A vibrant 50s inspired bridal photoshoot in London

19 Aug 2021

Debbie Clifford, owner of Bridal Reloved Wanstead, tells us about the inspiration behind the shoot at Gods Own Junkyard, East London

Photography: Isabelle Elliott 

Inspiration and concept:

This is my very first photo shoot since opening mid-pandemic last year, so I wanted it to pack a punch. I wanted to do a rock 'n' roll 50s themed shoot, something a little alternative and not something you see every day.



East London is full of interesting venues, but having been to Gods Own Junkyard years ago, it had always stayed with me as somewhere that would be an incredible wedding venue. 

I wanted to do something alternative with a vintage edge, and this fit the bill perfectly. It is wall to wall neon and 50s memorabilia and the biggest mirror balls you have ever seen.



I picked five dresses that matched the theme perfectly. The first was a tea length with a bardot neckline from Alan Hannah - it looked sublime with a pair of peep toe heels and keeping with the venue and the 50s era.

The green and silver two piece by Bowen Dryden worked perfectly in the outdoor garden shots - it has the most incredible embroidery all over it that looked great surrounded by the greenery of the trees and plants. 


The Sassi Holford high-low strapless dress looked fabulous with the peep toe heels, and the higher skirt at the front gave it an edge over a standard a-line. 

The David Fielden satin sheath dress with asymmetrical shoulder straps looked like it could have graced the cover of Vogue in the 50s - our model Danielle looked incredible in it.

The Temperley ivory silk dress with embellished straps and back detail is one of my all time favourites - the beading caught the light beautifully and really sparkled as Danielle moved around, it absolutely screamed ‘old Hollywood glamour’.


Hair and Make-up:

Anna from Le Keux in Essex specialises in hair and makeup from the 50s era. I wanted big Hollywood curls, deep lipstick and winged eyeliner and she didn’t disappoint.


Flowers and Cakes:

The Botanical Bunch specialise in dried flowers - which are a much more sustainable option and they look incredible. They made three different bunches to match the dresses. Herons Nest then used the same flowers on the cake - it all co-ordinated really well.



Where there any challenges and how did you overcome them?

There was biblical rain pretty much all day!. We were very lucky to get the outdoor shots that we did, but we ruined quite a few rugs in the process.


Steal Their Style

Photography: Isabelle Elliott 
Stylist / Organiser: Debbie Clifford, Bridal Reloved Wanstead
Venue: Gods Own Junkyard 
Dress: Alan Hannah, Bowen Dryden, Sassi Holford, David Fielden, Temperley, all sample dresses from Bridal Reloved Wanstead 
Hair and Make-up: Anna of Lekeux Essex
Flowers: Jade of The Botanical Bunch
Cake: Mehvish of Herons Nest Cakes
Props: Alice of Fleur Lace UK 

Click here for more wedding inspiration! 

Related content

supplier finder

Get a quote

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

supplier finder

Find a supplier

Search over 200,000 Suppliers in the UK.



Everything for your wedding

10 ways to keep calm on your wedding day

Don't let nerves get the better of you on your big day; here's how to stay cool, calm and...

Wedding Photo of the Week: Jessica Reynolds Photography

Each week we’re inviting all wedding photographers to submit their images to be Bri...

11 unique and unusual wedding gift ideas

Ask your guests to give you these quirky and personalised wedding gifts  ...

How to manage hay fever on your wedding day

Kick hay fever to the curb on your wedding day with this guide to managing your symptoms ...

The best wedding dresses for your body shape

If you don't know where to start when searching for your dream wedding dress, consider st...

Looking for that perfect local supplier?
Let us know what you need and we’ll start looking for you.

the wedding show