If you know you want heaps of colour for your wedding day, you have just stumbled upon some pretty perfect inspiration, my friend. There is colour, and loud colour at that, in almost everything in our art influenced editorial styled shoot: from the flowers, to the cake, the dresses, even the groom’s suit!! This is ‘Art School’.
Lisa from Carmela Weddings and I had just finished our futuristic, conceptual shoot ‘The Other Space‘ and were keen to hook up once again, so I sent her the ‘Art School‘ idea board I’d been building. A fabulous team of suppliers was formed, and our ideas flowed as we bounced off each other, culminating in this beautiful shoot we are all incredibly proud of. It’s contemporary, bright and fresh, and perfect for spring and summer couples.
I love colour and modern art, and am particularly excited when the fashion world takes its inspiration from this scene (I just adore things like paint-spattered fabric, which enjoyed its latest moment a few seasons ago, and much more avant garde techniques like Hussein Chayalan burying his fabric with iron filings back in the 1990s). So, an art influenced styled bridal shoot was always something I wanted to do since starting the blog. Using Pinterest, I formed an initial idea of how I might like it all to look and feel.
We had three bridal outfits from the latest collection called Moon Age Daydream by one of my favourites, velvet johnstone, and we added to these with some dresses from my preloved range No Debutante, which were called Karen (short ruffled dress with studs, named after Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), the purples and blues maxi dress called Yasmin, and the short lacy 1990s dress called Sylvie Girl.
Lisa Johnson – Stylist
We worked with Emma at Coco Wedding Venues to find the right location, and The Anthologist at Bank in London was perfect for this shoot. We wanted modern, laid back and informal, with a party atmosphere and lots of different backdrops. The space just works because it has so many different styles in one place, from the lilac square panelled wall we used for the flower wall, through to the swing they have set up in one of their many nooks around the venue (every wedding needs a swing, obvs!) – it was the perfect space for our creative arty vibe. It also has so many great spots for photographs in the little City streets around it that we couldn’t resist.
Every time Erin Balfour of Way Out Wedding comes to me with an idea, it’s always ‘out there’ and a bit different, and I can’t say no! I love planning and styling weddings and shoots that are away from the norm and that have an upbeat energy to them.
We wanted an art style that was different to the fine art wedding shoots we’d seen before. The main focus was to have bright, clashing colours and an infusion of carnival! We contacted Amanda at Amanda Karen Photography as I’d worked with her on a shoot in Paris and knew she’d bring a real sense of fun to the shoot. As usual, she’s captured everything brilliantly.
We really wanted to do something different with the flowers to show what you can do with colour in a modern space and in a really contemporary way, so we got in touch with Susie at Tissue Blossoms, who made us our beautiful bright flower wall, all made from tissue paper! Her bouquets and table flowers are so pretty and can be kept, which is always a bonus. Imagine a flower backdrop like that for all of your wedding pictures! Susie’s inspiration always comes from nature, and she never gets bored studying the intricate details of nature. Twisting, pulling, bleaching, dyeing and painting the tissues got us the effect we needed.
The Hair, Make-Up, Millinery and Jewellery
Louise Leaves of Lovehairbylou and Charlene Williams got to have loads of fun with hair and make-up to make our models look fresh and colourful (brief: don’t lay off the pink!), and the girls’ looks were topped off with bespoke headwear pieces made by Beverley Edmondson and jewellery by Kulbir Bhandal from State of Play Studio.
The beautiful colour pop shoes were handmade by Marsha Hall, who used the lines of the flamingo silhouette and translated that into curves within the patterning of the shoes. Because of the detachable fastenings, we could add different looks to the shoes using flowers – they are so versatile.
We really wanted to go to town with the groomswear because it’s often an afterthought in shoots, but we wanted our groom to stand right out! We found the perfect suit at Adam Waite, an amazing menswear designer – it’s so tropical and loud, but it’s also perfect tailoring and stunning quality. Adam’s suits are always a little edgy and a lot cool, which is right up our street.
The Cake and The Stationery
The cake and the stationery worked brilliantly together on this shoot. Susie Kelly of SK Cakes worked together with Tayjal Mistry, founder of Mani’s Creative, who designed our stationery suite, and what they came up with worked so well. They experimented with paint, pulling out key elements such as texture and flamingo pink hues to create a clashing arty palette. The cake clashed so well in front of the pale pink wallpaper backdrop.
The Table Décor
Our tablescape was created using crockery and linen from Classic Crockery Event Hire (the flamingo plates were the first thing I found, and everything else came from that perfect plate!), mixed with items from The Anthologist itself – they have such awesome glasses there, and the long purple tables of the bar were great to clash with the linens.
We had such fun on this shoot. It was my favourite to date, as we carried the relaxed vibe throughout the day with music and laughing, and we hope that shows up in the photographs.
Creative director | Way Out Wedding
Stylist and planner | Carmela Weddings
Photographer | Amanda Karen Photography
Venue finder | Coco Wedding Venues
Venue | The Anthologist
Hair | Lovehairbylou
Make-up | Charlene Williams
Dresses | velvet johnstone
Dresses | (blue, lacy and polka dot ra-ra) No Debutante
Shoes | Marsha Hall Handmade shoes
Millinery | Beverley Edmondson Millinery
Stationery | Mani’s Creative
Jewellery | State of Play Studio
Tableware | Classic Crockery
Florist | Tissue blossoms
Cake | S K Cakes
Suit | Adam Waite
Models | Ronke Laughter; Dina Rims; Geoff Lowdell