Wedding Receptions in Cornwall and Devon

Modern art deco at Burgh Island

Wedding styling: modern art deco

Art deco is reimagined for glamour-loving modern couples at Burgh Island Hotel

Located on a tiny tidal island on Devon’s south coast, the iconic Burgh Island Hotel is one of Europe’s foremost examples of art deco style. Built in 1929 and one of the most popular hotels of the 1930s, you’ll find the hallmarks of art deco everywhere, from the accents of geometry and chrome to the beautifully designed dressing tables and armchairs. A retreat for the notable likes of Agatha Christie and Noel Coward, its spectacular walls have offered privacy, luxury and glittering parties through the decades alongside sweeping views of rolling seas and sandy beaches. “It is the hotel where guests can never be overdressed and you can relax in your own private haven,” says Jennifer Shoubridge of Jennifer Jane Photography, who coordinated this styled shoot alongside stylist Emma Caesar of Emma Caesar Weddings.

Almost 100 years since the first bricks were laid – and the art deco movement got into full swing – the shoot showcases how the aesthetic of those glamorous days are every bit as appealing for a modern wedding, but with a fresh, modern edge.

“We wanted the shoot to have a real feel of the art deco era, but at the same time feel contemporary,” says Jennifer. “For this reason, we opted for a softer colour palette of mint, white and gold instead of the more familiar black and gold.”

A nod to the period’s statement décor, a showstopping floral centrepiece towers over the tablespace, its muted shades adding a modern feel, while lillies and pampas grass replace the famed feathers of the era. The soft, romantic aesthetic continues in the details: the geometric design of the mint and gold stationery echoes in the gold leaf adornment of the cake.

Although contemporary, the lace gown oozes vintage glamour and sophistication. “We didn't want the hair and make-up to be a historical recreation, so we kept the make-up natural, but opted for a little more drama for the eyes,” says Jennifer. “For the hair we combined the finger-wave style of the era and a sophisticated updo.” The bespoke hairpiece – created especially for the shoot with vintage pieces – adds an exquisite finish, catching the light as the sun slips down behind the sea – and the night-time soirée begins.

Photography Jennifer Jane Photography
Styling Emma Caesar Weddings
Venue Burgh Island Hotel
Flowers Brompton Buds
Dress Carina Baverstock Couture
Shoes Rainbow Club
Headpiece & jewellery The Lucky Sixpence
Groom’s outfit Next
Hair Jai Prettejohn
Make-up Laura Le Page
Cake Claire’s Sweet Temptations 
Stationery Retro Press
Coasters Pale Press
Glassware, cutlery napkins & chargers Duchess & Butler
Moon arch, trolley & candleholders The Youngest Child
Models Emma Falcon, Jordan