Colourful Fauvism Bridal Inspiration


Over the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing some very special images from collaborative styled shoots I photographed during 2017. You may have seen little previews of these with magazine features in Norfolk & Suffolk Bride (on sale now), Your East Anglian Wedding and EDP Norfolk Magazine.

Brides often tell me they are unsure of how to style a colourful wedding, opting for a pastel palette when they would love the confidence to style in bolder colours. I’ve been helping over the years with inspirational colour boards, but felt I needed to take this a little further. My favourite art movement is Fauvism. A group of artists in the early 1900s created the most colourful paintings and shocked the art world with their expressionism. It’s their use and theory of bright bold colour which especially inspires me, so using their knowledge we applied this to bridal, placing a rainbow of colours alongside a binding Prussian blue. 

In this blog, I’ll be concentrating on adding elements of colour to a traditional bridal style. I was so proud and excited to work alongside so many amazing professionals in the Norfolk wedding industry. Most are also award winners in their own right so please do get in touch with them to help style your wedding day - details at the end.


Emma wears an ivory satin gown by Venus Bridal with her hair in a textured plait and a stronger makeup. Instead of the recent trend in crowns, a floral choker was created to compliment the wild and colourful bouquet including roses, brunia, karma choc dahlias, electric blue delphiniums, scabiosa stellata with foliage of ferns and eucalyptus for texture. Her shoes picked up on the bright florals in an array of colours.


For the sweetheart table, we explored the opulent Edwardian era with gilded fruits, bright florals, colourful glassware and metallic touches. This feel continued through the cakes with stunning painted Fauve inspired multi-tiered works of art.


A purple tea-length gown was chosen to demonstrate how you can either style your bridesmaids in bold colour, and also to show how you can go bold in bridal. Bridal doesn't have to be white. Alicia's hair was styled in a double-gibson - a style very popular in the early 1900s - and makeup in soft golds and brighter purples. Shoe clips were chosen to match the hummingbird applique on the dress.


Using one of the most iconic images by Fauve Henri Matisse, this stationery suite shows how you can bring colour through into every detail. For the finishing touch, hand painted escort cards are shown as an alternative to a table plan.


If you're still unsure of colour, Alicia wears an antique lace gown accented with bolder impactful pastel florals of vintage roses, cafe au lait dahlias, late summer hydrangeas, ivory ranunculus, astrantia, eryngium and wax flower.

Venue: Oxnead Hall
Hair and Makeup: Amelia Garwood
Florist: Constance Rose
Props and Tableware: Lou Lou Loves
Styling: Emily Andrew Events
Cakes: Little Millie's
Stationery: Little Pea Designs
Ivory Gowns, Veil and Pearl Jewellery: Fairytale Gowns
Purple Gown: Foxglove & Gingersnap Bridal Couture
Gold Jewellery: Sonkai
Shoes: Milly J Shoes
Models: Alicia Calver and Emma Speed

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