Styled Shoot: Winter Opulence

“Rich cobalt blue contrasts with lavish gold, to provide the ultimate in luxury."

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The days draw in and winter approaches. Although the sun may not be as ready to warm your day, we know our opulent winter wedding theme will do exactly that and more.

The inspiration for this theme was Wedgwood’s Anthemion Blue plateware. Unashamedly extravagant, Anthemion Blue shimmers as its rich cobalt blue background contrasts with lavish gold and delicate neo-classical iconography to create the ultimate luxury for the table. Using new classic shapes introduced to mark the company’s 250th anniversary, the range features decorative borders detailed with traditional colonnades and classic laurel.

Having chosen this gorgeous dinnerware, we selected our blue, white, silver and gold colour palette and our regal theme to complement its vibrant hues and distinctive patterning. We started by dressing our table in a white satin damask tablecloth. Next we chose Waterford’s Crystal Irish Lace stemware and antique silver Kings cutlery to match the sheer opulence of our plateware. We opted for gold Tiffany chairs and a stunning pair of French Louis XV style brass candelabra into which we placed elegant white taper candles. Our single feature chair is a French 19th century harp chair from the period of Napoleon III.


No table setting is complete without flowers. Ours are white roses, green hydrangeas and blue hyacinths, which we placed in sparkling John Rocha Voya bouquet vases. We tied gold rope ribbon around the vases, a simple styling idea that added yet another dimension to our opulent theme. As we were aiming for a look that was absolute elegance, we couldn’t resist our glittering chandelier, which worked beautifully with our cut crystal stemware and decanters.  

We decided to present our bomboniere, which was traditional white sugar coated almonds, in an elegantly embossed white box, decorated with blue velvet ribbon and gold rope ribbon. We rolled our crisp white linen napkins and slid them into elegant silver napkin rings. Then we added more silver to our setting with a silver ice bucket, silver cruet sets and classic round silver place card holders. In the midst of all this opulence, our champagne had to be something extraordinarily special. Our choice, Louis Roederer’s Cristal, which was originally created in 1876 for Tsar Alexander II.

Our cake was inspired by Wedgwood’s Anthemion Blue dinnerware, and brought together all our theme elements and our colour palette. An elegant three-tier creation, it was elaborately decorated with the Wedgwood inspired pattern, and topped with a stunning blue, white and gold decorative egg. We placed our cake on an elegant oval table with a white marble top. The perfect choice.

Style Details

Photography by Amanda McLauchlan; Words by Amanda McWhinnie; Dinnerware Renaissance Gold by Wedgwood; Glassware Crystal Irish Lace Stemware by Waterford; Vase John Rocha Voya Bouquet for WaterfordCutlery 'Kings Pattern’ from Peppergreen Antiques; Bomboniere white Fiorami box from Weddingstar, ribbon from Vandoros; Flowers Sweet Art; Cake Sweet Art; Napkin Rings and Salt & Pepper set are Windsor Silver from Wedgwood; Chandelier Interiors For You; Champagne Cristal by Louis Roederer; Candelabra, Cake Table & Gold Chair Antiques On Consignment

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