When I come up with concepts for styled bridal shoots, I mostly seem to stray into the other, the odd, and the slightly unsettling. It’s what I’m most drawn to, and I think they’re perfect backdrops to show bridal in another way.
This shoot was pure futuristic fantasy…
Lisa showed me the venue, and I was immediately transported into musings of Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey 2001 and A Clockwork Orange, with their stark white futuristic styling. I started pinning images of these movies, plus visors made of Perspex and also reflective metal (like in the Suede video for Trash), along with bursts of colour like orange. And I knew we had to have a jumpsuit and a cape in there somewhere. Basically, this was to be bridal not of this world, hence the name ‘The Other Space’ – that which lies beyond our dimension and existence.
Lisa was totally into this and didn’t run in the other direction; she also loves to bring bridal imagery out of the pretty and safe and into the realm of experimental and conceptual fashion and art. We just get each other and she is amazing to work with. The team we gathered around us was truly phenomenal. Everyone created the perfect realisation of the moodboard imagery and made it better than ever. I was bowled over by their ideas and interpretation of the brief.
Futuristic Wedding Styling Tips and Details
Keep your eyes peeled around Christmas time for unusual and decorative baubles as these can create fabulous centrepieces and ornamentation for your tables. Lisa picked up the spiky table pieces from Paperchase on the morning of the shoot in the January sales!
Keep your palette base as whites and silvers – these are the colours we recognise as having connotations of the future. Our venue, ICETANK, is white, and we then used a pinky purple light source to develop the futuristic feel into one of being out of this dimension.
For artistic licence, nails were hammered into the Perspex crown and this toughened the look right up! But obviously you don’t have to go that far in your own styling. But it would look cool!!
And I wanted the bold orange in the balloons and the stationery, with Lisa adding the perfect table with the orange legs, as a nod to Stanley Kubrick, whose signature style this shoot owes its heart to.