GOTHIC ro­mance

You and Your Wedding - - Reception Trends -

Who says dark and moody can’t be ro­man­tic? This sump­tu­ous look, in­spired by the dra­matic feel of Corn­wall’s Pen­ven­ton Park Ho­tel, is a masterclass in how to rock a gothic look on your big day. “The venue has a very lux­u­ri­ous, the­atri­cal style to it with its Ge­or­gian façade and Ital­ian-in­spired in­te­ri­ors,” ex­plains shoot co-or­di­na­tor Hazel Par­sons. “We chose dark plums, deep reds, rich pur­ples and gold to com­ple­ment its style and colours.”

The rugged Cor­nish set­ting was an­other point of LQVSLUDWLRQ!IRU!WKH!WHDP"!ZKR!FUHDWHG!D!ÁDPER\DQW!IHDVWLQJ! area that wouldn’t look out of place on Poldark. Abun­dant DUUDQJHPHQWV!RI!IROLDJH"!IUXLW!DQG!ÁRZHUV!IHVWRRQHG!WKH! ta­bles – three el­e­ments that Hazel rec­om­mends com­bin­ing to cre­ate a strik­ing vis­ual im­pact on a bud­get. The coloured table linens are also a bud­get-friendly op­tion, and make a big difference to your styling with lit­tle ef­fort. El­e­gant DQWLTXH!FURFNHU\"!SOHQW\!RI!ÁDVKHV!RI!JROG"!SOXV!D!IHZ!SUHWW\! de­tails such as vin­tage-style brooches at­tached to nap­kins, ÀQLVKHG!RII!WKH!9LFWRULDQ#ORYH#VWRU\!YLEH!WR!SHUIHFWLRQ$! Against this dark back­drop, key el­e­ments such as the white and gold multi-tier cake, ac­ces­sorised with a few choice red blooms and berries, re­ally stood out.

Hazel rec­om­mends work­ing with your venue to get a look that ties to­gether ef­fort­lessly. “Pick up el­e­ments of style and colour from the sur­round­ings and work with these for your wed­ding decor,” she sug­gests. And don’t think you have to keep a theme like this com­pletely se­ri­ous – the fun 9HQHWLDQ!PDVNV!ZRXOG!PDNH!JUHDW!SKRWR!ERRWK!SURSV$

“We chose dark plums, deep reds, rich pur­ples and gold to com­ple­ment the lux­u­ri­ous, the­atri­cal style of the venue”

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