A couple of years ago, on a beautiful summer’s day in Gloucester, we set up a styled shoot inspired by Game of Thrones.
Ours was a romantic take on the looks from the show, with long flowing wedding dresses, highly styled hair, lots of jewellery and embellishment, and muted metals to balance the sparkly table linen. The stationery and the cake made fantastic use of the motifs of the show, and you’ll have fun spotting all the references!
A Game of Thrones wedding need not be a costume party, if that’s not what you want. You can see here that elegance can take centre stage, while still achieving the nods to the show.
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!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Tim Burton heroine bridal styling over the last two days, featuring the preloved dresses of Bijou Bridal and the vintage gowns of Ooh Mrs James, because now we’re heading into darker times…
Meet our Burton anti-heroines: gothic, mischievous, and almost certainly with the devil in them. There is zero innocence in this part of the story, with the make-up, hair, headwear and dresses dipping into the darker end of the palette.
So, now for part two! Yesterday, you saw Tim Burton style heroines in Bijou Bridal dresses, and today it’s the turn of Ooh Mrs James.
If you’ve ever wondered how to have a Tim Burton wedding, then this four-parter of a styled shoot we did is for you! It was the most fun day, if a little hectic thanks to my inexperience back then in planning these things – I had sooo many dresses, from three suppliers, in fact, which was actually way too much to fit into one shoot… But the amazing team around me got it all done and we all had a great time together. Total pros, they were. And I have since learnt my lesson (sort of) to tone it down on the ‘getting all the things into one shoot’ front!
So, given that we had so many dresses and looks, this has been split up into four posts: today you will see Tim Burton’s heroines in Bijou Bridal’s preloved dresses, and tomorrow heroines in Ooh Mrs James’s vintage gowns, and then it’s anti-heroines wearing The Couture Company in a more gothic take on weddings, and finally a post concentrating on the gorgeous styling. All in all, it’s everything you could need to plan your Tim Burton themed wedding!
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.
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.