A black and white wedding shoot inspired by British artist Bridget Riley

10 Oct 2019

The team at York Wedding Suppliers joined together to create a chic and eye-catching photoshoot

Stylist Natalia Willmott created a black and white wedding scene for the York Wedding Suppliers inspired by the work of celebrated British artist, Bridget Riley. 



Bridget Riley 1960's Op Art black and white pieces are iconic and the York Wedding Suppliers group wanted to show that couples can be inspired by anything around them to create a stylish, bespoke wedding. 


Natalia says: "We wanted to create something different from the usual styled photoshoot and I love Bridget Riley's work, it is so arresting. Her designs are simple in a way, but stop your gaze and play with your eye. Black and white is so chic and elegant and can be an inspiration both for a wedding or a party...that's what we want to convey here.

"I also wanted to show how our group comes together and can work closely to create a scene representing every single member of our group, that's what was important to me."



Photographers Nikki Bowling and Nikki Hirst captured the chic and style that Bridget Riley's work exudes. Photographer Gareth Buddo created in-movement pictures to portray how Bridget Riley's vibrant artwork captures your eye.



Natalia used textile designs of the 1920s as a backdrop with spots and stripes on linen and ribbons and cushions. There are two black and white cushions featured by My Billet Doux. They have a secret pocket at the back and come with a notebook and pen so the couple can exchange love notes after their wedding.


The flowers were simple white roses in gel beads by Nicola Frear, elegant stationery by Blush Creations and candles with optical art labels by PQ Soy Wax Candles to replicate the feel of Bridget Riley's work. 



Model Rosie Geall wore a beautiful satin vintage cowl back dress by Ronald Joyce from Bridal Reloved York, but then changed in to a lovely black and white dress by Calvin Klein. She was photographed with the backdrop of disco lights with two projectors and a gobo to project a pattern on the wall – again inspired by Bridget Riley’s artwork.

The model is seen leaving for her honeymoon in a new outfit with a 'Just married' hat in hand and suitcase which was organised by Alison Marden of Travel Counsellors. 



The National Galleries of Scotland in association with the Hayward Gallery in London will be hosting a retrospective exhibition of the work of Bridget Riley on 23rd October 2019.


Photography: Nikki Bowling PhotographyGareth Buddo Furmoto and Nikki Hirst KLPhoto
Videography: Alex Wamsley
Styling, candleholder, textile designs: Natalia Willmott
Cushions, notebooks and ribbons: My Billet Doux
Dress: Bridal Reloved 
Wedding stationery: Blush Creations 
Candles: PQ Soy Wax Candles 
Jewellery: Jo Bagshaw
Chair covers: Treasured Occasions
Linen: Just For Linen
Disco: Night Owl Discos
Honeymoon services: Alison Marden Travel Counsellors
Flowers: Lottie Roberts, @nicolafrear
Hair accessories: Unique Hair Combs
Model: Rosie Geall, @rosie_geall

For more Yorkshire wedding inspiration, click here to view our 2020 issue of Yorkshire Bride magazine.

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