Can you believe it’s just two weeks until Christmas? I’m so excited to share this festive wedding shoot that celebrates both my favourite time of year and one of the most beautiful and iconic Oxford wedding venues. This was my only organized styled shoot for the year, and it took place at the Divinity School at Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries. (You may recognise it as the hospital wing from the Harry Potter movies, or from countless episodes of Inspector Morse.) The idea behind the shoot was to explore how you can style a winter wedding with a festive theme, but in a modern and luxe way instead of a more traditional ‘winter wonderland’ theme. I loved working on this shoot with the rest of the talented team, and creating lots of lovely contemporary Christmas wedding inspiration!
For our colour palette, we chose rich gold combined with muted emerald green, to give a fresh and light alternative to the more traditional Christmas shade of forest green. We used geometric details and hand painted elements to add a unique twist, and I love how it turned out! All the stationery featured geometric lines with gold foil, gold leaf, vellum and acrylic to combine multiple textures and finishes to reflect a modern wedding, but also tying into the beautiful classical lines and architecture of the building.
As always, my Christmas wedding inspiration began with the invitation suite. I created a clear. modern acrylic invitation ‘card’ with white ink and then combined it with elements using emerald green with gold foiling, and cloudy vellum. A gold foiled name tag with hand-applied gold leaf detailing was attached with a metallic twine to hold the suite together. A wax seal with gold leaf flecks provided that extra special finishing touch. Perfect for a winter wedding!
There were also lots of other special stationery details throughout the rest of the shoot, including my brand new wedding milestone cards. (These would make a great Christmas gift for a bride-to-be if you’re still looking, or engagement gift all year round!) On the tables, we placed menu cards in vellum with gold foiling. These were personalised with each guest’s name written in gold ink calligraphy, to double up as place settings. As an alternative option we also featured my gold hexagon tags which were placed on the place setting. I love these for a modern Christmas wedding – or even just for your family Christmas table! We also had a single larger clear acrylic menu with white ink.
With such a magnificent space, it was important that we also had some special signage. All of this was printed on to acrylic. For the cake and welcome signs, I opted for a gold-backed acrylic with white ink. The table plan had a more subtle look, with a clear acrylic with white ink. Their luxe look was perfectly complemented by the lush florals, which included a raised foliage ‘ceiling’ for the tablescape, and white blooms including orchids, for an elegant feel. Hollie painted a green wash backdrop as a really unique modern element, and our cake featured the same look, finished with beautiful texturing and white sugar flowers.
Concept, Signage and Stationery: White Olive Design Studio
Planning, Styling and Design: Hollie Freeland Styling
Venue: Bodleian Libraries
Photography: Maxeen Kim Photography
Florals: Rebel and the Rose
Bridal Outfits: Halfpenny London
Model: Anna Cariad
Hair and Makeup: Alice Derbyshire for Lauren Wheeler Artistry
Shoes: Rachel Simpson Shoes
Lighting and Candles: That Event Company
Cake and Cookies: Cherry Tree Cakerie
Neon Sign: Lovestruck Creative