Category Archives: Styled Photo Shoots

A Pop of Neon: A 50s Meets 80s Styled Bridal Shoot

When wedding blogger and stylist Sonia of Want that Wedding send me this neon inspiration shoot I fell in love immediately. I’m a bit of a colour fiend (no duh!) and neon is a trend that I’m love love loving on the high street right now. I’m super excited to see it filter down into bridal styling and I’d love to see some real Rock n Roll Brides rocking out this look on their wedding days. What do you think?

The shoot took place at the beautiful One Marylebone, London. Their bright white ‘galleries’ room made the perfect backdrop for the shoot. The white setting really makes the neon accents pop!

“The inspiration for this shoot came about during a brainstorming session with Kat Hill of Kat Hill Fotographie,” Sonia explained. “We were discussing various themes for a shoot when this idea just suddenly popped out ‘how about a 50s shoot with an 80s twist?’ I’m not even sure who said it first but we both fell in love with the idea.”

“During my research that followed I became utterly captivated with a neon wedding shoot and I just knew I wanted to incorporate neon bursts of colour. I love the near total whiteness with the pops of bright colours and neon, it’s really edgy and cool and it’s a pretty way to incorporate this ‘in your face’ colour palette into your wedding day.”

“I wanted to create a cute candy cake station. I thought it’d look adorable to display yummy treats with bold pops of colour and neon detailing. It’s easy to order neon food colouring and neon sprinkles off the net. I ordered a few neon knick knacks to get into the creative flow and I particularly adore the LOVE sign, it’s so retro and cute!”

“The wedding bouquet is a statement piece, pretty and bold with the neon edges on the rose petals. It’s a nod to the dip dye trend and is an incredibly easy thing to recreate. The cake was purchased from good ole’ M & S and was decorated with some of the dipped rose heads. All you need is a can of neon spray paint!!”

“I also love that the bright make-up, 50s hairstyle and accessories, neon beads, cuff and earrings plus the beautiful 50s wedding dresses with brightly coloured underskirts pull the whole look together. It shows what you bridestobe can achieve if you put your minds to it! Who says neon can’t be used in your wedding?”

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A Vintage Inspired Shoot for A Most Curious Wedding Fair – 2012 Dates Announced

A Most Curious Wedding Fair is going into it’s second year with events being held at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich on the 11th February (11am-4.30pm) and in York Hall, London on the 31st March (11am-5.00pm). To celebrate, organiser Becky got together with the amazing Joanna Millington Photography and some of the other suppliers exhibiting at the shows to put together this beautiful, vintage inspired wedding shoot.

Organiser Becky explained the new direction of the wedding fairs and the ideas behind this shoot to me this week, “Our suppliers will still favour the 40s and 50s, which continues to enjoy popularity, but we know that the trend aware, fashion forward bride and groom want a little more bang for their buck. They want to widen their horizons, and simply want ‘cool stuff’ at their wedding regardless of era. That is the premise with which the Most Curious Wedding Fair began, but for 2012 we are progressing further with the emphasis on handmade, daring, bespoke-orientated, beautiful, craft, chic, fun, expressive and perhaps a little edgy suppliers. ‘Vintage’ is a recurring theme but not a requirement.”

“For this shoot in particular, we wanted to put across something a little more of the moment, a little more accessible and just down-right beautiful and romantic that picked up on what is happening in fashion too.”

“I think I was a little ‘Movember’ obsessed at the time and specified the idea of hirsute men of a Jack Daniels ilk, think old Americana, Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York, with a bride reminiscent of Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie,” Becky continued, “so plenty of high necked gowns, with boots and bare feet alongside the braces and woollen waistcoats worn by the men. We wanted the couples to look as though they had home made all the elements to their wedding, maybe run away together to get hitched and had a simple affair that they’ve homespun themselves. 1970s does Victoriana seems to be a popular choice for Vogue-esque Florence Welsch inspired brides so we wanted to channel this idea while making sure the men had plenty of styling as well.”

“As the idea developed the image of Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks on the Rumours album cover kept coming to me and in the end we actually did a few images in homage to this. I wasn’t sure it would work but thought it was worth a shot, but I knew we were onto a winner when all the girls began swearing like sailors looking at Jo’s initial pics on the camera!”

Tickets for both shows are available to purchase on the door and cost just £3 each (or only £2 is you’re a bride-to-be!) For further information on attending or exhibiting check out the show’s website or drop becky and email on rebecca@amostcuriousparty.co.uk.

As well as exhibitors, each show will also have a number of ‘how-to’ sessions including how to create your own bouquet and how to make cute cookies for your favours. Plus the Norwich event even has tattooist Gary Donnelly of Gypsy Stables Tattoo Emporium attending. I love the idea of booking a tattoo artist to give you and your beau wedding day commemorative tats don’t you?

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Alternative Bridal Fashion by Rag n Bone

Husband and wife team Jaimi & Adrian hail from South Africa and are really pushing the alternative wedding market forward in their country. After styling and shooting a number of rockin’ photo shoots and weddings (which I’ve been lucky enough to feature here and here) the couple decided to take their vision one step further and put together an alternative bridal fashion show as part of a larger wedding fair at Tala Private Game Reserve.

I’m really thrilled to share some of the bridal fashion ideas they showcased at this event on the blog today. Jaimi styled the non-professional models with clothes supplied by Iron Fist, Elizabeth Saunders, VIP Brides and Tin Corsetry.

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Gothic Fairytale: A Wonderfully Weird ‘Snow Queens’ Bridal Shoot

It took me a while to come up with the title of this blog post because there is so much good stuff in this shoot! Snow queen styling, blue hair, antlers, animal skulls…all the kind of things I’m utterly LOVING right now. It’s certainly not for everyone, but this kind of weird and wonderful styling totally does it for me. I know Roo‘s going to die when she sees this too…

“The shoot was arranged as Louise of Oh My Honey has just launched her first bridal collection,” stylist Alex told me. “We wanted to do something creative to show off the gowns and also to have a bit of fun.”

“Our inspiration came from gothic fairytales, woodland nymphs and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. We wanted the table to look as though you’d stepped out of the Narnia wardrobe for a magical woodland wedding breakfast. Wooden boards and pots, wild flowers teamed with fresh loaves and jars of chestnuts on a bare dining table provided the rustic edge. For that magical feel, bottles and branches were sprayed with ‘gilver’ (a mix of gold and silver glitter). Snowflake Christmas decorations were used to tie the cutlery and the favours were chunks of Stollen cake in glittery berry bags.”

“The cake was a simple shop bought sponge cake that was roughly covered with white icing, topped with blueberries and a heavy sprinkling of icing sugar. A silver heart tilted to one side and a lace dress collar finished the decoration. The gilver frosted branches made another appearance as an alternative wedding bouquet.”

“The floral design was a mix of wild grasses and berry shade flowers with fake silver ferns bound with ribbon. We used an eclectic mix of silver lanterns, wood blocks, white net pom-poms, animal skin throws and deer skulls in Louise’s garden backdrop, shooting at crazy o’clock to capture the morning winter frost. And smoke bombs added to the other-worldly feel.”

Yep, I’m dying. Oh how I love it so. I’d like to live in this photo shoot please. I also think I need an antler headband in my life…

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A Portland Glam Goth Grunge Shoot: Carmen & Solomon

This photo shoot and film landed on my desk a few weeks ago and I was immediately intrigued. I recognised the ‘groom’ as being Solomon Trimble, whole played a warewolf in the first Twilight movie and wanted to know more about the ideas behind this styled shoot.

Real life couple Carmen & Solomon modeled for this glam/goth/grunge inspired project.

“Karyn of Black Label Films did most of the design for this shoot”, photographer Erica of Erica Ann Photography wrote. “Our vision for the overall shoot was to create a sort of hipster grunge look that is true to the Pacific NW culture but more reminiscent of Johnny Depp than Kurt Cobain.”

“Karyn’s vision for the film is an abstract piece about two lovers who were separated. What they have been separated by and whether they truly are together in the end is up to the viewer to interpret. We strove to be authentic in representing this real life couple in their love for one another.”

A lot of thought was put into the details of this shoot too. “The idea for the bouquet was for it to be a romantic intense alternative and eye catching bouquet with a dark, brooding and beautiful flow. Florist Alicia wanted to capture the feel, the romance and the vision concept of the film. She used pink mink protea, purple beauty berries, deep purple cala lilies, purple lisianthus, burgundy scabiosa, black bacarra roses, purple sweet pea, fern curls, Australian Emu feather grass, Grevelia ivanhoe foliage and Silver begonia leaf.”

“The table numbers, bride and groom signs, and invitation were photo transfers on sheet metal. The bride and groom signs were also spray painted, using mesh as a “stencil” and hung with chain links. The place cards were mounted on metal door hinges. Artist Sunny drew inspiration from the gritty textures of the urban environment, as well as from the poem which Solomon wrote (shown in the video and pictures).”

Be sure to check out the film as well…

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