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Patti & Frank’s Tattoo-Heavy, DIY-Crazy, Totally Rock n Roll Wedding

Patti & Frank are just the epitome of Rock n Roll Bride! Whenever people ask me what my favourite type of weddings are, weddings like this one are what I describe – tattoos, DIY, short wedding dresses, fabulous bridesmaids and happy, smiling faces!

Patti wore an original 1950’s vintage dress, awesome shoes by Harajuku Lovers and feathers in hair.  “I originally spent $2,000 on a custom made dress which I had designed myself,” the bride told me. “Well I had someone who specialized in wedding dresses make it  (first problem) and I guess our vision was not the same and I didn’t like what she made at all! I went to Cambridge Antique market looking for some vintage brooches to jazz it up and the first thing I saw see when I turned the corner was this dress. I think it had a light shining on it with my name! It was meant to be and just a week before the wedding and it fit like a glove! Oh and the best part? It only cost me $150!”

Not wanting to completely ignore the original dress that she had spent so much time and money on, Patti asked her friend Kara to cut the custom made dress shorter. To this she added some black bows and voila! it became her after party dress!

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Michael & Michelle’s “Up” Inspired Engagement Shoot

Michael & Michelle are huge fans of the Disney movie ‘Up’ and so wanted to style their engagement session around it. They actually say that they saw a lot of themselves in the main characters of the film, who met when they were children, fell in love and then got married. 

They handmade all the props themselves including ‘My Adventure Book’ which they filled with scenes from the film as well as significant photographs from their time together as a couple.

The couple chose a park down the road from their apartment in Singapore as the location as they themselves and the props they used were really the main focus of the shoot.

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Tamar & Jon’s “Hot Mess” Wedding

“Jon & I met in New York City, live in LA, and had our wedding in Toronto – where he grew up and I went to grad school,” Tamar, the bride, began. “Our overall vision for the wedding was that it would be urban, comfortable, fun, and very “us”.  We love music and vintage stuff, so we definitely had some of that style infused but there are so many other weddings out there that are more “vintage” than ours.  We’re Rock ‘n Roll and unique because instead of trying to unnaturally contort ourselves and our wedding into a neat little category, we accepted the fact that we’re “all over the place” and went with it.  That meant having some traditional elements – a chuppah, wedding party, sit-down dinner, and bouquet toss – with other details that had special meaning to us regardless on whether or not it conformed to a wedding norm.”

“If there was one thing I was adamant about, it was taking the subway to the wedding (I’m a transportation planner) and making it easy for our guests to our wedding using transit.  So we picked a space right in the city that was only a couple of blocks from a busy subway station; even if it would be the only time in our lives that we “should” take a limo.  Both Jon & I wore “flair” on our backpacks throughout high school and college so we designed some of our own for the wedding with the Toronto & NY skylines.  There were video monitors throughout the venue, which are usually used for wedding slideshows.  Feeling awkward about our faces being broadcast throughout the night, we instead screened Andy Warhol’s “Screen Tests”, which are beautiful and intriguing.”

Tamar wore a short-sleeved, tea-length number by Dolly Couture (“I’m a grade-A klutz so really wanted a dress I wouldn’t faceplant on while walking down the aisle and really wanted sleeves”) and super-comfy green Butter shoes.

“So, maybe our wedding description would be hot mess or mish-mosh of cultures/traditions/styles” concluded the bride. “but we loved the atmosphere, had a blast doing our DIY projects (like the fabric covered table photo frames), and we smile every time we see the candid shots taken by our lovely photographer Emma McIntyre.  Our guests definitely were comfy and had fun… and most of them took the subway!”

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Tamar & Jon’s “Hot Mess” Wedding

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"Jon & I met in New York City, live in LA, and had our wedding in Toronto - where he grew up and I went to grad school," Tamah, the bride, began. "Our overall vision for the wedding was that it would be urban, comfortable, fun, and very "us". We love music and vintage stuff, so we definitely had some of that style infused but there are so many other weddings out there that are more "vintage" than ours. We're Rock 'n Roll and unique because instead of trying to unnaturally contort ourselves and our wedding into a neat little category, we accepted the fact that we're "all over the place" and went with it. That meant having some traditional elements - a chuppah, wedding party, sit-down dinner, and bouquet toss - with other details that had special meaning to us regardless on whether or not it conformed to a wedding norm." "If there was one thing I was adamant about, it was taking the subway to the wedding (I'm a transportation planner) and making it easy for our guests to our wedding using transit. So we picked a space right in the city that was only a couple of blocks from a busy subway station; even if it would be the only time in our lives that we "should" take a limo. Both Jon & I wore "flair" on our backpacks throughout high school and college so we designed some of our own for the wedding with the Toronto & NY skylines. There were video monitors throughout the venue, which are usually used for wedding slideshows. Feeling awkward about our faces being broadcast throughout the night, we instead screened Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests", which are beautiful and intriguing."

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Cam & Candace’s Homespun Engagement Session

I’m posting less engagement shoots at the moment – not because I don’t heart them, but because I literally have wedding submissions coming out of my ears! However I do still let a small number of e-sessions through, especially when they are as cute as Cam & Candace’s.

The shoot took place around the couple’s home, in the neighborhood park and in an old building with a cool looking fire escape.

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Jim & Katy’s DIY-Fabulous Whimsical Beach Themed Wedding

I hosted a very special offer from Willow Tree Photography a while ago for free wedding photography to any lucky 2010 couples who maybe hadn’t planned to, or couldn’t afford a professional photographer. While I got a bit of stick on certain photography forums (apparently I was encouraging newbie photographers to undercut the market…well, anyone who read the post I published on Saturday will know this is certainly not the case!) I am over the moon that through running this very special offer I, and photographer Kathryn, were able to offer some awesome couples without the budget to spend on photography, the chance to have professional wedding photographs.

One of the first couples who took up this amazing offer were Jim & Katy. The pair had a whimsical seaside theme which started with an intimate ceremony at Harbour Community Church, Folkestone. “The wedding happened in our local church, its very near the harbour of our little town, its quaint but village-hall like (with a sloping floor) it helped to inspire the bunting and seaside/village fete theme”, the bride told me. “As we and our guests were outside the church after the ceremony doing the photos, a crack team of our friends re-arranged the church into a buffet for the reception, the chairs were moved from rows into circles and it was a very informal reception but with amazing food prepared by members of the church.”

“The church was decorated in hundreds of metres of bunting that was around the front and back of the church, ran down the aisle and spilled out to the rails outside, making everything look very happy and inviting. We then had an evening party downstairs at a local bar, informal, good atmosphere.”

The bride wore a custom made dress, which she had designed and created especially for her by a local seamstress. To this she added those amazing and awesomely bright Irregular Choice shoes (she also had white pumps from Schuh for the evening.)

The couple, who are both recent art graduates didn’t have much money to spend and so DIY-ed a lot of their wedding – the flowers, all the decor, the favours, the buttonholes, the cupcakes – everything was made by the couple or their friends and family members.

Katy concludes,
“Our inspiration was based on three things…

1. wanting an honest reflection of ourselves and the aesthetic
preferences that are likely to hallmark our marriage, not the packaged
ideal of a modern ‘wedding’.

2. We didn’t have much money.

3. The venue, we let that dictate somewhat. it wasn’t the prettiest
building but had charm that we used our theme and decoration to bring
out. We wanted to get married there because it is our local church and
so it was an emotional choice.”

“We knew we had this village hall-like building and we were right by the sea. Also we love bunting, so to ignore our actual surroundings would be absurd. My recommendation to anyone trying to think of a theme is to not only be true to yourselves but also to the architecture and geography of where you are getting married. That way everything will gel and fit, plus that location will become even more strongly associated with your special day.”

“We also new that lots of our friends have toddlers and we didn’t want to exclude them. We felt that our theme allowed everyone to be able to enjoy the day and have fun.”

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