I loved doing this Way Out Wedding shoot!! I was in heaven!! And if you like the early 1980s, you’ll be all over this, too. Plus it features some gems from my No Debutante preloved bridal range!
My brief for this shoot was:
“Inspired by the 1980s Blitz Kids, the dandy highwaymen and the New Romantics. Edgy bridal.”
Growing up in the 1980s, my head was turned at an early age by Adam and The Ants, Duran Duran, Visage, and all the outlandish fashion of the club scene. It’s such a visually exciting look, and completely original and representative of each person. No carbon copies back then; everything was borne of pure imagination. I just had to do a shoot that incorporated this into a bridal setting, no doubt about it. And I knew exactly who to ask to be on the team!! Fellow fans of this scene, who know it, love it, and brought serious expertise to the day. And there’s a huge thanks to Myriam from La dame au béret, who was this superstar stylist on the day, taking the reins for creating the looks superbly. She was in her element, and did such amazing things with the dresses, jewellery, and overall looks for the models.
All these suppliers took the look from my mind and made it into something so wonderful and beyond my dreams. Experts is an understatement!!
Although this is a gothic shoot, there’s an uplifting and bright, airy feel to it. Its accessible styling means that you can recreate all or any of the gothic elements here without having to be full-on dark and brooding. I love the energy that creates – it’s a truly elegant and unique shoot.
We were so incredibly lucky to have Emma-Jane Lewis shoot The Other Space styled shoot. Her editorial work is arresting, and it charged our bridal shoot with the energy I wanted for it.
I spied this shoot on Emma’s website – a personal project, she said – and fell in love with it. The cool tones, and the haunting subject matter, not to mention the avant garde mise en scène (that floating stool – how was that done?!), all just make my heart beat a little faster.
Couldn’t you just see this as a beautiful wedding outfit? Especially the crown. If there was ever a day you needed to just throw on a crown, it’s your wedding day…
Things have been getting a little exciting around here. I’ve been developing my shop (yes, shop!!!) and uploading lots of lovely items you’ll soon be able to buy directly from the blog. It’s been a while in the making, but I am finally almost ready to launch.
So, what will be for sale? Here are the categories!
No Debutante – Ready To Rock Preloved Bridal
When I started doing styled shoots, I loved sourcing loads of dresses and accessories from vintage shops and eBay. In fact, addicted might be a good word!! I ended up with a wardrobe of wedding pretty that was awesome but had no party to go to… So I thought I might sell it all on the blog! The great thing is that they’ll have been styled in shoots, so you’ll have a great idea of how they can look, i.e. they’re not only displayed on a mannequin or a coat hanger. You can see them in context, and shot by some amazing photographers. In fact, here are some they’ve been in recently – Nu Bride featured our ‘Art School’ styled shoot, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride showed the brilliant ‘This is England ’86’ styled shoot, as organised by Lauren at French Made.
The dresses I have span lots of decades – we have lots of 1980s numbers – and styles, from alternative and edgy to some more classic designs. I even have a Zandra Rhodes dress! They’ll have been cleaned and also repaired where needed, and you’ll receive them boxed up fit for a queen.
The name ‘No Debutante’ comes from a song called Dreaming by (my favourite) Blondie. I loved the line,
When I met you in a restaurant
You could tell I was no debutante…
I thought it was perfect for a preloved range!
And the branding was done by the fabulous Sharon over at Satin and Tat Stationery. I sent her the content of my mind in the form of some garbled words (because for someone who has an English degree, I seem inept at articulation at times). I said that the feel of the brand is a little bit punk, new-wave, Blondie and also some dandy highwayman – please can you design me something that is awesome. And yes she could, because VIDDY:
Way Out Wedding Magazine
This is in the works for launch later this year. It’s going to be a small publication to begin with because apart from the layout design (thank you Coalescent!), it’s just me putting it all together. It’s going to be 80 pages of weddings, inspirational styled shoots, and some honeymoon features. I like image-heavy publications myself (LOVE, AnOther, etc.), so this will have the same look and feel. It’ll be like a coffee-table book of beautiful pictures, rather than a traditional magazine, which means you’ll hopefully want to keep it as a memento of your wedding planning time. Maybe that’s the magazine addict in me who never throws any of them away talking!
The first product I want to sell is sew-on embroidery patches. Whether these are for your veils, your dresses, or even hen-do outfits, there’s going to be some fun designs to add a bit of alternative gorgeousness to your day!! I’m in talks with manufacturers at the moment and will keep you updated!! Get ready for cutesy patches of red lips, ice-creams, diamond rings, sugar skulls, and so on, to decorate your already killer outfit with!!
Satin and Tat Wedding Stationery
As well as being lucky enough to have had my No Debutante branding designed by the inimitable Satin and Tat, as mentioned above, I’m extra excited to be selling packs of write-your-own wedding invitations!! Sharon’s the queen of alternative wedding stationery, and I think you’ll love being able to buy some ‘only available from the Way Out Wedding shop‘ designs.
I’ll have a few gorgeous bits in my gift section for those of you who like to stray from the gift list. Embroidery hoops will be available from the brilliant Crafty Little Sew and Sew. But these ones are not filled with twee sayings, but rather edgier offerings! Check out Tracey’s David Bowie hoop:
And we will also be selling custom Satin and Tat A4 prints and canvases. These can have the couple’s names and wedding date added, and could be good as a gift, or as signage on your guest book table, or could even say ‘pick a seat not a side, etc.’, ‘prosecco station’, ‘photobooth’, and so on…
Here’s one of my favourites from Satin and Tat…
I am genuinely fascinated by trash the dress shoots!! I featured a post a while back about them where I came down more on the side of ‘bless the dress‘, saying that I couldn’t personally ever do brutal things to a wedding dress!! I still don’t think I could cut my own up – *palpitations* – but I do love to see how much smiling there is in these photos from the sisters as they totally annihilate the dress: it must have been such a freeing and anarchic act!!