Wildly Gorgeous Fairytale Wedding Inspiration

What’s romantic, innovative and beyond stunning – all at the same time? This wildly gorgeous fairytale inspired wedding inspiration out of the UK. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick-off 2019 than with the over-the-top talents of Joanne Fleming and Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cakes Emporium. Each year, our anticipation is at its most heightened level. Eagerly awaiting what the industry’s top level professionals will deliver. When you unleash creativity blended with the skill and craftsmanship luxury vendors can develop the results are outstanding. This editorial is all the proof one needs. Inspired by two of the most famous cycles of paintings by the 19th-century artist Edward Burne-Jones their interpretation of the Legend of Briar Rose plays out. Additionally, their inspiration celebrates the first time these paintings have been united and are part of an exhibition at the Tate Britain. Let’s us underscore. This wildly gorgeous fairytale inspired wedding inspiration does not disappoint. Image after glorious image, captured by Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography, tells the story of Sleeping Beauty romantically while depicting the princess and her court who are frozen in time in a medieval dream world.

Wildly Gorgeous Fairytale Wedding Inspiration

Presenting this wildly gorgeous fairytale inspired wedding inspiration editorial is renowned bridal dress designer Joanne Fleming who conceived the idea and partnered on planning and styling with Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. The inspiration comes from the work of one of the last Pre-Raphaelites, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, who brought imaginary worlds to life in awe-inspiring paintings, stained glass windows and tapestries. Although Burne-Jones’s dreamy-eyed maidens and muscular heroes in melancholy romantic settings became some of the best-loved paintings in British art and influenced generations of artists including Pablo Picasso, this will be the first large exhibition in London in decades and the first at the Tate since 1933, the centenary of his birth. The chosen venue for the shoot was Michelham Priory in East Sussex. Steeped in history and associated throughout the ages with monarchy, it was founded in 1229 as a rare fortified monastery of the Augustinian order. Being an art and history lover and an avid fan of the artist, Joanne Fleming designed a range of exquisitely embroidered dresses using the most sumptuous fabrics in the rich colors reminiscent of Burne-Jones’ paintings. The royal blue gold embroidered velvet dress featured long funnel sleeves and a beautiful deep V shaped draped back. The incredible burgundy dress with its puffed pin tucked long sleeves had the most beautiful embroidery on the bodice. The third dress was a dreamy moon and stars embroidered lace overlaid on aqua silk with long funnel sleeves. The models’ hair was coiffed to perfection by Liz of Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair. Soft updos, curls and long tendrils showcase HF Couture enameled floral headpieces that are the ideal finishing touches to the overall medieval look. The make up by Harriet Rainbow was soft and natural, capturing the regal, pre Raphelite look perfectly.

Wildly Gorgeous Fairytale Wedding Inspiration

As for the floral and décor in this wildly gorgeous fairytale inspired wedding inspiration, Alice Calcasola of All In One Season created a full blown medieval inspired banquet table. She used a combination of bold and soft colored flowers including red and yellow roses, orange ranunculi, and pink tulips. Assorted berries, delicate foliage, trailing ivy and fruit also featured in the design. She fashioned the flowers and foliage into a tumbling floral cascade over one side of the table for a modern asymmetrical look. In addition to the cakesicles, cookies, cupcakes and chocolates, Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium created a cakescape of five beautiful cakes. The main cake, a 4-tiered black bas relief confection with gold leaf, was adorned with the most realistic sugar flowers in a painterly style. The other cakes also had matching sugar flowers and were made in bold jewel colors including royal blue, emerald and ruby – a nod to the colors of the Burne-Jones paintings. Each place setting featured a ruby red sugar rose cupcake and a chocolate ‘bottle’ of “Briar Rose,” the signature scent of their medieval maiden. Bravo to this incredible team of UK-based wedding industry leaders suppliers who melded their ideas seamlessly for this unique portrayal by taking inspiration from the wonderful paintings. 

The Legend of Briar Rose by Edward Burne-Jones

“Take comfort, your Majesties,” she cried in a loud voice. “Your daughter shall not die. My power, it is true, is not enough to undo all that my aged kinswoman has decreed. The princess will indeed prick her hand with a spindle. But instead of dying she shall merely fall into a profound slumber that will last a hundred years. At the end of that time a king’s son shall come to awaken her.”

Credits:

Photography: Jo Bradbury Wedding Photography | Planning, Styling and Additional Props: Joanne Fleming and Elizabeth Solaru | Original Concept & Dress Design: : Joanne Fleming | Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Venue: Sussex Past | Floral Design: All In One Season | Candelabras, Gold Glass Bowls and Cherub Holders: Wedding Day Hire | Hair: Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair | Make Up: Harriet Rainbow | Stationery: Crimson Letters | Shoes: Coast and Koi | Accessories: HF Couture | Gemstone Rings: London Victorian Rings | Gold Rings and Tablecloths: Ott Rentals | Models: Emily, Isabella, Selina from MK Model Management

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring our Briar Rose shoot, it was a pleasure to work with such a talented and enthusiastic group of people to conjure up this medieval fairytale…. ❤️🙏


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