Wedding photographer supremo Lissa Alexandra recently came to us with a fab 50s-inspired photoshoot and we loved it so much that we just had to find out more. So we had a quick chat about her ideas and inspiration for the shoot. Over to you Lissa…


The shoot all started off with Kirsty from The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company wanting to do a bridal bus shoot. Kirsty approached me to help out as both our businesses have a vintage style, so it made sense!

After a great brainstorming session we came up with 1950’s Vogue-inspired wedding theme. The main colours we decided on were red, ivory and black, with just a splash of metallics. These co-ordinated perfectly with the buses and they’re bang on trend with this year’s heavy monochrome fashion.

Shooting inspiration


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The purpose of the shoot was to showcase lots of wedding suppliers and bridal details in one go and to give brides-to-be inspiration for what can be created for their big day. The vintage trend in weddings is still going strong and so to take advantage of this we choose the 50s, when the fashion really started to showcase the female shape, with nipped in waists, low necklines and A-line skirts. It also represented a decade of some seriously sultry film stars like Bridget Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Kirsty found a Vogue book on weddings and this really got our creative juices flowing!

The day of the shoot


My wedding photography style is very fun, natural and a little bit quirky. As the theme of the shoot was 50s Vogue, it tends to be a lot of ridged posing, so I wanted to bring a more flirty feel to the shots. I mixed the direction of the models between heavy fashion posing and story-telling fun shots. We had such good fun taking the photos, especially when it came to the girls eating the mini Victoria sponge cakes. I love the shot of them trying to elegantly take a bite and that’s my favourite photo from the shoot, because even though it was set up, the laughter from it was very natural and that always makes the best photograph.

As the photoshoot’s theme was a inspired by the 50s, the main bus we used was a gorgeous 1951 Guy Arab III single decker. This was the perfect choice – it’s such a cute bus that we mainly use for transporting small intimate wedding parties and bridal parties on their wedding day and it worked really well in the shoot.

We then added four other vintage buses to complete our Vogue-inspired shoot. We wanted a pop of colour from the red London Routemaster and the monochrome chic-ness from our black and ivory double deckers. All of the buses we chose worked perfectly with our colour scheme and created a real wow factor in the photographs!

Bridal fashion photoshoot gallery

The suppliers that made it happen…

• Phototgraphy – Lissa Alexandra Photography • Vintage Buses – Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company • Models – Phoebe Penrose, Jess Johnston, Amy Martin • Location – The Piece Hall, Halifax • Dresses – Oh My Honey • Flowers – Firenza Flowers • Cakes – Just Darling Cakes • Vintage props & bus styling – Simply Vintage Events • Hair – Kizzy Edkins at Charisma Hair • Make up – Jo-Anne Bilham • Wedding stationery – I am Nat • Petticoats – Petticoats A Plenty • Garters – Laura George • Hair accessories – HF Couture