Today I get to share with you this gorgeous tattooed Tim Burton inspiration wedding shoot from a fantastic team including Erin of Way Out Wedding, The Couture Company, Nicki Feltham Photography and many more.
ERIN – WAY OUT WEDDING
The inspiration for the shoot was simply Tim Burton. The team members are all huge fans of the quirky gothic styling he brings to his films, and so our Pinterest planning board was fantastic!! We focused on his women characters to bring it into the bridal world, and we had a two-part story: one was how his blonde and innocent heroines (e.g. Johanna in Sweeney Todd) would dress for a wedding, and the other was how his anti-heroines (Victoria from The Corpse Bride, or Mrs Lovett from Sweeney Todd again) would style themselves.
The styling was bold and arresting – think skull jewellery, gothic dresses, in-your-face make-up, a dark denim coloured naked cake covered in vintage lace, gothic millinery, amazing flower crowns, a quirky venue, and taxidermy – and yet all the elements were perfect for an alternative wedding and not at all alienating for real life.
When Erin asked me if I’d like to do the photography for her Tim Burton styled bridal shoot, I jumped at the chance. Between us, we gathered together quite a strong troop of amazing suppliers and some absolutely stunning models, too, and on the day we both came up with some fabulous ideas for creative shots – we worked so well as a team.
Lauren – FRENCH MADE
For the cake, I created a dark denim coloured barely naked two-tier, decorated with vintage lace, dried roses, blueberries, and a cute cake topper made by Beyond Vintage. The inspiration came from The Corpse Bride.
Lou Rodrigues – BEYOND VINTAGE
For the stationery, I didn’t want to go full-on Tim Burton. Although the first draft was heading that way, it seemed too childlike and Halloween, so I played around a bit and came up with an almost denim/ink bleed background, which was then overlaid with a creepy Sleepy Hollow type tree border. I muted down the denim to give an almost smoky look and added the logo of the male and female skeleton brides. The font was inspired by The Corpse Bride, and the added metal work just pulled the invitation bundle together. I loved the idea of putting the temporary tattoo into the invitation so that guests could have a little reminder of the wedding date or even wear it on the day.
The styling seemed to just flow: not difficult when the venue was so awesome. I pulled the vintage dirty/weathered bottles from my collection and mixed with gold. For the table, I used the gold ornate plate chargers and layered with the plate and black satin napkin tied with Rosary beads to give a gothic feel. The gold-edged glasses were DIY, using glass paint and sponge brush around the edge. The library was decorated with skulls and vintage books, and we set up the vintage writing station with ink well, calligraphy pen and homemade paper.
How awesome is this Tim Burton shoot? Thank you to Erin of Way Out Wedding and Nicki Feltham Photography for sharing with Marry Me Ink. Be sure to check out the full list of suppliers at he end of this post and do leave them some love!
Creative direction: Erin of Way Out Wedding
Photography: Nicki Feltham Photography
Photography assistants: Very Berry Photography and Lucy Alice Photography
Dresses: The Couture Company
Make-up: Let’s Face It
Hair: Polka Dot Hair and Make-up
Decoration & stationery: Beyond Vintage
Venue: The Dolls House, Islington
Millinery: La Dame au Béret
Jewellery: Skull jewellery by Alex Garnett, Crucifix necklaces by Rosie Weisencrantz Vintage Jewellery, Ring by 10and6 Jewellery
Flowers: The Vintage Floral Design Company
Cake: French Made
Models: Alex Barnes, May Hamer and Olivia Martin