GO BACK TO SCHOOL WITH THESE COLORFUL KITSCH WEDDING IDEAS
Brides & grooms-to-be, we are seriously excited to share this styled shoot with you today! Get ready to go back to school!
“When I first had the idea of the shoot, I wanted a school sports hall so that we would have the look of proms and reunions we’ve all seen in the movies such as Carrie, Back to the Future, and Grosse Point Blank. Even though it’s not a school, Budworth Hall in Essex ticked all the boxes in terms of look and feel with its retro pastel blue walls and shiny wooden flooring, as well as being an up-and-coming wedding venue.” Erin began.
“Based on the look and feel of the film of Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’, along with influences from designers Meadham Kirchoff and Molly Goddard, this shoot has its heart in the 1970s–1980s, in Americana, a bubblegum palette, and a tongue-in-cheek, stylised tastelessness.”
“I’ve always been drawn to kitsch, society’s underbelly, the darker side of surface sweetness, and I wanted to tell this story as well as showcasing the look itself. I’ve always loved fashion houses’ ad campaigns and how the connotations, stories and subtexts exist beneath the images themselves. This approach was behind the entire vibe.” She explained.
“The shoot speaks to young brides mostly, given the sugary colours, the pom pom festival wear, and the clash of styles, from sequin and satin slips for a bohemian glam look, to vintage, to festival bridal. I think it’ll appeal to the creative bride who loves a deeper meaning in her fashion choices.” added Erin.
“I’ve worked with Paola, Lauren, Gwenda, Lou, Hayley, Louise, Charlene and Ruby on other shoots, and I know they’re as open as I am to more avant-garde, ‘out there’, conceptual themes. I knew they’d bring the vision to life and so much more. And the other vendors were chosen on recommendations from the above suppliers, plus on seeing their previous amazing work on Instagram – I knew they would all also ‘get’ what I was trying to do. And they did – exceptionally so. I was on cloud nine!!”
“The key to recreating this look is to embrace colour, namely pastels and candy shades – all sugary sweet and fun. And to mix up the styles – you don’t have to match anything at all. And raid Flying Tiger for kitschy sweets for your favours! Disco balls, streamers, and sequins are your go-to prom props. Basically, have fun and don’t be afraid to dive headlong into 1970s-1980s American nostalgia!”
And if you wan to know how to make the ombre tulle skirts as seen in this shoot, you can find the full tutorial here.
Creative director and stylist: Way Out Wedding | Photographer: Paola De Paola Photography | Dresses: Days of Grace/ Heart Aflutter/ Coast/ Bespoke Bride/ L.O.M./ Federica Bruno Couture | Shoes: Natacha Marro/ No Debutante | Veils, headpieces and crown: McFayden Millinery | Sashes: Hard Felt Designs |Accessories: Stylist’s own | Flowers: Bohotanical | Cake: French Made | Stationery and table styling: Beyond Vintage | Plates, cutlery, sugar sticks: The Sweet Party Shop | Props: A Peculiar Dream | Hair: Lovehairbylou | MUA: Charlene Williams | Models: Ruby Lorcan / Matilda Oliver/ Caitlin Walsh | Venue: Budworth Hall | Videographer: Patrycja Purgal | Light up letters and cinema sign: Locke and Busby |