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Wedding style ideas inspired by books

Morning! Today’s wedding blog is for all of you bookworms out there to enjoy. If you’re anything like me you’ll know the absolute bliss of having your nose tucked into a book, living out love stories and adventures from the safety of a cosy sofa! And as books have been making a huge statement in wedding decor recently (see my books at weddings Pinterest board) I loved Elizabeth‘s ideas for bridal styles based on some of our favourite characters from fiction. I hope you will too! Enjoy xxx

wedding looks from books Elizabeth Mercer Photography

All image credits Elizabeth Mercer Photography

Wedding style ideas inspired by books

By Elizabeth Mercer Photography

Today’s wedding blog is a make-up and hair bridal shoot inspired by books. It’s really creative and helps brides think outside the box when it comes to their big day. I thought it would be a fun exercise to try to capture the look or mood of fictional characters from literature, and I collaborated with my makeup artist friend, Megan Williams and hair stylist friend Charlie Pivetti.

We wanted to play with the so-called innocence of Daisy Buchanan for The Great Gatsby photo, so we went with a peachy cheek juxtaposed with a dark eye liner.

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With Jane Eyre, we wanted to capture her veneer of simplicity.

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In The Hunger Games photo, we went for Katniss’s signature braid and steely gaze.

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Hex Hall’s main character, Sophie Mercer, is a good witch with an independent streak and a dark side.

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Our Gone with the Wind photo is inspired by the iconic Scarlett O’Hara, whose bold makeup and penetrating gaze scream for attention.

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Emma is a high-spirited idealist, and we made a double headband out of ribbon to keep give her an air of youthfulness and romantic.

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When I shoot a wedding or a portrait, I like to think that I’m telling a story. I’m not merely documenting a moment or event, but rather I’m creating an image or series of images that express an idea of who my clients are and where they are going in life.

This isn’t journalism – I’m happy to leave cold, hard reality behind and embellish the moments and expressions that will tell the narrative that they would like to tell about themselves.

It’s often larger than life even if there is a kernel of truth. Through setting, lighting, makeup, wardrobe, and staging, I often try to make the picture more romantic, more expressive… more dramatic. In this way, a lot of my work has as much to do with fiction as reality.

Photography: Elizabeth Mercer elizabethmercer.com
Gone with the Wind, The Great Gatsby and Hex Hal: Make-up and Hair by Megan Williams
Jane Eyre: Make-up and Hair by Charlie Pivetti
Emma: Make-up by Megan Gillespie, Hair by Charlie Pivetti
Hunger Games: Make-up by Megan Gillespie, Hair by Charlie Pivetti

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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1 COMMENT
  • Carly
    6 years ago

    Makeup and bridal hair inspired by books… that’s creative.
    My fav is Jane Eyre.

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