Wilderness Bride and Sara Ribera Photography teamed up to create this Bonnie and Clyde-themed shoot. “We’ve been serving intimate weddings for quite some time now, years in fact,” says Stephanie Mitchell from Wilderness Bride. “With the arrival of the pandemic, I was pondering the similarities between modern couples and the smaller weddings of the 1930s and 1940s, which coincidentally is where most of our inspiration derives from for our dress collections. I tend to go for themes with a slightly dark undertone and mischievousness and rebelliousness that isn’t so obvious. Bonnie and Clyde came to mind as it encompasses all of the above with sleek sophistication and effortless style. Sara Ribera Photography and I decided to collaborate again and wanted to capture the romance of the city in a large and iconic Manchester building not necessarily known for weddings but ultimately perfect for them. Albert Hall has been on my list for a while and is mostly known as a music venue, but paired with Sara’s ability to capture incredibly romantic imagery, it worked perfectly.”
Local companies came together to bring Stephanie and Sara’s vision to life. “When working with a team, we prefer to set a theme, share a moodboard and let the professionals interpret it into their style,” explains Stephanie. “That way everyone gives their best and is able to get creative. When working on a vintage theme, it’s important to keep in mind wearability and functionality for today’s couples. Mixing vintage and modern styling is key, and Maria from Detail pulled this off flawlessly. She thoughtfully curated items that are reminiscent of the vintage theme but relevant for modern couples. We decided to focus on more of a bar theme instead of sit down meal to capture the free-spirited atmosphere. Gemma from Forage Floristry explained how she wanted to use fresh wildflowers for a more natural and eclectic feel. This added a little softness to the bare brick and gloss tiled walls and an air of spontaneity and wildness.”
Suppliers involved with the shoot
Venue, Albert Hall, www.alberthallmanchester.com
Photographer and planner, Sara Ribera Photography, www.sararibera.com
Dress designer and planner, Wilderness Bride, www.wildernessbride.co.uk
Headpieces, Saint Beth Official, www.facebook.com/saintbethofficial-100650558215857
Hair and make-up artist, Lisa Simms Bridal Hair & Make Up, www.lisasimms.co.uk
Styling, Detail, www.detailstyling.com
Florist, Forage Floristry, www.foragefloristry.co.uk
Jewellery, Bali BaeOfficial, www.balibae.co.uk
Models, www.instagram.com/alexmurphy_boxingfitness and www.instagram.com/gracebowker_
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