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Bold Glamour: Duxton Reserve Wedding Styled Shoot
Dark, vibrant, and glamorous, this Duxton Reserve wedding styled shoot inspires couples to let their imaginations run wild.
Today’s styled shoot takes glamour to the next level for the modern, unconventional bride. Set in the moody and dramatic interiors of Anouska’s Bar and Yellow Pot at Duxton Reserve, Autograph Collection, the shoot played to the venues’ old-world charm and air of mystery with a delightful sense of theatre and flair.
“Duxton Reserve was exactly the venue to inspire individuality, a distinctive and utterly glamorous location for wedding couples that seek the unexpected,” says the team. Designed by renowned Bond girl turned interior designer Anouska Hempel, Anouska’s Bar glitters with the drama and glamour of the Mad Men era. The team reflected the elegance of the era, and the rich hues and sensuous curves of the interiors through the sophisticated and vibrant styling.
Charlotte Puxley conceptualised bold and organic florals, saying, “Being conscious of the carbon footprint that comes from sourcing globally, we wanted to explore using natural elements and foliages grown locally, also appreciating and introducing the many varieties of flora and fauna we have here in the tropics to the wider public.” The florist used unique shrubbery like the scrambling mussaenda plant with its bract clusters and the castor oil plant with its prickly red fruit.
Hoping to inspire couples to consider sustainability and local resources, Charlotte Puxley worked with a local urban farmer to grow corn stalks for the design. Roses, eremerus, tuberose, and white wax completed the unconventional bridal arrangements in a palette of brown, white, and pops of yellow.
Model Tessa wore a whimsical gown by The Ivory Bridal, with a strong silhouette adorned with detailed beading and delicate lace that gave the gown a little sparkle and softness. To complete her look, Andrea Claire gave Tessa hair and makeup inspired by the red carpet. “When I do bridal hair and makeup, I always recommend that brides look at red carpet images of celebrities whose style they like, as well as whom they are told they resemble, then I tailor the overall look to them,” shares Andrea.
For her second outfit, model Tessa wore an elegant and minimalist gown with statement sleeves, with her hair upswept to highlight the off-shoulder neckline. Model Mack wore a black tuxedo in keeping with the elegance of the occasion. “Every gentleman should wear a sophisticated black tuxedo at least once in his lifetime,” says designer Cheryl of Artisanal Flair. “It was the perfect outfit for Mack to wear in the luxurious and elegant setting of the venue.”
The team styled a wedding reception tablescape at Yellow Pot, a vibrant and elegant space with bold splashes of yellow against a backdrop of Oriental themed furnishings. “In this scene, our goal was to capture the more intimate, romantic moments,” shares Charlotte Puxley. “This was reflected in the set-up, from neutral tones for tableware by Fork Parade, to the soft, elegant gown by The Ivory Bridal to the overall softer colour palette in the florals, with a light, airy, and feminine style of arrangement that is something we see brides come back to over and over again.” The florist played with fruit and foliage as well to give depth and texture to the organic arrangements, and created a vibrant contrast against the dark interiors of the venue.
After the wedding reception, couples can let their hair down with a relaxed after-party at the bar. Cheryl from Artisanal Flair shows grooms how they can switch up their look: “Mack changed his white shirt to a black turtleneck to wear with the tuxedo for a modern and fashionable look that’s splendid for after-party drinks with your bride and friends at the bar.” Model Tessa changed into a more casual outfit with a print dress perfect for dancing the night away.
With their bold and glamorous styled shoot, the team wants to offer a little glimpse of another world to couples looking for whimsy and a touch of magic. They share, “We hope to inspire unconventional design ideas and allow couples’ imaginations to run wild beyond what’s in front of them.”
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Venue: Anouska’s Bar and Yellow Pot at Duxton Reserve, Autograph Collection
Photography: Iki Company
Florals and Styling: Charlotte Puxley
Gowns: The Ivory Bridal
Suit: Artisanal Flair
Hair and Makeup: Andrea Claire/Judy Inc.
Tableware: Fork Parade
Models: Mack and Tessa of A Life of Attraction
Credits: Images by Iki Company
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