Pulling these images together for this feature made me realise just how much weddings have changed in recent years – it’s so much less about tradition these days and so much more about making your wedding day and celebration of love completely unique to you. Of course, there is nothing wrong with tradition and we feature many a ‘traditional with a twist’ wedding on these beloved wedding pages, but this feature today is for the more playful bride and groom – couples who also want to have a little fun on their wedding day.
This shoot featuring real-life couple, Emma and Gavin, was sent in by florist Joanne of Joanne Truby Floral Design, who told me the idea behind the shoot was to show a slightly different slant on the vintage trend – taking a step away from using pastel colour combinations paired with tea cups and bunting etc. “We wanted to give couples inspiration of how a wedding can look if you decide to encompass a theme using bright colours.”
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Rebecca Douglas Photography
Photographer Rebecca Douglas says “with the exciting and strong colour palate of neon and gold my mind was racing with experimenting with light in such a quirky venue. I particularly wanted to play with creating some effects after dark so I set off sourcing some lighting and we used a smoke machine to add smouldering drama. Some fairy light curtains coupled with the gold metallic curtains added such a seasonal backdrop to the stunning table set up for a Deco Disco feast.
I love working with real couples on styled shoots. Emma and Gavin have been together for 10 years and it was so lovely to create some space for them in the shoot, to have some loved up fun and create some romantic images that couples planning their wedding can connect with.”
Stylist Jenny Sinclair of Bellaboo and Beau said “when I saw inside of the Bell and the areas that we were able to use for the shoot, neon and glitter instantly came to mind. The stylish interiors consist of slightly industrial looking dark, raw wood including a sleeper style table, a neon light quote and metal railings. It sort of reminded me of a trendy London basement bar, in the stable in particular, so thoughts of disco lighting, smoke effects, glitter and sparkle would be great.”
“The odd spot of neon here and there, and the combination of this, with the glitter, created an exciting display and cut through the darkness of the surrounding interiors. I created an array of bits, from neon-glitter backdrop mobiles to snow globe favours and little neon glowing glass vials for the table set and more. We wanted to create a look that would suit the upcoming festive period but not limit it, so with the gold foil curtains, wall of light and glitter blowing shots, there is a christmassy feel there without it being obvious and conforming.
This shoot was a great one to be involved with and gave us all a real opportunity to try something new and work with slightly more edgy ideas.”
Hair, Make up and coordination was by Lucy Oldham :
“Inspiration for the shoot was to be amix of quirky, whimsical, dramatic and romantic. Billowing smoke, lots of sparkle, flair and pops of colour.
The hair and makeup was inspired to have a 20’s Gatsby flair, with a modern twist and lots of sparkle. For the hair, I created a low soft chignon, with a sweeping fringe and accessorised with beaded diamante head scarves. The makeup was kept clean and fresh, with a dewy finish, smouldering eyes and a pop of red lip.”
In terms of florals, Joanne Truby says “I wanted them to be bright and bold to work with the theme and decided to go for a multi-coloured pallet made up of mainly yellows, oranges and pinks with pops of red and purple and hints of foliage sprayed gold to add ‘glitz’. For the centre pieces I wanted to co-ordinate with the styling of Bellaboo and Beau which was centralised around neon, and decided to create something quite quirky.’
A glass bell jar filled with flowers and moss pots covered the length of the table with cute mini crab apples in red, and some sprayed gold, interspersed with moss accompanied Bellaboo and Beau’s cool mini neon bottles & gold tea lights. I wanted the head piece to also be bright and was made up of orange Ranunculus, yellow Craspedia, and pink Roses with Scabiosa heads to add texture, and foliage sprayed gold.’
Cake designer, Alex Harding, of Vintage Rose Cupcakes supplied all the sweetness. “At Vintage Rose Cupcakes we specialise in detailed sugar craft designs inspired by a bygone age. With the Bell’s quirky take on vintage I really wanted to create something unique. With the simple three-tiered cake I wanted to create a slightly more unusual mix of sugar craft. I loved the idea of contrasting a delicate rose against the more structured plants, like the succulents and brunia.’
The silhouetted stags head gives a distinct seasonal feature with a touch of gold. The smaller two-tiered cake took inspiration from the sparkle and glamour of the wedding dresses and the seasonal style of the shoot. The top tier is covered in sugar crystals and complimented by a satin finish on the bottom tier. A simple ranunculus brings subtle glamour and detail. Its two tiers are suitable for placing on the top of a cupcake tower or simply standing alone as a glamorous cutting cake.”
With a theme like Deco Disco, Froufrou Bridal Boutique said they knew the dresses would need an element of sparkle to them. “Some whimsical some elegant but ultimately glamorous and fabulous – so with a mix of designers Nicole Miller, Sarah Seven and Lusan Mandongus we knew these designs could hold their own amongst all things glittery and neon!”
Hopefully these fab images will have inspired some of you to think more colourfully.
How are you incorporating colour into your wedding day and what colours are you working with?
Photography – Rebecca Douglas
Flowers – Joanne Truby Floral Design
Dresses & Accessories – Froufrou Bridal Boutique
Cake – Vintage Rose Cupcakes
Make-up Artist – Blush Makeup by Lucy Oldham
Styling – Bellaboo and Beau – Jenny Sinclair
Models – real life couple Emma & Gavin
Venue – The Bell in Ticehurst
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