Berry reds, gold, crystals, beading… You’re just going to love this styling created by our talented stylist Laura, who is based in York.

If you’re marrying in the grey winter months, then this is one wedding theme that is going to brighten the day for you and your guests.

Berry reds, soft pinks, gold and metallics are classical, rich, memorable and so chic. Whilst being classy, there’s also a touch of decadence about this theme. It would work beautifully if you’re getting married later in the day as these colours and shades will move seamlessly from day into night.

berry reds and pinks on in wedding bouquet

The pinks and reds on the wedding cake match the colours of the roses in the bride’s bouquet.

Our stylist Laura from AmbienceYork designed the decor and used a rich, opulent burgundy, gold and red tonal colour palette.

Gold and deep berry shades work wonderfully well together, as you can see here

Candles lit up the tables with a romantic glow, reflected in the sequin tablecloths and golden cutlery.

See how beautifully gold has been styled throughout the wedding reception

The venue was made to be a romantic backdrop for weddings. Tall columns both inside and outside added grandeur and created dream photo opportunities, which the team made the most of.

Bride in garden

Walk around your venue with your photographer beforehand, these arches make a perfect frame for a picture

It’s always well worth looking around your venue before your wedding day with you photographer, so you can spot locations for your photographs, particularly if neither of you know the place well.

bridesmaid with petals

Ask your photographer to take some fun, impulsive shots – like this one!

gold wedding stationery

The gold theme used on the place cards and stationery

bridesmaid in picture frame

A picture frame could make a fun option for guest selfies

Think about other ways you can include these colours on your big day.

  • Maybe cocktails in berry reds for guests on arrival, served in gold rimmed glasses (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Wear gold nail varnish
  • Perhaps have satin shoes in a deep raspberry or aubergine shade. There is no rule that says brides have to wear ivory or white shoes. Alternatively you could find your dream pair in metallics (very practical, as you’ll almost certainly be able to wear them again).
  • Tie your wedding bouquet with an organza ribbon in gold or a blush pink
  • Gold and deep reds aren’t colours for shy, retiring types. You can see that our stylist has draped the chairs in deep red sashes adding an almost theatrical effect that certainly holds its own in a room with such height.
  • Pick out accessories that reflect your flower colours and theming like this clutch bag shown here.
  • Experiment with your make-up beforehand. Try out bold lipsticks in berry reds and a darker eye. If you’re wearing metallics, you can wear stronger shades than with a white dress. Talk to a professional make-up artist and see what they suggest.
Beautifully beaded clutch bag

Beautifully beaded clutch bag

Red and pink bridal bouquet

The veil is simple but with gold embellishment to match the theming

If you are having a dramatic theme like this, then you need to keep your wedding jewellery and the detail on your dress in tune. The beading on this bridal gown works well and subtly carries the mood along.

Your wedding cake is another place to showcase your wedding style and these two are certain to provide gasps of delight when they take their place at your wedding reception.

gold wedding cakes with berry reds

Delicate roses adorn this white wedding cake with gold embellishment, whilst the other gold tiered cake is simply decorated with long, trailing berry red blooms

You can go all out and have a gold wedding cake or have a tiered cake with a gilded section. Remember that not all tiers have to be real cake, it’s quite acceptable to have a multi-tiered cake decorated beautifully, with only two or three sections actually made of cake. An inside tip and your guests will never know.

Taken in The Orangery at Settrington

Here is the list of talented suppliers that our York stylist had the pleasure of working with for this photo shoot.