modern victorian (reader request)

This reader requested wedding inspiration board was created for Stepheni who was inspired by the inside of a mussel shell!

Modern Victorian wedding inspiration

Stepheni wrote and said “I want our wedding to be a modern version of a Victorian wedding. Not theatrical or kitschy. The feeling I want to recreate is a dinner party with 20-40 people helping to cook, stealing bites from the chef… mingling. Our inspiration for colors is the inside of a mussel shell: midnight blue, creamy shimmery white, and a tiny bit of sunset gold.”

I was over the moon when I got this reader request. The source of color inspiration is so unique and naturally beautiful and I love the challenge of modernizing a Victorian themed wedding. For the blue in this palette using bits of toile on the decor and linens would be perfect because it was a popular pattern during the Victorian era. It is also reminiscent of the whole feeling of the wedding you are trying to create: natural and pastoral. Hand lettered menus and invitations are another nice ‘vintage’ touch and keeping everything natural and handmade with regards to the cake and dining tables will also help with the look and feeling you are going for.

Apologies if this all sounds a bit cryptic! Stepheni wants to keep her fabulous venue a surprise for her guests!

Details to adore: 

calligraphy menu / modern Victorian wedding inspiration
white foliage / modern Victorian wedding inspiration

Congratulation to Stepheni on your engagement and I hope that this inspiration board helps with your vision. Brides-to-be: don’t forget that you can request your own wedding inspiration board here!


photo credits: menu and table from Ruffled, photographed by Laura Murray Photography, calligraphy by Trial By Cupcakes // bride via Once Wed, photographed by Tec Petaja // toile drawer detail from Wedding Sparrow, photographed by This Modern Romance // white flowers and foliage photographed by Byron Loves Fawn // cake via Snippet & Ink, photographed by Rylee Hitchner (who also happens to be the bride in the veil! cool huh?), created by Olexas.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. Modernizing a Victorian theme sounds fabulously interesting- love the idea of a natural & pastoral wedding theme. Such a pretty & delicately gorgeous board!