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As we say goodbye to winter, but the nights are still dark relatively early, I thought I would show you this shoot that handles the day to night with pure magic and style. If you’re having a winter wedding, I think you will definitely be ordering lots of sparkly lights after seeing this!

Mairéad from Remain in Light Photography, who brought this shoot together with Cherelle from Perfectly Planned 4 You and Eram from Boom Blooms, told me, “the inspiration for the shoot was a modern urban fairytale, with elements of dancing and magic throughout. With that in mind, we decided to go with the concept of Dance Magic, Dance (as we are all big Bowie fans!).”

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The Story of the Shoot by Mairéad from Remain in Light Photography

The initial inspiration for the shoot came from a desire to showcase pieces that would appeal to modern, alternative brides and grooms who are looking for something a little bit different on their wedding day.

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I was particularly drawn to bridal separates; it’s a trend that’s been gaining popularity within the wedding community for a while, but while looking as a bride-to-be myself, I found that it wasn’t as easy to find them as I’d hoped! I also love the versatility of separates; the way you can mix and match and create different looks to take you from day to night. Another great thing is that you can wear your separates again on special occasions, more easily than you could a wedding dress!

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I met Cherelle Joseph of Perfectly Planned 4 You, and Eram Khan of Boom Blooms at a wedding suppliers’ networking group in London, the London Wedding Breakfast Club, and we decided to plan and create the shoot together.

We decided that we would like to incorporate dance into the shoot; the bride would be a fiercely confident and independent heroine from a modern urban fairytale, dancing her way to her happy new beginning.

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We were discussing our love of David Bowie and his lyrics, which then provided the inspiration and name for the shoot: Dance Magic, Dance. As it was around the time of the first anniversary of his death, we thought it would be a lovely way to celebrate his life and his influence on us.

With that in mind, we contacted Brixton East, as we thought it would be perfect to hold the shoot in Bowie’s old neighbourhood. Andy Luckett, who owns, runs, and lives in the space, was really enthusiastic and so helpful throughout. Brixton East was perfect for what we had in mind – a stylish, contemporary and urban space; a wonderful blank canvas.

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Although it is a wintry shoot, we wanted the style to be bold and vibrant; the deep reds along with the plum tones effectively come through in the flowers, the bride’s shoes and the groom’s suit.

We all love metallics at a wedding and the touches of rose gold in the stationery, cutlery, cake and headpieces added that warmth we all need in winter.

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I really wanted to incorporate the ideas of dance and magic into the photography; I wanted to capture dynamic rather than static images, to show the movement of the pieces and the way they come alive when you wear them.

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Shooting in winter, it got dark quite early, but we wanted to embrace the darkness and show how you can achieve beautiful wedding photography even in dark conditions. We also highlighted this by having both a day and a night look, with a new top for each outfit and more dramatic hair and makeup.

This, together with the dancing, helped create a romantic and magical atmosphere, suggestive of the ballroom scene in Labyrinth and fairytales such as Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, but with a dark twist. We took advantage of the beautiful big clock in Brixton East to create images of the bride and groom dancing into the night (or until midnight!), and integrated the flowers and the glitter to create an aura of magic.

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For the flowers, we chose a deep berry and marsala palette to create velvety, rich, sensual and textured pieces. With our modern and independent bride in mind, for the headpieces Eram crafted bold, striking, structured, floral millinery, which both juxtaposed and complemented the elegant, gentle dreaminess of the separates. The depth and sumptuousness of the blooms set within the industrial setting of the fabulous space created a timeless, atmospheric backdrop to the magical tale.

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The jewellery and accessories that we used then contrasted with the classic romance of fairytales. The 3D printed necklaces and bowties were provided by Love and Robots, and work great as future-thinking statement pieces.

The stationery for the shoot was influenced by geometric shapes, rich reds, forest greens and rose gold. Dimitria designed stationery that reflected the geometric trend, with a modern and chic approach, and says “The rose gold added a luxe and ‘wow factor’ feel to the stationery and complemented the rest of the elements perfectly. The grey marble background also added a subtle texture to all the items.”

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All in all, we combined elements of the past, present and future to create a beautiful and alternative inspiration shoot.

The Video

Tips from the Suppliers!

Hannah (cake designer)

“By far the nicest thing to do with your wedding cake is to ask your cake designer to work with your florist to dress it. Not only will your cake tie in with the rest of your styling, but there’s something so decadent and beautiful about fresh flowers at weddings, so the more the merrier! Also, look out for more metallic accents in 2017…”

Dimitira (stationery designer)

“Showcase your theme from start to finish with your stationery. Save the dates will set the tone of the day, on-the-day stationery will carry through your theme and work seamlessly with other elements such as your flowers, and thank you cards will remind guests of all the beautiful details of your special day.”

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Photography and styling | Remain in Light Photography

Coordinating and styling | Perfectly Planned 4 You

Flowers and styling | Boom Blooms

Venue | Brixton East 1871

Videography | Zyrah Films

Stationery | Dimitria Jordan

Cake | Butter Beautiful

Dresses | Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique and Lorie x

Hair | Lovehairbylou

MUA | Moira Borg

3D bow ties and jewellery | Love & Robots

Groom suits | Keye London

Groom shoe | Ô’Singuliers

Bride shoes | Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes

Signage and lighting | Lula & Rye

Models | Bernadette, Karolina and George

Shoot assistant | Chiara Dalla Rosa