Two brides stand outside the entrance to Dunwood Hall Estate, Stoke on Trent for a Dungeons and Dragons Styled wedding shoot

Dungeons & Dragons Styled Wedding Shoot.

Dunwood Hall Estate, Stoke on Trent.

"A Natural 20"

I won’t lie, I’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons in my life but when I heard Plan-it Pixie was organising a Dungeons and Dragons styled wedding shoot, I just had to put my hand in the air to be photographer. I may not know much about the game but I new it would mean loads of quirky, geeky and bespoke stuff to shoot. I was not disappointed!

To say that the team of suppliers were well into it is an understatement, many of them were gamers themselves and there was lots of jargon being used in the group chat in the run up to the shoot that went well over my head. Really displaying an unhealthy knowledge of the game was Celebrant, Natalie from Velvet Moon Ceremonies who wrote some fantastic themed vows which were read in the order determined by a dice roll.

The venue Pixie had found for the shoot was just perfect. Dunwood Hall Estate is a private home that has been in the same family for generations. They let the amazing space out for weddings. The grade II listed building dates from the 1800s and is in the gothic style, complete with gargoyles, three acres of gardens and a stunning mosaic floor that just begged to be shot from above.

This shoot was jam-packed with bespoke items which were so exciting to photograph. Not least of all, the stunning gowns by Felicity Westmacott who created two historical and ethereal designs for the modern bride. One for the ‘elven bride’ in pale ivory crepe with low back cape neckline and gold detail to shoulders and waist and a second for the ‘human bride’ in ivory lace sheath dress over grey satin with grey tulle full skirted overdress and long lace sleeves.

Other bespoke items included the amazing bouquets by Maddison Rocks who doesn’t just do flowers but floral sculptures. One featuring a dragons head and the other an illuminated moon. The three tiered cake by Kitchen Witchery was festooned with dice which she painstakingly arranged for the ultimate roll. Not forgetting the amazing scrolls  and name tags by The Cheshire Calligrapher and bespoke stationery by Prim and Glad. Pixie and Becky from Foxglove and Black tied everything together with luxurious styling in Burgundy tones with antlers, drapes and natural wood. Pixie even organised a gaming table complete with merch from Critit.

The shoot was a massive success with some great feedback from alternative couples online who were so excited to see a wedding done differently. The shoot has been featured in Pretty and Punk, The English Wedding Blog and was on the cover of Issue 9 of Outrageous Bride magazine.

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