I was asked to be part of a styled shoot which was loosely based on the Disney film Beauty and The Beast and at first I was very sceptical.
I love Disney but this surely wasn't my style?
Upon having a discussion with The Urban Wedding Company who were planning this shoot, it was apparent this was going to be a shoot which was sophisticated, dark, moody and all the things I loved to create with a Disney twist which seemed like an interesting challenge.
I began by thinking about the essence of the story, a beautiful princess, the beast and not forgetting the symbolic enchanted rose. I decide to use the rose to symbolise the beauty while thinking of what could be the polar opposite to this beautiful flower. While looking at the shape, waves and lines in the head of a rose, I began to visualise a dark mysterious and moody mixture of something to represent The Beast, smoke.
While looking at the shape, waves and lines in the head of a rose, I began to visualise a dark mysterious and moody mixture of something to represent The Beast, smoke.
Using these two elements, the rose and smoke I began to create a colour palette of burgundy, black, grey and gold. I then started to create an image which I could use throughout the stationery of the rose turning into smoke, or visa versa.
I then began creating mockups and visualising who this might come together on the printed stationery. I incorporated antique keys, burgundy wax cotton, wax seals with the rose stamp and mixed paper styles. I choose to print the smoke rose design on a frosted vellum paper to give it more of smokey feel, so you could see the gold foil print with velvet lamination below.
I was very pleased with the result, it was dark, mysterious, moody and beautiful all at once.
My wedding stationery was placed alongside a lovely handmade metal rose made by Green Leaf Art Works and the matching table plan took prime position in the main room with dinner menus placed for each imaginary guest to enjoy the feast.
The venue for the shoot was to be Cheltham's Library in Manchester which is the oldest library, standing for over 350 years. When entering this building I was blown away, it was so beautiful with dark beams, rich oak, incredible lighting casting through the stained glass, I just knew this shoot was going to be so special as it was the perfect backdrop for an incredible shoot.
There were so many amazing suppliers which came together to create this incredible shoot in Manchester and it was amazing to see how each of them took this Disney idea to create a unique piece for the day.
The grand lighting hung over the main room dining table was supplied by Peter Lockwood Events, with the dining table styled by The Urban Wedding Company which was set for a feast and an actual feast was created by the Little Green Platter Company which we were lucky enough to enjoy once the shoot was done.
Greenery and flowers throughout were done by the Perfect Bouquet Full of Flowers and an incredible black on black cake with a touch of the enchanted rose in the glass case was created by the talented Urban Cakehouse.
The very beautiful model who played bride for the day was Victoria and she looked the perfect part in her dress by Legend Bridal, with her hair and makeup done by Jacqui.
This incredible wedding was all filmed by Amb Vision and shot by Marni V Photography, to create the most amazing imagery you see here on this blog post. A wedding day any bride and groom would truly love for their day and one their guests would never forget, after all it was supposed to be A Tale As Old As Time.
A list of incredible suppliers used to create this unique wedding theme:
Planning - The Urban Wedding Company
Stylist - Bespoke Events & Styling
Florist - Perfect Bouquet Full of Flower
Cake - Urban Cakehouse
Videography - Amb Vision
Photography - Marni V Photography
Stationery by me - Frain & Grain
Metal Flowers - Green Leaf Art Works
Feast - Little Green Platter Company
Dress - Legend Bridal
Bridal Model - Victoria
Lighting - Peter Lockwood Events
Hair & Makeup - Jacqui
Venue - Cheltham's Library, Manchester