Three Bridal Looks and Chandeliers Galore

Oct 25, 2018

Royal wedding inspiration from ornate and lavish, violet styled shoot at The Cloth Mill at Eno River near Durham, North Carolina

When the royal wedding happened last year, brides, wedding vendors and let’s be honest, even non-brides, were inspired by all the choices the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made. Thanks to them, we now have elderflower as a cocktail and cake flavor! For one photographer, they were inspired so much they decided to channel their inspiration into a styled shoot and throw a royal wedding look alike of their own. 

From the hanging flower and chandelier installment at the ceremony site to the rich violet color scheme to the champagne favors, everything was lavish, opulent and just right for the theme. As if the set up and décor wasn’t enough, not only did the bride go through three looks, but the groom went through two and all of them are on point with this regal feeling styled shoot. 

To start, the violet, laser cut invitations set the tone for what was to come. The ornate flower design hung from the top of the RSVP card and folded onto the invitation. It was just the start to setting the tone for the rest of the styled shoot. 

The ceremony space was set on the perfectly manicured green lawn of the venue underneath a wooden pergola. Behind the pergola was a moss wall and hanging from the pergola were single magenta and violet flowers mixed in with several smaller geometric shaped chandeliers. Anyone would be lucky to exchange vows under a set up like that!

The lucky couple started the day with look number one which was a gorgeous sweetheart neckline ballgown for the bride. It had a flower pattern and a layered tulle bottom. Definitely a dress fit for a princess. Her hair was pulled back in a romantic loose updo and the only accessory was the oversized diamond cluster earrings she wore. She carried a lush bouquet of violet hydrangeas and roses in all different shades of violet. 

Her groom wore a three piece suit with some contrast. The pants and jacket were a dark grey, while the vest was a light grey and that’s definitely something we can get down with! He wore a dark violet tie and pocket square to match his bride’s bouquet. 

After the ceremony, the bride was transformed into look number two of the evening. She now had on a simpler A-line gown with a skinny diamond belt and half her hair was let down to soften the look a bit. It was the perfect look to enjoy cocktail hour and relax with a glass of champagne from the outdoor bar!

As the couple enjoyed some alone time, inside the reception space was awaiting its guests. Everywhere you turned you saw something beautiful. Whether it was the crystal chandeliers set all in a row over the single long family style rectangular table or if it was the one of the several lounge areas with violet velvet couches and gold mirrored side tables, the whole space wowed. 

Escort cards were hung with violet ribbon from a greenery covered tree sitting on top of a table lined with a violet linen and gold votive candles. There were at least three different soft seating areas, each just as beautiful as the next. Some had elegant beige settees with velvet throw pillows and velvet violet side chairs, one even had a light violet velvet couch with dark violet velvet side chairs. Each one had a mix of different types of gold mirrored side tables that were all lined with either gold votive candles or pillar candles in gold hurricane glasses or floral arrangements with more deep violet hydrangeas and violet roses. 

Then entered the bride in her third and final look of the evening and the groom in his second look. This time, they were both dressed for a formal, black tie celebration. The bride’s hair was now pulled back in a sleek low bun and she had on a strapless shimmering gown. The groom changed into a black tux complete with a black bow tie. These were the perfect formal outfits for a perfect formal dinner.

Dinner was served thanks to Beau Catering and that is one dinner table we definitely wish we were at. The single rectangular table was set for no less than 40. And when we say it was lined with the most amazing florals, we mean they probably couldn’t fit any more on there if they tried! There were at least 10 low centerpieces and at least six tall centerpieces. The arrangements were full of fluffy white hydrangeas with a few violet roses and greenery leaves poking out.  The tall arrangements sat on ornate candelabras that also held candles.

At each place setting there was a grey textured charger and a napkin with a menu card inserted inside. The place settings were dressed to the nines with salad fork, dinner fork, butter knife, soup spoon, dinner spoon, crystal wine glass, crystal water glass – you name it!

Before the day ended, there were miniature desserts and an Italian ice cart for guests to enjoy. And a champagne favor for each guest to take home, which, if you ask us, is one of our favorite favors to date!

At the end of the day, this truly was one regal feeling styled shoot that should inspire any prince or princess, we mean bride or groom, to throw the lavish wedding of their royal dreams.  

Looking for a great caterer for your wedding reception? Check out Beau Catering here!

Creative Team

The Cloth Mill at Eno River

F8 Photo Studios

Beau Catering
Sage & Swift
Cook Shack Catering

S & H Transportation

Silverceiling Beauty Consulting

Wedding Enhancements
Get Lit Special Event Lighting
Sweet Water Ices

Bernard's Formalwear
Tre Bella

ABBA Designs

Cuisine Lucette

Rentals & Decor
Showtime Events
Greenhouse Picker Sisters
American Party Rentals
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Cool Receptions LLC

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
The Oblique Pen

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