Victorian Theme Inspiration Shoot

 

A dropped handkerchief, a flirty fan, a flowery letter with a lock of hair — the subtle seduction of the Victorian era. If successful, there would be an elaborate engagement, when finally the couple could be without a chaperone, and then a wedding filled with the romantic gestures of the times. For couples planning a Victorian-themed wedding or for those feeling nostalgic for Victorian formality and froth, here is the essence of the elegant era, captured amongst the beautiful antiquities of Nestlenook Farm in Jackson.

This Ian Stuart gown — with a wool blend wrap with metallic thread and fur pom-poms by Spruce Hurricane of North Conway — is a silk, strapless mermaid gown that sweeps up at the thigh, where it is adorned with a flower revealing a beautifully beaded lace underskirt. The color is honey, a color that is being seen more often in gowns. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal of Bedford. Photo by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

 

 

Details

The Nestlenook Farm — with its intricate mirrors, ornamental furniture with elaborate carving, exaggerated curves and lush upholstery — is the perfect setting to portray a time of great historic elegance and romantic dreams.

Photos by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

 

 

The Dresses

Fashion-forward Queen Victoria set the style for wedding gowns back in the 1800s when she married Prince Albert in an elegantly ornate gown. She'd no doubt love the ones shown here.

On the left, the one-shoulder, all-over-lace ball gown features a drop waist bodice.The gown, in ivory, is embellished throughout with gorgeous crystals and classic ball gown skirt with pick ups. The gown in the center is a re-embroidered, drop waist, lace ball gown, accented with Swarovski crystals, a voluminous lace pick-up skirt and three-dimensional flower reveal a gathered taffeta underskirt and matching lace hemline. It's shown here in light blue/ivory. The gown is paired with an aquamarine Swarovski necklace from Spruce Hurricane. The gown to the far right is the Ian Stuart gown described in the opening photo. Photo by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.
The ivory ball gown is an illusion of translucence, featuring a tulle pick-up skirt contrasted by a fitted bodice of embellished corded lace and Swarovski crystals — truly a fairytale gown. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal in Bedford. Photo by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

Only an ornate gilded gold mirror could do justice to this fabulous diamond white and silver ball gown. Available at Uniquely Couture Bridal, it is made of Paris satin and Mikado, and features a sculpted sweetheart neckline. The Mikado highlights the pleated bodice, the dramatic detachable strap and cascading detachable back bodice feature. A dazzling drop crystal necklace and earrings complement the bodice, adding to the shimmer of this one-of-a-kind gown. Photos by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

This gown, called Pracatan, is by Ian Stuart. Beautiful waves of silk and tulle/organza create the striking skirt. Still show off your figure in a flattering dropped asymmetric waistline, signified by beautiful beaded lace decorations, further seen on the sweetheart neckline. Shown here in pale blue. Also available in pale lilac, honey and ivory. Photos by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

Photos by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

 

 

A Sumptuous Repast

Vintage tea cups adorn an ornate silver tray in the parlor for the lovers to enjoy, just as Queen Victoria did.
An assortment of breads, cookies, croissants, fruit tarts and other sweet treats from Tuscan Kitchen in Salem make the afternoon tea time complete.
Photos by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

 

 

Dreamy Bouquets

To portray the pomp and circumstance of the era, Lotus Floral Designs, who specialize in wedding flowers, used lush greens, regal blooms and cotton, which they used because it is softly feminine and reminiscent of the snow. For other bouquets, deep purples were used along with dark privet berries to contrast against white anemones. And black scabiosa was juxtaposed against ivory garden roses, yellow ranuculus, whimsical greenery and accent flowers.

Photos by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

 

 

Warm Touches & Floral Crowns

Top left photo: For a cold winter's night, this fur-trimmed, cashmere-blend wrap from Spruce Hurricane provides an Old World way to keep warm. The head wrap can also be used as a collar. Other wraps and warmers also from Spruce Hurricane. The romantic floral crowns by Lotus Floral Designs were made with ranuculus, roses, greenery and, again, cotton, carrying the soft and snowy theme throughout. Greens and cotton adorn the horse-drawn carriage as well. In the carriage (below), the bride keeps the chill at bay with a dramatic scarf by M. Miller, exclusively at Spruce Hurricane. Photos by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.
Photos by Philbrick Photography. Set Design/Coordination by Jessica Raymond.

Credits

Photography Philbrick Photography  •  Set Design and Coordination Jessica Raymond  •  Set Coordination Lauren Joyce  •  Gowns Uniquely Couture Bridal  •  Flowers Lotus Floral Designs  •  Food Tuscan Kitchen  •  Hair and Makeup The Wingate Salon & Spa – Natasha Lee Towle and Casey Cordeiro  •  Accessories Spruce Hurricane  •  Models Haley Giovannani, Danielle Graham and Melissa Beauvais  •  Special thanks to Nestlenook Farm in Jackson

 

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