Monday, 24 March 2014

There is nothing more beautiful than a true love story.  Sometimes the most touching love stories are not those made by Hollywood producers or written by renowned authors, but the real life, love stories, told by couples. Although the Great Gatsby  has been popular for an Art Nouveau themed wedding, I decided to use a less know love story to show how couples can use their own story to create an intimate and personal wedding theme.

The Mackintosh love story

 Inspired by the love story between Charles and Margaret, I created this styled session.  Charles and Margaret came from vastly different backgrounds; Margret’s family could afford giving her a good education while Charles came from a very working class family. 

Charles chose Margaret instead of marrying a girl that would have secured his place in wealthy Glasgow society where he would have been a made man. His social reputation was shattered but in Margaret he gained an inspirational partner. Together they created futuristic designs and their work proved to be one of the greatest partnership in art and design history. Their love also proved to be strong and they supported each other until the very end. 

In a last letter to Margaret, Charles wrote: “You must remember that in all my architectural efforts you have been half if not three-quarters of them”. What a beautiful endless love story

As with the contrasts in Margaret and Charles' designs we made use of the effects of light and shade in the beautiful venue, Malmaison Oxford, which provided the perfect interior for our Mackintosh theme. Stunning visual effects are created by the architecture of this venue. The contrast between the strong geometric forms and the softness of the flower arrangements and wedding dress created an enchanting effect. A light elegant and sophisticated atmosphere was created with an almost dreamlike feel.

Warm pinks were used in the sensational flower arrangements and how fitting, that the “garden rose romantic Antique” was the choice of rose to provide the softness and elegance. The pink blush on the berries, the different textures and contrasts all work together to make the flower arrangements and the bouquet unique and fascinating. The closed rose is a symbol of “what is to come” and reinforces the idea of the wedding celebration as being the beginning of something new.

The exquisite wedding cake design with stained glass effect on the second tier combines all the elements of our Mackintosh theme. It reiterates the geometric designs so typical of Charles' designs, and the softer feminine, floral-inspired decorative motives of Margaret' art. The sugar lace effect on the top tier and the berries, stringed in grass symbolizes a collaboration of shape form and textures.


Grace and elegance exudes from this Guirlande wedding dress by Cymbeline. The natural light accentuates the beautiful lines and delicate lace. The subtle makeup and vintage hair style becomes a beautiful partnership in softening the whole look. The black tailcoat suit and the white bow-tie takes the groom into the 1920's style with sophistication.

Matching the colours of the theme, the stationary is exceptional and unique. It is not only an invitation to the wedding celebration but a glimpse of what the day would entail. Vintage tea sets, glassware and an unconventional champagne tower is an innovative way of making a wedding day uniquely yours

Thank you to a great team of suppliers for a wonderful styled session.  All beautifully captured by Daria and Marek from Plenty to Declare Photography.

Wedding suppliers/service providers:

Plenty to declare photography  -

Stephen Bishop Suiting -

Windsor and Eton Brides -

Martyn Crossley Florist - 

Sheila  Makeup Artist  -

Prim and proper vintage hire -

Posh Pud wedding cakes  -

Noble Hound - Tailor made Stationary -

Malmaison Hotel  -

Wedding Design: Petra Opperman weddings  -


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