An Alternative Gothic Star Wars Wedding Extravaganza
When we first met Emily&Phil, we were invited into their home to talk weddings and photos. The hand painted zebra print walls in the hall and 50s pin-ups decoupaged all over the bedroom, gave us an insight into how effing awesome their wedding was destined to be! They were planning a wedding that incorporated a mish-mash of stuff they’d always loved; leopard print, Star Wars, Goth, Rock ‘N’ Roll… they wanted what they’d like to see at someone else’s wedding if they were guests. Needless to say, we got on like a house on fire, and we left that evening, super-excited about photographing their wedding!
Converse All-Stars in red and leopard print from Converse.com’s design-your-own section! Swoon! Emily just wanted comfortable shoes for dancing, and figuring that they’d be hidden by her dress, simply chose something that she liked and could wear after the wedding. Of course the shoes were a massive hit amongst the guests, and us obviously… they featured quite a lot in our photos!
Apparently, understated is not a word in Emily’s vocabulary. She’s always liked to dress up, and her Goth roots have lead to her alternative, quirky style. She wore a huge, gorgeous, red wedding dress by Hollywood Dreams in Wales. Would you believe it was reduced from £2,900 to £350 to clear as it had been in the shop unsold for years?! I guess this is the upside to liking unusual things!
Emily’s collar and cuffs were from Lula Lupin. We were actually admiring their designs when we were positioned opposite them at Belle’s Bridal Bazaar and it was actually that very fair where Emily&Phil found them! The flower detail was made from off-cuts of the dress after it was altered – perfect! Emily’s divine red head-dress was from Pearls & Swine, and really completed her stunning, dramatic Gothic look.
Emily’s wedding ring was actually her Grandmother’s. It had a worn flower design on it which was smoothed out by Phil’s Step-sister, who is rather handily, a jewellery-maker. The design on Phil’s wedding ring was their names and wedding date written in Aurebesh – a fictional Star Wars language! It doesn’t get more unique than that right?! It was made by RING of Brighton. The ‘ring box’ was an R2D2 mint tin that was perfect for the job – genius!
Emily was delivered to the venue by a privately chartered steam train… what else?! What a photo opp! High Rocks actually has it’s own train station!
‘The Throne Room Theme’ from Star Wars, played as she made her entrance – the bit at the end when the heroes are all receiving their medals from Princess Leia. Musically, it’s actually not a million miles away from the wedding march – brilliant!
Emily&Phil really enjoyed sneaking off for their couple shots… so we did so twice! They said it was great to have alone time to breath and soak up the reality of being married! And how’s this for a spectacular location to set off Emily’s statement wedding dress?!
Like us, they wrote their own vows – after all this is the fundamental part of a wedding is it not, and it needs to be done right. It should be meaningful and personal to you as a couple. They told us that they were completely lost in the moment at this point in the ceremony, and I have to say, I was completely sucked in too… I almost forgot to take pictures for a minute!
“All the fun stuff was for our guests, but our vows were for us.”
They decided early on not to have real flowers. They felt that, as beautiful as they are, they’re expensive, need caring for, and won’t last forever! I was bowled over when Emily’s mum unwrapped the bouquets immaculately handcrafted by Emily&Phil themselves! They looked so professional! Emily made the flowers from red, black and leopard print fabric and the centres were various buttons, brooches and beads. Phil made the bouquet’s frames using wire, ribbon and foam florist’s balls – clever! The men’s buttonholes were the same but each had a personalised centre (Star Wars designs for Phil and the best man, a Cornish flag for Em’s Stepdad and a Millwall badge for Em’s brother).
Having a great party atmosphere at the wedding was really important to Emily&Phil. We had mentioned to them that we had noticed that the dancefloor fills up much more when there’s live music on offer, and taking that on board, they hired a band Emily loved when she was at uni in Brighton; The Bikini Beach Band. They do a great choice of covers, both modern and classic, all delivered in a ‘surf-noir’ Pulp Fiction style. And what great costumes!
Star Wars has been a huge part of Emily&Phil’s lives. In fact they met in a Star Wars costuming club, called the UK Garrison, that raises money for charities through geeky replica costume-wearing – Phil used to be a Stormtrooper! So naturally, Darth Vader, an admiral and a pair of Stormtroopers were top of the guest list!
All the venue staff from other rooms rushed in to watch Phil’s surprise breakdance routine he performed with his best man Steve and old school friend Gary, (overlooked by Stormtroopers)! It certainly took us by surprise – an awesome surprise! I can’t stress enough how wonderful touches like this make a wedding exiting and memorable! Their guests were beside themselves!
“We came to realise that not only was it worth the extra money for their technical ability and their artistic eye and style, which was exactly what we had been looking for, but we were also getting two photographers for the price of one. This means ‘moments’ get covered from both angles, the most obvious moment being the first time the groom sees the bride.” (Read the rest of their testimonial here).
Emily&Phil made their own wedding stationery. Their Invites were red cards with a square of faux leopard fur, each topped with handmade Fimo ‘sailor tattoo’ style heart and scroll, onto which Phil hand painted their names in traditional tattoo font. Perfect for their album cover right?!…
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