Behind the Scenes of This Marie-Antoinette-Inspired Wedding Shoot in Coxwold
Living North takes an exclusive look behind the scenes at a decadent Marie-Antoinette-inspired wedding shoot
Featuring all the frills, the chills (it was January after all!), luxe florals, rich styling and cake to rival an accompanying Millia London dress, this was a shoot like no other.
The shoot took place at the stunning Newburgh Priory, an exclusive-use country wedding venue in the idyllic village of Coxwold, nestled in the rolling hills of the North Yorkshire countryside, just 15 miles from York. This versatile Grade I-listed wedding venue originally dates back to 1145 and is rich in period features, with three Georgian drawing rooms, a long gallery ruin with optional marquee, and stunning landscapes which offer an incredible backdrop for a wedding ceremony and reception. Steeped in history and political scandal, Newburgh Priory was a perfect backdrop for this rebellious bride Queen.
'An incredible statement ruffle cake to rival that Millia London dress takes centre stage. After all, ‘let them eat cake’, she said'
A luxe tablescape was created with layered textures, fabrics and materials to create a wedding party fit for a queen. Rich velvet and silk pink fabrics, ornate glass and gold candle sticks and pools of candlelight are paired with luxe toffee and teal florals and acrylic place names and seating plan. An incredible statement ruffle cake to rival that Millia London dress takes centre stage. After all, ‘let them eat cake’, she said.
A luxe floral backdrop of teal and toffee cascade from the baroque mantelpiece to frame the couple, featuring toffee roses, peach orchids, ranunculus and delphiniums set in feathery silver and blue foliage.
A Georgian woman’s beauty and couture was a powerful asset, used by clever ladies to cultivate a public image. Rulebreaker Marie-Antoinette led Rococo fashion with huge, poufy hairstyles, enormous pannier skirts and all manner of decorative frills, feathers and bows. The tumbling teal tulle in this statement Giulianna gown from Millia London breaks all the rules of what we expect from bridal. It’s exuberant, over-the-top romantic and delightfully feminine.
Venue @newburghpriory /www.newburghpriory.co.uk Coxwold, North Yorkshire
Photographer @gailseckerphotography / www.gailsecker.com Manchester
Videographer @lucysayersphotoandfilm / www.lucysayers.com Hull
Florals @_foxandflora / www.foxflora.co.uk Leeds
Stationer @graystarlingdesigns / www.graystarling.com Leeds
Stylist @storiesof_events Lancashire
Cake @poppypickeringcakes / www.poppypickering.co.uk Ilkey
MUA @iambridal.makeup / www.bylaurenmccabe.com Lancashire
Hair @haircreationsbycolette www.haircreationsbycolette.com Lancashire
Dress @millia.london / www.millialondon.com
Suit @asos / www.asos.com
Rings @jewellers_loupe / www.jewellersloupe.co.uk/ Leeds
Shoes @charlottemillsshoes / www.charlottemills.com Manchester
Metal work @northernpropsuk Manchester
Model couple @hisandhers_collective Sheffield-based real couple