The venue, No.131 Cheltenham inspired the shoot. A blue neon cross in the restaurant bar also strongly resembles the climatic scene in Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet. Its grandeur, and stately interiors with elements of gold on the walls further suits the theme. There’s even a balcony! The perfect set for our Juliet! Furthermore I am a recommended No.131 Cheltenham Wedding Photographer!
From there the suppliers took elements from the film and interpreted it to suit a micro-wedding layout. With a Red, Pink + Gold colour scheme, the flowers are the statement. We wanted to highlight these colours in the arrangements, so we opted to forgo the usual green foliage. The flower choice was further led by the Romeo and Juliet theme ~ Romantic, timeless and opulent.
We wanted to create a, beautiful serene, dream like vision. To create this depiction we used clouds of pastel pink and cerise Gypsophila and also hot pink Limonium as our base. We used Amaranthus also known as ‘Love lies bleeding’ which was perfectly apt for our Romeo and Juliet shoot. And also an abundance of scented roses chosen with great care. Their names symbolic of the love/death theme running throughout the story. These included ‘Garden Pink Piano’, ‘Memory Lane’ and ‘Silver Shadow’. We used brick red stallion Chrysanthemums, a plethora of pinks, crimsons and caramel carnations. Ornate and architectural Anthuriums and ruby pink Cymbidium orchid, which symbolises morality and virtue.
The main floral installation draped across the fireplace, gracefully falling down one side. The ceremony set up was simple, with red petals and hurricane lanterns to decorate the aisle. And then the banquet table had a flower runner down the centre, accompanied by pink, red and white candles.
The table-scape refined but fun. And also adorned with classy glassware and gold cutlery from Vintage Gold China! Bee Davies brought her usual quirky flair with painted poison bottles as name cards/wedding favours. Each bottle hand painted with a unique design. From catholic imagery like the sacred heart (a re-occurring image on this shoot) to her signature flowers and then quotes from the play! Did my heart love til now? This approach then translated beautifully to the drinks menu card. Another bespoke design as well. The header also reads ‘I drink to thee’ and flowers embellish the three illustrated cocktails.
The dresses showcased in the shoot are from Willow Victoria Bridal. A new range designed by Victoria the owner of Victoria Lou Bridal and exclusive to her shop! Coincidentally a Stratford based store (Shakespeare’s birthplace). The collection featured a host of trends. From 3d embellishments to balloon sleeves to intricate hand beaded designs. All designed to accentuate female curves. And then accessorised with Hermione Harbutt’s beautiful handcrafted jewellery. One model also wore the Artemis headpiece to highlight the hair halo, whilst the other model wore white tassel earrings as the statement piece.
The first make up look is a very pared back look, with glowy skin and gentle mascara. Natural to emulate Claire Danes’ Juliet. But the second look was a bit more playful, using pinks and false eyelashes for a sleeker finish.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s costumes heavily influence the grooms-wear, with a flamboyant blue floral shirt for the first outfit. Our model, Ben, then changed to a more formal suit that matched Romeo’s very own wedding suit. A navy suit teamed with a white shirt and a floral tie.
And of course, we filmed this shoot! Jade Touron Photography & Jake Burgess Films studied the film for moments and poses that could be replicated. And then put their own spin on it! Props such as the feather wings helped bring a few moments to life.
Concept & No.131 Cheltenham Wedding Photographer – Jade Touron Photography
Planner & Stylist – AMW Events
Venue – No. 131, Cheltenham
Florist – Lucy Coco Floristry
Dresses – Willow Victoria Bridal
Make Up – Alexandra Sinclair
Hair – Fallon
Jewellery – Hermione Harbutt
Cake – Vanilla Pod Bakery
Videography – Jake Burgess Films
Stationery + jacket – Bee Davies Illustration
Tableware – Vintage Gold China
Banner – Daydreamer Creative Studio
Neon sign – Etiquette Event Styling
Linens – Special Occasion Linen
Model Couple – Naomi & Ben Gilbert-Johannsen
Model – Sophie Yorke
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