“It’s the late 1960′s and this upper class beauty brings her newlywed English rockstar husband for a weekend of love and joy at the family castle. We can call them Estelle and John. It’s actually the early morning after the wedding and as they arrive in the sunset, still dressed up, the butler is setting up and waiting to greet them.

They have no duties to see to, no responsibility – a whole day in the nightgown, loads of sweets and poems.. and a candle-lit dinner served in the meadow on the hill.

This will be their honeymoon….”

Love My Dress Wedding Blog – Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Alicia Swedenborg

Gold sparkly wedding shoes

Oh sweet Lord! where do I even start with this one?!?

I’ve loving the work of Madelin Downey for sometime now, and have featured her gorgeous inspirational work several times on Love My Dress already.  Madeline has teamed up with Maria Ahlin to work on a new creative outlet called Vintage Honeymoon, and this photoshoot is one of their latest projects. And isn’t it exquisite?  I mean, really; the movement in that dress, those gold sparkly shoes, the cute little doggy and the whole rock n roll meets 60′s chic, relaxed vibe of it all.

Maria is responsible for the creation of all the jewllery and accessories in this shoot by the way.  I also adore the silver, gold and pale blue hues…

“Our colour palette involved lavander dusty blue, creme and silver…”


Madelin contacted me recently to ask if I would like to features this photoshoot.  Oh how I love it when that happens – gorgeous photographs and an amazing team behind them, who want the culmination of their shared cretaive talents to be showed cased on Love My Dress.  Wait a minute, did that really happen there?   I sometimes don’t feel worthy, such is the gorgeousness of these…

“We made this photoshoot with the vision of something French, classy and rock n’ roll – think the 60′s, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, sportscars and decadence, a candle light dinner with a butler and a french bulldog.”


The styling and photography is heavenly but I love the way the creative team came up with a love story/honeymoon concept to contextualise things.  It is delight too, to feature once more the work of talented Swedish Photographer, Alicia Swedenborg


Pale blue wedding dress

Gold wedding shoes




























Unutterably gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Makes me want to go and renew my vows in a field! With Ebbe the bulldog as our witness :)

Huge big quantities of love and thanks to the creative team behind these gorgeous inspirational images, but extra special thanks to Photographer Alicia Swedenborg and creative duo Maria and Madeline of Vintage Honeymoon. Madelin, when are you coming to the UK next? We have to meet!

Do you like these images? I adore the pale blue wedding dress used in this shoot. Are any of my readers considering wearing something non-traditional like this? What about a celebration in a field? Or even a rockstar husband {actually I do have an actual rockstar husband waiting to be blogged – watch this space!}.



Creative team credits
Photographer: Alicia Swedenborg
Flowers, decor, jewellery and styling – Madelin Downey & Maria Ahlin at Vintage Honeymoon
Models: Maria Appelgren, Andreas La Chenardiere, Hans Sevefjord  and Ebbe the dog
Venue – Tullgarns Castle, Stockholm, Sweden
Brides Dress – Lova Weddings + Ida Sjöstedt
Grooms Vintage Suit – Alexander Marchesan
Lavish Pastry Design – Holy Sweet
Hair Stylist – Madelin Downey
Make-Up Artist – Jennie Sjöholm

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  • http://www.dressmakingdesign.co.uk Dana Bolton

    How BEAUTIFUL! What a lovely sight to wake up to, thank you for sourcing such gorgeousness to feast our eyes on! sigh!!! I adore the pink rose bouquet against the blue dress especially.

  • Angela Lloyd

    Divine! Where did the jewelery come from that is worn with the blue dress? I think that might be perfect for my wedding in May! X

  • http://loveaudrey-loveaudrey.blogspot.com/ Loveaudrey

    Such beautiful colours! The blue dress is divine. Reminds me of the dress you wore to the LMD Soiree actually Annabel :)
    Loveaudrey xxx

  • Sarah

    Yes, I agree with Angela – please let us know where the jewellery is from :) xx

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lovemydress Love My Dress

    Morning girls! Quick reply as I get my girls ready for School/the day ahead – the jewllery is all by Maria Mahlin who collaborated with Madelin Downey in styling this shoot. Together they run the Vintage Honeymoon blog – see link in credits above :)
    Maria, do you ship your designs to the UK?
    Hope this helps!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/beautyattitudes Beautyattitudes

    I JUST love your blog – I am a newcomer and it is brilliant seeing beautiful wedding dresses that are not the traditional boring meringues!! THANK YOU!! :0)

  • Angela Lloyd

    Thank you for letting us know Annabel X

  • http://www.britten-bags.co.uk Sarah

    This is so beautiful x

  • http://www.cathepplephotography.com Cat Hepple

    I think this may just be one of my most favourite articles on here EVER.
    Utterly, utterly beautiful. The dresses, the shoes, the styling, the little pooch. It’s all so gorgeous.
    Wonderful. It brightened up a grey,damp and cold morning here in Leeds.

  • Lara Reynolds

    Absolutely divine, so much to love about this, so wishing I had a wedding dress like that last dress with the gold shoes!

  • http://www.elianconceptweddings.com Elian Concept Weddings & Events

    Beautiful! I was looking for a more elaborate word, but I am just speechless. Love this post, it has brightened up a awful, dull, cold, rainy day. Thanks, Fabienne

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lovemydress Love My Dress

    Thanks ladies, really appreciate your comments. The creative talent that goes into pulling off a photoshoot like this is off the scale – and I’m so in love with the girls over at http://vintagehoneymoon.se/ for choosing Love My Dress to showcase their work, just just gorgeous xXx

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lovemydress Love My Dress

    Thank you Fabienne and Cat! Glad to have brightened your day ;) xXx

  • http://twitter.com/#!/cyclingbride Lel

    The baby blue velvet ribbon in her hair…divine! This is probably the most inspirational styled shoot I’ve seen. Absolutely wonderful and utterly dreamy, thanks Annabel! x

  • Georgina

    ‘Estelle and John’ are gorgeous and what a cleverly executed photoshoot. My fave dress by far is that blue one, what girl wouldn’t want to dance around in that at her wedding?

  • http://www.bridalmusings.com Elizabeth | Bridal Musings

    Absolutely stunning!!! This shoot has left me breathless. The dresses, the styling, the jewellery, the gorgeous photography…love it ALL! And I want a day like that with my beau pretty please xx

  • Maria M

    Wow, not sure which bit I like best, it’s all so dreamy and beautiful!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lovemydress Love My Dress

    Georgina – I would definitely most certainly have danced for hours in that that dres!!
    Elizabeth – I want a day like this too!!!! I love you are a dreamer like me :)
    Maria M – I think you should look through it all again and work out your best bit and share ;)

  • http://www.vintagehoneymoon.se Maria Ahlin

    We are so honored! Thank you all for your comments :D I dont make the jewelry unfortunately, they are from our private jewely “treasure” box. Xx Maria Ahlin, one of the stylists.

  • https://www.nedalahrodiblake.com Neda Lahrodi-Blake

    Fab to see Swedish talent on lmd (I’m swedish). What a wonderful shoot and such good feel about it!

  • http://www.inthetreehouse.co.uk In the Treehouse Wedding Stationery

    stunning! x

  • Vicki Preston-Ladd

    I have to admit that I usually flick past the styled shoots on blogs, I tend to find them a bit flat and soul-less compared to the real life weddings.
    However, this is stunning…that blue dress is beautiful, the French bulldog is the cutest thing ever…but I think you are right Annabel, it is the story that the shoot has been based around which makes this far more accessible and really draws you in.
    Finally, I’m loving that picture of the artichokes…anyone else thinking they would look ace in a bridal bouquet??

  • http://www.nobilitychaircovers.co.uk Mary Jeremiah

    Earl grey tea in hand, radio 4 playing and LMD blog – I have just lost myself for 20mins studying every detail of these images. This has to be the most refreshing, idyllic photoshoot ever. The blue dress is so dreamy and the shoes ladies, the gold shoes – this is what my heaven looks like!!!

  • http://www.tanjademaesschalk.com Tanja

    This is so gorgeous!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lovemydress Love My Dress

    Mary Jeremiah – “Earl grey tea in hand, radio 4 playing and LMD blog”
    My kind of lady.
    When can we meet for tea? :)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lovemydress Love My Dress

    Hi Vicki Preston-Ladd – off to see if I can find any more artichoke images to feature in this post for you! Hang fire! :)
    ….and thank you xXx

  • http://blog.carmenandingo.com/ Carmen and Ingo

    alicia, really incredible work! we love them all! also the style and the dress are unbelievable beautiful! chapeau everyone!

  • Sabs

    oh, i like the shoes… i’m wearing gold glitter peeptoe heels for my wedding!

  • http://vintagehoneymoon.se/ Madelin Downey

    Thanks so much for all your lovely comments about this Jetset Honeymoon shoot, we are blushing. So great that you like it!
    And thanks Annabel, for publishing our work. We will come back for sure!
    Vicki – I actually made a wedding bouquet with an artichoke last summer! We’ve published that wedding at our blog (and check out her fab dress too!)
    Love // Madelin

  • http://www.colureweddings.com Brit at Colure Weddings

    Love this shoot! Especially the touches of blue in it!

  • http://www.eulalieevents.co.uk Jacqui

    What a gorgeous shoot, that has brighten up my dreary day.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lovemydress Love My Dress

    HI Brit at Colure Weddings – blue remains one of my fave colours, pretty pale blue JUST like the dress in this shoot….

  • http://www.vintagebridaljewellery.co.uk Jackie Vintage Bridal

    truly glamorous – the pink and gold combinations have to be my favs (although it is hard to choose!)

  • http://www.kirstenmavric.co.uk/blog Kirsten Mavric

    So, SO stunning. I adore everything about this. Especially that one shoulder wedding dress.

  • emma otsuki

    that is good.b

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lucybakermakeup LucyBakerMakeup

    I.WANT.THAT.BLUE.DRESS – I would wear it every day – wow! x

  • http://www.lolitaclothingstore.com/ lolita clothing store

    so gorgeous! i like this shoot

  • http://www.lovaweddings.com Lovisa Tedestedt

    Hello girls,
    I just want express my most heartfelt thank you’s to all of you who liked the dresses by LOVA WEDDINGS. I am the owner and founder of LOVA. If you are interested in our dresses, I can be contacted at [email protected]. The DISA dress from the 2012 Romance Collection is a similar dress to the Blue one in Ivory. We call the Blue dress “DISA Blue”. Many thanks to Alicia and her team for letting us participate in this great wonderful project!!

  • http://www.tracymorter.com Tracy Morter Photography

    That blue dress is something else! Utterly gorgeous.
    @Lucy Baker…me too! I want to do the school run in that dress!

  • http://www.emilieiggiotti.com/ Emilie

    OMG all this shoot is to die for!!!

  • http://www.theenchantedhome.blogspot.com The Enchanted Home

    Wow!! Nothing like a beautiful couple in love…and then all these amazing details! That tablescape is breathtaking, love your dresses, everything….magnificent! Congrats:)