Today I am excited to share this vibrant celestial inspired wedding styled shoot with elements of nebulas and swirling galaxies.
To me, “celestial” immediately conjures up a picture of a starry sky, and this interpretation of that is just magical.
Images were captured by Claire Bemister Photography with the collaboration of an incredible collaborative team.
It started in glitter and ended in a galaxy of stars.
The team were all inspired by celestial shoots, but we all strived to deliver it in a unique way to the usual blue and gold muted palettes, which led to the use of deep blue and purple hues, with vibrancy inspired by nebulas and swirling galaxies.
The floating flower installation by Peonies from Pluto was just like a galaxy cloud and looked stunning in the high vaulted ceilings of Lovekyn Chapel.
We chose to shoot in Lovekyn Chapel as we loved the contrast of the bright white high ceilings and large stained glass window against quite a moody styling and photographic style.
The Chapel is also a genuine wedding venue, but as a deconsecrated chapel, they welcome anyone and everyone, regardless of belief or lifestyle, which was so important to all of us.
Chapels were also built to guide you towards the “heavens” so what could be more atmospheric?
We lit the chapel with so many candles, and it worked very well with the space whilst also being a very simple approach.
But this approach was key – we wanted to show a dramatic but easily achievable way to create a celestial styled wedding.
The exposed table was styled with a cheesecloth runner and crystals provided by the lovely Jess of Twin Flame Styling, and exceptional menus, origami place names and stars by Eddie of Edwina Camm Illustration.
Tiny Sarah’s Cakes designed a poetic and strikingly different cake – white and ethereal to echo the backdrop of the venue, with a delicate quote from Stardust handpainted on, with all the little characters climbing up to the sky and lighting up the stars.
Hayley wore a dress inspired by the one worn by Clare Danes in Stardust, and its cape adorned with delicately sequinned stars is stunning – it just flows beautifully.
Her crystal headpieces were created by Twin Flame Styling too – two different headpieces for two different stylings – one with a fishtail plait but Toni Searle Beauty, and one worn with hair half up.
Carlos also had two looks! A deep burgundy velvet suit for a super soft romantic vibe, followed by a full on celestial outfit change for look number two. Both suits were from ASOS.
We also made sure to shoot with an equal emphasis on Carlos, as the groom often seems a little overlooked, but grooms are important too!
To coincide with the outfit changes and to play with this idea of contrasts I shot the images as a mix between soft and romantic images by candlelight, and then more serious images in the cooler natural light, all muted and moody, whilst still sharing that nebula vibrancy.
Thank you to the team for sharing this exquisite celestial inspired wedding styled shoot.
The stunning deep blue and purple palette reflects the night sky beautifully and the pretty gold accents lift and compliment the colour.
Venue: Lovekyn Chapel
Photography: Claire Bemister Photography
Hair and Make Up: Toni Searle Beauty
Bridal Wear: Marie Chandler Bridal
Floristry: Peonies from Pluto
Crystals including headpieces: Twin Flame Styling
Stationery: Edwina Camm Illustration
Cake: Tiny Sarah’s Cakes