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HOW TO I DO’S GUIDE TO WINTER WEDDING STYLING!

We love a styled shoot! (Who doesn’t?!) So, we became excited when organiser extraordinaire Megan at Critical Hype and talented Tiree from Tiree Dawson Photography collaborated on a glowingly-glamorous winter wedding shoot. To blog or not to blog? The answer was easy. Here it is, winter wedding styling for all couples looking to embrace the season.

Winter Wedding Styling

The shoot took place across the pennines at the smart and highly accomplished restaurant with rooms, Hipping Hall. This intimate and luxury 17th century Country House is nestled at the foot of Gragareth, the highest point in Lancashire, and is surrounded by 12 acres of beautiful gardens and breathtaking grounds.hipping hall weddings

We have first hand knowledge that the tasting menu hits all the high notes courtesy of Head Chef and recent Masterchef finalist Oli Martin. Plus, this grand dining room is just glorious. 

hipping hall wedding dining

Wedding Foliage

One of our first tips for winter wedding styling is to have plenty of seasonal foliage – and antique wooden furniture looks great if available! We hope that there is a log fire burning in the background, chestnuts roasting, holly, mistletoe… you get the gist! Bring the outdoors in and get creative! winter wedding styling inspo

Wedding Colour Palette

Our second tip is to contrast bold colours with pale palettes. In terms of appearance, an ivory faux-fur for cosiness and pale, natural makeup looks great. Team the look with a statement lip for the evening or a show-stopping bouquet to add that pop of colour. Suits might want to go bold with a tweed striped affair or add some flair with a crimson bow tie.

winter wedding jacket

Romantic Wedding Decor

Our third top tip is to evoke a sense of sparkling snow and starry nights. We love the glow of these lights, courtesy of Typical Type, and the hanging festive floral fronds. Winter weddings shout ROMANCE in the most elegant way imaginable. romantic wedding lightingromantic wedding lighting

Wedding Comfort Food (and Drink!)

Our fourth tip is to allow winter to take the lead on food and drink. Comfort food can reign at this time of year. These sharing platters of nibbles are the essence of winter cheer, and allow guests to break the ice too. Pass that fudge over this way, pleeease! A fancy hot chocolate station never goes amiss too. 

Winter Wedding Dresses

Our incredible featured boutique Legend Bridal Designs volunteered two wonderful wedding dresses. Winter wedding need not mean long sleeves with thermals underneath (we’re joking, obviously – but you catch the drift, even if snow is a no-show). Below is an exquisite wedding day dress. The gown is Lyra, with Altair shoulder jewellery. It’s sooo pretty. A star is (definitely) born!

We acknowledge that most dresses will look good on a model leaning against beautiful classical columns, but this one practically spells F-A-I-R-Y-T-A-L-E! Teamed with an elegant jacket for warmth and practicality, all grandparents can rest easy. Yes, she is going out LIKE THAT.winter wedding faux fur jacketThe shoulder beading exudes an air of confidence and graceful style. It really is all about the small details sometimes. The look of the Lyra gown changes completely with the addition of the décolletage decor. shoulder beading weddingwedding dress shoulder beadingNOTE: Husky not included, but he definitely adds to that winter wonderland vibe! We’re in love!

Come evening time, how about clean lines and sparkles? From dreamy-day to sophisticated-soiree with this amazing Ara number. The back beading is simply sensational!elegant winter wedding dresswedding dress back beadingAra wedding dress ultra violet wedding bouquet

Winter Wedding Flowers 

With that visual spoiler, what about those flowers? As Pantone’s colour of the year ultra-violet fades (to welcome in Living Coral), let it sing! Thank you Katie Laura Ashton for these incredible bouquets, free-spirited flowers and foliage fantasia! For opulent purples look no further!purple hand picked flowers

wild winter wedding flowers

For a true day to night transformation, why not add a decadent second bouquet?! It’s up to you which way you do it but we’re fans of….

Pretty in hand-tied pink for day…

handpicked bouquet winter wedding

… and portent and purple for the evening!purple orchid wedding bouquet

Wedding Hair and Makeup

Katie Simpson Hair and Aimee Chorley created these cool and contrasting looks in the hair and makeup realm. This neat yet whimsical up-do (and boho-brilliant rose necklace) is totally charmant! rose flower necklace
Rock darker, bolder shades for a striking look, perfect for the evening or for those who want to make a fulltime statement. 
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To meet in the middle, this berry shade is confident and serenades day in to night.
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Hair down can be so much more exciting than bouncy curls (which we love, by the way). But how about for a side-swept look adding in a braid. Super stylish, plus it will keep hair tidy and also add detail.braided wedding hairFor those wanting a proper up-do, it does not get better that this graceful coil with tasteful ivory accessories!

Let them eat WEDDING CAKE!

Finally, add some winter essence to a centre-stage wedding cake. Patisserie-pros Poppy Pickering Cakes dazzled us with this sparkling show-stoppers. We love the glittering gold and contrast of pale pink and crimson roses.

Thank you!

Thank you to all the above wedding suppliers who made this winter wedding shoot possible – and super stylish. A big shout out and heartfelt thanks to models Rachel Hayton and Aimee Chorley who rocked the frocks. 

More from How to I Do!

To see even more of our fabulous wedding related blogs click here. For more winter wedding inspo click here. To find top independent wedding businesses in the North West, click here!

 

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