Urban Luxe

Taking inspiration from a unique caravan bar, this urban wedding style is sleek, stylish and oh so cool. The talented team behind this shoot explain their vision…

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A unique bar – a vintage Airstream caravan – was the main design element that we built this wedding style around. The futuristic cladding of the caravan inspired a palette with an emphasis on texture rather than colour.

Our aim for this shoot was urban luxe – sleek without being minimalist, luxe without being flashy, and in context with a city-centre landscape. Industrial surroundings of unyielding concrete, brick and steel with panes of gleaming glass provided a solid backdrop.

The colours were a pared back palette of muted grey and shades of mustard yellow with plenty of matte black, accented by the polished silver of the Airstream and the mirrored table. The soft yellow added a gentle warmth to the otherwise monochrome colour scheme. We played on the futuristic feel by using a clear Perspex pinth and dining chairs. In order to prevent the atmosphere from becoming austere, velvet tufted seating was added. The inky black added to the atmosphere of glamour whilst the softness of the velvet added comfort.

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Black chinaware, cutlery and black candles enhanced the moody, modern-glam feel, while the play on textures added layers of depth without overwhelming or cluttering the atmosphere. The small votives were a crackled-black effect, which really deepened and enriched the light coming from them, enhancing the overall drama of the table settings.

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Tumbling, wild greenery brought a sense of nature into the cityscape feel of the setting, and few florals were used – just delicate touches of white flowers. The florals were displayed as if casually strewn in order to juxtapose the sharp, unyielding lines of the surroundings. The bouquet and buttonholes were designed to reflect this as well, with the use of different types of greenery loosely clustered into a bouquet. 

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For the bride and groom attire, we let the sharp lines of the tailoring make the statement and pulled back the detailing to bare simplicity. The groom’s attire was a bold, all-black tuxedo, with satin lapels and a bow tie providing the desired textural interest. Our gorgeous bride wore a stunning princess line gown in a smooth duchess satin, with transparent panels to provide detail and interest without losing the clean silhouette.

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Elegant yet unfussy hair was twisted into a chignon style, and the makeup was bold yet clean. We kept that black drama carrying through with a pair of jet-black drop earrings and a simple black ring, which made a statement on an otherwise jewellery-free outfit.

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This shoot managed to show that elegance and drama can be created in any location with the right play on detail to create atmosphere, and that it’s not necessary to follow a traditionally feminine trajectory to create a stunning wedding.

Photographer: Marion H Weddings

Planning & design: Oh! Such Style

Hair & makeup: Eleanor Dorn Makeup

Bar: The Land Yacht Bar

Hire: The Pretty Prop Shop

Venue: CC Interiors

Florals: Twig + Twine

Stationery: Just My Type

Furniture: Darby and Grey

Gown: Daisy Brides

Models: Ella & Niko @ Unique Model Management

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