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A wedding palette of red and pink makes most people think of valentines day, but it's really about romance for any day of the year. this editorial wedding shoot at The Chocolate Factory in Derby was styled to perfection by Tara Knott and captured by Jenny Appleton Photography. The industrial venue was the perfect backdrop to showcase the kitsch wedding inspiration and styling of candles, cherry topped cake, disco balls, a toilet [not a typo] and gorgeous flowers as well as the cool models, dressed in a modern, urban style.

With a venue as cool and unique as The Chocolate Factory, you don't need to do too much in terms of decor. The space has a very urban feel and loads of fun and quirky features including a kitsch bathroom, great for those drunken wedding shots. There's also tons of floorspace so you can go for lots of different areas, especially with the yard which is great when it comes to the evening party with lots of dancing space and street food vendors outside, you honestly don't need to over think it. There's also neon signs, festoon lighting and disco balls so that's one less thing to worry about.

The styling Tara went for was quite simple, with a romantic colour palette of red and pink, but packed a real punch! There was modern stationery and signs, floaty table runners, a fabric ceremony backdrop, lots of beautiful flowers and tall candles. Jenny had so much to work with and captured everything in all it's stunning glory and got so many creative and gorgeous photos.

The model couple wore vintage style outfits that wouldn't be out of place for any urban city wedding. The 'bride' wore a satin tea length dress with killer red shoes, an elbow length star veil, stunning headband and epic jewellery. The 'groom' wore a simple suit, complete with waistcoat and literally topped off with a flat cap.

How to create a romantic, kitsch warehouse wedding

With a quirky venue, less is more, but make sure the few things you do for styling and decor are big and full of colour. A backdrop is always a winner as it will be the focal point during your ceremony, but can be repurposed throughout the day for photo opportunities if you add some furniture and props to it. With industrial and warehouse wedding venues and spaces, there are often lots of unique features, so make sure you make the most of them and capture them in your photographs.

For the ceremony, use lots of candles at the side of the aisle to give that romantic feel and light up the space. If you really want to go for modern romance with a splash of fun, you can't go wrong with ruby red and candy pink colour palette. Big fabric banners and signs are also a great focal point to let guests know what's going on or have a bespoke phrase to give the vibe of the day. Add some kitsch touches like a pink 70s style telephone guest book, neon lights and retro signs.

For the wedding breakfast, long tables would work perfectly, especially if you have a grazing style buffet where people can help themselves and sit where they need for a seating plan. The table centre can then be filled with candles and flowers.

With a large industrial space, you can have an epic evening after party to celebrate your marriage. Think signature cocktails, hours of dancing, street food, a banging DJ and silent disco so you can party until the early hours!

Modern vintage is such a vibe for your clothes, timeless so your photos will look great forever! Shorter, simple dresses and 3 piece suits with bold accessories, statement jewellery and barely there make up with a bold lip.

You really can go simple a kitsch tiered wedding cake with on trend coloured piped icing. Think big when it comes to flowers, massive blooms for bouquets, table centres and statement decor.

Industrial warehouse + Derby wedding ideas + Inspiration

  • A quirky urban industrial/warehouse Derby wedding venue

  • Outdoor urban spaces for cool photos

  • Use venue features for unique photo opportunities

  • Epic DJ + silent disco

  • Street food for the evening

  • Disco balls

  • Colourful fabric ceremony/decor back drop

  • Grazing style buffet

  • Long tables and no seating plan

  • Colourful candles

  • Big blooms for bouquets, statement decor and table centres

  • A romantic red and pink colour palette

  • Kitsch wedding cakes using the colours for piped icing

  • Fun, personalised wedding newspapers [from yours truly]

  • Modern calligraphy or serif stationery + signs

  • Big fabric banners

  • Simple vintage style outfits

  • Bold and fun accessories like a star veil, sunglasses, colourful bow tie and statement shoes

  • Natural hair and make up with bold eyes and lips

  • Colourful. statement earrings and jewellery

  • A retro phone audio guest book

  • Couple signature cocktails

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