Black hair, black dress and black flowers, we knew we were in for a treat shooting this alternative wedding at The Bond Company in Birmingham and we certainly weren’t disappointed. For the girls, the day began with vintage hair and make-up by Le Keux, in a hotel not far from the venue. Our fabulous bride Charley, donned a black gown from Fairy Goth Mother and her bridesmaids wore gorgeous 1950’s style flared tea dresses. The incredible fusion of styles was so carefully woven together that it was clear this wedding would bear little resemblance to others we had seen before. There was a red and black colour theme, sugar skulls and the intricate metal workings of steampunk, all tied together with a 1950’s bow! The flowers for example, were a totally unique combination of an elaborate burlesque headpiece and the cogs and chains of steampunk. We had never seen anything quite like it!
After hair and make-up and in-keeping with the original theme so far, the girls boarded a canal boat adorned with sugar skulls and red ribbons to whisk them off to the ceremony. It was rather special to watch them gently drift towards a crowd of eagerly anticipating guests, and like us everyone was keen to capture that elegant moment!
Both the ceremony and the reception took place at The Bond Company, a setting so quirky and full of character, it suited our couple down to the ground. They continued the steampunk theme by exchanging beautifully unique raw, coloured metal rings in a cosy and intimate part of the venue. After the ceremony we got some great shots of Charley and Andy beneath a storm of confetti as handfuls of the white petals were flung at them by excited guests. It really did feel like a snow storm for a minute, we rarely see so much of it flying around! We managed to get some great shots outside despite the heavy rain that intermittently swept beneath the gleaming sunshine, and in fact the weather created a gorgeous backdrop for some moody photos.
The reception rooms had been expertly decorated by the couple themselves, with sugar skulls hand painted by the groom, origami animals and black and red bunting. There were even old-fashioned arcade games which were a huge hit! This quirky couple certainly weren’t shy when it came to choosing the soundtrack for their day, the party started hard with plenty of classic rock tunes from the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Rage against the Machine, and the black and white tiles were soon full of partying guests.
The final surprise for us had to be the cake that was in fact a tower of cheese, from House of cheese, decorated in animal print ribbon, knitted flowers, and topped with skeletons dressed in Steampunk outfits.
As night descended on the party, we snuck outside for a little shoot in the dark, and finished the day with some great shots of the couple grinning gleefully under a sparkling explosion of champagne.
It really was one-of-a-kind alternative wedding at The Bond Company, and it left us wondering what find these newlyweds might get up to next! Thank you for having us!