I visited Dreamland, in all its kitsch, rainbow glory, for the first time on Sophie’s hen do last summer. As soon as we walked in Lisa (our photographer) and I both said we’d LOVE to shoot there one day. When coming up with the concept for our editorial shoot for issue 18, I remembered Dreamland and decided to contact them to ask if they’d be up for having us there – not only did they agree but they gave us total run of the place, allowing us to shoot when it was closed to the public!
The amusement park was popular in the 60s and 70s but entered into decline and closed in the early 2000s. After a public campaign to restore the park, it re-opened in June 2015 – they now even host weddings in their glamorous ballroom. Imagine getting married, then going on the UKs oldest rollercoaster (which first operated in 1920) to celebrate!
While the fun fair thing has kinda “been done” a lot in bridal, we really thought Dreamland would provide a brilliantly unique spin on the idea, especially with the addition of the heavily sequined outfits.
This shoot, as you can see, is all about the sparkle. You can cleverly use sequins as the main attraction or as a stylish accent in your wedding day look. So, whether you choose a glittering wedding dress, a statement jacket or just some sparkly jewellery, you can easily and effortlessly step outside what is expected and shine like the star that you are!
Our model, Nalu, was the biggest babe. These L.O.M earrings were a favourite with the whole team, they made quite a few appearances!
Sequins from head to toe from Gibson Bespoke.
Rainbows and sequins? I’m on board. Loonigans make the coolest festival inspired clothes.
Erm hell YES, more brides in jumpsuits please… even more in sequin jumpsuits! Rosa Bloom makes some of the coolest ones around (it’s on my list to own something of hers soon!) Paired with sparkly shoes from Charlotte Mills. Who says you can’t do double sparkle?
If you want your sequin to be a little more subtle, then this white jumpsuit from Charlie Brear via The Bridal Edit is for you. We paired it with this EPIC cape from L.O.M Fashion and shoes from Charlotte Mills.
This was one of my favourite shots of the shoot, but unfortunately it didn’t work for the magazine spread. I think Margate must be one of the only places left with an operational Wimpy! Putting Nalu in front of it with one of the most glamorous dresses of the shoot was a stroke of genius from our photographer, Lisa. Dress is by Anna Campbell via The Bridal Edit and the shoes are Charlotte Mills.
Dress by Gibson Bespoke, worn casually lying on the rainbow slide…
Oh wait, no this might be my favourite shot of the day (OK I’ve got two faves!) This jacket by Isolated Heroes is ALL KINDS OF AWESOME and I was so sad that I couldn’t sneak it into my bag and steal it (ha). We paired it with sequin flares from Missguided and shoes from Boohoo.
The final look of the day and we had to get Nalu in front of the iconic DREAMLAND sign. Both the trousers and jacket were from Missguided.
This shoot originally appeared in issue 18, which is very nearly sold out! If you’d like to grab one of the last few remaining copies you can do so via our shop. Issue 19 is now in stores and can be picked up a WhSmiths, Smiths Travel or Sainsburys, or you can order one online and have it delivered to your door (with free UK delivery!) if you prefer.