Though spring has definitely sprung, we always have our eye on the future here at Ambience. This week we’re looking forward to one of the top trends for winter: a gothic glam wedding.

When we say ‘gothic’, we’re not talking fake vampire fangs, black lipstick and cobwebs as styling features. Think luxe materials like velvet and silk, rich dark lipstick to match burgundy bouquets and unique dark tablecloths in stark contrast to golden tableware. This is one winter wedding look we’re falling in love with!

Our stylist Laura at Ambience York was part of this gorgeous photo shoot with some of the top suppliers in her area. This was another perfect chance to demonstrate how we can help any couple express what they love and tie this in to the wedding theme. So let’s go through and see the results from the weeks of planning!

The Venue

The venue sets the tone for the whole wedding theme and the stunning Carlton Towers is a fitting location for a gothic glam theme, with its luxury interiors. The gorgeous chandeliers, the dark wood panelling and the rich carpets… it’s the perfect backdrop for your gothic glam wedding photos.

The perfect background

The Bride

For the bride’s look, shunned was the idea that brides should go for natural, light colours on their wedding day. The makeup artist opted for dramatic dark eyes and amazing dark red lipstick that suited our model down to the ground. The matching dark burgundy ranunculus  in the bouquet help set the look off perfectly, and the pristine white of the wedding dress makes a gorgeous contrast.

Gorgeous bride!

The Groom

A black velvet suit for the groom epitomises what this look is all about. Parts of it are still traditional – it is a black suit, after all – but the velvet touch gives it a sense of individuality and elegance. Add in a dark red ranunculus for the groom’s buttonhole and shun the formal shoes for some more casual loafers.

Love the colour contrast here!

Venue Styling

Black, gold and dark red are the main colours of this theme, and we think they go together perfectly to create a vampy, dramatic look that oozes glamour and sophistication. The tables were kitted out in black tablecloths to ensure the gold dinnerware stood out. We particularly love the antique gold napkin ties, these would make beautiful favours.

Perfect Styling

The Cake

This stunning cake has the look of an old gothic tower, we love it! It’s simple yet glamorous at the same time, and it fits in perfectly with the colour theme and the general ‘look and feel’ of the event. As this is quite a small cake, our supplier also provided a number of smaller cakes that could be presented to guests – meaning you can save the actual wedding cake for your closest friends and family members.

We love cake!

See below the list of talented suppliers we were lucky enough to work alongside on this photo shoot!

Venue – Carlton Towers
Make Up – Lauren Sally Bridal & Photographic Make-up Leeds Yorkshire
Hair – Emily Hawkes Bridal Hair Stylist
Flowers – Wild Floral Couture
Dresses – The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique
Cake – Blush Cake Company
Styling – Ambience Venue Styling York
Calligraphy – Nicky Chadwick-Buckley
Rings Iain Henderson Designs: Bespoke Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands
Models – Kendal Smales Work Gurdeep Rai Emma Marshall