a metallic luxe industrial editorial | uk wedding blog

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Morning! We are in Essex this morning for this beautiful industrial luxe shoot. With the mix of metallics, hard industrial and soft pastel floral touches there is inspiration for everyone. The team worked hard to produce inspiration for couples that want something a little out of the box, who may be looking at less traditional venues and styling, showing that even an industrial gin bar in Essex can be turned in to a beautiful wedding venue.

photography | Three Flowers Photography

The original concept for this shoot was born from an idea being discussed between Dawn (of Dawn Taylor Beauty) and Michelle from (Bumblebee Bridal).  Dawn, who was wanting to style a bridal shoot aimed at the more intimate wedding party. For the bride and groom that did not want to compromise on style, detail and design just because it wasn’t being celebrated in a “traditional” wedding venue. This was coupled with Michelle’s idea of using industrial styling on a shoot and love for geometric lines.

We chose an upmarket Gin bar in the heart of Chelmsford City centre for our shoot. We knew as soon as we saw the interior of The Bottle Bureau that this would be the perfect place to fit our theme of “Industrial Elegance”. The Bar used to be a prison, and their industrial inspired décor was perfect for our planned juxtaposition of industrial masculinity with the elegance of our soft rose gold touches. With its mix of metal and wood, Edison style light bulbs and completely trendy underground cocktail vibe.  It would also suit the colour pallet of soft greys, rose gold/copper to soften the theme. 

With the idea in place all we needed next were our incredible suppliers to make the vision all come together. What a team we found.

Three Flowers photography – we asked Charlotte to join the team because we loved the impactful images she had captured from Couples weddings in her modern and dark style.

Charlotte said: “I was thrilled to be asked to work on this shoot with such a talented bunch of suppliers.  The concept really excited me as rich, vibrant imagery is what speaks to me. 

As a wedding photographer I often have to seek out darkness and harsh light to achieve moody, high contrast photographs to include amongst the more mainstream and here it was handed to me on a plate!”

As part of the industrial element we wanted to incorporate geometric shapes in to the style and used these throughout our styling. Which our shoot partners really got behind in their designing. Geometrical shapes are incorporated on the cake, in the floral designs and even in the hair.

For the hair and makeup – Dawn and Michelle wanted to create hairstyles with zigzag lines, structure and depth. They said – “We wanted to create impactful styles to match the dresses and also make our brides stand out against such a unique and eye catching backdrop. We used Rose gold hair accessories such as Kirby grips and rose gold leaf. For the makeup we wanted to make use of the soft lighting choosing darker colours on eyes and lips but with an emphasis on subtle highlighter to make the most of the sort lighting against our models skin.” Every detail was taken into account such as the rose gold leaf on the models nails against the grey nail varnish.

For the dresses we enlisted the help of 2 leading bridal shops in Essex who we knew stocked the statement gowns we envisioned. We chose soft feminine styles that created an impact against the masculine, industrial back drop. We especially loved the Tara Keely dresses with detachable skirts, kindly loaned to us by Debbie Hellowell from The Wedding Trousseau.  These allowed a bride to tone down her dress in the evening for a more relaxed vibe, perfect for our gin bar back drop.  The illusion bodice gown was loaned by Abigail’s Collection and was by Private Label by G, the Ella Rose Label.

The cake and flowers were designed in synergy to match each other using soft feminine blush tones from the roses and blue masculine tones from the succulents. Both had elements of geometrical shapes in copper and rose gold to tie in the industrial element. Designs were chosen to be give an impact but not be overwhelming in a small space.

Our cake designer, Abbie from Egg and Moos – created a show stopping cake for us with sweet treats for guests to graze on such as iced biscuits and macaroons (these tasted as delicious as they looked).

Abbie Said “For this amazing shoot I wanted to design a beautiful blend of strong geometric lines and delicate sugar blooms. A subtle wash of watercolour teamed with a palette of soft greys, blues and nude blush resulted in a dramatic yet feminine feel. Striking lines of rose gold were created on the hexagonal base tier and a flash of copper was carried through the sugar cookies and handmade chocolates with macarons balancing out the moody slate grey.

Our florist Rosie from a Vintage Wedding helped tie the whole vision together lightly scattering floral touches throughout the venue to create softness throughout.

Rosie said “the bottle bureau is a venue with an edge and the flowers needed to reflect that. We used lots of textured, seasonal foliage with seed pods, succulents and berries which worked well against the exposed brickwork and metal inside the venue. 

The shoot was industrial but glamorous so gorgeous blush roses, soft pink ranunculus, and buttermilk chrysanthemums gave a elegant softness to the foliage and complemented the rose gold vases well. 

The bouquet was a loose hand tied arrangement – again this featuring a mix of on trend foliage, succulents, berries, wax flower, roses, ranunculus and chrysanthemums. To be bold but offer a softness to the look.”

We loved the idea of choosing an alternative location such as a trendy bar for a wedding reception, not only does this appeal to a Groom with its more masculine style but it allows the couple to save money on their venue and spend money on the luxuries for their guests such as signature cocktails for Wedding breakfast drinks and lavish favours to treat their friends and family.

Why not consider working closely with the venue to make ‘Bride and groom’ designed Cocktails for guests.  In a smaller trendy space consider a grazing table instead of a ‘sit down’ meal or serve canapes to your guests as they enjoy the relaxed style of the wedding.


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