Rustic Opulence – Wedding Inspiration Shoot


So if you follow me on Social Media you may have been lucky enough to catch a few sneaky peaks of this beautiful shoot and boy am I so proud and super excited to share it with you all.

Emma Joyce of Emma Chapman Photography literally contacted me with an available slot one week before this shoot and anyone who pulls together photoshoots last minute will appreciate just how stressful it can be, but I’m so happy with the end result!

Emma Chapman Photography - Styling by La Belle Amour

Emma and I have been hoping to get a shoot together for a while ever since our Marie Antoinette shoot way back in 2014!

“Rustic Opulence” was shot at the beginning of October and I was most certainly starting to feel autumnal. I think the season is where I drew a lot of my inspiration from. If you are interested in seeing the Pinterest board for this shoot then please feel free to visit it here.

My Pinterest Board description was this….

“Rustic Opulence ~ Set in a rustic barn full of vintage furniture & opulent decor pieces. Vintage Bride with a Boho twist! Moody Florals & Make up…messed up undone hair!

And I think we hit the nail on the head!

As this was quite last minute we decided to use the Barn that I store all of my items in. It’s called The Painted Barn, run by Julie Eagle, and is home to some beautiful pieces of Furniture which we hire out together. You will spy the beautiful Blue Chaise Longue and gorgeous day bed that Julie has just finished prettying up!

Also styled up was the lovely mirrored dresser which we use for Drinks Stations or Dessert Stations. Using some seasonal fruits, brass vessels, flowers & foliage. Also placed on top of this was the Cake provided by The Little Party Company which had beautiful flecks of Gold Leaf all over it! How decadent?


Alisha Whitworth is our stunning model and you can find her Business page here and Instagram too, she’s a total babe and amazing Model so please do check her out.

Emily of Love Moi Make up was our MUA on the day and I just know she loved creating these looks on Alisha, especially the dark and moody look one. Those Lips! I’m sure if you contact her to ask what products she used she will let you know.


Amy of Flamingo Amy Hair Styling created two different styles on Alisha. The first being very loose but teased out and messed up. Absolutely gorgeous! The second style was a messy braid dotted with berries and foliage which looked just incredible too. Amy most certainly has skills!!


The beautiful Bridal dresses were provided by Clare at Maisy May Bridal boutique and I had lots of fun choosing them, just wish I had the figure to wear them! Alisha wore a blush dress called “Gracelyn” from the Pure Bridal Collection and it just looked exquisite on her and totally suited the style of the shoot. Then we tried on “Germaine” which was so dreamy and ethereal we just had to use the day bed to recreate this Sleeping Beauty style scene. The last dress was the beautiful “Gwenne”.



Flowers were wonderfully rich in autumnal colours and full of foliage. Brimming with berries too! They were provided by the lovely Caroline at La Belle Flowers. She most certainly got the brief bang on because they were perfect!



The Dream Team:

Photography: Emma Chapman Photography
Model: Alisha Whitworth
MUA: Love Moi Makeup
Hair: Flamingo Amy Hair Styling
Bridal Dresses: Maisie May Bridal
Flowers: La Belle Flowers
Location: The Painted Barn
Cake: The Little Party Company
Styling: La Belle Amour

Here are some of my favourite shots and the rest of the shoot in the gallery below! Enjoy! Don’t forget to Like, Share & Pin!!

Kelly x





Tips on Styling your Wedding Day

Tips on how to style your Wedding day

Tips on how to style your Wedding day

Often my Brides & Grooms come to me a little overwhelmed with the “Theme” of their day. I try to gently persuade them to try and let go of the word theme and think instead about the “Styling” of their day.

“Styling can involve every aspect of your day from the Venue and Clothes to the flowers and even food. I describe it as the overall aesthetic look of your day”

You may find once you start planning your day you have a clear picture in your head about how it is going to look and the style you like, however, once you start pinning on Pinterest things can change! That’s totally ok! Pinterest is there to inspire you and can really help get the creative flow going!


A colour palette is a good place to start too. A colour palette can also be as much as up to ten different colours that compliment each other, so don’t limit yourself.

I recommend sitting down together with your partner and going through the “style” of your day and organising things that are a priority to you both. You may both enjoy travelling, so want to incorporate this into your day somehow? You might both be real foodies? Try to think outside the box and perhaps tie the two ideas together to carry through your style.

Flowers play a big part in styling your day however I very often hear from Brides & Grooms who don’t particularly like flowers, so they opt for other alternatives. This is absolutely fine, if it suits the overall style of your day. If this sounds like you why not try considering plants or foliage instead of flowers but remember to keep it within your overall style.

Finally, it’s all in the details! The little things like the right shade of ribbon to tie around favours and the Bride’s Bouquet. The invites need to tie in with the escort cards/place names and menu cards all with the overall style carried through.

Photo by McKinley-Rodgers

I hope you enjoyed my tips but if it is still too overwhelming then hey, why not hire a Wedding Stylist?

Thanks for reading….

Kelly x


How To Style Your Wedding Using Vintage Furniture

Up-cycled furniture is being used more and more as vintage décor for weddings, and we can certainly see why this is a popular trend. Using vintage furniture is a unique and quirky way of injecting personality into your big day. Read on for more gorgeous wedding inspiration… -

Wedding Cake Table

A classic vanity table lends itself to a wedding cake or dessert display table. Showcase your wedding cake on a vintage cake stand so you really feel as if you’re visiting a by-gone era. Props are a must-have when it comes to vintage-inspired weddings. A variety of small vintage frames with your favourite photographs in is a lovely way to decorate your dessert table. If you’re lucky enough to source an old fashioned set of weighing scales, even better! By making your dessert table mouth-wateringly delicious your guests are bound to indulge in some yummy delights. -

Cosy Lounge Area

We love the idea of a cosy lounge area for your guests to relax with a cup of tea – from a vintage cup and saucer of course. A variety of plush Victorian armchairs or even a decadent sofa or two will look wonderful. If your wedding is based indoors, source a few old-fashioned lamps for extra effect. Add a couple of weathered leathered suitcases to the equation to really wow your guests. A lounge area looks particularly fab in a venue that has a huge area to fill, such as an abandoned warehouse or loft space. -

Chic Ceremony Seating

Speaking of seating, lets talk about your wedding ceremony. If you want to go all out with your vintage furniture theme why not incorporate it into the ceremony too? Source a mixture of antique chairs from charity shops or car boot sales for your guests to sit on. La Belle Amour has a huge range of vintage furniture that you can hire for your special day – from luxurious chaise lounges to quirky armchairs, we’ve got it covered! -

Photo-booth Fun

Create your own DIY photo-booth by hanging lots of antique mirrors and photo-frames against a wall. They’ll create a wonderful backdrop for some fun polaroid photographs. Why not make your own vintage-inspired props too? Old-fashioned top hats and retro jewellery are a fab, alternative idea to the traditional photo-booths. Mix old with new by adding some colourful ribbon garlands that fit in flawlessly with your colour scheme – metallic shades or plum tones tend to look stunning with a vintage theme.

Darling Drinks Station

Serve your drinks in style with a vintage dresser and some classic cocktails. You may even be able to find an old-fashioned ‘bar’ sign to have above the dresser. Martini cocktails or some cute glasses of Babycham will really take your guests back in time! -

Wonderful Wedding Gift Table

Looking for something a little different when it comes to your wedding gift table? Old, distressed suitcases are a great way of collecting wedding gifts and cards. An old American mailbox will be the perfect addition to your table. Adorn the table with blooms that match your wedding bouquet for a feminine touch – it’ll look truly beautiful. - edendayphotography.com1

Whether your wedding venue is a blank canvas needing a splash of colour or if you simply want to inject a touch of individuality to your special day, the possibilities are endless.

Image Source: Image 1 – Photography by Kate Drennan / Image 2 – Photography by Kate Drennan  / Image 3 – Photography by Alixann Loosle / Image 4 – Photography by Steve Steinhardt  / Image 5 – Photography by Mint Photography / Image 6 – Photography by Alixann Loosle  / Image 7 – Photography by Eden Day

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