“Let’s see if we can mix the gritty world of the Peaky Blinders with the love & laughter of the wedding world”
Peaky Blinders first aired on the BBC in 2013. The drama is on Netflix and has now run for a total of four series. A BAFTA award winning drama series, it is truly an epic tale of gang warfare, lust and entangled relationships.
The Peaky Blinders Story
Peaky Blinders is set against the backdrop of post WW1 working class Birmingham and features the likes of Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill and Tom Hardy. The story describes the everyday lives of the Shelby family and their gangster mob, as they aspire to achieve and move up in the world as a result of their criminal activities. You can read more about it here.
The show is named after a historic criminal Birmingham gang who famously sewed razor blades into the peaks of their flat caps. The family blinded any adversary who crossed their paths, with their homemade lethal weapons. It is known for its amazing plot lines, fabulous sets and 1920’s inspired costumes worn by its talented actors and actresses. As a result, the series has certainly created somewhat of an avid fan base during its time on air.
Scouting a Location:
Words To Glow and our fellow suppliers are keen followers of the show. We were therefore eager to work our collective magic to see if we could convert the gritty realism of the series into the wonderful world of weddings. We first needed a location that paid sufficient homage to the industrial, working class background which forms the backbone and origin of the Peaky Blinders series. The series is filmed in key locations in and around our fellow town of Liverpool. We knew therefore that our neighbouring city could potentially offer up some cracking backdrops for our planned shoot.
So, imagine our joy when we stumbled across an actual, living and breathing ‘PEAKY BLINDERS’ bar right in the heart of this fab city! The Peaky Blinders bar clearly identifies with The Garrison Pub featured in the TV series itself. The location is reminiscent of the working class, gangland vibe that forms the backbone of the television series too. Take a look around the bar and you are presented with oversized wall prints of the main characters in the show. Er, hello….giant size portrait of Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy anyone??!! Heaven on earth! The wall prints are paired with blingy chandeliers, large light up bars and statement copper brewing equipment.
The venue is located on the Liverpool docks, and the surrounding wasteland turned out to be just the ticket for some outdoor, gritty shots. In summary, we were all prepared to transform Peaky Blinders off the small screen and bring it smack bang into real life!
The day itself:
The shoot went to plan, ushered in by one of the first really bright and warm Spring days of the year. On the day, the sun was shining and we managed to capture some cracking outdoor shots to add to the images taken on location inside the bar.
The WTG team were first to rock up. We had trays of flapjacks and sweet treats, and were literally laden down to keep the mob going through what was going to be a long day’s shoot. In other words, there was enough sugar induced sweet treats to feed 5 armies! The others quickly followed and we set to work working our ‘wedding’ magic on this fab location.
The décor – our rustic LOVE letters:
We chose to decorate the downstairs section with our rustic light up LOVE letters and a statement floral centrepiece provided by Verdure Floral adorned the stage area. Tom Hardy formed the backdrop to this setting, in the shape of a huge wall print, and this made for some truly iconic images with our bride and groom.
After this, the team them moved upstairs. Our rustic light up love heart formed the backdrop to a beautiful image of our bride and groom seated amongst a selection of beautifully delicate blooms and twinkling candlebra. The creative director of Verdure Floral, Adi chose to work with a beautiful selection of jewel coloured flowers for the shoot. Adi chose colours that worked magnificently against the gritty, pared back décor of the Peaky Blinders Bar. For instance, the Verdure team chose flowers featuring Orchids, Roses, Ranunculus, Anemone’s and Lisianthus. Above all, the flowers looked fabulous against the copper metallic frame and wedding backdrop provided by Words To Glow and the whitewashed driftwood and metal framework of our rustic letters.
Our Wedding Backdrop:
Our new Seraphina wedding backdrop created further opportunities for some fabulous wedding images. We think the backdrop looked perfectly in keeping with the rustic feel to the bar. The backdrop is 8ft tall and made from manufactured steel. The decorative piece is hand spray painted in metallic copper. Several rustic white washed drift boards feature hanging vintage Edison bulbs. In addition, our backdrop is supplied with a choice of romantic wedding phrases. These include ‘It Was Always You’, ‘To Have & To Hold’, “You & Me’, Always & Forever, ‘Forever You’ and ‘And The Adventure Begins’, also in a metallic copper finish. The backdrop is shown here with beautiful blooms from the amazing Verdure Floral. Alternatively, the backdrop can be supplied with our own artificial foliage.
Our Boxed LOVE letters:
Words To Glow’s new METRO Boxed LOVE letters looked fabulous sitting atop the Peaky Blinders Bar, accompanied by pretty floral hoops, by Verdure Floral. The letters take inspiration from modern and funky city centre, industrial spaces and feature a painted blackboard base encased in industrial inspired driftwood. They have clean lines and sparkly cabochon light bulbs which give forth a warm and ambient lighting; providing a beautiful backdrop to our wedding photography.
The Verdure team also selected an array of eucalyptus, french ruscus, and ivy as a warm base to show off the colours and different textures of the flowers decorating the venue.
Alice modelled our dresses and accessories beautifully throughout the day. The White Closet Studios in Liverpool supplied all the dresses featured throughout the shoot.
Alice is seen here in the first dress of the day in the downstairs bar. The dress was a stunning daffodil fitted dress and ivy skirt by Halfpenny London. This dress was styled with the gorgeous Ivy fringed skirt. This fabulously decadent skirt adds texture and flirty movement. The dress’ style is very reminiscent of the 1920’s flapper girl era.
For the images from the upstairs bar, Alice wore a simply stunning long sleeved Spanish Lace dress by Spanish designer, Jesus Peiro 8016. Alice declared this gown her favourite of the whole shoot! The dress featured feminine and floaty sheer panels and a soft tulle skirt.
Alice wore a simple yet glamorous backless satin dress for the final shots on the outdoor scrubland. The dress is called Thea with Berry French lace jacket by Halfpenny London.
THE most exciting aspect to organising the shoot was securing the support of London based Garrison Tailors. Steve Knight owns the brand and is the creator of the TV series no less (!!!) Therefore, we were absolutely stoked to have them on board! The suit featured throughout was their signature 2018 Thomas Tweed 2 Piece Suit with Shelby Tweed Waistcoat. The garment has been cut from British Tweed supplied by Abraham Moon & Sons who have been making Woven Shetland Tweed since 1837. The suit is seen here with a dashing charcoal coloured waistcoat and twilight blue paisley accessories. This provides a stunning contrast to the chosen tweed.
The cap of course just had to be an iconic Thomas Tweed News Boy cap. Garrison Tailors’ tweed is 100% wool and garments are 100% handmade in Britain.
Hair & Beauty:
The Vintage Beauty Parlour in Manchester created the fabulous hair styling and makeup. Bethany expertly created a style reminiscent of the 1920’s; sculpting a classic finger wave for our stunning model, Alice. The hair was tonged and then sculpted into curls and waves. For the makeup, Bethany maximised on Alice’s amazing English Rose complexion. Bethany kept things fresh and natural, with just a hint of a soft, smoky eye. This created maximum impact for Alice’s complexion with glamorous red lips in a berry red tone.
In conclusion, I have to say organising this shoot was an absolute honour. Let’s be honest, it was a long, hot day. We certainly returned home weary and ready for our comfy beds. However, the vision and our work was complete. Most importantly, I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of suppliers to work alongside!
This shoot is now featured on Brides Up North! Do you want to know a little more about the suppliers featured in this shoot? Read on for more info:
Photography: Vickerstaff Photography
Vickerstaff Photography is based in Helsby, however he covers the UK, Europe & the World. Jamie at Vickerstaff Photography offers a wedding photography service for those after humour, stress free, something creative & a little different. Jamie’s aim is to offer the best wedding photography experience for his clients and to keep it simple.
Menswear: Garrisons Tailors
Garrison Tailors is Steven Knight’s own luxury menswear brand based in London. The brand consequently employs the best craftsmen and tailors across the UK.
- A luxury menswear service includes tweed suits, shirts, silk and other accessories made by hand in Britain.
Bridal Wear: The White Closet Studios
White Closet Studios were voted the Best North West Bridal Retailer 2018. The studios are an award winning bridal boutique based in Liverpool. The shop operates on an individual appointment only basis; therefore they are able to devote individual attention to each and every bride.
White Closet Studios stock a diverse mix of sought after designers with unusual and romantic dresses for the contemporary bride. For example, the styles in stock range from the bohemian styles of Charlie Brear to the sophisticated designs of Jesus Peiro.
Floristry: Verdure Floral
Verdure Floral is an RHS Gold Medal winning studio based florist working from Media City in Salford. In short, the team have 12 years industry experience working on weddings and events all over the country. Verdure also deliver bouquets and flowers all over Manchester on a daily basis.
Hair & Beauty: The Vintage Beauty Parlour
The Vintage Beauty Parlour is based in Manchester. The salon is staffed by a talented team of hair and make-up artists who specialise in creating modern glamour in a vintage style. They offer hair and make-up styling for bridal, private clients, photography, and also offer workshops and training.
Venue: The Peaky Blinders Bar, Liverpool
The styled shoot took place at The Peaky Blinders Bar, Liverpool Dockside. The bar is a popular haunt for TV show aficionados and the general public alike. It opened its doors to the public for the very first time in December 2017. The bar aims to emulate the popular 1920’s gangster drama and features giant character images and infamous scenes from the show.