Alice Through the Looking Glass was released last month (eek!! cannot wait to see it, especially as some of it was filmed near me in Gloucester Quays!!), so what better time to show you this wonderful styled shoot, conceptualised by floral stylist Lisa Carey of Most Curious Rose?
I love the subtlety of the styling – there are nods to the films, such as playing cards as part of the props, and the blue dress Alice wears but in this shoot it’s ombré, and the placeholder hearts – it’s not in-your-face or a fancy dress party: these are all things that you could use for your alternative yet still weddingy wedding. It’s a really accessible theme in the way that this team has executed it. Just brilliant!
The Story of the Shoot by Lisa Carey of Most Curious Rose
We thought it was time to update the ever-popular ‘Alice’ theme, and with the upcoming release of Through The Looking Glass, this was the perfect opportunity. We went back to the classic novel by Lewis Carroll for inspiration and added in some of our own quirky twists.
Beginning in a tipi at The Gardens in Yalding, we sent our Alice on a voyage of discovery as she explored her way to become Queen of Wonderland. The rainbow colour scheme comes from the talking flowers – how could we omit anything in the month of May? – and we recreated various scenes from the book with unicorns, a picnic based on Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee’s wrestling match get-up, Alice running through outdoor corridors and culminating in the banquet at the finale.
The banquet was set in a Victorian glasshouse because we had the dreaded problem of ‘rain on your wedding day’ and had to adapt! The cake is covered in individually hand-piped flowers for a full-on colour explosion of gorgeous detail, and rests on a hot pink table, needing no adornment.
Alice wears the iconic blue dress, but dip-dyed, which Lucy designed especially for the day, along with unicorn shoes and the crown she aspires to throughout her adventure.
Kristy’s shimmering make-up and hair strikes a balance between the childish innocence and coming-of-age themes explored in the book.
Rachael’s amazing props reflect the darker and grander aspects of the Victorian novel, from which Claire lifted her beautiful calligraphy quotes. We also used a bubble machine, for giggles!
We couldn’t have done it without Jodi, the photographer, who has such a talent for putting her subject at ease, and perfectly captures the energy and atmosphere and wisteria of the place.
So, raise your glass to Queen Alice! And not a flamingo or top hat in sight!
Photography – Jodi Hanagan Photography
Floral stylist – Most Curious Rose
Stylist – Hire-Love
Dress designer – Lucy Can’t Dance
Bespoke jewellery and tiaras – Helen Morris-Clarke Designs
Cake – Emma Page Buttercream Cakes
Calligraphy – Claire Gould Calligraphy
Hair and MUA – Black Cherry Vintage and Alternative Hair and Make-up
Model – Sally Cumberworth
Venue – The Gardens