Grand designs: How to style a historical venue to best effect

Images courtesy of Anna Beth Photography

Bursting with ideas for showing off a grand, historical wedding venue, and looking for the right moment to showcase a fabulous lockdown project, owner of Liverpool-based Thornton Events ( Lindsey Hanson was inspired to put together a styled shoot. “It was a massive success and I’m so excited about the future of the business. We have a lot of exciting things happening and I can’t wait to share them with everyone,” she says.

Having worked with many wonderful suppliers in the wedding industry Lindsey found it quite the undertaking to settle on just the few she needed to help her. She tells us, “The dream team of Danielle and Elizabeth worked so hard creating beautiful hair and make-up looks and the dresses we chose along with the black tux were ideal for that wow-factor look. Foam Flowers weren’t given any pictures of what we had planned, just a description and they managed to match our ideas perfectly with every set up!”

We hope you feel inspired as you delve into these pages, where Lindsey tells us more about the stunning setups…

Bride and groom standing beneath a stone pagoda at Eaves Hall covered in bougainvillea
Bridal bun with floral accessory

Bride holding a fucschia coloured bouquet Starting with the stone pagoda, we decided to add a bit of colour and opted for bougainvillea.

Couple in front of ceremony area at Eaves Hall with upcycled door arch and blue and white flowers During lockdown we stripped, sanded and painted some doors and had been waiting for the perfect moment to show them off! This was it and I'm so glad.

Bride and groom white floral arch by Thornton Events
Bride and groom in front of Eaves Hall

We chose a greenery and white themed arch for the veranda, which really didn’t need much as it’s already beautiful. So, we kept it simple.

Glittery wedding dress with off the shoulder sleeves
Bride with pearl head band and off the shoulder glittery dress
Faux peony bridal bouquet
white wedding setup at Eaves hall with bride in glittery dress

In the ballroom we created a gorgeous candle display using plinths of varying heights to give the aisle some texture as well as a focal point.

Wedding table set up at Eaves Hall with white theme
Top table with white theme set up at Eaves Hall by Thornton Events

The dining room is super-beautiful so we decided to show it off with a minimalist approach using candles and white florals.

Brides reflected in a mirror
Bride and groom kissing in front of Eaves Hall


Shoot coordinator and venue stylist
, Thornton Events,
Venue, Eaves Hall,
Photographer, Anna Beth Photography,
Dresses, Florianni,
Hair stylist, Danielle Marouzet Hair Design,
Make-up artist, Elizabeth Elsie Makeup,
Suits, Menswear @ Amelias,
Bouquets, Foam Wedding Flowers,
Models, Josie and Sam

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