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Art Deco at The Duke

With its grand, elegant spaces, the Duke oozes style and sophistication and for decades the hotel has been the venue of choice for many wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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Art Deco at The Duke

With its grand, elegant spaces, the Duke oozes style and sophistication and for decades the hotel has been the venue of choice for many wedding ceremonies and receptions delivering effortlessly the sense of occasion that every wedding deserves.

With so many fashion trends the Wedding Team at the Duke enjoy working with creative and talented suppliers to showcase the Duke in a variety of styles to inspire future couples. Think 1920's glamour. Think Great Gatsby!

The Theme "Art Deco" a theme selected by Agata from UpArt photography who captured and coordinated the shoot. Find out more about this fabulous shoot and the inspiration behind each detail from all the talented suppliers involved. Starting with Agata, she explains why she chose Art Deco.

“I have always been fascinated by the history behind the hotel and love the fact that it has seen many different styles and eras since opening in 1863. The photo shoot needed to be in keeping with the age of the hotel, reflecting the history. It was decided that the photo shoot should reflect the 1920’s with an element of Art Deco and Hollywood glam. Working together, the many suppliers styled the shoot with a clear 1920’s influence. I am thrilled with the result and feel that whilst being a 1920’s shoot, a modern bride-to-be could easily take inspiration from this shoot and bring those elements to her own big day.”

Danielle from The Wedding Hub supplied the beautiful Rock the Frock wedding dress along with the suit from The Vintage Suit Hire Company. Taking inspiration from Agata’s vision, Danielle explains.

“Agata’s concept was refreshing and made it possible to show off the versatility of the venue. I loved how there were just hints to an era rather than being overdone, it goes to show that with a bit of imagination and styling you can add a touch of any theme to your wedding.”

A wedding is not a wedding without beautiful flowers and a bridal bouquet Louise Brumpton from The Secret Garden Flowers provided stunning flowers and foliage for the shoot and here she explains more about her ideas.

“We decided to choose a monochromatic look with accents of crystal, glass and a bit of bling, so I decided white anemones with their almost black centres would be perfect. I designed a shower bouquet similar to those that would have been carried on the arms of 1920s brides, with the trail being made from beautiful white Singapore orchids and eucalyptus foliage. To add a bit of bling I threaded ivory pearls onto silver bullion wire and trailed it through the bouquet, and a natural placuna shell collar for shine and interest. Extra anemones were added to the crystal ware for the tables, styled by Danielle at The Wedding Hub, to finish the look. The whole day was relaxed and fun, and I even got a bit of exercise being UpArt photography’s lighting assistant for a while!”

The striking, unique wedding cake was created by the very talented Rachel from Cut Me Of A Slice Rachel explains.

“There was a group discussion with all the wonderful suppliers, a lot of the conversation involved all of the design elements that influenced the shoot. I looked at all of these different elements and took inspiration from the bold and distinctive style. Taking into account the colours that were being used throughout the stationery and flowers and incorporating that into my design. We went for a classic, bold look, which didn’t include any flowers, something very different for us, but it all came together beautifully.”

Adding to the art deco theme, the Prop Factory provided some stunning pieces including a gramophone and a globe drinks cabinet Carmen explains.

“Styling for the shoot was subtle and minimalistic, as the Hayward Room provides a fantastic backdrop and old Hollywood vibes. Being a huge 1920’s fan I love the classic character this room oozes. It is a really good size too.”

The bride's hair was delicately styled by the very creative April from Wags Hair and Beauty, resulting in a stunning finish. April explains.

“Following the 1920s theme and beautiful thick, multi-tonal hair I had to work with, I chose to add a wave to the hair using my wand and then created a Gatsby-style bob with a slightly modern twist.”

Gem Ryder MUA added the glamorous makeup for the Bride, providing a contemporary take on the 1920’s. Gem explains.

“I concentrated on a simple eye with a wash of pale gold over the lid and a touch of Black Flicked eyeliner, the skin was given a flawless pale finish with a cheek colour to compliment, the whole look was finished off with a pop of colour on the lips using a Dark Cerise lipstick rather than a more traditional red to give the look a more updated feel. Together with the hair and accessories, I think, we achieved a really beautiful contemporary take on the 1920’s style, a look which can easily be recreated for today’s brides.”

If you have a theme for your wedding then the stationary choice is of great importance. In this shoot, stylish wedding place cards and menus added flair and personality which were provided by wedding stationers Knots and Kisses. Nikki explains.

“It was lovely to create some stationery, especially for this shoot. An Art Deco theme can sometimes come across as a pastiche of another style so it was fantastic to see a modern interpretation of this theme. To go with this I created a stationery suite with a deco style font but a distinctly modern feel with clean lines and just a simple fine grosgrain ribbon.”

The models where Mark and Philippa Bowden.

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