Like any good teenage goth, I grew up with a slight fascination with vampires. From Blade to The Lost, Boys, From Dusk till Dawn to Interview with the Vampire… I even not-so-secretly loved the universally panned Queen of the Damned (well, the soundtrack was good!) So when photographer Lisa Devlin showed me the Dracula inspired bridal shoot that she created at the last Photography Farm workshop, I was super excited to share it!
“The inspiration, just like all of the shoots at Photography Farm, was our models”, she told me. “When I met our couple, Shannon and Jack, we started thinking about creating a shoot that was a fresh take on the bride of Dracula. I have a copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula from the 1920s but as I’m not really into doing ‘themes shoots’, we really just wanted this to be the starting point. We also looked at the Twilight series of movies and the track Love is Blindness by Jack White.”
Finding a non-traditional wedding ring can be difficult. High street jewellers catering to the masses usually give you three options – gold, white gold or platinum – so where do you look if you want something a bit more unique (and affordable?!) The internet, that’s where!
Online jewellers Martha Jackson pride themselves on doing things differently and they are particularly proud of their wedding rings made from meteorite which are set in sterling silver… yes, actual pieces of an asteroid from space! Working exclusively with natural materials, their meteorite rings are fast becoming their most favourite material to work with.
The perfect idea for anyone wanting something more unique for their wedding bands, meteorite is thought to be the oldest material on the planet! Martha Jackson make all their items from Muonionalusta, a meteorite that was formed from the molten centre of a previously destroyed planet, which impacted the Earth over 100,000 years ago… seriously who else will you know who’s wedding ring has travelled so far!?
The material is sourced from a site in northern Scandinavia and you need a licence to even go and find it! Each ring comes in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity.
Brazil-based Marcela and Pedro got married in Vegas and they had the most amazing wedding ever! Their ceremony was at the Graceland Chapel and their ‘reception’ was lunch at Billy’s BBQ. After that they all went to Omnia Nightclub – from the early afternoon until 5am!
“Our wedding vibe and inspiration for the dress code was American Hustle, the movie based in the 1970s”, said the bride. “After the ceremony we rented out Billy’s BBQ place for lunch. Its a very simple but cool BBQ joint off the strip with plastic plates and all delicious food. On the way there after the ceremony we stopped at a huge liquor store and got pink champagne, beer, bourbon and gin. Since Billy’ doesn’t serve alcohol, we drank our own in plastic cups. We all had so much fun!”
Anna and Travis were married in Louisville, KY on December 20th. The day had a winter and Christmas theme with lots of homemade touches. “We knew that we didn’t want something formal or scripted for our wedding”, said the bride. “Instead we wanted a big party! Neither of us are one for formal events, and we knew we wouldn’t feel genuine having the cookie cutter wedding. We wanted something laid back and enjoyable that didn’t break the bank and I think we succeeded.”
“To keep costs low we DIY’ed wherever possible”, she continued. “My little sister helped a ton with our floral arrangements. My only regret there is we had ordered dark purple flowers and received pink ones. It wasn’t a huge deal for us, but something I wish I would have known was a possible risk.”
Leeanne and Zak wanted a DIY wedding in all senses of the word. Initially they weren’t even going to have a professional photographer, but thankfully some friends convinced them otherwise! While this was a bigger expense than they were planning, they were able to counterbalance that with lots of savvy money saving options. The bride’s dress was £29 in the Monsoon sale for example! Their ceremony was at Leeds town hall and their reception at Thwaite Mills, an industrial museum, also in Leeds.
“We wanted our wedding to be informal, welcoming and inclusive”, said the bride. “Zak’s mum is Spanish and we love the way they do a great mix of food and good times over there. While our wedding wasn’t exactly Spanish themed, we were influenced a lot by that. We also wanted as much colour as possible. It looked amazing against the industrial back drop of the water mill. Leeds can be very grey, so we wanted to be sure there was colour.”
I’d heard so many amazing things about Morocco, so when Gala suggested the three of us go there after our last London Blogcademy I was so on-board for a little (big!) adventure. Not knowing much about Marrakesh other than it’s loud and colourful and chaotic, I was a little nervous about what was in store, but as always, super excited to explore somewhere new.
We had just over two days there, which doesn’t seem like a lot (we went to Italy afterwards – more on that soon!) but as you can see from the holiday video we made, we were able to pack a LOT into our time.
We stayed at El Fenn, an amazing boutique style hotel owned by Richard Branson’s sister of all people! With 28 individually styled rooms and suites, a roof terrace, three pools, its own hammam spa, and a tree-filled courtyard with a family of resident tortoises roaming about, it really was the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you’re in Marrakesh on a special holiday (like a honeymoon – duh!) I can not recommend it enough.