For this afternoon’s post we’re remining at the same venue as our featured real wedding – the stunning Arley Hall & Gardens in Cheshire, which is famed for more than just its glorious big day offering.
Having formed the backdrop to many a television programme and film set, you’re probably more familiar with this fine country house than you realise; especially if, (like us) you’re a Peaky Blinders super-fan. The BBC 2 hit series, which returned to our screens for its fourth series this week, used the grand Hall as the home of main character Tommy Shelby, who also happened to marry his now late-wife Grace at the premises.
In a nod to this link, fellow Peaky Blinders fan, Rebecca Jenkinson of Pretty Creative, came up with the concept of a gorgeous 1920/30s casual glamour shoot at Arley Hall, which she styled to perfection with the help of a talented team of North West suppliers.
And, just like the programme, the end images are nothing thought of gripping! We can’t get enough of the grand backdrops, splendid table setting and stylish attire, not to mention that bouquet!
One of the main reasons we’re so addicted to Peaky (other than a rather HUGE crush on lead actor Cillian Murphy) is the amazing outfits that are generally opulent yet understated for the females and incredibly dapper and sharp for the males – who would have thought a bearded guy wearing a baker boy’s cap could make us go so weak at the knees!
So, ladies, it’s time to embrace you’re inner Polly or Ada as stylist Rebecca takes over the blog to explain how she and the team achieved this deliciously decadent look…
With images by Amy Faith Photography.
Models, Rob Hunter and Stacey Taylor.
[jennaopne]rebecca says: Our inspiration for the shoot was casual 1920/30s glamour, with a bit of edge, influenced by the bad boy done good story of the cult TV series Peaky Blinders. We shot in late September as autumn was just starting to drift into the landscape.
The shoot was captured by Amy Faith Photography, who I love working with. She’s so good at conveying authenticity, beauty and edginess in her images. If you are looking for a wedding photographer, you really need to look at Amy’s beautiful work.
Our venue for the shoot, Arley Hall and Gardens, is a gorgeous Cheshire wedding venue, totally steeped in history and home to lots of different TV and film sets, including Peaky Blinders. I’m a huge fan of the TV series, so when the chance to do a shoot at Arley Hall came along, I knew it had to be our inspiration. With our own peaky blinder bad boy groom and his stunning bride.
In the last series, Arley Hall was the stately home of the main character Tommy Shelby, played by the gorgeous Cillian Murphy. It depicts a time where he’s made his ill-gotten fortune on the betting circuits at the horses (and general dodgy dealings!) and it’s where he marries Grace.
Although Peaky Blinders is really quite dark at times, there is an incredible love story within, kind of against the odds. It’s that feel we were looking to create, with a nod to the era, beautiful imagery, bridal inspiration and to capture the romance of the two main characters, Tommy and Grace.
The two beautiful dresses featured are by Cheshire based designer Felicity Cooper Bridal, we chose them as they are stunning contemporary gowns but a little evocative of the time.
The gorgeous textile details including the guest book, button hole, bow tie, cufflinks and gorgeous clutch bag are by the talented Kaye Hannabuss Textiles. Kaye uses British tweeds in her designs and they lent a really authentic country gent feel to the grooms look and the shoot in general.
The amazing table centre and bouquet are by Living Colour Floral Design. The florals and foliage used have a rich and opulent feel. The bouquet is oversized and full of foliage, really true to the era of the 20’s/30s, just stunning!
Hair and make up for the shoot was created by Harry Jon. The look was slightly sultry; natural makeup with a gorgeous mulberry lip colour and simple tousled hair.
All the striking wedding stationery was designed by Hattie Boo Designs and used a font and hand-drawn florals in rich reds and mauves, that are original to the era.
I’m really happy with how the shoot went on the day, it was such a lovely team of people to work with. I adore the images in the library and the shots in the glass house too; the light is to die for plus I’m a bit obsessed with glass houses and botanicals at the moment! We were totally blessed with amazing weather and light too!
I’m pleased the new series of Peaky Blinders has finally arrived for further inspiration – and it’s certainly great to have Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy back on our screens!