An opulent and colourful Theatre inspired wedding styled shoot at Bridport Electric Palace

Today I am excited to share this opulent and colourful Theatre inspired wedding styled shoot at Bridport Electric Palace in Dorset.

It would have been simple to do a vintage shoot, but this is a venue where you can get married on the stage and that stage commands theatrics.

With stunning dresses, decadent cake, rich colours, spotlights, a jazz singer and aerial acrobats, this photo shoot really showed that Dorset can host a truly unique, breathtaking wedding.

Images were captured by Lotus Photography with an incredible collaborative and creative team….

Photographer Emily says of the theatre inspired shoot…


Photography – Lotus Photography

The Bridport Electric Palace, a 1920s theatre in the heart of Dorset, approached me they had recently gained their wedding licence and wanted to host a wedding photo shoot to celebrate.

The brief was simple: You can do anything you want, as long as it’s a celebration of wedding suppliers in Dorset.

Anything just became my new favourite word.

Venue – Bridport Electric Palace

Bridport Electric Palace is an elegant 1920’s theatre presenting an varied programme of film, theatre, music and comedy.

Now licensed for civil marriage & partnership ceremonies you can have a dazzling 20s extravaganza to a more simple and intimate affair, the options are endless.

With a first class projection and sound system in house, you can walk down the aisle to your own bespoke soundtrack or star in your own movie trailer on the big screen or walk the red carpet,

Stationery – Graceful Lace Stationery

We wanted the stationery to stand out just like the uniqueness of the venue.

I went with the rich blues and gold that were found within the theatre against a soft cream.

For the invite I used a delicately gated laser cut with a slim sparkle finished with navy silk ribbon.

For the place cards we keep it simple with calligraphy style and mirrored gold edging tied around beautiful burgundy napkins finishing with the table plan in a bold theatrical style frame really complimenting everything about the venue styling and shoot design.

Cake – The Crumb Factory 

The cake was very much inspired by the venue.

I wanted it to match the navy, gold and  burgundy tones, and of course its theatrical ambience.

Brushed with antique gold edible paint and then finished off with burgundy handmade sugar roses and gold leaf it stood tall on a gold cake stand placed inside a cast iron cake hoop.

Adorned with fresh flowers and surrounded by candlelight and foliage the cake takes centre stage under the spotlight.

Venue Styling – Love By Design Weddings

As the venue stylist on the shoot, I imagined opulence, richness and warmth in the venue.

For the top table on the stage I used a textured chenille tablecloth draped through the centre with a soft burgundy fabric

The table settings comprised of vintage wine glasses and cutlery , gold charger plates with gold edges topped with white china plates topped with a burgundy linen napkin all by available from Swingletree Vintage.

Candle holders and candlesticks in gold glass were placed along the centre of the table to create a sumptuous look, and I wove flowers and foliage amongst them to create further detail and texture.

Flowers – Meadowsweet

Its amazing to be bold with colours for wedding flowers and the unique venue provided the perfect backdrop for oversize bouquets packed full of fragrance, texture and rich tones

We use British seasonal flowers and foliage throughout the year and it for the shoot we had a wide range of late winter and early spring blooms to choose from.

We loved using our homegrown burgundy hellevores throughout for their timeless and opulent feel.

We also used blue anemones, snowdrops, bluebells, golden golden ranunculus, red tulips, forsythia, blue/green foliage from eucalyptus and shiny dark green foliage from camelia and ivy.

Shoes – Le Soulier Shoes

When Emily approached me to be a part of her theatrical inspired shot I was full to the brim with design ideas, and we were encouraged to let our hearts and minds flow free to create something truly unique.

I chose 2 pairs of shoes to paint, branching away from tradition.

I selected champagne and mustard yellow bases combined with opulent, rich , metallic shades with Swarovski crystals and butterflies for delicacy.

Dresses – Bridal Reloved

The dresses we chose for the shoot are actually decided on by the models who wore them, so the reaction and feeling of the “Brides” was as organic and authentic as possible.

The gowns were a two piece jacket and skirt by Martina Liana, a fun, full on princess dress by Morilee and a fantastic 3d textured silk gown from Ian Stuart that fitted the flamboyancy of the venue.

Bridal Hair and Make Up – FLC Hair & Makeup 

As was working with two female models I wanted to create a different look on each to reflect differing styles and personalities.

For Laura I created a deep and dramatic blue smoky eye, on trend and a little daring for a bridal look, however with her fair complexion and deep brunette hair in an ultra modern pony tail this really stood out.

For Ayshea I instantly knew I wanted her wild and untamed, showcasing the raw passion of the venue.

I paired this with impossibly smooth highlighted skin, a soft smokey eye and a berry lip which really packed a punch with her incredibly cool suit jacket top.

Glitter Hair and Make Up – Festidolls 

In creating Hair and Make Up for Jax and the acrobats we really wanted to bring the stage to life with lots of colour and glitter.

We took inspiration from the Electric palace itself and a selection of colours that would compliment the surroundings.

On our acrobat Emily we created our own version of the Mohawk hairstyle which was finished with blue and pink glitter.

We then went out to create a multicoloured collar wit a selection of gems as well as applying to her face and body.

For our second acrobat Vicky we decided to go with braids with a massive glitter quiff.

Her look was finished off with golden glitter body paint, glitter, metallic tattoos and gems.

Beautiful singer Jax was looking glamorous with a simple bob however we added a selection of purple glitter to one side of her hair and gorgeous glitters and gems to one side of her eye.

Entertainment – Jax Hall Vocalist 

The idea behind the entertainment on stage was to create the bold theatrical experience by filling the stage with  drama and sparkle, and yet still be able to create an intimate moment.

Our vocalist really understood the brief and her track “A million dreams” from The Greatest Showman was the perfect choice to compliment the venue and create the romance of the 1st dance.


Shoot Vendors

Photographer – Lotus Photography UK 

Venue – Bridport Electric Palace

Stationery – Graceful Lace Stationery

Cake – The Crumb Factory 

Venue Styling – Love By Design Weddings

Props- Swingletree Vintage

Flowers – MeadowSweet 

Wedding Shoes – Le Soulier Shoes

Wedding Dresses – Bridal Reloved – Dorchester

Brides Hair & Makeup – FLC Hair & Makeup

Brides – Laura & Ayesha from Morello Bookings 

Glitter Hair & Makeup – Festidolls 

Aerial Acrobats – Secret Circus Poole 

Singer – Jax Hall Vocalist 


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