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We’ve seen the Tim Burton brides, both the innocent heroines and the deliciously villainous, and now it’s time to look at how to style the rest of your big day, from the flowers to the cake to the jewellery and headpieces, there’s a way of getting that Burton vibe in everywhere!

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The Stationery and Props from Lou Rodrigues at Beyond Vintage

“For the stationery, I didn’t want to go full-on Tim Burton. Although the first draft was heading that way, it seemed too childlike and Hallowe’en, so I played around a bit and came up with an almost denim/ink bleed background, which was then overlaid with a creepy Sleepy Hollow type tree border. I muted down the denim to give an almost smoky look and added the logo of the male and female skeleton brides. The font was inspired by The Corpse Bride, and the added metal work just pulled the invitation bundle together. I loved the idea of putting the temporary tattoo into the invitation so that guests could have a little reminder of the wedding date or even wear it on the day.

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“The styling seemed to just flow: not difficult when the venue was so awesome. I pulled the vintage dirty/weathered bottles from my collection and mixed with gold. For the table, I used the gold ornate plate chargers and layered with the plate and black satin napkin tied with Rosary beads to give a gothic feel. The gold-edged glasses were DIY, using glass paint and sponge brush around the edge. The library was decorated with skulls and vintage books, and we set up the vintage writing station with ink well, calligraphy pen and homemade paper.”

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The Cake from Lauren at French Made

“For the cake, I created a dark denim coloured barely naked two-tier, decorated with vintage lace, dried roses, blueberries, and a cute cake topper made by Beyond Vintage. The inspiration came from The Corpse Bride.”

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The Millinery from Myriam Lengliné at La dame au béret

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“I discovered film-maker Tim Burton in 1986 when I saw Pee Wee’s Big Adventure at the cinema. I remained a huge fan of his Gothic-inspired films through the late ‘80s and 1990s. I knew Erin’s blog Way Out Wedding, but had never worked with her before, so I was pretty excited when she asked me to take part in her bridal styled shoot. I was totally in my element with her theme; her choice of venue was perfectly quirky, and the whole collaborating team was such a great mix of talents.

“I selected some hats and headpieces in black, white and grey to suit the aesthetic of Tim Burton’s work, as well as the pieces loaned by other designers. The headwear was actually split between myself, La dame au béret, and Claire Austin England, which was fine since we have a completely different style.

“I suggested to Erin the ceramicist artist Alex Garnett and his fantastic porcelain skull and bone jewellery, and the darkly romantic Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage and Memorial Jewellery.”

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The Crowns and Headpieces from Claire at Claire Austin England

Claire interpreted the brief for our heroine brides perfectly. Choosing light, often pastel, colours and very ‘pretty, pretty’ flowers, the look was pure youth, innocence, and with connotations of childlike trust.

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The Flowers from Gwenda Jeffs at Bohotanical

“Fresh flowers just didn’t seem to lend themselves to the theme of this shoot, so instead I chose to use artificial ones for the bouquet and table centre. They allowed me to play with dramatic colour, shape and scale – and even to engineer a perch for dear Billy the Squirrel (from Death+Glory)!”

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The Jewellery from Alex Garnett, Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Jewellery, and 10and6 Jewellery

Wildly differing in styles, the pieces from these amazing suppliers had one common theme and that was gothic.

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Alex Garnett’s skull and bones pieces made from ceramics added a light to the darker coloured dresses and accessories, which kept everything visually exciting and balanced out. They brought in a new way of ‘doing gothic’.

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Rosie Weisencrantz’s crucifixes were just the thing to represent the battle between good and evil, being the traditional symbol of protection in horror movies.

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And the blood red tone of the beautiful ring by 10and6 Jewellery was the representation of sex and death, of life and love.

The Taxidermy from Death + Glory

Billy the Squirrel was completely perfect to lend the theme of life existing alongside death that’s in so many of Tim Burton’s movies. We also borrowed Jo’s antlers headpiece, which looked incredible with the grey Bijou Bridal gown; definitely a statement piece!

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Top Tips Recap

  • Use motifs like skulls, taxidermy, religious iconography in your props and jewellery
  • Faux florals are more in keeping with the gothic feel
  • Darker palette
  • We didn’t use this in our shoot, but black and white stripes is a big Tim Burton thing

Tell me any more that you think of!

Credits

Creative direction | Erin of Way Out Wedding

Photography | Nicki Feltham Photography

Photography assistants | Very Berry Photography; Lucy Alice Photography

Dresses |Bijou Bridal; Ooh Mrs JamesThe Couture Company

MUA | Let’s Face It

Hair | Polka Dot Hair and Make-up

Flowers | Bohotanical

Cake | French Made

Taxidermy | Death+Glory

Millinery | La dame au béret

Floral headpieces and buttonhole | Claire Austin

Prop hire, stationery and styling | Beyond Vintage

Venue | The Dolls House, Islington

Skull jewellery | Alex Garnett

Crucifix necklaces | Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Jewellery

Ring | 10and6 Jewellery

Models | Alex Barnes, May Hamer, Olivia Martin