A Game of Thrones inspired bridal shoot in Gloucester

26 Jul 2016

Game of Thrones fans, take note. If you're looking to incorporate aspects from the hit show in to your wedding day, then this shoot is brimming with inspiration for you

Bridal blog, Way Out Wedding, recently teamed up with Gloucestershire suppliers for a shoot inspired by fantasy drama, Game of Thrones. Here, each supplier details how they delivered the theme in every aspect.

Styling: Erin Balfour, Way Out Wedding

Game of Thrones is, for me, the best thing to come to television. Ever. And being in the wedding business, my eye is constantly caught by all the styling and fashion and how it could translate into bridal. I started a Game of Thrones styled shoot mood board, immediately!

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When I began chatting with the photographer, Jay Anderson, it was clear this show was a shared obsession! I love Jay's style of photography, and so he was just the perfect person to tentatively see if he'd be up for it. It was a resounding yes, and the planning began to take on a wonderful shape as

Jay and I brought in suppliers we knew would bring it all to realisation just perfectly. Everyone pinned their ideas, and I loved the creativity and collaboration. A real team vision.

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The day of the shoot was so exciting. We finally had all the props together in the perfect location - Blackfriars in Gloucester looks very Kings Landing! Everyone had a fun time and worked so hard. I have to say a special big thanks to my new assistant, Catherine - she came along with Tiffany (Danaerys bride), but rather than just sit around, she helped me (and everyone) all day. I really couldn't have got things done without her.

The dresses from Heart Aflutter were perfect for each character we had chosen: Sansa bride wore Dunaway by Elizabeth Dye, Margaery bride wore Ginny by Chaviano Couture, and Danaerys bride wore Heart of Gold by Claire La Faye. The flowers and the moss made reference to the glamour and also the rustic elements of the show. The glamour being echoed in those shimmery chair covers and sequin tablecloths.The hair was astounding. Louise worked magic on creating the styles that pinpointed which character each bride represented. The hair was probably the closest match to actual details from the show itself. For the make-up, I sent Amy some very avant-garde looks (colours in odd places on the face, obvious and in-your-face metallics, etc.), and she did a fantastic job of interpreting these for a more bridal look without losing any of the boldness.

I'm over the moon with how the shoot looks. We didn't want a cheesy replica of the show; we wanted nods towards the styling. And thanks to everyone, this happened.

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Photography: Jay Anderson Photography

Erin contacted me about a styled shoot after a discussion of our love of the Game of Thrones TV series and how beautiful the costumes worn by three of the main female characters were. What we wanted to achieve from the shoot, and how we envisioned it, was for it to be a bridal shoot first and foremost, with the styling as reference to the beauty in Game of Thrones. We didn’t want to produce a straight replica, but something that brides and grooms could get inspiration from. So with that brief outlined, we contacted a few of our favourite suppliers whose products and work would fit into the style of the shoot. What we achieved was exactly what I first imagined it to be, and photographing this shoot was amazing with wonderful, creative suppliers and models.

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Cake: French Made

For the cake, I created a barely naked three-tier, which I thought reflected the 'rough' aspect of the show. I decorated it with brown leather studded strips and deep red and golden leaf ribbon, which reminds us of the magnificent outfits the characters wear. The golden plaited ribbon mirrored Khaleesi’s hair. Finally, I added small crown charms and a dragon one as symbolic reference. Emma's foliage and blooms were placed on top as a final decorative touch.

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Stationery: Beyond Vintage

For the invitation, I started by looking at medieval borders and designs, it all pieced together and the dragons had to feature somewhere. It was more tricky than I thought not go full on Thrones, I wanted it to be a mix of something a fan would actually have on their wedding day and something they would perhaps have used for a wedding on the show. The map wallet was taken from true geeky bit of research and is a map of Westeros, the only way to finish the set off was to bind with wax coated cotton string with a family crest wax seal.

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Headpieces: Beverley Edmondson Millinery

I was first approached by photographer, Jay Anderson, through a Facebook group for London-based wedding professionals. I was drawn to be involved by the unusual theme. I knew I had some headpieces that would work well already, but it also gave me the chance to make some new pieces that I wouldn’t usually get the opportunity to make. The shoot took place just after my busiest period, Royal Ascot, but I managed to squeeze in a few new pieces especially for it.

I love the rustic yet opulent styling in Game of Thrones, and it allowed me to use a number of different mediums to create the headpieces. Some of the filigree headpieces were made from a mixture of real lace and 3D printed lace and thermoplastics then encrusted with Swarvoski crystals. Another was made from the feathers from a whole pheasant wing. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the shoot myself, so I sent off a large box of goodies to the stylist, Erin from Way Out Wedding, who then selected the pieces to use on the day. The end result is just beautiful; the soft fine art photography and the projections against the very rustic natural feel of the venue and floristry sits so well with the more dramatic accessories and hairstyles.

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Get the look:

Creative direction: Way Out Wedding, www.wayoutwedding.com
Photography: Jay Anderson Photography, www.jayandersonwedding.com
Dresses: Heart Aflutter Bridal Boutique, http://heartaflutterbridal.co.uk
Flowers: The Flower Girls, www.the-flower-girls.co.uk
Cake: French Made, www.frenchmade.co.uk
Stationery and Tableware: Beyond Vintage, www.beyondvintage.co.uk
Hair: Lovehairbylou, www.lovehairbylou.co.uk
Make-Up: Amy-D Make-up Artist, http://amydoolan36.wix.com/amyd-makeupartist
Millinery and Jewellery: Beverley Edmondson Millinery, www.beverleyedmondsonmillinery.co.uk
Tablecloths and Chair Covers: Gilded Linens, www.gildedlinens.com
Models: Claire Murphy, Tiffany-Jayne Davies, Bronwyn Honeychurch, http://bhoneychurch.co.uk/
Shoot Assistant: Catherine McGuinness
Venue: Blackfriars, Gloucester, www.gloucesterblackfriars.co.uk