Styled Shoot

Electric dreams. A deco decadence wedding shoot at Stockport Plaza

Alexis Forsyth

The bold styled shoot that we are sharing with you today is all about the theatre and drama, with an alluring art deco twist.

Definitely one for the vintage brides after something a little bit different from the norm! Taking place at the stunning Stockport Plaza – the venue’s rich history and unique features provided the most glamorous and decadent of backdrops, which we absolutely love!

Coordinated by Kate Bader from styling and props business Florence & Vera – she handpicked a host of local suppliers to bring the venue and the couple’s love story to life. The shoot was a reunion of sorts too – the models are in fact a real life couple that photographer Kate McCarthy had worked with on their wedding day back in 2017! A very nice touch, indeed.

Creating what she describes as “a love-struck vision”, Kate opted for a plush palette of forest green, gold and deep red, complemented by geometric shapes, wild foliage and blooms, gold foiling, antique-style tableware and art deco motifs. The devil is in the detail as they say, and we think there’s plenty to pore over and inspire the brides-to-be among you today…

Intrigued? Let’s step back into the 1930s and get all the behind the scenes goss from the shoot!

With images by Kate McCarthy Photography

Kate of Florence & Vera says

: Every wedding is a show to behold; a romantic narration of two worlds colliding. The electric atmosphere between our bride and groom (Nina and Zakk) was heightened by a theatrical venue.

The shoot brought together a team of North West wedding heroes at Stockport Plaza. Kate McCarthy had the pleasure of photographing the models on their wedding day in 2017; it was a beautiful reunion! She was eager to celebrate their return to England from Sweden with the best local talent and I was brought on-board to co-ordinate and style this edgy shoot.

The team were passionate about showcasing the venue’s rich history, entwining theatre with the couple’s love story. This resulted in a dramatic maximalism look that took full advantage of the glamorous art deco features of Stockport Plaza. I handpicked the perfect vendors to deliver decadence in every detail.

Showbiz at Stockport Plaza is a wow-worthy venue that can set the scene and form the right foundations for a dream wedding. Since 1932 the Plaza has hosted countless special occasions. The team celebrated the raw beauty of this Grade II listed venue as it formed the basis of the shoot’s vintage colour palette.

As an event stylist, I delivered a love-struck vision. I cultivated the chemistry of the bride and groom to create a fun, off-the-scale look, perfect for any alternative couple. I also scoured my Aladdin’s cave of vintage props and trinkets in ultimate indulgence. I unified the look in a sumptuous palette of forest green, gold and deep red.

The table was set using the finest Whitehouse Crockery and tableware to achieve an antiqued aesthetic. The drama was heightened thanks to the stunning cakes – made with love – by Pink Cocoa. The details echoed the 1930s surroundings through geometric patterns and jewel shades.

Diddibox provided lush, bountiful floristry displays to create balance against the art deco shapes and metallic touches. They embraced the carefully considered colour palette through an autumnal selection of blooms. Ali and Bec from Diddibox created theatre through their floristry with a dramatic
boutonnière lapel and wild bouquet.

The maximalism style felt effortless on Nina and Zakk; the venue was made for them! Elsie Vee Vintage, Rachel Simpson Shoes, Vintage Suit Hire and Beth C Makeup ensured the couple looked the perfect parts.

Elsie Vee Vintage dressed the bride in a number of stunning dresses, all adorned in delicate floral details, in true vintage cuts. Elsie Vee Vintage styled Nina’s hair in an elegant updo to complement the looks. She finessed the styles using a stunning jewel hat in bold red and an art deco headpiece. They were the flawless alternatives to a traditional veil.

The iconic British wedding brand, Rachel Simpson Shoes, completed the bride’s outfits. She is synonymous with vintage-inspired shoes which are both affordable and award-winning. This made her my go-to choose for the shoot footwear.

Makeup artist, Beth C Makeup, embraced the bride’s Swedish beauty. Beth loves natural aesthetics that celebrate the bride. She leverages her years of experience working with brands such as NARS and Missguided to create photo-ready looks.

The groom exuded cool sophistication with beautifully tailored suits from Vintage Suit Hire. Their suits show a superior attention to detail through the coloured stitching, buttons and luxurious fabrics. The couple’s outfits coordinated smoothly in a way that felt natural and authentic.

The shoot wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkle of magic with thanks to the lighting, backdrops and stationery. It is these finishing touches which can unify a wedding and really add the wow factor for guests.

Frain & Grain indulged in the glamour of the 1930s through stunning gold foiling and art deco motifs. The menus bring a sense of celebration and fun to proceedings that let guests know you care.The theatre was lit and set for a day of glamour with the help of Love Lights the Way who provided quirky backdrops and neon light features. This added an incredible atmosphere to the shots and makes exciting photo opportunities for any wedding day or special occasion.

The day was shot by Kate to 90s R&B which blasted through the venue! The electric energy of the day is clear through the spellbinding photography. Kate was amazing in documenting the couple’s bond. She sees it as her duty to bring couple’s memories to life and see them last a lifetime.

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