Mystic Autumn | Chantal Mallet Bridal Couture

Mystic Autumn | Chantal Mallet Bridal Couture

Corseted Wedding Gowns by UK Couture Bridal Designer, Chantal Mallet

We love brides that see their wedding as an expression of their personal style and embrace the concept of doing their day, their way. When I design gowns for my collection I design for ladies who are are looking for the best, most perfectly ‘them’ dress they will ever wear, which is every bit as individual as they are. In the world of 21st Century weddings, you can wear any colour, any style, indeed you don’t even have to wear a dress or marry a man.

Our gown collection consists of a fairly even split between colourful and traditional shades but it was our black and gold dresses we couldn’t wait to show off. Photographed and conceptualised by creative fashion photographer Magic Owen, Rousham House and Gardens  was the setting for three of our gowns: Dolce Vita, Elizabeth and Lolita.

Dolce Vita


Our shoot proves you can style black with gorgeous Autumnal florals and capture the magic of the season and fun of Halloween without straying into the realms of gothic or costume.

The high fashion styling was inspired by the amazing Dolce & Gabbana show at Lake Como that has been dazzling us on Instagram over the last few months, where rich colours and black played against sumptuous florals. We also paid homage to Frida Kahlo with statement blooms in the model’s hair. We looked to the work of photographer Tim Walker for inspiration and to give the shoot it’s theatrical and romantic vibe. Dahlia flower beds & Virginia Creepers delivered the beauty of nature’s Autumn colour palette.

We created accessories to style our dresses to our theme. When we saw the edits, we loved how this shoot really captures a theme that brides can take and make their own. Brides really can rock dramatic coloured wedding gowns.


Chantal Mallett is a UK couture bridal wear designer specialising in one of a kind, corseted gowns.

Gowns & Accessories/ Styling: Chantal Mallett
Photography / Art Direction: Magic Owen
Hair & Make-up: Hallimah Abubacker of H Beauty
Model: Lita Flores Garcia
Boots: House of Elliot

Riviera Rose

Riviera Rose

The French Riviera meets the Quintessential English Rose for Buckinghams’ cover shoot at Hodsock Priory, Notts, featuring three magnificent gowns by Joanna Leigh Couture.

Written by EJ Wright, Photography by Dottie Photography

I first met Joanna Leigh Couture at our wedding show at Belvoir Castle in the Autumn of 2017. Her designs are sensational and I knew we’d definitely want to work with her on a photoshoot. I called her after the show and asked if she would be interested. She said yes and we set about discussing dresses. Jo sent over detail shots of several gowns she was working on. The first was ‘Florence’ – or 3D Silk as we were affectionately calling her at the time. After my initial gasp, my mind’s eye wandered  instantly to the beautiful gardens at Hodsock Priory. We just had to shoot this dress at that location.

[Come to the Hodsock Priory Wedding Fair]

‘Little Bow’ followed along with immediate inspiration to pair her with a sharp suited Riviera styled groom. Last, but by no means least, ‘Birdy’. A breathtaking humming bird gown so beautiful it is beyond words.

So who would we ask to go behind the camera? Myself and Mandy Carter at Dottie Photography had been chatting for nearly a year about working together on a project and I had a feeling this would be the perfect one. When I showed Mandy the dresses and the venue, she was on board.

Scene 1 – Florence

‘Florence’  embraces lavish textures, exquisite embroidery and the rustle of silk taffeta. A hand pleated silk bodice accentuates the waistline.  Chiffon petals and floral detail delicately flutter revealing rich pearl and crystal adornments. The sheer, voluminous sleeves and veiled shoulders create a dramatic sense of romance as the floral embellishments softly trail away from the train.

Our backdrop was Hodsock Priory, the beautiful country house in Blyth, Nottinghamshire, once visited by Henry VIII in 1541. With the impressive Tudor Gatehouse,  the Panelled Hall ceremony room, glamorous chandeliers and the stunning gardens with its own lake, we were spoilt for photo opportunities.

I’d been praying for a dry day and although it was really overcast when we arrived, we took the risk and set up our first scene in the gardens. I’d been speaking to George Buchanan, owner of Hodsock, about what was in bloom and when. I wanted to create an al fresco double depth top table with the front table doubling as a dessert table with cake centrepiece. A waterfall of fabric was to froth onto the grass below it. I invited beautiful harpist, Soraya Vermuelen, to complete our scene.

For cakes and favours I went straight to Lorien Storey from Storeybook Cakes. I haven’t known Lorien for long but she’s already in my little black book of go-to cake designers. Her attention to detail is epic and I was confident she’d totally smash it, and she did. Leading up to the shoot, Lorien sent me teaser shots of the cakes and favours she was working on. From the first photo I knew she’d taken what was in my head and turned it into sweet reality.

Mandy had recently launched ‘Dottie Events & Hire,’ her new marquee company. This was a great opportunity to delve into her extensive stock of hire items and she had the very pieces I was hoping for – gold cutlery, cut crystal and lots of candle sticks! We borrowed gold edged chargers and votives from our friends at Nerissa Eve Weddings in Market Harborough. Millie Stone UK designed our beautiful name cards for the table and the lovely ladies from Nuptia, set about adding sashes to our ceremony chairs and draping the backdrop, kindly assisted by  Anna Straw.

Scene 2 – Little Bow

Little Bow’ was designed especially for the Hodsock Priory shoot and inspired by a single pair of silk retro styled gloves which represent elegance in its simplest form. Appropriately named, it displays a delicate bow positioned in the centre of a clean cut and sensual bust line without interrupting the sophisticated décolletage.

When Marianne Slater at Frances & Rose checked her schedule and said she was available, we knew we were on to something special. Marianne’s combination of home grown ‘just foraged’ flowers were perfect for the table setting and bouquets. 

With Adele Coxon MUA and Kirby Blythe Hair on beauty, the stage was set. Our models, Sadie Straw and Josh Oxley Adams  made the perfect couple. We styled Josh in a selection of suits from Christopher Scotney Mens Hire in Leicester. For gloves, there’s really only once place to go if you’re looking for the best. I approached the fabulous Cornelia James. I always love the moment their little packet of gloves arrives at my office.

Scene 3 – Birdy

Birdy – a glamorously fitted and semi sheer bustier is artistically decorated with intricate embroidery in magenta, kingfisher and green, all the shades least expected to be found on a bridal gown. Even more captivating is the way the intertwining branches, climbing roses and hummingbirds dance around the hemline of soft draping silk tulle. A couture bridal gown in every sense of the word.

After several hours, scene one was set. The gardens burst into petal and bloom right on cue and the rain swept over us very briefly and promptly disappeared. Thank you to everyone involved in this project, especially to Hodsock Priory for looking after us. To Florence, Birdy and Little Bow – we love you.


Venue Hodsock Priory, Nottinghamshire –
Creative Direction & Production – EJ Wright, Buckinghams –
Photography – Dottie Photography –
Wedding Gowns – Joanna Leigh Couture –
Gloves – Cornelia James –
Wedding Cakes, Sugar Flowers & Favours – Storeybook Cakes –
Stationery – Millie Stone UK –
Make Up – Adele Coxon MUA –
Hair – Kirby Blythe –
Flower Arrangements & Bouquets – Frances & Rose –
Grooms Wear – Christopher Scotney Mens Hire –
Chair Sashes, Ceremony Decor & Draping – Nuptia –
Cutlery, Glassware, Candle Sticks – Dottie Events & Hire –
Gold Chargers & Votives – Nerissa Eve Weddings –
Place card holders – Editor’s own
Photography Assistant – October Willis Photography –
Harpist – Soraya Vermeulen –
Female Model – Sadie Straw
Male Model – Josh Oxley Adams

Pick Your Perfect Wedding Season

Pick Your Perfect Wedding Season

The Ultimate Bridal Colour Guide

As most brides would agree, one of the most important, and perhaps difficult, parts of planning a wedding is settling on a theme. When you really think about it, everything else like the venue, cake, attire, makeup and décor will be planned around this so you really need to nail it. Wedding industry experts, Adorn Invitations have put together a style guide, based on the season in which you will host your big day, to help give you some inspiration.

Soft and Love-Filled Spring Soiree 

Add a touch of femininity and romance with pale pink tones and a grey/blue hue that promises to send hearts aflutter. Stun your guests with a pastel and whimsical theme that is coupled with touches of rose gold for that air of luxury and class. Don’t forget to add rich greenery and white blooms throughout to really set the contrast and balance out such blushing and light colours. 

Blooming and Beautiful Summertime Celebration

You’re lucky enough to have your wedding during a season where the most beautiful of flowers are in full bloom, so take advantage of that and decorate your venue with as much greenery and ivory as you can – from hanging them on your Welcome Sign, to draping them from the chandelier, placing them on the arch or filling the table with cute little displays and pots, the options are endless. Turn this into your own little captivating outdoor garden. 

Luxe and Moody Autumn Extravaganza 

Picture your elegantly pure white gown amongst a sea of rich and deep maroon and blue, enriched by opulent touches of gold. Blend the red and blues softly into your bouquet, wedding invitations and accessories and glam everything else up in gold. This bold yet beautiful colour palette is for the bride who wants to break free from the traditional white-styled wedding and wants hers to exude sheer decadence and to bedazzle her guests.

Stylish and Sophisticated Winter Wonderland 

Dripping in Old-Age romance, this royal and regal colour palette is perfect for the couple who want to move away from the traditional towards something modern yet still elegant and luxe. Oozing a luxurious 1920’s feel, you could pair these colours with an Old Hollywood, Gatsby, Vintage or Glam theme and have your guests dress in the complementing bold shades.

Lavender Fields – Styled Shoot Inspo

Lavender Fields – Styled Shoot Inspo

Bring To Life Your Own Boho-Luxe Lavender Wedding Day

“In need of a dose of inspiration for your Boho-Luxe wedding day? Peruse through this enchanting styled photoshoot from Adorn Invitations amongst the vibrant backdrop of a country lavender field. A free-spirited couple dine on delectable gold flaked macaroons in a setting fit for a Moroccan Princess.”

“Utilising a colour scheme of lilacs, blushes, lavenders and golds – the brains behind this styled photoshoot is event designer and creative director of Adorn Invitations. With years of design experience, the head stylist spearheaded their own cow skull centrepiece and sourced gemstones and crystals from all over the globe to include in the lavish indoor and outdoor tablescapes. Wild floral arrangements of roses, succulents and greenery sprawl along the timber tables and gold foiled laser cut invitations with foil stamped bands introduce guests to the magical day. Gowns from Maggie Sottero and Nicole Spose feature with white henna and dainty floral crowns to create a look that is truly magical.

Wanting to create an aesthetic that was otherworldly and yet easily accessible to every day brides, the team endeavoured to create a harmony between an ethereal bohemian vibe and elegant romanticism. Textured tribal patterns in vivid purples contrast against sleek gold metallic lines to produce a wedding style for both the offbeat and traditional bride.”

The Team

Photography: Sephory Photography
Styling: Adorn Invitations 

Food: Mary Eats Cake 
Invitation Design: BWedding Invitations
Headpiece and Jewellery Loveon
Dresses: Raffaele Ciuca 
Flowers: Babylon Flowers

Belvoir Castle | Buckinghams Styled Shoot

Belvoir Castle | Buckinghams Styled Shoot

Buckinghams exclusive photo shoot at Belvoir Castle.

We had a busy day ahead, whilst EJ was interviewing The Duchess of Rutland about her breathtaking home and what makes Belvoir Castle the most unique of wedding venues the the rest of the team were preparing for the styled shoot to follow.

Three stunning looks were created for this shoot, all suiting the many fantastic rooms you can choose from at Belvoir Castle.  The Pronovias dresses from RS Bridal Collection ranged from a grand ‘queen like’ dress, a medieval long sleeved dress to a slinky jewelled evening gown.

You can see the full interview with The Duchess in our Magazine- Issue Four 

The shoot was fantastic and Buckinghams loved it so much that we decided to return and create a cover for our Issue Four Magazine. We created a fourth look, this time releasing our inner Queen and taking an iconic style from Queen Victoria who stayed at Belvoir Castle for three nights in 1843. The Ivory & Co. tiara graced the cover along with the same model Lucy Inkley, who had her hair and makeup styled by Adele Coxon and photographed by Sophie May Morris

Buckinghams are proud to be organising a wedding fair like no other at Belvoir Castle, the magnificent home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Rutland. Surrounded by beautiful gardens with stunning far reaching views, Belvoir Castle offers the grandest of locations for your wedding day and this event will be sure to inspire you. Make sure you register online for your free tickets and see the fairytale dream wedding venue come true.

Art Direction: Buckinghams Wedding Magazine

Location: Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Photographer: Oehlers Photography & Sophie Morris

Hair & Make Up: Adele Coxon

Model: Lucy Inkley

Dresses: Pronovias at RS Bridal Collection

Tiara: Ivory & Co

Coronet: Chantal Mallett

Pomander of Roses: Julia Dilworth Florals

Bouquet & Headdress: Bradgate Flowers 

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