Some time ago, I was invited by Gwenda Jeffs (with whom I’ve done an absolute ton of shoots), to join a group she was setting up, called “Coocouture: The Unconventional Wedding Collective“. Everyone involved shares a love for the more unconventional side of the wedding industry, and the aim is to create epic inspirational shoots based on alternative genres…and boy, are we having fun doing just that! I’m thrilled to be the photographer for this group – the gorgeous, way-out stuff the others come up with is genius!
Our very first shoot was themed “The Edwardian Steampunk Scientist Bride”, and these might be some of my favourite photos I have ever taken! Now that it’s been featured on Bespoke Bride, I can share it with you here.
Skip to the end to see all the fabulous suppliers involved! (Except, please don’t actually skip :-))
Oh, and there’s also a short film by the wonderful Skinny Boy Weddings, which shows some great behind the scenes stuff, too – be sure to watch it!
Our goal is to show how alternative themes can be made accessible and can be translated into the highest quality wedding styling. So, for my floral arrangements, I chose largely traditional seasonal blooms in feminine shades of pink, yellow and green (including peonies, campanula, astrantia, tulips, anemones, eryngium, bupleurum, plus a little craspedia and green trick dianthus). These I arranged in fabulous laboratory glassware, kindly loaned to me by Blooming Green Flowers. The bouquet was a traditional domed hand tie of most of the flower-types, with just a hint of scientifically-inspired quirkiness. – Gwenda, The Vintage Floral Design Company
“I’ve just finished watching Breaking Bad so went for some Breaking Bad-inspired stationery for the shoot, using letters from the periodic table to spell words. To add a Steampunk twist I laid the text onto vintage Victorian prints and for the invites, I found a fab font made out of cogs and comPass parts.” – Claire Spake Design &c.
“I wanted to reflect the emancipation of an intelligent Edwardian woman in this dress, adding to the philosophy behind the Steampunk movement of being able to see the mechanics of industry. This woman has been amongst the first generation of educated women and has embraced the scientific world. The bodice in leatherette is inspired by the white coat of the scientist, with clean lines, practical pockets and Steampunk accessories like the watch chain. The skirt in tulle is transparent to allow the ‘mechanics’ of our models legs to be seen, all scooped at the back in a fabulous bustle topped with a heart shaped base covered in ruffled satin bound net and a little panel of cogs and gears. The headpiece is a replica of the bustle and reminds us of the Edwardian hats worn at that time. The lace-edged bloomers finish the ensemble to protect modesty but also add a bit of fun!” –Karen, Dornellie
“A Steampunk person would be ahead of their time, and as such I went for Edwardian Gibson girl hair, mixed in with a bit of Albert Einstein! I kept the makeup fresh and natural with pink stained cheeks and lips, inspired by Edwardian make up.” – Anneke, Retromorphosist
And the FILM!
Coocouturiers – Photography: Kat Forsyth Photography// Cake: Frenchmade// Make up & Hair: Retromorphosist//Shoes: Marsha Hall Handmade Shoes//Stationery: Claire Spake Design &c.// Fascinators: GG’s Pin-Up Couture// Dress: Dornellie// Videography: Skinny Boy Weddings// Flowers: The Vintage Floral Design Co.//