Sometimes you get sent a submission for a blog which just blows you away! You get drawn in by the drama, the detail, the venue, that cake (wow!), the textures …… all of it really! That was what is was like for me with this Babes with the Power wedding styled shoot from our tribe member Chloe Mary Photography.
Shot in the stunning Arnosvale wedding venue with gothic wedding influences from ‘Rock n Roll’, David Bowie and the film Labyrinth (gosh I love that film!). It’s an awesome example of how you can celebrate being yourselves and have your wedding your way! I can’t tell you how I struggled to even pick the photos to feature on this one. So, I really hope that you enjoy it too!
When I asked Chloe to let me know her favourite photo (which is also the main picture for this blog) her answer pretty much sums up everything about this blog!
“My favourite photo … has to be our gorgeous tattooed bride Hayley in her veil. The shot is so hauntingly beautiful, and I feel so drawn to the image. It gives me chills and heart flutters – she looks like a gorgeous bride at the same time as looking like a ghostly figure. It matches perfectly with the venue we were privileged to shoot in as it’s both a Cemetery and a wedding venue! “Chloe
Top tips to acheive this babes with the Power wedding look
Don't be afraid of Colour Choices
“Don’t be afraid of colour choices! I know a lot of couples worry about having to stick with certain colour palettes or get concerned about using non-traditional colours such as black for their wedding. Black is my favourite colour and it was actually the first colour I wanted to prominently feature in the shoot. I wanted to show you don’t have to stick to pastels or colour when planning your wedding styling. We added in white as it’s such a complimentary colour (monochrome goodness) and metallic elements to keep things interesting” Chloe
There are several ways you can incorporate your chosen colour palette. These include;
- Your bridalwear will probably be your first stop. Don’t be afraid to look at independent dress makers such as Chantelle from Chantelle Sophia and Cherilyn at English Country Vintage who provided the bespoke dresses for this styled shoot. They can create you something truly unique and awesome!
- Likewise incorporate your wedding cake. I am totally in LOVE with the black and gold wedding cake from this shoot. Created by vegan wedding cake maker, Tiny Sarah’s Cakes, its packed full of stunning detail and the gold skull cake topper is just divine!
- Finally, wedding stationery flows all the way through your wedding from Save the Dates to On the Day. We’re loving these monochrome examples from Becky at Hawthorne and Ivory.
Stay True to Who You Are
“Stay true to who you are. Your wedding day is not a reason to change how you look or conform to who people (including friends and family) think you should be. Your wedding should celebrate who you are, your style and the life you’ve built together. It saddens me as a wedding photographer to see brides and grooms removing piercings and covering their tattoos to make family members happy or because they feel like they can’t show off their individuality. Life is far too short not to celebrate who you are no matter what shape, size or style you are and your wedding day should reflect just that – your true self.” Chloe
So if you want to wear a hand painted bridal jacket like this denim one from tribe member Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium on your wedding day then place the order now! Invest in some quirky pieces of stunning wedding jewellery that will be a lasting keepsake after your wedding day.
We’ve featured Sam Ryde Jewellery on the blog previously and the pieces featured here really do provide that extra wow factor!
And finally, always always get yourself a hair and/or makeup artist who gets you and who you are. We think that Emma from The Little Vintage Beauty Parlour and Jess from Aurora Moon (who also helped with co-ordination of this awesome shoot) really nailed the look here.
Experiment with Different Textures
If you’re afraid of things looking a bit flat and bland, why not experiment with textures? Sequins and silks can really make things pop. Don’t limit yourself to playing around with just wedding styling. Let your imagination run wild and feel free to experiment with the more traditional elements such as flowers.
Remember you don’t always have to choose the obvious option such as fresh flowers. The gorgeous alternative wedding bouquets by tribe member Charlotte Laurie Designs were actually made from a mixture of felt and buttons and we played with textures throughout the shoot.
You can also bring in additional detail such as these gorgeous embroidered ribbons from Heidi at Extra Special Touch (F**k tradition!).
The team behind this awesome Babes with the Power wedding
Photography by Chloe Mary Photography
Cake by Tiny Sarah’s Cakes
Makeup by Aurora Moon
Hair by Emma at The Little Vintage Beauty Parlour
Stationery by Becky from Hawthorne And Ivory
Bridal Dresses and White Lace Garter by Chantelle at Chantelle Sophia
Flowers by Charlotte Laurie Designs
Black Bridesmaid/ Bridal Dress by Cherilyn at English Country Vintage
Embroidery and Black Garter by Heidi from Extra Special Touch
Denim Jacket by Sam from Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium
Jewellery and Skulls Supplied by Sam Ryde Jewellery
Venue – Arnosvale
Table Styling by Chloe Mary Photography (as above)
Models – Hayley Jade Jones, Hannah Scoulding and Steph Kiddle
Featuring our awesome wedding directory supplier tribe members
Bridal bouquets by Charlotte Helping couples be daring – Handmade bespoke alternative Bridal Bouquets and Buttonholes • Flower girl bouquets and accessories
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