Themed weddings are a tricky beast. It's just as easy to go overboard with too many themed elements as it is to go too subtle and risk your desired theme not coming across the way you envision. I wanted to tackle this problem head on, so I came up with the plan of executing a tastefully-themed Star Wars styled wedding shoot.
The first tip I would give to any couple looking to have a subtly-themed wedding is to find a venue that fits your theme. While my broad theme was Star Wars, I narrowed it down further to go for an Endor-inspired look. The ethereal forest vibe of The Wedding Retreat in Plant City, FL fit this theme perfectly. In the end, I didn't have to manipulate the venue much at all to have my theme come across.
Another easy way to incorporate theming is through hair styling, makeup and attire. A Rey-inspired hairstyle and dress were the perfect touches for model Alexandra. Our male model Lucas wore dark clothing to represent Kylo Ren (and his natural hairstyle happened to also be similar to the character!).
One of the easiest ways to overdo a themed-wedding is through inappropriate signage. I have often seen Star Wars weddings that incorporate signage in the classic Star Wars font, which can look out of place at a wedding. I aimed to incorporate signage with quotes and references that would be easily recognizable by Star Wars fans, but would still seamlessly fit in with the other event décor. The wood signage pictured, which was created by Lettering Lou, was one of the most important aspects of this shoot in regards to creating subtle theming.
While it was all about subtlety with this shoot, I do think it's important to have some shameless fun with any themed wedding. Light sabers were, of course, a must! We also included Evie the pup sporting a Chewbacca vest for photos. A scroll including the text from the beginning of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as well as a few small copper-tinted figurines rounded out the most overt aspects of the Star Wars theming on this shoot.
I offer all of the above advice regarding wedding theming with a huge grain of salt. The best thing about weddings is how personalized they are, so if you want to have more obvious theming it is absolutely okay to do so!
In the end, my favorite thing about this session had nothing to do with the theme- it was the beautiful golden hour light that we were treated to as we ended the day! This shoot was definitely an out of this world good time.
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