Stylish and Nostalgic 60s Styled Shoot inspired by the Queen's Gambit

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

We are simply obsessed with this gorgeous retro inspired styled shoot influenced by hit Netflix show The Queen's Gambit. The 60s bridal styling is evident through the mini dress and shoulder veil, as well as the hair and makeup. The decor has captured the 2021 micro wedding trend of simplicity and elegance with the perfect amount of fun. Nostalgic,  funky and timeless - Osman of Wolf & Co. Photography shares the details of the with us.


The theme was a swinging 1960s London wedding with a contemporary vibe too. We had fun bold colours like fluorescent yellow and mustard, millennial pink and orange to contrast the sexy dark gentleman club interior of our venue. 


After watching The Queen's Gambit, I realised how much retro trends always make a comeback and influence our styling and consumption. I wanted to inspire brides who love this era with how they can bring these elements into their wedding and still make it modern and cool.


The Alfred Tennyson is a stylish London pub sitting in the heart of Knightsbridge. With four floors, there's lots of rooms to pick from to maintain your own intimate and cosy ambience and even a loft for your own bar. 

Wedding Fashion

For the dress and earrings, I went to Heart Aflutter and chose the Eloise midi dress by Sarah Seven and earrings. The dress hugs the body for that beautiful Marilyn hourglass shape. The Alessandra earrings give that vintage feel with the amber stone and pearl detail. 

I chose to work with two hair accessories from Claude Bridal Studio. A short hand embroidered sequinned veil with cream and pink flowers for a romantic daytime look and a fun large lacy bow for the reception. The shoes from Emmy London are from their Florence collection- a handmade suede kitten heel with a satin bow to really finish off the vintage look. 

The groom wears a handmade dark green silk tie a strewn with flowers by Beggars Run.

Bridal Hair and Makeup

In Abi's, the MUA, own words: "For hair and make up, I wanted to create a subtle nod to the sixties - I added volume at the crown in the hairstyle referencing a sixties ‘beehive’ and for makeup added a graphic liner and kept all the tones peachy."


"We used gorgeous toffee roses, chrysanthemum, carnations, plum lisianthus, butterfly ranunculus for a light feel, dancing above the other florals and mini anthuriums for a real 60s vibe. My favourite was the delicate Fritillaria, a tiny flower which has a checkerboard effect pattern. A tiny nod to the theme without being too much." - Gemma, Florist


A 2 tier with creamy textured sides and topped with maraschino cherries on swirly dollops of buttercream to provide a cool vintage look to the cake.


Stylist Martha says, "Inspired by one of my favourite Netflix shows of 2020, The Queen’s Gambit, I wanted to give the styling a 60s vibe adopting popular colours and textures of that era. I created a palette of rich chocolate, warm mustard, rusty orange and shades of light pink. These colours ran through everything, from stationery and flowers, to the decor of the wedding tablescape. We also incorporated retro style elements such as vintage furniture and glassware, checkered napkins, velvet bows and 60s style candlesticks. But gave it all a contemporary refresh with stylish accessories, cool florals and modern styling."


"Letterpress stationery was supplied by Ink & Paper, who took inspiration from The Queen’s Gambit to create a suite with a nod to the chess theme with a subtle pawn shape which formed the outline of the invitation. The stationery embraced the muted pastel tones of the sixties, pairing nude and blush tones with pops of mustard and rust. Ink & Paper also supplied letterpress menus, die-cut place cards and a chic welcome sign." - Grania, Stationer


I came to Martha, a London based wedding planner and stylist, due to her experienced design led services. She nails transforming whole rooms with beautiful, contemporary, and considerate designs. You can tell she knows her trends and how to give an experience by making a space very special and unique all at the same time. 

The venue, the Alfred Tennyson, had the right vibe for a relaxed wedding. The charming dark wood interior with velvet and leather armchairs with all the attention to those who would want to have a cool classic seated dinner for their wedding reception. 

I've worked alot with stationer Grania. She makes the most beautiful, flawless, modern stationary packages. Heart Aflutter London studio has an extensive range of designer dresses perfect for the modern bride. Also owner and founder Cecilia is personable and informative on what works and feels best for the bride. I've also worked alot with Abi Taylor, make up and hair artist. She's incredibly attentive and considerate to her brides needs, making them flawless and glow for their day. Dee, cake maker, designs are so very pretty and a nod to vintage cakes with her pipe work and hand painted skills. Also they're absolutely delicious!

Photographer Wolf Shoots Weddings

Planner/Stylist & Decor Anemone Style

Venue The Alfred Tennyson

Floral Designer Iris and Co

Cake Maker Dees Basement

Hair & Makeup Artist Abi Taylor Bride

Bridal Dress & Earrings Heart Aflutter

Stationery & Sign Ink & Paper

Hair Accessories Claude Bridal Studio

Bridal Shoes Emmy London Official

Groom’s Tie Beggars Run

Models @c.hloemariani @tomash_sokulskiy

From Brides, With Love xo

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