A black and white colour scheme is both modern and classic, just like this Bodleian wedding inspiration. Planned and designed by, Recommended supplier, Belle Bespoke Wedding Design, featuring fierce fashion and flowers. Including anemone and astilbe flowers littering the reception table and an impressive wedding cake by, Recommended supplier, Cherry Tree Cakery. Plus, a showstopping wedding dress with detachable sleeves and a ponytail of dreams. Every element has been captured by Recommended suppliers, Poppy Carter Portraits, and All The Sparks for you to pore over and pin! All you have to do is sit back and relax! 


Sophisticated black and white Bodleian wedding inspiration with puff sleeve wedding dress.

Our vision was to create a modern elopement story with a high fashion feel at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Poppy Ashworth - Photographer

Bodleian Wedding

The inspiration for this shoot stemmed from combining the classic black and white colour palette with incredibly modern elements. The extremely grand and classic setting of Oxford added another contrasting element to this Bodleian wedding inspiration in Oxford for our stylish couple.


I've been obsessed with this Nortier Shallow wedding dress since I first saw it and wanted to show off the movement, drama and endless romance it brings. Flowers were another place where we wanted to show movement and romance, choosing white anemones and astilbe stems for the arrangements.

A black and white colour scheme is both timeless and classic.

With power ponytails being this seasons wedding hair trend, I, Holly Edmonds Hair Artistry, wanted to create something really special. This particular design is inspired by some of my favourite Russian hairstylists and their styling techniques. I used a crimping iron to add volume and texture to the front and crown of my design and dressed the curls out by using my trusty sticks. I set the finished look using my Maria Nila extra strong hair spray and added my all-time favourite Harper hairpins by Miss Clemmie Bridal Accessories.

Holly Edmonds

Laura Caroll Makeup Artistry went for a combination of modern and classic bridal makeup to create a soft and romantic look. Using neutral tones to complement the Bodleian stone but modernising the look with glowing luminous skin to bring romance.

Laura Carroll

This isn't the first time we've shared Bodleian wedding inspiration. Ali and Andy, and Abi and Gavin also had their weddings there. In fact, Libraries, colleges and historic buildings are pretty cool places to say I do!

Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

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Photography & Art Direction: Poppy Carter Portraits | Planning & Design: Belle Bespoke Wedding Design | Videographer: All The Sparks | Cake: Cherry Tree Cakerie | Venue: Bodleian Weddings | Flowers: Fall into Flowers | Dress: Nortier Shallow | Makeup: Laura Carroll Makeup Artistry | Hair: Holly Edmonds Hair Artisry | Hair Accessories: Miss Clemmie Accessories | Stationery: Papermill Calligraphy | Tableware: Duchess & Butler | Linen: Just 4 Linen | Lighting: That Event | Models: Alex & Alissa

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