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A Wes Anderson Inspired Wedding
Back in May 2018 something amazing happened. A bunch of mega talented wedding suppliers got together and pulled out all the stops to nail a Wes Anderson inspired wedding shoot. This shoot was a concept I have thought about for years, it’s been swimming in my head ever since I started out in the wedding industry really, now five years down the line I am staring at the finished product. Seeing this shoot come to fruition still makes me beam with pride.
I have no words to describe how amazing every supplier was and how much work and effort everyone put in to make this shoot come to live. I’m going to try my hardest not to ramble on forever but I also want to make sure I give this shoot the justice it deserves.
Influence and Inspiration
The Wedding Spark absolutely nailed the planning and styling. As I mentioned, this shoot had been a brain fart in my head for a long time, so it was no easy job to take this shoot on board and co-ordinate it into something succinct and beautiful. Here’s the awesome moodboard Becca created:
We decided on a Moonrise Kingdom vibe with a few nods towards the Grand Budapest Hotel.
A big thank you also goes out to Beth at the Barn at Avington for offering their wonderful venue as a backdrop for this shoot. The barn has a bit of everything: A camping field, outdoor ceremony space by a little river, a woodland area and of course, the beautiful barn itself.
We wanted the shoot to feel very vintage/70’s esk (as most of Wes Anderson films have that vintage feel) and the dresses from Indie Brides were perfect for this. There were two looks: completely vintage 70’s boho with a mini dress with bell sleeves, and then the second look was a bit more modern with a two piece and flower crown. We also did the same with the suits. I absolutely loved the bottle green suit by AW Tailoring, then the second look was a more understated grey tweed 3 piece suit.
The outside ceremony space was all about the mismatched colours chairs from purple door props, and we also added some Persian rugs to give it that vintage boho look.
To complement the outdoor space, we also created a colourful zany inside space with the same colourful chairs and long wooden trestle tables. We had vintage china and glass from Harriets table, some vintage light up signs from Locke and Busby, A camping style banner and a quirky piano bar with soft drinks on.
The stationery all had such intricate detailing with many nods and quotes to Moonrise Kingdom. I just loved the “what kind of bird are you” seating plan. It was such a unique idea and made for such cool table names. The invites had a lot of camping references from the film, which I also loved.
Also check out this absolutely amazing gingerbread Grand Budapest hotel by Maid of Gingerbread! Plus the Wild Fox absolutely nailed the flowers – her installations were jaw dropping and I loved her 70’s inspired bouquet!
Check out this awesome video by Robin from Loved up Films.
Again, this isn’t your typical wedding video – we wanted something a little different and fun, and Robin really delivered! I love how quirky and vintage the video is.
Wes, I hope we’ve done you proud.
- Venue: The Barn at Avington,
- Event design: The Wedding Spark
- coordination and planning: The Wedding Spark
- Florals: The Wild Fox
- Wedding dresses: Indie Brides
- Hairpiece: Sophie & Luna
- Hair stylist: Bridal Hair in Hampshire
- Makeup artist: Serena Grace MUA
- Groom attire: Adam Waite and Dapper and Suave
- Videography: Loved Up Films
- Stationery: White Cottage Weddings
- Handmade details: ceremony backdrop paper from The Wedding Spark // Cake: Maid of Gingerbread
- Tabletop rentals: Harriet’s Table
- Furniture rentals: Purple Door Props
- Models: Maxwell James and Georgia Harris
- Props (piano bar, easel, vintage suitcases, hat boxes) : With These Hands
- Props (backdrop screen, tambourines, bottles, candlesticks): Lo & Behold Bespoke
- Light up signs: Locke & Busby
- Bell tents + rug aisle: Baylily Bell Tents
If you’re planning a Wes Anderson inspired wedding or looking for a quirky alternative wedding photographer get in touch, I’d love to hear all about your plans.
Kirsty is an alternative wedding photographer, specialising in creative documentary wedding photography that tells the story of your day. There’s no stiff awkward portraits, or Chandler Bing smiles; just meaningful moments and life long memories.