I have something rather special for you today with these dramatic dark hues wedding styling ideas. As one of the most spectacular and unusual wedding venues in the English countryside, the magical Brympton House was the perfect setting for this edgy shoot.
This styling concept shows how to create magical, romantic wedding styling but with an industrial twist. The dramatic dark hues and grey are daringly bold and look fabulous together, and the overall look is breathtakingly beautiful. The team also very cleverly added pops of this year’s Pantone statement colour, ultra violet, in the styling.
For me, one of the stand-out aspects of these wedding styling ideas are the flowers – WOW! As a purveyor of weddings I see a lot (and I mean a lot!) of wedding flowers, so it’s always lovely to see something a little different and quirky. Emily of Stems of Somerset has really worked her magic with these blooms. There is a whole spectrum of purple hues going on, from rich deep purple, vibrant pops of purple and palest lilac, plus the contrast of orange berries and yellow leaves, all finished with beautiful green foliage.
The tablescape is something very special and unique too. Place settings of art deco gold edged glassware, gold chargers, and gold cutlery sit atop dark grey linen along with grey candles in gold candlestick holders and incredible floral arrangements. The whole look is elegant and romantic with the dramatic vibe.
There are two bridal looks, and both work so well with the styling concept and the grandeur of the venue. For the first look the bride wears ‘Locklin’ by Watters, which exemplifies bridal elegance. I love the sheer straps with the delicate beaded detail that then cascades over the bodice with an embroidered motif. The soft flowing netting of the skirt makes this bridal look so elegant and almost fairytale-esque. For this look the bride wears her hair in a loose half up style with a pretty hair vine running through.
The second bridal look has a more contemporary feel, and here the bride wears ‘Druida’ by Pronovias. This is a spectacular mermaid design with sweetheart neckline and incredible gemstone appliqués that adorn the entire dress.
Everything about this wedding styling is dramatic and elegant. I hope that you fall for these images, captured by Emma Barrow Photography, as much as I have.
Grey and Dark Tones
“Brympton House has so many areas and options for photographs, so we were spoilt for choice! With so many different areas to choose from, we decided the main styling concept behind the shoot should go away from the obvious and expected!
“Our fantastic house florist, Emily Jewsbury, carefully selected a range of unique and unusual flowers which were key to creating the look we wanted. Grey and dark tones added a nod to the industrial style trending in the general interior design world right now.
“We wanted to blend colours that may seem uninspiring and bring them to life by contrasting them with deep shades of purple, orange and yellows, along with a variety of fabric textures including linen, silk and velvet.”
Art Deco Elegance
“The beautiful engraved glassware introduced a hint of art deco and gave an elegant look to the table. The gold-plated cutlery and charger plates added a touch of glamour to the tablescape and blended well with the rest of the table dressing.
“The addition of hand dyed silk ribbon ties – in a popping purple colour to bring the guest setting to life – added a further touch of opulence to the tables.
“Some of our favourite shots were the cake display. With its own special room for the cake, the cake display at Brympton had to be something special. The table display has an almost rustic nature. We draped a beautiful grey linen cloth over the wooden table making it perfectly untidy, and added a vintage touch with old books. Jennifer finalised the look with the most stunning wedding cake, topped with a small floral urn display.
“A floral floor runner defined the beautiful Altar in Castle House. This gorgeous building dates back to the 13th century, so the concept for styling and flowers was to keep it elegant yet natural, in keeping with the natural stone and wood. We added in collections of vintage brass candlesticks for a touch of romance.” – Style by Design, Brympton Styling
A Nod to Autumn
“The thinking behind the flowers was to keep them as seasonal as possible. Lot’s of the foliage was foraged and I combined it with grasses and lichen covered branches to add lot’s of texture.
“I kept the palette quite neutral (greens, browns, rusts, nudes) as a nod to autumn, but added pops of colour with brighter violet which was then highlighted in the trailing silk and velvet ribbons from the bouquet and the silk ribbon on the place settings.
“Texture was important to me in the flowers. I used lot’s of seed heads, berries, grasses, twigs etc, alongside the soft petals of the roses and the fragile anemones.” – Emily Jewsbury of Stems of Somerset
Photography: Emma Barrow
Shoot Location: Brympton House, Brympton D’Evercy, Somerset
Styling: Daniella Kempf and Ellie Sloane of Style by Design, Brympton Styling
Florist: Emily Jewsbury of Stems of Somerset
Wedding Dresses: Druida by Pronovias and Locklin by Watters, from The Wedding Company
Accessories: Kelly Spence
Hair Stylist: Janine Marino
Make-Up Artist: Molly Barrett
Cake: Edible Essence
Stationery: Anon Design
Ribbon: Little Acorn Silks
Model: Heather-Louise Hughes