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Custom Mood Board – Sumptuous Winter Wedding

This is my second request for a bespoke mood board and as a Bride-to-be in the midst of planning, I understand how frustrating it is when you can’t get others to understand your ‘vision’. Sometimes there’s just no words that’ll do the job and that’s where an inspiration board comes in handy!

Ruth, who works at Cowbridge wedding boutique High Society, actually helped me find my dream wedding gown! It is therefore such an honour to assist her in finding the right ‘look’ for her November celebration…

The brief Ruth sent me…

Keywords: Damask, Baroque, Luxurious, Decadent, Fin-de-Siecle
Colours: Burgundy, Gold (with ivory to stop it being overwhelming)
Films/TV/Literature: Interview with the Vampire, Murder on the Orient Express, Sherlock Holmes (with Robert Downey Jr)      Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Francis Coppola’s Dracula
Food: Baileys, Ferrero Rocher
Eras: Baroque meets Victorian (Not Marie Antoinette!)
Fabrics: Velvet, lace, jacquard

Ruth conjured up so many strong visuals for me, which really offered a sense of the feel she was after – but I was consious that it could easily verge on ‘themed’…in a Disney restaurant kind of way. The key was to not go for cliche…but approach the style in the same way an actor would prepare for a role. What shoe’s would you wear for example…or would you write with a pen or a quill? As soon as I saw the word ‘Baroque’ I knew music must feature! Fiance Tom could wear a pocket watch…and vintage keys could be quirky place settings. Ruth also mentioned the colours she wanted to include, which really clinched the tone. I also added a sepia shade for added warmth.

Board credits: Lana by Stephanie Allin; Singer sewing machine via Travellers Places blog; Pocket Watch via Country Living; Vintage books via Blissfully Domestic; Key, Getty Images; Quill via Fresh Ink; Place settings, Elizabeth Anne Designs; Boroque candle display via Getty Images.

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  • Ruth February 4, 2011, 11:03 am

    I love it! It’s exactly what I have in mind – and I really love the idea of Tom wearing a pocket watch. Thank you so much – can’t wait to show everyone 🙂

    xxx Ruth xxx

  • admin February 4, 2011, 11:12 am

    You’re so welcome – such a pleasure! Your ideas are amazing and so inspiring. Thought of another idea… you could use a quill to sign your guest book perhaps…xxx

  • Jenny February 4, 2011, 3:18 pm

    Stunning – really atmospheric and like you said – sumptuous. This colour with the elegance of your ballet board would be perfect for my Dec wedding! x

  • Katy February 4, 2011, 4:58 pm

    Love this – my fiance also loves sherlock holmes and has a pocketwatch… maybe i can mix our tastes on our future big day 😛

  • Sarah February 6, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Gorgeous ideas! I love the warmth and elegant decadence of it all, perfect for a winter wedding. When I saw the mood board, I thought of an idea I like; a small stack of vintagey-antiquey books tied up with a broad piece of gold/tartan ribbon, used as table centrepieces or accents elsewhere in the venue.