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Rollerskates, smoke bombs & glitter – a colour fest at The Engine Works

We’re still pinching ourselves that this actually happened! Not only did we get to take over one of Scotland’s most exciting new venues for this editorial shoot – the incredible Engine Works in Glasgow – but the lovely folks there even let us get the smoke bombs and glitter out too (can you imagine how giddy we were?!). Add in a kick ass model with some serious moves (see ya later piñata!), plus a former Team Scotland Roller Derby player and a stellar squad of wedding creatives, and the scene was set for an amazing day…

WE WERE INSPIRED BY…

After creating wedding magic with the WFILfam in our first editorial shoot – Modern Romance Meets Metallics (you should definitely check it out if you missed it first time around), we thought it would be fun to switch things up and create a colour fest in this amazing, industrial space.

As always, the seriously skilled and all-round-awesome folks in our curated Wedding Collection took our ideas and ran with them to create something incredible.

Steeped in memories and stories, The Engine Works is a Glasgow institution. Dating back over 175 years and left to ruin, this former steelworks in the Maryhill area has been lovingly restored by a local couple and is now ready to come to life once more. We’ve always loved industrial spaces and factory conversions, so we were intrigued when we heard the story behind it and it was love at first sight when we first stepped inside. Amidst the renovation dust, we could visualise just how beautiful a wedding would look in this amazing, stripped-back space. If you are getting married here then it’s safe to say that we are more than a little jealous!

A massive thank you to Michael, Adele and Martin at The Engine Works for all their support and for trusting us to leave the building as we found it after filling it with smoke, glitter, flowers and paper confetti. And for not only allowing us but positively encouraging us to let off our smoke grenade inside.

COLOUR, FUN + MORE COLOUR

Once again The Little White Cow were our stylists extraordinaire and bringer of covet-worthy props. Not only did they make the space feel personal, colourful and fun, but Kate also deserves extra praise for navigating the worst traffic jam Glasgow has known in some time and managing to squeeze her huge van through some seriously small spaces to make it through. Had she not been driving, we would have poured her a large gin on arrival!

After seeing our brief for the shoot, Jean and Kate went out of their way to source some extra special items for us (including a bespoke banner and custom-made piñata – life goals, achieved!), and some serious spray paint action took place at TLWC HQ in the run up to the shoot.

“The order of the day was colour, fun and a bit more colour!” says Kate. “We relished the chance to blow our styling palette wide open and embrace this industrial space. In true TLWC style we pushed it as far as we could. Out came the spray paints, colour crepe paper streamers and much time was spent amassing candles in anything but white. We also called in some favours from our party loving pals at Paper Street Dolls and Pinyatay – both experts in finishing touches and pizazz.”

“This was a shoot with zero rules,” adds Jean. “Hot pink, sunshine yellow and tantalising turquoise – a heady mix of vibrant brights – the perfect match for modern wedding inspiration in a new no-rules industrial venue.”

RAINBOW FLOWERS

Our wonderful florist was Jenny of Flowermug, who went out of her way to source local and UK grown flowers for the shoot. It’s hard to believe that we were just coming out of what felt like the longest winter ever when you see the riot of colour she created.

“I wanted to celebrate the colours of spring and showcase the flowers in bloom at the time,” says Jenny. “All the flowers were sourced in the UK – from a collection of Scottish growers and some from Cornwall. Tulips, ranunculus, narcissus, scilla, honesty flowers, heather and flowering currant. Along with ivy and willow. It was great to have such a colourful brief!”

We all fell in love with the rainbow inspired bouquet Jenny created, and who wouldn’t love to tie the knot under such a vibrant floral arch (a team effort between Jenny & TLWC crew)?! So much to love!

DRESS ACTION

The super twirly vintage inspired dresses were by Lisa Cochrane at Dragonfly Dress Design. It was Lisa’s idea to spray paint one of her dresses on the day, and not only was this a lot of fun to do but the results were really beautiful. Anyone else want one?! Join the queue…

“Colour, colour, colour! I love an opportunity to show case how to bring pops of colour into my 50s style wedding dresses,” says Lisa. “Whether it be the addition of bright floral appliqués, coloured belts and bows, or the layering of soft fluffy petticoats, I just love a splash of colour! I went all out on this shoot with my bag of tricks, changing out the additions to each dress as we went. With a somewhat wacky finale when I (with a little help) spray painted a pale blue dress in a rainbow of pinks, blues and greens.”

CAKE LOVE

When it comes to cake design, we always love seeing what Edwina at Rosewood Cakes will come up with next (and she always takes our breath away!).

“I wanted to make the brightest and boldest design possible to fit in with the rest of the shoot,” she says. “With watercolour being our current most popular design, I decided to do a twist on this and splash colour onto the cake in bold reds, melting into gold. I wanted to add natural colour to the cake too, so attached pressed edible flowers onto the reds to really make it pop.”

PAST & PRESENT

The colourful and contemporary stationery was created by the uber-talented Anna at Origami Fox, who was excited and inspired by the beautiful industrial space and the endless possibilities it offers for making your own mark.

“With one suite, I wanted to reflect The Engine Works’ past but bring it into the present with a bold graphic design & one of my angular, ZigZag folds,” says Anna. “Inspired by an Instagram post about the original founders – their surnames feature in the stationery – technical drawings created the perfect backdrop for splashes of colour, giving the juxtaposition of hard & soft, ordered & chaotic – perfect for this venue.”

We loved Anna’s interpretation of the venue – she even added an extra layer by naming the tables after engine components. Genius!

“The second suite was all about neon! Well, when it comes to colour, you can’t really get any brighter, can you? Pairing neon with tactile (like the venue) kraft card gave everything a real POP!, emphasised with simple geometrics & typography.”

BEHIND THE CAMERA

We’ve had a huge crush on Chantal Lachance-Gibson’s photography for the longest time and were so excited to have her working her magic on this shoot. She’s such a lovely, fun person to be around and we loved watching her work with our wonderful models. And, of course, it was heart eye central when we saw the photos!

THE HAIR & MAKEUP

Working their magic on hair and makeup were Gwen Avinou (Mckenzie Hair Design) and Jenna Clayton MUA, who took our ‘bold and slightly badass’ brief, plus inspiration from the dresses and styling, and collaborated to create these striking, colourful looks.

“For Hannah I did a bright orange and yellow eye using Kat Von D shadows, and paired it with a classic bright red lip – Mac’s Lady Danger – basically a riff on a classic 50s bridal look!” says Jenna. “I then upped the look later by using pink glitter all over the eyes, and even adding some chunky red glitter to the lips – not exactly wearable, but very cool!”

The biodegradable glitter for our shoot was sourced from Eco Glitter Fun, a small UK business offering eco-friendly sparkle.

“For Gemma, I started with a sparkly purple eye, using Stila Magnificent Metals, and paired it with Mac’s Rebel lipstick for quite a clubby look,” Jenna adds. “The purple looks amazing, and really catches the light – it’s actually a pretty wearable bridal colour. I then upped the ante going in with an aquamarine glitter eye, and bright pink lipstick – the classic Nars lipstick in Schiap.”

Gwen prepped our models’ hair with heated rollers to give extra body and shine, then let her imagination take over, drawing inspiration from vintage bridal hair and one of our favourite TV series, Vikings, and working brightly coloured ribbons into the hair.

“On Gemma, I created a mixture of different pleats in different sizes and techniques at the sides and incorporating 1950s victory rolls in a mohawk design,” says Gwen. “For the second look I created a messy mohawk effect using pleats and twists, leaving hair down to show the length using fishtail pleats.”

“Hannah had shorter hair which was ideal for 1950s waves, so one half of her hair was classic 50s and the other side, which was shaved, had pleats – meeting the 50s in pleated hair roses. Jenny’s bright large flowers set this off perfectly.” She then put Hannah’s hair up for the second look, with very textured pleats meeting a front side chignon to create a modern take on the retro look.

WE FELL IN LOVE WITH…

Not going to lie, we were fangirling all over Hannah’s amazing Moxi skates and Irregular Choice shoe collection. And Gemma had the most incredible steampunk boots that we all wanted to steal!

We also loved the gorgeous twirly dresses (which, surprisingly, only seemed to improve with spray paint!), the neon colours, the paper decorations, the tactile stationery, the floral cake, the brickwork, the rainbow flowers, Baloo – the blue chesterfield, the list goes on… Can we just choose everything please?

Filming all the action was Jay of Elemental (Christina’s mega talented hubby). His behind-the-scenes film blew us away (you can see it below).

Feeling inspired to add a colour pop to your wedding? We hope this shoot made you smile and that it helps you think out of the box when it comes to your own day. Be bold and be you we say! A huge high five to everyone who contributed to the shoot – the team brought so much creativity, talent, excitement and energy to the day, and we all left the building on a total high! And a massive thanks to our brilliant models, Hannah and Gemma too.

See something you love? These lovely folks would love to hear from you if you’d like to chat about your wedding plans…

CREATIVE TEAM

Produced byWe Fell In Love
Venue – The Engine Works, Glasgow
Photographer – Chantal Lachance-Gibson, The Gibsons
Filmed by – Elemental
Make Up Artist – Jenna Clayton MUA
Hair Stylist – Gwen Avinou, Mckenzie Hair Design
Dresses – Dragonfly Dress Design, designed and styled by Lisa Cochrane
Shoes Models and stylists’ own
Cake – Rosewood Cakes
Florist – Flowermug
Props and Styling – The Little White Cow
Stationery – Origami Fox
Paper Decorations Paper Street Dolls
Piñata Pinyatay
Biodegradable glitter – Eco Glitter Fun
Tables and Chairs – Virginia’s Vintage Hire
Models – Hannah Keiller & Gemma Chan

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