real wedding –  Alternative wedding styling inspiration with sequin wedding dress and couples’ bouquets

20 May 2022

Incredible alternative wedding inspiration radiates from Chris and Eryn’s day at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Aberdeen Winter Gardens. And in a way, it was their alternative wedding, after their original New Zealand wedding photographs were sadly lost…

With this in mind, they wanted to make this version extra special. Photographer Esme Saville describes the theme as “Esme x Ange x Chris x Eryn”: Eryn works with Ange at Fauna Flower Folk, and so they went to town designing a “total and utter collaborative concoction. Ange and I collected ideas and inspiration from Chris and Eryn’s life, home, style and personalities and combined that with their own creative style to come up with a visual storyboard for the day.” This is such a great way of looking at your wedding styling: because then not only are you sure to land on alternative wedding styling, but on bespoke wedding styling that’s personalised to you, too.



Flowers obviously formed a massive part of this, with both bride and groom carrying bouquets in shades of pink and purple with pops of orange and coral. Chris and Eryn explain: “Our dream when working with Esme and Ange was to encapsulate the breadth of our relationship in moments of tenderness, silliness and seriousness through both mediums of photography and florals. For us, it’s always about equality, authenticity and friendship and working with Esme and Ange, we were able to express that so easily.”

Esme adds “Eryn wanted Chris (and his bouquet!!) to be as prominent in the photographs as she was and I think we captured that perfectly.”



It wasn’t just the flowers where they raised the style stakes, either: both Chris and Eryn wore modern, design-led outfits, which made for some mega alternative wedding attire. Eryn wore a fringed, sequinned dress from Nasty Gal, accessorised with platform silver heels and sheer socks, while Chris wore a duck egg blue Twisted Tailor suit and a patterned shirt he bought from a charity shop.

After taking photos at Chris and Eryn’s home whilst they got ready, the foursome ventured to the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Aberdeen Winter Gardens for photos. Both of these hidden gems of the Aberdeen scene made incredible alternative wedding venues, providing the perfect backdrop for their portraits.

And as well as the obvious alternative wedding inspiration, Esme explains that collaboration was a huge takeaway from this day. “Although Ange and I boast a closer relationship than your average florist and photographer, I’d urge all of my brides and grooms to put their vendors in touch with each other,” she explains. “This way, we can ensure we know who is going to be there on the day and we can work together to create the moments that you’ve dreamt of!”

Check out the gallery below for their alternative wedding inspiration in all of its glory: