Saturday, 30 November 2013

Rococo themed styled session

Vienna, City of Music! There is something quite magical and inspiring when you walk through the streets of Vienna, seeing the beautiful architecture and Rococo style interior of the Schönbrunn apartments. Sitting down for Apfelstrudel and Coffee made me think back to the Rococo themed styled shoot I did in June this year with a group of very talented Wedding suppliers. It had that same “Vienna” feel with the musicians, Phantasy Trio who took part in the shoot and kindly played beautiful soothing music in the background.

The Rococo developed in the early part of the 18th century as a reaction against the grandeur, symmetry and strict regulations of the Baroque. Rococo was the response to the grand overstated Baroque that embodied light playfulness and more intimacy. It was the dawn of a simpler more relaxed age. I was inspired by Rococo artists who opted for a more jocular, florid and graceful approach. The approach was ornate and made strong usage of creamy, pastel-like colours , symmetrical design curves and gold. Witty and playful artistic but also elegant.

Serena from Petals and Confetti absolutely understood what I was trying to achieve with this theme. After a few meetings and lots of discussions she delivered the most beautiful and unique table centre piece. I wanted her to make use of flowers and fruit and different textures and shapes to show how all natural elements can be used to create interesting colour schemes. I mentioned witty and playful, and the miniature bananas used on the base, falls perfectly in this category. Even the real cotton plant looked unusually brilliant within the arrangement. All the detail in this centre piece makes it interesting to look at from all angles. Lots of little surprises can be seen on the detailed photographs.

The  ivy-cage  bouquet  was truly a work of art! Within the ivy cage is a smaller loose rose and carnation ball wrapped with stringed pearls. This bouquet is surely the most beautiful and unique of it's kind and I applaud Serena for what she has created. The bouquet is very versatile and suitable for the more contemporary wedding as well.


Great work on the wedding cake by Nelmarie from Papercup Kitchen. Nelmarie used the different tiers of the cake to subtly bring all the elements of the rococo theme together. The texture of the bottom tier provided good contrast to the delicate finish of the second and third tiers. The use of fresh flowers on the cake brings us back to my idea of using natural elements within this theme. The replica of the bouquet is nestled on stringed pearls and together with the ivy strands and roses on the base, and flowers it all ties in beautifully with the table centre piece. The gold cups with cupcakes just add the touch of grandeur to the overall design.

Amy of Prim and Proper Vintage hire had a marvelous selection of classic crockery. This was added to the table as the shoot progressed. Every time I see a little gem in Amy's collection I just couldn't help showing it off. The abundance of tulle on table adds softness and romance. With a few props and candles we could compliment the table setting by playfully adding the miniature variations of the original centre piece on the overflow of tulle.

Music was part of the theme as it was an important part of the Rococo era. A violin used as a prop not only added an interesting feature to the table but the wood of the instrument also complimented the wooded effects and walnuts used in the flower arrangements. The candles were decorated with sheet music, tulle and golden ribbon and lace. These can be perfect for decoration or even wedding favours. A lovely way for guests to remember your special day.

The beautiful classic style vintage wedding dress, supplied by  Caryl from Retro Weddings was the right choice for the Rococo themed wedding.  The dress had the perfect balance of the beaded and embroidered bodice, with a subtle lustre and the full tulle skirt. How fabulous! The big satin bow at the back just added the touch of flamboyance to the style. Hair and Make-up was beautifully done by Sheila hair and make-up. A formal hairdo with a playful twist. Appropriately the groom wore a classic formal tailcoat jacket by Steve at Stephen Bishop Suiting. The off white on white cravat was the classic and obvious choice. Although understated, it complimented the dress perfectly.


The Rococo theme is perfect for the bride and groom who wants to be creative without sacrificing glamour and style. It is formal yet playful and allows for adding something quirky to make it personal.

It was a great experience working with a group of dedicated and talented wedding suppliers.  Many thanks to: 

Petra Opperman

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