A dramatic, modern bridal twist on Victorian theatre

Happy Friday everyone. Today we have the great pleasure of featuring photography by Rebecca Douglas. This theatrical shoot draws inspiration from different historical sources, and I thought it was really original, fun and quirky! Just our cup of tea. As you know, I don’t like to go on and on, so here is the lovely photographer, Rebbeca, with her inspiration and behind-the-scenes background:

“The inspiration for the shoot came from the wonderful news that the Theatre Royal in Margate had been licensed for wedding ceremonies. I have a soft spot for the wonderfully unique and quirky venue having played there in the past in bands and wanted to capture the beauty of the historic venue.

Working in a space like the Theatre Royal was so exciting. I was speechless when Jay, the lighting genius started to control the effects from an app on his phone! The suppliers were all local to Kent and many from the Isle of Thanet, showcasing the passion and enthusiasm for their products and skills and creating something beautiful.

The beauty team from Obsessions Salon created some stunning looks and Jen prides herself on creating elegant and timeless wedding hair. The dresses, oh, the dresses – from the gem of a boutique – The Bridal Gallery in the seaside town of Broadstairs. Their sister company Well Suited kitted out the boys in some really sharp suits. When our model, Katy, started spinning on the stage with the silhouettes my heart almost stopped with the wow factor of the moment!

We’d planned two scenes, one was a bedroom scene to capture the getting ready moments. The other was an afternoon tea with scummy cupcakes from The Cupcake Café and tiered cakes and cake pops from Fifi and Lola’s Cakes. The furniture was provided by Scott’s of Margate – a total treasure trove with three floors of vintage furniture and accessories to add some quirky flair to your wedding decorations. (I actually bought the bureau as I couldn’t bear to part with it!)

Each supplier embraced the theme and we spent weeks excitedly building a Pinterest board and putting together a look of laces, pastels, big hair and florals. Whippy Designs whipped up a stunning range of wedding stationery with theatre tickets and popcorn boxes and Bubble and Pop designed some lovely posters too. Our jeweller, Ami Blastock had taken inspiration from the Victorian era with the jewels that she designed with her ever chic bespoke modern twist on them.

Our florist picked out some lovely pastel florals to make some stunning bouquets, true works of art! Atelier Rousseau hand crafts the most beautiful garters and hair accessories that are just so exquisite. To decorate the scene, we had some lovely bespoke cut decorations from Art Cuts and some balloons to carry on with the pastel theme. We also had some lovely laces from The Sewing Shop in Canterbury and a stunning hand crocheted blanket for the bedroom scene.

Last but by no means least was the fantastic Alice and the Teacup who oversaw the creative styling on the day and provided so many beautiful pieces of vintage crockery. I was assisted by three lovely ladies Jemma Defroand, Vicky Lauder and Bex Gerken who were just brilliant and helped the day run so smoothly. Thanks too has to go to Dean the Marketing Manager of the venue who supported organisation of the day and my Dad and hubby who did a lot of lifting and ferrying about with furniture and all sorts of bits!”

Images © Rebecca Douglas



Photography & coordination: Rebecca Douglas
Assistants & general lovely helping hands: Jemma Defroand, Vicky Lauder, Bex Gerken.

Hair, Make up & Nails: Jennifer Baker, Amy Tranter & Beth Hollow: Obsessions Salon

Venues: The Theatre Royal – Your Leisure: Dean Martin with assistance from Adrian

Afternoon tea, styling & on the day coordination: Clair Hinge – Alice and the Teacup 

Goldsmith & Jewellery: Ami Blastock Jewellery

Dresses: Jean & Robin – The Bridal Gallery

Suits: Jean & Robin: Well Suited 

Posters: Katie Smith: Bubble & Pop Design 

Invites: Jennie Whittaker Whippy Designs

Florist: Emma Campbell Florist

Bridal Accessories: Charlotte Atelier Rousseau

Tiered cakes & cake pops: Laura – Fifi and Lola’s Kitchen

Handmade accessories – The Sewing Shop Canterbury

Cupcakes – Lisa – The Cupcake Cafe – http://www.thecupcake.biz

Decorative gifts: Rebecca Cox: Art Cuts 

Balloons: Maria at Balloons for all Occassions

Furniture – Ron Scott – Scotts of Margate 

Models: Katie Smith, Mandy Human, Lewis Flanders, Reiss Browning, Alison Briers, Francesca Lee

Thanks to Mark Douglas & Paul Dean, Rebecca’s husband & dad who were fab helping hands on the day.

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