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i do by order of the peaky blinders: a 1920s styled bridal shoot in liverpool

July 19th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth

Peaky Blinders Styled Bridal Shoot (c) Vickerstaff Photography (36)

If, like us, you love binge watching crime drama Peaky Blinders in your spare time, then we’ve got a real treat for you today on Brides Up North! We’re dishing up a swoon-worthy wedding shoot inspired by the popular TV series, brimming with vintage 1920s bridal attire and styling.

As luck would have it, an actual Peaky Blinders themed bar in Liverpool provided the perfect backdrop for the shoot, which was led by the lovely Caroline from Words to Glow, who supplies beautiful light up letters, words and phrases for hire.

There’s a stark industrial edge to the shoot, showcasing the hidden beauty to be found in an urban setting and providing us with lots of inspo on how to make this the most captivating of backdrops for your big day. Think copper tones, jewel coloured flowers, hanging Edison bulbs and driftwood and your dream 1920s wedding will begin to take shape!

Let’s step behind the lens and find out more about the shoot, as we hand the blog over to Caroline to tell us all.

With images by Vickerstaff Photography.

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caroline says: The brief for the shoot was to see if we could mix the gritty world of Peaky Blinders with the love and laughter of the wedding world.

As avid fans of the hugely popular BBC show Peaky Blinders, the team – as a collective – were excited to see if we could transpose the key elements and gritty realism of the hugely popular series into real life and the wedding industry.

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With the support of the newly opened themed Peaky Blinders Bar on Liverpool docks and the amazing London-based Garrison Tailors, the theme was decided. All was set to transform Peaky Blinders off the small screen and bring it smack bang into real life!

Once the theme was set, Jamie from Vickerstaff Photography and I were on the lookout for a set location that paid homage to the industrial, working class background, which forms the backbone and origin of the Peaky Blinders series.

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In keeping with the show itself, The Peaky Blinders Bar in Liverpool clearly identifies not only with The Garrison Pub featured in the TV series, but also through its wall art showcasing characters as well as set locations featured in the show. It also boasts statement fixtures and fittings including huge chandeliers, copper brewing equipment and large light up bars.

Located on the Liverpool docks, the surrounding wasteland also proved to be the perfect backdrop for some outdoor, gritty shots, perfectly in keeping with the era, and the look and feel we were going for.

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I provided a selection of props to showcase in the shoot, including rustic light up LOVE letters and a love heart, featuring whitewashed driftwood and metal trims – these were used to great effect to light up both the downstairs stage area and the upstairs bar.

My new METRO Boxed LOVE letters looked fabulous sitting atop the Peaky Blinders Bar, accompanied by pretty floral hoops, by Verdure Floral. Taking inspiration from modern and funky city centre industrial spaces, the letters feature a painted blackboard base and are encased in industrial inspired driftwood. Their clean lines and sparkly cabochon light bulbs provide a warm and ambient lighting which provides a beautiful backdrop to wedding photography.

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I also provided my new wedding backdrop, Seraphina. Standing at 8ft tall and made from steel, the backdrop is hand painted in metallic copper with rustic white washed pallets and features hanging vintage Edison bulbs. The backdrop was expertly showcased with stunning floral garlands by Verdure Floral. The backdrop is supplied with a choice of romantic wedding phrases such as ‘It Was Always You’ or ‘And The Adventure Begins’, also in a metallic copper finish, as seen in the images.

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Adi, the creative director of Verdure Floral, chose to work with a beautiful selection of jewel coloured flowers for the shoot, which worked magnificently against the gritty, pared back décor of the Peaky Blinders Bar. The chosen flowers included orchids, roses, ranunculus, anemone’s and lisianthus that looked fabulous against the copper metallic frame and wedding backdrop I had provided, as well as the metallic and matt black accessories provided by Verdure.

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In addition to this, the team selected an array of eucalyptus; french ruscus, and ivy as a warm base to show off the colours and different textures of the flowers decorating the venue.

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All the dresses and accessories were supplied by award-winning The White Closet Studios. The Daffodil fitted dress and Ivy skirt are by Halfpenny London, with the fringed skirt adding texture and fabulous movement.

The gorgeous long sleeved Spanish lace dress is by, Jesus Peiro, design 8016, featuring feminine and floaty sheer panels and a soft tulle skirt.

The Thea dress with Berry jacket is also by Halfpenny London – a glamorous backless satin dress accompanied with the delicate Berry French lace jacket.

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The suit, kindly supplied by Garrison Tailors, was their signature 2018 Thomas Tweed two-piece suit with a Shelby tweed waistcoat. The new version of the popular Thomas Tweed suit has been cut from British Tweed supplied by Abraham Moon & Sons who have been making Woven Shetland Tweed since 1837.

This new version of the Thomas Suit has been made using a lighter shade of grey fabric which better contrasts with the charcoal waistcoat and the fabric lining has been changed to a luxury twilight blue paisley pattern. This is simply stunning as a contrast to the lighter grey of the tweed. The cap was an iconic Thomas Tweed News Boy cap.

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For the shoot, Bethany from The Vintage Beauty Parlour created a classic finger waved style, fitting of the era. The hair was tonged and then sculpted into curls and waves. For the makeup, Bethany opted for a soft smoky eye and glamorous red lips in a berry red tone.

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The day went really well, heralded by one of the first really bright and warm spring days of the year. This really helped in providing some great outdoor images and buoyed everyone’s mood for the start of a great shoot.

Lots of interest and questions were received from the general public who ventured over to see what was happening. In order to fully achieve the gritty, organic shots we wanted, photographer Jamie alternated between the use of colour and black and white images and included some fab props such as coloured smoke bombs for some amazing outdoor shots.

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Alexis Forsyth
Originally from north of the border, Alexis has lived in the North East for the past 15 years and considers herself officially an adopted Geordie. A qualified journalist - Alexis took up the position of editor at the region’s longest running business publication in 2015 before moving into a marketing role for one of the UK’s largest independent arts and craft galleries. Alexis currently edits her own lifestyle blog, where you can find her latest musings on all things Newcastle-related, together with a smattering of her Instagram-worthy cocktail and foodie pics. Yet to find Mr Right herself, Alexis sees this as a mere formality when it comes to tying the knot, as she’s already picked out her dream wedding dress, theme and venue...

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