La La Lancashire - 1950s Styled Shoot
I feel as if I have been waiting my whole life for this shoot. In the same way art is often ineffable, some photoshoots that are perfectly styled in the era they are imagined have the same effect on me. I went to see La La Land at the weekend, a film that I was desperate to see given the effect it was having on Hollywood, and the future of the movie industry as a whole. I was literally on the edge of my seat for the whole duration and have been singing the songs to myself ever since. The main thing I loved about the film was how well it was researched, and how clear its influences have been executed within the production. Ever since, I knew I wanted to feature a La La Land wedding inspiration post on the blog. How exceedingly lucky did I feel when I happened upon the opportunity to feature this styled shoot, photographed by the wonderfully talented Tiree Dawson!
So let’s get to it. This shoot took place in Morecambe, Lancashire, which in the 1950s was a thriving seaside town resort hailing visitors from Yorkshire, the North-East and as far as Scotland. For those of you who don't know what Morecambe looks like then here you go:
During this time, Morecambe was the home to the Miss Great Britain beauty contest which brings with it a whole world of excitement and razzle-dazzle. So what better place to pay homage to the glamour of the 1950s than at pageant palace itself - The Midland Hotel.
For those of you who don't know, La La Land is a modern day musical capturing the magic of these films of the past. It contains clear throwbacks and references to 1950s and 60’s films such as Singin in the Rain, West Side Story, Young Girls of Rochefort, and Umbrellas of Cherbourg, particularly with the colours of the outfits and interiors.
Two major colour trends of the 1950s were modern colours - electric blue, vibrant yellow, green, orange and red - and pastel colours - pale pink, turquoise, mint green, and pale yellow. We see both of these looks in La La Land, and equally brilliantly executed in this photoshoot.
Cherry red interiors provide the perfect setting for a fun and fifties-style wedding. I particularly love how the shades of the cocktails complement the overall look of this shoot, which I think is such an important point that this often overlooked at weddings.
To create a wedding that no-one will ever forget it really needs to be a sensory experience across all 5 areas. You need to consider the look - including style and colour scheme - taste of the food, smell of the venue - bespoke wedding fragrances are becoming more popular - the textures of the decorations and how these tie in with your dress and style, and the sounds that your guests are hearing. All of these things then work together to create an effective flow that will evoke an emotive response from your guests.
Back with a bang in 2016/2017 is the humble bar cart. The old-school way to display and deliver drinks and other goodies to your guests. So appropriately positioned in front of the forever popular light-up letters. The trolley looks like it might even want to enjoy its own moment on the dance floor.
From the bold and bright rainbow palette to the irresistible candy shades we see here. The 50s sure was a versatile time for style, and shows that the era can work for any bride looking to incorporate a bit of vintage glamour into their day. This look is more antiquated and delicate than the electricity of the cherry red we've just witnessed. In terms of musicals this look is more 'romantic ballad' than big dance number. More Sandra Dee than Sandy - and you know what? Both are just as enjoyable.
A vintage tea party is the perfect way to blend your catering options with your theme, as we talked about above. Anything sugary and pretty, like macarons, will go down a treat and become as much a part of the styling as the decorations themselves. I love how the colours of the flowers beautifully complement the shades of the sweet treats on the table. This is styling at its best, for which the credit goes to Tebby & Co.
Ice cream at a wedding? Yes please! I am so in love with the idea of every wedding guest being able to order a '99, complete with a sprinkled sugar cone, whilst the wedding party has their photos taken. A help-yourself table equipped with all the necessary add-ons (iced gems, popcorn, and wafers) finishes this off with expert flair. The turquoise material lifts the lighter hues of the table set-up, drawing your eye right to the centre. Hello ice-cream cones ready to eat! Is anyone else hungry yet...?
It's a hard life but someone's got to do it! The makeup looks of this shoot is one of my favourite elements about it. The glowing skin, the feminine soft pink touches, courtesy of Aimee Chorley and the classic 50s updos, created by Katie Simpson, are so accessible and work for any wedding dress. This is all about enhancing naturally beautiful features, not changing them. The hair-ties and the sunglasses are effortlessly cool and make me wonder why we don't all wear these 100% of the time. If you are thinking about having a 50s style wedding then let me encourage you to try and get your hands on some magazines of the era. The devil is in the details and will only help your guests feel more connected to your theme. Plus, who doesn't like pretending they're in a movie?
Festoon lighting has the ability to turn any event into a fairytale-esque finale. They remind me of high-school proms in old movies, the perfect backdrop for a romantic moment or two. What better way to cast a spotlight on your wedding day than with strung up lights by Typical Type, guaranteed to send your guests on a trip down memory lane.
Something definitely hit home to me after seeing the pictures of this shoot. I have visited Morecambe myself, and just like anywhere it has its good bits and its bad bits. When talking about why he chose Los Angeles as the home of the film La La Land, director Damien Chazelle had this to say “Pulp Fiction is one of the greatest movies ever for how it uses unglamorous L.A. locations and yet somehow completely creates its own unique world. It was an extraordinary challenge, but we tried to do the same thing from a different angle.” I cannot help but think that Tiree and the rest of the team who worked on this shoot managed to do the same thing - they have captured Morecambe in such a magical light that I want to don a ditsy dress and run away there with my love. We will take icecream on the promenade, we will dance under festoon lighting, and we will book into the Midland hotel and never ever leave.
Congratulations to all the suppliers involved for creating this truly wonderful shoot
Photographer - Tiree Dawson
Styling - Tebby & Co.
Wedding Dress - Mears Ghyll Bridal Rooms
Flowers - Made In Flowers
Hair - Katie Simpson
Makeup - Aimee Chorley
Lighting - Typical Type
Models - Kirsty, Jasmine and Hannah
Venue - The Midland Hotel, Morecambe