Romantic, delicate wedding details contrasted against industrial architecture are pretty much one of my favorite things, so it’s little surprise I fell in love with this styled shoot from Studio Brown and Lovebird Designs. This Irish team of vendors dreamt up a lovely scene showcasing the aforementioned contrast, bringing in two beautiful gowns AND two incredible cakes to tie it all together. This is one you won’t want to miss!
From the designers, Lovebird Designs: While planning this industrial styled shoot, we were keen to bring our own take on the interiors-based trend. The juxtaposition between the romantic and industrial was the goal we were aiming for. While scouting, we immediately fell in love with the City Assembly House in Dublin with its history showing in muted pastels through the crumbled wall layers. The venue was the perfect setting to achieve this tone. The oval shape of the ballroom and the soft daylight pouring through the windows would make this a perfect ceremony and reception space in the heart of the city. The busy city life is left outside the walls of the stunning building that was Europe’s very first purpose built art gallery.
When designing the concept for this creative collaboration, we wanted to show the past and present glory of the City Assembly House. Every detail had to be timeless and sophisticated, and complement the soft lilac tones of the ballroom. The florals and elegant stationery are the perfect feminine touch to balance the industrial charm of the space. Flourishing Calligraphy created intricate stationery that combined the soft romantic elements by using a natural cotton paper and added the gold touches to balance the overall look. This look was also carried out into the place settings and menu cards.
We played up the industrial vibes and wealth of textures already present in the venue with the cake and sweets giving a nod to the charm of the room. The soft palette of lilac florals and lush greenery softened these stronger elements. For the dresses, we wanted to achieve a romantic look that was simultaneously edgy, and went for the ethereal Willowby by Watters gown with heirloom lace and a full tulle skirt. For the second gown, we went with a stunning Jenny Packham creation, with rose gold sequins and detailing being the perfect touch to complement our vision.
Photography: Studio Brown
Styling and Floral Design: Lovebird Designs
Venue: City Assembly House
Wedding Dresses: Jenny Packham via Sharon Hoey and Willowby by Watters by Alice May Bridal
Hair: Joanne Kelly
Makeup: Asta Sau
Wedding Cake and Sweets: Moonflower Bakery
Calligraphy: Flourishing Calligraphy
Model: Dannye Martins