vintage bride and bridesmaid holding cupcakes

Vintage Wedding Inspiration at 4 Hamilton Place

4 Hamilton Place, Park Lane was the perfect backdrop for this vintage tea party inspired shoot. Vintage, that term oozes old world charm, style, and sophistication and when combined with infusions of French renaissance details, sets the stage for some ultra elegant inspiration for the modern, romantic bride on the morning of her wedding with her bridesmaids. I’ve always loved the vintage style and wanted to do a project to showcase how this style can be applied to weddings.

vintage wedding prep, bride and bridesmaids getting ready

vintage wedding gown hanging from the ornate staircase of 4 Hamilton placebride applying makeup for her vintage wedding

Far too often in the wedding planning process, we overlook the morning of the wedding, that period where you are set to tie the knot. I know wedding mornings are filled with activity after activity as you prepare for your day. There is hair, makeup, styling and getting dressed, pre-wedding shots and the list goes on.

In the midst of all that activity, you need to pause for some breakfast (this is one of the tips I share in my wedding day checklist), spend time with your friends, some of whom you probably haven’t caught up with for some time, and reflect on your life as a singleton before finally walking down the aisle. I created this shoot for some inspiration for a stress-free wedding morning.

bride wearing a bespoke vintage wedding dress

back view of bride wearing a bespoke vintage wedding gown

bride with her vintage crystal encrusted tiara

Our bride, safe in the knowledge that every detail is being taken care of by her wedding planner, is relaxed and enjoying spending time with her friends, having some tea, vintage style, before going off to meet her beloved and say I do. Her maids, dressed in soft voile dusky pink gowns with lace details on the bodice so reminiscent of the French, are getting ready with her.

cupcakes and macaroons for a vintage wedding tea party

bespoke hand written calligraphied menu cards, perfect for a vintage wedding

cupcake in a vintage tea cup for a vintage wedding

The glam squad of OAH Makeup and Kouture Locs were on hand to get our models looking fresh and on point for the shoot. I wanted the girls to look fresh-eyed with subtle makeup that accentuated their features without being overpowering, for that understated elegant look. The hair was in French buns for the girls and a chic sleek tight chignon style updo for our bride which showed off her handmade Swarovski crystal encrusted tiara by Victoria Millesime, gracefully.

cake for vintage wedding set on the mantle piece

4 tier mint green cake for vintage wedding with pink sugar flowers

Bonita Bridal, provided the bespoke French jacquard wedding dress with a small bodice bow, that fitted our bride like a glove. Lauren of Oh Wonder Calligraphy supplied the hand written menu and place cards, that added an extra flourish to our morning table. Mrs Jones China Hire provided all the beautifully mismatched vintage crockery and cutlery that added great layers to our fresh tablescape with the exception of the gold luxe charger plates provided by HollAa events which added a luxe feel to our table setting.

vintage tea party spread for wedding morning

gorgeous flower details for vintage wedding

vintage tea party spread for wedding morning

bride and bridesmaids having a morning tea party before wedding

Gorgeous blooms of fragrant English roses and carnations, carefully hand sourced by Beverley Wilson floral design, filled the room with their sweet smelling nectars, and added an extra dimension to our tablescape. The Little Cake Garden completed our table with dainty selections of hand piped macaroons and cupcakes in colours ranging from lilac to green and a super gorgeous 3 tier mint green buttercream cake with gold accents and dainty hand piped sugar flowers in pale pink which looked far too good to eat!

bride and her bridesmaids at vintage wedding

vintage crystal and pearl hair accessory on bridesmaid

vintage tea set for one

classic vintage tea pot, perfect for vintage tea partiesCynthia of Alegrar Events planned and managed the whole shoot with styling by both her and Mrs Jones China. Amanda of Amanda Karen Photography was on hand to capture every beautiful detail, working meticulously through each segment, with 4 Hamilton Place playing the perfect host to our vintage inspired shoot. Whether it’s hen party or wedding inspiration you’re after, I hope you find as much inspiration from this shoot as we had creating it.

Be inspired!

Here’s a video of more clips from this vintage inspired shoot at 4 Hamilton Place.

Supplier Credits for this Vintage Inspired shoot:

Planner / Stylist: Alegrar EventsPhotographer: Amanda Karen PhotographyCrockery: Mrs Jones China HireChargers: HollAa EventsMenu cards: Oh Wonder CalligraphyFlowers: Beverley Wilson Floral DesignHair accessories: Victoria MillisemeCake: The Little Cake GardenHair: Kouture LocsMakeup: OAH MakeupModels: Da Sha, Melissa, Sarah | Dress: Bonita BridalVenue: 4 Hamilton Place, Park Lane

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  • Nathalie - Buttercup Bus

    January 7, 2017 at 11:18 am

    What a stunning shoot – the vintage style lends itself so well to a gorgeous wsetting doing. That cake is amazing!

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