"The historical surroundings of Skinners' Hall, including this beautiful mahogany 18th-century East India table, are the perfect setting to the dark romantics theme," says Laura Burkitt, Brides lifestyle stylist. Cover the table with blooms and crystal glasses for a sumptuous, luxurious feel.

Catherine Gratwicke

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Top table: Flowers (David Austin and Moody Blue roses, Senecio cineraria 'Silver Dust', parrot tulips, carnation 'Antigua', cosmos, ranunculus, eucalyptus, flowering mint, hydrangeas, clematis, peonies, anemones, miniature red snowberries and skimmia), from £1,500, www.inwaterflowers.co.uk. Large hurricane lamp, £340, www.charlesburnand.com. Small plates, 32p each; napkins, £1.08 each; placemats, £1.08 each, and cutlery, from £1.15 each, to hire, www.joneshire.co.uk. Dinner plates, £85 each, and side plates, £95 each, www.royalcrownderby.co.uk. Charger plates, £83 each, www.l-objet.com. Crystal wine glasses, £105 for two; crystal tumbler, £125 for two, and crystal champagne coupe, £300 for two, www.waterford.co.uk. Glass bottle, £8.95, www.dotcomgiftshop.com. Table number From £20, www.cutture.com. Gold trinket boxes, £25 each, www.maxandmelia.com.

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As seen in the March/April 2015 issue of Brides