INSPIRATION - Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at Qubana

6th March 2020


Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaNo one did glamour better than they did in the 1920s - and the start of the 2020s seems the very best time to revive the luxury aesthetic of the era (especially if it's full of sustainable inspiration!). Proving that eco-conscious weddings don't all have to be set in the great outdoors, this shoot was conceived by Charlotte and Stacey of Bridal Reloved Wakefield and captured by local photographer, Freya Raby Photography, at the Qubana restaurant in Wakefield.

There is a festive vibe about it, which naturally lends itself to a Winter wedding (most certainly to a festive season or New Year's Eve wedding), but by tweaking the colours its an enduring theme suited to any time of the year (and for the next decade, I think we have a duty to celebrate the Peaky-Blinders-meets-Gatsby-era in style!).

Qubana was the perfect location; a former bank, you can visit the vault with original features and vault doors (some also say it’s haunted!) and it really does feel like you’ve gone back in time! 

The Hair & Makeup

Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaFreelance Makeup Artist, Lisa Cooper, is based in Ackworth, West Yorkshire; she's passionate about creating bespoke bridal looks. Lisa’s inspiration for this stunning shoot was the dark heavy eye makeup looks of the roaring ’20s, with a glimmer of the opulent gold added as a shimmer that was loved throughout the decade. The cupids bow was emphasised in keeping with the 20’s look but a contemporary twist was added using a dark berry shade.

This paired well with our hairstylist Amy from Options Hairdressing as she took her inspiration from a vintage 1920s look with a 2019 modern twist. Lisa made her business more eco-friendly by swapping plastic disposable tools such as cotton buds to bamboo alternatives, sourcing vegan and cruelty-free products from brands such as Illamasqua and Urban Decay, choosing eco-friendly makeup brushes from Ecotools, and using washable muslin cloths instead of cotton wool pads or face wipes.

The Dresses

Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaBringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaBridal Reloved is a UK-wide franchise specialising in ex-sample and pre-loved wedding dresses. Many couples are seeking a more eco-friendly approach to their wedding and this is where they come in.

"A wedding dress is the most expensive single-use item a bride will buy and here at Bridal Reloved we are trying to change that! Our brides receive a 5* service, an impeccable choice of half-price designer dresses whilst also doing their bit for the environment. We chose two different looks for the bride, one to represent the vintage Peaky Blinders aspect and a more glam beaded look to show the glam side of the 1920s and New Year’s Celebrations. This also adds to the 2019 trend of brides having more than one dress on their big day. Both dresses used in the shoot are from our eco-friendly wedding boutique, we source our dresses second hand from brides and ex-samples from boutiques and designers."

The Groom

Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaThey paired the dresses with a suit from local suit hire company Top Mark Suits who chose a navy blue tweed suit that fit our Peaky Blinders theme perfectly. They then added a blush pink bow tie to finish the look off. 

The Stationery

Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaBringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaBringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaMeraki Stationery has a huge focus on being kind to our planet.

"We work with recycled packaging products and encourage all our customers to recycle. We have gone 100% plastic-free in our packaging & make a conscious effort to continue to look for more environmentally friendly ways to work."

The Flowers

Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaSomething Lovely are a wedding and event styling & floristry business based in West Yorkshire. Inspiration for the flowers was taken from the Art Deco geometric designs popular in the 1920s. The Cappuccino roses were the only fresh flowers used and were grouped in both the bridal bouquet and table centrepiece to achieve this geometric style. The other flowers were all dried; whilst this was a choice made mainly due to their popularity and complementary colour tones, it also means that the bouquet and centrepiece can be reused in their entirety or deconstructed to form other designs in the future.

The Tablescape

Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaSomething Lovely took inspiration from the gowns themselves and the brief of white, gold, navy and pink for the tablescape: 

"The 1920s are synonymous with glamour (for the affluent) and we used rich velvets and chiffon fabrics to create a sense of this. We set up an intimate dining experience in the private function room at Qubana using lit candles in vintage brass candlesticks, mercury glass tea lights and gold palm tea light holders, which were inspired by the period. We also used tree decorations in the form of Big Ben and brass instruments to add a touch of a New Year’s Party vibe. From an eco-perspective, we are a hire business and re-using is the name of the game for us! We also recycle our fabric chair covers so they can be used again in various forms."

The Cake

Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaThe magnificent cake was created by Cakes by Leisa; touching on all the key colours and design motifs, Leisa completed the design with beautifully-executed sugar flowers.

Couple Portraits

Bringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaBringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaBringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaBringing the 1920s into 2020: A Stylishly Sustainable Homage to a Golden Era Co-Ordinated by Bridal Reloved Wakefield, Captured by Freya Raby Photography at QubanaBy choosing a well-decorated venue, a lot of money can be saved; and if there is no outside space (or the weather isn't playing ball!), it's important to maximise the photo opportunities in the given decor. Luckily Qubana has many beautiful spaces, and Freya was just the right creative photographer to make the most of them:

"As a wedding photographer, unfortunately, there are only a handful of opportunities for me to be eco-friendly, at the end of the day I’m just a girl with a camera. So, when the opportunity does present itself to be a bit greener, I’ve tried to take full advantage. Last year, with the help of the Wooden Banana Packaging and Molly & Tom Creative Studios, I made the switch to entirely eco-friendly, plastic-free packaging for my wedding photographs. I also make sure that when I outsource any work, I’ve done some research into a company to ensure that they’re either local, UK based or that they’re also trying to do their bit for the environment, such as the guys mentioned above and Folio Albums and ColorCoded Workwear. And finally, I’m rather excited that starting this year, I’ve chosen to donate a percentage of the profit from every wedding I shoot to an environmental charity so that they can plant a tree in an attempt to help the war on deforestation and climate change."


My thanks to the team for sharing this beautiful shoot with us.

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Credits 

Dresses: Bowen Dryden and Maggie Sottero at Bridal Reloved Wakefield 
Photography: Freya Raby Photography 
Flowers and Styling: Something Lovely Wedding and Event Styling 
Stationery: Meraki Stationery 
Cake: Cakes by Leisa 
Venue: Qubana 
Suit: Top Mark Suits 
Makeup: Lisa Cooper Makeup 
Hair: Options Hairdressing 
Bride: Rebecca Lindley 
Groom: David Jones


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