual and cosy look. For the evening, and to compliment the shoots colour palette and modern, edgy feel, she changed into a gorgeous copper satin long sleeved dress.

We also featured some gorgeous velvet embellished shoes by Jimmy Choo for an alternative bridal look and working so well with the luxe winter vibes. With the copper dress, our model wore a pair of black party open toe heels to complement the look.

We had two experts on board for our bridal hair and makeup team, Lou hair by Lou and Pipa Cross of Be You Weddings. For the first look we went for a more traditional bridal up do to really show off the beautiful neckline and low back of the jumpsuit. For the make-up we went with strong brows, flawless bare skin and a very deep berry on the lips to really bring out the colors in the bouquet. We also added a bit of glam with two subtle jewel embellishments under the eyes, currently super on trend and adding that slight magical feel. To accessorise this look we had a wonderful hair piece and back necklace by Laura Rhodes. Still trying to keep quite a minimal feel the Odessa hair piece sat underneath the messy top knot and the very dainty Rhoda necklace was work to really accentuate the deep v shape of the jumpsuit.



For look two, as the bride changed into her copper evening gown, the hair was taken down and styled to create a very soft, wavy and voluminous look. Again we went for a flawless look to the skin but this time with a slightly smokey eye in bowon and coppery shades and then the lips left more neutral so as not to distract from the dress. The look was accessorised with a pair of very dainty drop chain earrings again by Laura Rhosed. We also had a collection of gorgeous statement stone rings which our model wore in a stack.



Nordic wedding inspired English florals

All the flowers were created by the wonderful Catherine Short Floral design. She used flowers in rich burgundies, purples and reds to reflect the concept and season. She also used foliage in these tones, which, for her, really capture the essence of the changing of the seasons.

The flowers that made it into the flower palette included ranunculus, anemones, roses, astilbe, as well as more unusual elements to bring interest and texture such as viburnum berries, skimmia, crab apples, eucalyptus pods and dried grasses.

Catherine wanted to reflect the heritage of the venue, so used flowers one would usually associate with a luxurious English Country garden, but still with a nod to the Scandi history. The clean lines of the stems sweeping out of the abundant arrangements was her interpretation of scandi minimalism. The use of ferns was also inspired by the Scandinavian landscape and the indigenous plants.

The rick colours in the bouquet and other florals were really complemented by a wonderful silk and velvet bouquet ribbon created by Silk and Purl. She included silk in the deep burgundy, soft mauve and grey colours and then a wonderful strain of black velvet to give it that really on trend and modern luxe feel.


Nordic wedding dream team

Planning, design and styling: Charlotte Nichols Weddings | Venue: The Harcourt | Photography: Amanda Karen Photography | Floral design: Catherine Short Floral Design | Bouquet ribbons: Silk & Purl | Table linen: The Linen Works | Bridal designer: Charlie Brear | Bridal shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridal accessories: Laura Rhodes | Stationery: Vine in the Wild | Cake: Domino Purchas | Hair: Love by Lou | Makeup: BeYou Weddings | Custom candles: Sweetness and Light | Model agency: Jodie from Ginger Snap Models

Gorgeous hey! Will you be opting for deep colours and moving away from the traditional white wedding dress?

Until next time,

Amanda x