The tones and prints at this industrial inspiration by Esme Whiteside Photography and Sam Williams Flowers are amazing, including tropical blush blooms and leopard print bridesmaid dresses, as well as smoke bombs, and complementing cakes and stationery. If you're looking for style and substance then you've come to the right place.


Contemporary wedding inspiration at Holmes Mill with blush tones and stylish fashion including leopard print bridesmaid dresses.

Inspiration & Styling

For this Leopard Print Bridesmaids shoot, myself and Sam Williams wanted to create something uber-modern and inspirational, whilst being cool and industrial. We chose Holmes Mill as the venue as we loved the dark textured space, the industrial trend is something we really wanted to work with, and the ceremony room is huge (perfect for Sam’s décor pieces). We wanted to have not just a couple, but bridesmaids involved. Bridesmaid dresses are something that my brides really struggle with, all mentioning that it’s difficult to get a style that suits everyone that’s exactly the same. We wanted to show how modern and chic it can look having bridesmaids in different styles, and threw a print in there as we’re both obsessed with leopard print! It was huge in general fashion last season, so why not add it to weddings? The dresses were all from ASOS and Silk Fred, accessible high street fashion, and worked together tonally.

Esme Whiteside

Leopard Print Bridesmaid Dresses

Gone are the days when bridesmaids all wear the same dress in the same colour (although we love this too). Brides have been experimenting with ombre shades as well as prints for some time now and we love it. Today's inspiration was centred around leopard print bridesmaid dresses and blush tones in an industrial setting, and couldn't be more stylish. Leopard print fabric was also used in the draped backdrop and as table cloths and looks fabulous against the tropical anthurium floral arrangements and decadent macaroon covered wedding cake.

Decor & Details

We wanted to play around blush/coral tones for the flowers and décor, Sam created the draping fabric ceremony backdrop, and the abstract piece over the table – creating beautiful and modern installations, showing that not everything has to be floral! The flowers by Sam and Emily were tropical, and a contemporary shape for bridal arrangements, again working around the blush and coral tones. Lou Lous provided the cake station and dessert table, a totally decadent and gorgeous addition, topped off with signage by Wonderland Invites, working in those coral tones with a pop of leopard. Jen at My Pretties styled the tablescape and dessert station, with pops of black in with the coral.

Esme Whiteside

Fashion & Beauty

The bride's gowns were from Along Came Eve Bridal, a simple and modern Watters gown, and the second look was an ASOS off the shoulder top, paired with an E&W Couture skirt with thigh split, showing how high end can mix with the high street! Show-stopping bridal headband and bridesmaids accessories were created by Silver Sixpence in her Shoe, and incredible hand-painted wild thing leopard leather jacket was by Mama Inc. Modern but glam hair and makeup was by Jemma Parker, and the team from The Loft.

Esme Whiteside

If you'd like your bridesmaids to wear a patterned dress, you may also want to see Lottie & Alex's wedding where Lottie's best girls donned blue floral frocks.

Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

Concept and Coordination: Esme Whiteside Photography | Wildfire Floral Co. | Venue: Holmes Mill | Florals & Backdrops: Wildfire Floral Co. | Stylist: My Pretties UK | Stationery: Wonderland Invites | Cakes & Desserts: Lou Lou's | Silk Napkins: Laik Style | Bridal Gowns: Along Came Eve | E & W Couture | Watters | ASOS | Hairpieces and Veil: Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe | Painted Jacket: Mama Inc. Studio | Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS | SilkFred | Hair: The Loft Hair Salon | Makeup: Natura Beauty

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