Lisa & Tyrone got married on the South Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa. Their bridesmaid and photographer, Jacki Bruniquel, told me the whole story. “Their wedding was a day of such love and celebration. Lis not just my sister she is one of my best friends and Ty is not just my brother in law he has been in the best friend category for long time now. Tyrone happens to be a really good photographer as well! I love them both to absolute bits and pieces and really wish i could just do their whole day all over again.”
Lisa had her little velvet red pump shoes made especially for her as she is a strict vegetarian. Her cute fifties inspired dress and gorgeous orchid bird cage veil were made by Katherine Kidger, a very funky designer based in Durban.
The ceremony tool place on the beach but as Jacki was a bridesmaid she didn’t photograph this part of the day. “Ty & Lis had very specific ideas for the reception,” Jacki continued. “We collected tins and slipped plants forever to make the succulent pot plants which were given away to guests as gifts! Ty’s Mom made what seemed like a gazillion origami birds. Ty is a great graphic designer as well as a photographer and he designed all the menus, seating plans, invites etc. My Mom needs a huge pat on the back for all her hard work as she made all the table runners and so on.”
Finally, the couple and Jacki headed out for some funky wedding day portraits (these are my favourite shots of the day!) “For their creative shoot we had originally planned to do a vintage beach shoot with funky beach umbrella, beach ball and deckchairs but with the wind Lis wanted to get straight off the beach because it was so windy. I convinced them to do a few shots with the umbrella as i just knew it would get absolutely bashed by the wind. These pics really do capture the reality of the day! From the beach we went back to the reception venue and i found this green wall at the back of the establishment which was wind free and really made Lisa’s shoes and red lippy!”
Amber & Mike pride themselves on their unconventionality and so wanted to make sure their wedding was just that too. “It made perfect sense to go to Vegas,” Amber told me. “However, we even bucked Vegas tradition by not getting married in a small chapel by Elvis. We found an amazing garden complete with ducks, just right off the strip. I’d like to consider our wedding half elopement, half planned (we planned in 4 weeks). My muse for the entire wedding was a single lipstick that I’m obsessed with called Melrose Mood. Imagine the most obnoxiously, opaque, electric baby baby pink and you’re sort of close to what it looks like.”
The bride is a make up artist so did all her hair and make up herself. In fact she seemed to almost enjoyed the getting ready part of the day as much as the actual wedding bit! “I spent the morning with my bridesmaids doing make up, eating gummy dice and card cookies (amongst other treats). We had an amazing bridal photo shoot in the atrium at Bellagio where we captured some sweet Alice inspired photos. Which is totally fitting since my husband is related to the real Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell (can you say “keeper”?). I wore were 6 inch heels entirely covered in Swarovski crystals. Needless to say the bridal shoot stopped traffic.”
The actual wedding was intimate and personal and very much ‘them’. “We took a limo to the venue and performed a short civil ceremony. Afterwards we ate dinner with family at a small organic restaurant. Our cake was two tears of red velvet with butter cream. Our wedding favors were little french macaroons. Each box had a pistachio and strawberry. (Um, pretty sure I ate about three other peoples boxes). One of the best parts was during dinner a few of the shy little nieces came to my table to “give me my wedding present”. In unison they sang 2 lines of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi then ran away. It was just so funny and random.”
I love anniversary shoots. I think they are not only a great way to document your years together after the wedding, but planning one gives you a great excuse to keep your toes tipped in the wedding/photo shoot/photography world! I’m already thinking of some cool ideas for mine and Gareth’s for our 3 year anniversary this April!
Wendy & Brian were celebrating 5 years of marriage and wanted to do a steam-punk styled shoot. Brian creates some really cool tie tacks, cuff-links and earrings etc and sells them on etsy, so it was also a good excuse to showcase some of his work. Photographer Katrina made the seating cards and all other paper goods, and she worked closely with Pazzobello Floral Design on the flowers and table settings. “I love how out of the box she was,” Katrina told me. “She incorporated gears and re-purposed pieces for the table arrangements and bouquet to really fit the theme.” The china was from Katrina’s Mother’s wedding china.
Karen & Aaron’s sweet n simple wedding was perfectly placed in their chosen vineyard setting. The wedding was held in Garden Vineyards, Hillsboro, OR – the perfect rustic backdrop to their nuptials.
Karen wore a gorgeous Angel Sanchez gown, purchased from The Bridal Garden in NYC – a nonprofit resale boutique that donates money to charity. To this she added Jeffrey Campbell shoes and a veil from August Veils. Her jewellery was a gift and was from Himatsingka.
The couple had a buffet style set up for the food which really kept the laid back, casual vibe throughout. The evening finished with music and dancing long into the night.
Photo shoots are one of my favourite ways to promote…well…anything (we all know I’ve done it enough!) So when this shoot, put together by etsy seller, Pixel & Hank, to showcase her gorgeous handmade accessories landed in my inbox I was sold. “All pieces are designed and handcrafted by me” designer Daisy told me. “I create fabric boutonnieres, funky veils and accessories. My products are different because they offer a twist on what is expected without being to outrageous.”
Some eagle-eyed and long-term readers may recognise Nicola, who’s ‘Do It Yourself’ wedding I featured way back in May 2009. Nicola decided that she wanted to rock her gorgeous Candy Anthony wedding dress just one more time, so got in touch with photographer Caroline to see what she thought. Luckily, when Caroline heard ‘Candy Anthony, cupcake tattoos and pink Converse trainers’ she was totally up for it and they planned this fun and fashionable shoot.
Caroline also persuaded Nicola to bring a few more outfit changes (does this girl just live in gorgeous 1950’s style dresses or what!?) and they were good to Rock n Roll!