The Other Space – Futuristic Wedding Styling

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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.

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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.

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Glacier Bride

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Some styled shoots just knock you off your feet. This is one of them. The images look like watercolour paintings in places!

Photographer David told me,

“Our team drove four hours through snowstorms and hiked the Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, Canada, at 10,000ft with flowers and a wedding gown, in the middle of nowhere. I put my whole heart into this and I hope it shows.”

It absolutely shows. If you were ever wondering about a winter wedding, I think these are the pictures to make your decision!

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Teacup Dress

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Kate Miles, the designer of this gorgeous dress, is just 16 years of age, and I think she is definitely one to watch!! Kate began making at only eight years of age, and by twelve had sold her first wedding dress. Just wow!! Describing her work, she says,

“Colour and texture has always been its own language in my mind. Drape and movement speak to me; the dress just takes shape. Ideas lie in everything from a brick wall to a flower in my garden. Sometimes I will sketch it out, but usually I just pick up my scissors and go for it. My designs are always a juxtaposition of vintage with a modern edge. I love taking delicate fabrics and laces from old garments and pairing them with newer and bolder aspects to create something timeless, but exciting.”

This is a little shoot by Kel Ward to showcase one of Kate’s dresses, and the styling is perfection. I particularly love the model’s specs. Some brides feel under pressure, ridiculous societal pressure, to remove their glasses for the wedding, but here’s why you should rock them no matter what day it is!!

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Freckled and Charred

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This is the perfect shoot to show you now that we’re in the last days of summer. It’s transitional in that it embraces autumnal colours of dark, dark almost black purple, sienna, and berry, and yet has one foot still in the season before with the see-through dresses, the sunkissed, freckly skin of the model, the hazy sunshine. There is even something beautifully Summerisle about it all…

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Colourful and Fun Maltese Wedding With a 1950s Edge

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When wedding planners wed, you’re going to see some serious style, and this is certainly true of the lovely Lisa and Sam of Carmela Weddings! They had a summery wedding in Malta (one of my favourite places on the planet!!), with tons of colour and cute 1950s details. Lisa tells me it was a three-day event, with people coming out the night before and a beach day the day after the wedding. It looks like it was major fun!!
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