Exquisite Vintage Romance at Kingsdown Rectory

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Michael Newington Gray Photography | Dusky Rose & Burgundy Vintage Shoot - Kingsdown Rectory Kent Wedding Venue

This shoot is breathtakingly romantic and full of intricate lace and vintage details that it is sure to be popular with anyone planning a wedding!

Conceived and planned by Lara from Lara James Makeup and Sam from Flutterbee Me Events, they had this to say about this delightful shoot:

‘Shot at the stunning Kingsdown Rectory wedding venue nestled in Kent, the garden of England. This romantic venue boosts stunning stone brick walls, beautiful grounds making it a dreamy, wedding venue. Also making it the perfect elegant venue for a vintage romance shoot.

[We] set to work with a creative team of wedding suppliers to bring a vintage romance to Kingsdown Rectory. Inspiration for the this set up was to bring a vintage romance into the modern world. With a flare of class, simple but effective styling that modern-day brides and grooms could recreate themselves. With a rich colour pallet of burgundy and dusky rose, the team paired it with vintage element.


Combining the tweed suits from Penguin Suits Hire, a vintage lace dress from Victoria Grace Bridal and finished with lace boots from House of Elliot.

Makeup artist Lara’s vison for the makeup, was to combine the romantic of a vintage themed wedding with fresh beautiful makeup. Using the 1900’s as a starting point for the shoot, she switched up the black eye kohl typical of that era in makeup and curated a softer makeup look using pinks as the colour scheme was dusty rose and burgundy. Paired with a half up half down gorgeous hair and curls style by She Said Yes Bridal Hair, finished with a beautiful hand-crafted hair flower by Present Perfect Creations.

Stylist and wedding planner Sam from Flutterbee Me Events said “I wanted to bring a wow factor and something unique to the shoot. I had seen a few different layouts for ceremonies that was not the norm, and that’s where the idea for the creative circle ceremony was designed. Using fold away chairs from Locate to Create and with the drone footage help from Russell Kent Nicholls, we created a circle walkway for the couples to walk down and be greeted by Simply Ceremonies UK. You can see how powerful and stunning the ceremony looks from a birds eye view in Russell’s incredible video”.

Beautiful jewellery provided by Fitzgerald Jewellers, added that extra sparkle. We chose a dainty necklace and earing gold set which complimented the Bride perfectly. For the Groom we went with a traditional signet ring – fun fact; did you know the signet ring was traditionally used to seal wax on letters and confidential correspondence!

Locate to Create brought the indoors outdoors with a beautiful seating area. It is here where we decided to add the wedding cake from Chelsea Buns, for a picture-perfect summer vibe and also, showcasing that you can break away from the normal traditions on where the cake should be placed. All captured beautifully by Michael Newington Gray Photography.

Treats on a Tricycle provided a confectionery treat with their vintage ice cream bike. Making the perfect photo opportunity and also a yummy treat on a hot summer’s day.

Inside the breakfast room of Kingsdown Rectory, Vintage Flair displayed an elegant tea party with her vintage crockery, paired beautifully with Fleurista UK florals and calligraphy stationery from Flora Dora Designs.

We hope this shoot inspires you with your wedding planning, and with the popular series Bridgerton on Netflix, we believe vintage and lace will be making a big appearance in the future at weddings.’

And make sure you don’t miss the beautiful video by Russell Kent Nicholls after the photos!



Michael Newington Gray Photography | bride walking towards circular aisle with stunning wedding dress and long veil with lace details





The creative team behind the shoot:


Photography - Michael Newington Gray Photography Styling & Wedding Planner - Flutterbee Me Events Makeup & Planning - Lara James Makeup Venue - Kingsdown Rectory Florist - Fleurista UK Stationery - Flora Dora Designs Videography - Russell Kent Nicholls Props & Furniture - Locate to Create Dress - Victoria Grace Bridal Suit - Penguin Suits Hire Celebrant - Simply Ceremonies UK - Independent Celebrant Hair Stylist - She Said Yes Bridal Hair Vintage Crockery - Vintage Flair Model Groom - Connor Model Bride - Molly-Kate Bridal Hair Flowers - Present Perfect Creations Cake - Chelsea Buns Jewellery - Fitzgerald Jewellers Ice-cream Bike - Treats on a Tricycle Lace Boots - House of Elliot Napkins, Garter & Silks - Extra Special Touches

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