Bones & Flowers Bridal Shoot…

A Gothic, Miss Havisham Inspired Bridal Shoot…

Last week we launched our new Autumn/ Winter Mr & Mrs Unique Autumn/ Winter Magazine for 2015, and it’s a smasher (even if I do say so myself ;)! One of the gorgeous shoots inside was put together by our very own Mr & Mrs Unique supplier, Sami from Verdigris Venue Dressing.

Today I wanted to share with you the shoot in its full glory… Its a beauty! If you have yet to check out our newest magazine you can click on the link below.

Over to Sami to tell you all about the inspiration behind the shoot…

Sami from Verdigris Venue Dressing…

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The inspiration for this shoot came to me in the middle of the night, as one of those moments when the many images that you’ve stored away in your mind come together as an unexpected flash.

Arnos Vale Cemetery is close to my heart. As an artist, I used to wander around the grounds before the renovations started, watching nature reclaiming the land with its trees and sprawling ivy.

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When I heard they were re-opening as a twilight wedding venue with an open barn in the woods I immediately signed up for the open day and went down to have a look.

The setting seemed to lend itself perfectly to my vision – which combines the trend for taxidermy re-establishing itself in fashion, a recent day of the dead festival project, and features a stunningly ethereal girl I met at a wedding fair.


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I wanted gothic so subtle that it didn’t look gothic until you really looked at the images, so I chose white and focussed on texture and form rather than colour to create the look.

The team at Arnos Vale suggested a tone that was architectural, antique and a little Miss Havisham – all of which inspired us to set the table for afternoon tea.

Together with Eva at The Flower Hive, who truly understands how to create a rustic, seasonal look with her floristry, we worked wild foliage, blossom and bones into the bouquet and flowers.

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I chose the mausoleum as my background for the table display and used pearls to create a canopy over my ornithological chandelier, which was inspired by birds’ nests and magpies.

I asked Alana Dunlevy at Bone Art by Alana to make the model’s bone tiara, and the result is striking yet subtle.

This in turn influenced the look for the dresses Jessica and I chose for Katie and the hair and makeup inspiration from Louise.

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The details were just as important as the big picture. The suggestions of lace working their way into the fruit bowls and stationary, the deer heads on the candlesticks and even bone china earrings are all equally important parts of the story we wanted to tell.

Verdigris Venue Dressing design and create stunning, imaginative wedding environments, unique to every couple. Aisles, table settings, fabric drapes and custom chandeliers. To find out more visit her website here


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