Oh. My. God.
This shoot was inspired by the This is England ’86 series, and the incredible tour de force that is Lauren of French Made wanted to create a shoot that reflected the unique subcultures of the ’80s, and the friendship, love, and fun that went with them – and she absolutely smashed it! By curating a crack team of suppliers who all shared the same love for the era – more than a surface-level appreciation, but a deep-seated nostalgic yearning towards it forever and always – she created a shoot of alternative vintage duh-reams:
“As well as being cool and pretty, I wanted this shoot to be simply honest, real and raw. This is why it features real Mods, original Skinheads and Goths, real friends, real couples as well as suppliers who understand what the alternative way of life is about. And the perfect venue!”
Things have been getting a little exciting around here. I’ve been developing my shop (yes, shop!!!) and uploading lots of lovely items you’ll soon be able to buy directly from the blog. It’s been a while in the making, but I am finally almost ready to launch.
So, what will be for sale? Here are the categories!
No Debutante – Ready To Rock Preloved Bridal
When I started doing styled shoots, I loved sourcing loads of dresses and accessories from vintage shops and eBay. In fact, addicted might be a good word!! I ended up with a wardrobe of wedding pretty that was awesome but had no party to go to… So I thought I might sell it all on the blog! The great thing is that they’ll have been styled in shoots, so you’ll have a great idea of how they can look, i.e. they’re not only displayed on a mannequin or a coat hanger. You can see them in context, and shot by some amazing photographers. In fact, here are some they’ve been in recently – Nu Bride featured our ‘Art School’ styled shoot, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride showed the brilliant ‘This is England ’86’ styled shoot, as organised by Lauren at French Made.
The dresses I have span lots of decades – we have lots of 1980s numbers – and styles, from alternative and edgy to some more classic designs. I even have a Zandra Rhodes dress! They’ll have been cleaned and also repaired where needed, and you’ll receive them boxed up fit for a queen.
The name ‘No Debutante’ comes from a song called Dreaming by (my favourite) Blondie. I loved the line,
When I met you in a restaurant
You could tell I was no debutante…
I thought it was perfect for a preloved range!
And the branding was done by the fabulous Sharon over at Satin and Tat Stationery. I sent her the content of my mind in the form of some garbled words (because for someone who has an English degree, I seem inept at articulation at times). I said that the feel of the brand is a little bit punk, new-wave, Blondie and also some dandy highwayman – please can you design me something that is awesome. And yes she could, because VIDDY:
Way Out Wedding Magazine
This is in the works for launch later this year. It’s going to be a small publication to begin with because apart from the layout design (thank you Coalescent!), it’s just me putting it all together. It’s going to be 80 pages of weddings, inspirational styled shoots, and some honeymoon features. I like image-heavy publications myself (LOVE, AnOther, etc.), so this will have the same look and feel. It’ll be like a coffee-table book of beautiful pictures, rather than a traditional magazine, which means you’ll hopefully want to keep it as a memento of your wedding planning time. Maybe that’s the magazine addict in me who never throws any of them away talking!
The first product I want to sell is sew-on embroidery patches. Whether these are for your veils, your dresses, or even hen-do outfits, there’s going to be some fun designs to add a bit of alternative gorgeousness to your day!! I’m in talks with manufacturers at the moment and will keep you updated!! Get ready for cutesy patches of red lips, ice-creams, diamond rings, sugar skulls, and so on, to decorate your already killer outfit with!!
Satin and Tat Wedding Stationery
As well as being lucky enough to have had my No Debutante branding designed by the inimitable Satin and Tat, as mentioned above, I’m extra excited to be selling packs of write-your-own wedding invitations!! Sharon’s the queen of alternative wedding stationery, and I think you’ll love being able to buy some ‘only available from the Way Out Wedding shop‘ designs.
I’ll have a few gorgeous bits in my gift section for those of you who like to stray from the gift list. Embroidery hoops will be available from the brilliant Crafty Little Sew and Sew. But these ones are not filled with twee sayings, but rather edgier offerings! Check out Tracey’s David Bowie hoop:
And we will also be selling custom Satin and Tat A4 prints and canvases. These can have the couple’s names and wedding date added, and could be good as a gift, or as signage on your guest book table, or could even say ‘pick a seat not a side, etc.’, ‘prosecco station’, ‘photobooth’, and so on…
Here’s one of my favourites from Satin and Tat…