Don’t feel like you soaked up enough Blogcademy goodness already!? Well fret not my dear… we have some behind the scenes video action for you right now. Big love to Ben Vogel for following us around all weekend and making us feel all famous and stuff…
The next date & location will be announced on this here blog at 12pm (GMT) on Wednesday 14th November (that’s this Wednesday folks). Tickets will be on sale at a special discounted early bird price for the first 48 hoursonly. Now don’t say we haven’t warned you… set those alarms!
Where do you find your inspiration? For photographer Jennifer, the idea for this shoot came to her in a dream.
“I was travelling to New Orleans for a little vacation and on the way I dreamt about this shoot”, she explained. “Alongside local florist, Kim Starr Wise, we came up with this concept – Voodoo Swamp. We wanted something moody and bring in the elements of the swamp. The floral was hand picked with orchids, magnolias, fiddle head ferns, and crocodile leaves and I really wanted Spanish moss.”
“PS Creative did the invitation and menu cards. The symbol on the invitation and favors was adorned with an ancient voodoo symbol for love, and the wording is all very classic New Orleans. Mrs Vintage supplied the vintage pieces, including the romantic brass candlesticks, gold nesting tables and a sage colored chair”
This is a little bit freaky… so if you’re scared of clowns, mimes or circus freaks I suggest you look away now!
For their engagement shoot, fancy dress loving Neill & Niamh decided they wanted to dress as mimes. This quirky pair didn’t want a traditional or boring engagement session – they wanted to add some personality!
So they gathered some inspiration from the internet and went shopping for their outfits. All the props were all their own and as fate would have it, the circus came to town just down the road from where they live, so they asked the owner if they could shoot there.
The couple are getting married this weekend in a theatre, and judging on these images alone, it’s sure to be another theatrical production!
I love a detail-heavy wedding as much as the next blogger, but you know what, it’s usually the unapologetically low key and budget weddings that pull at my heartstrings the most. Rain & Attila spent just £600 on their wedding and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.
“We just wanted a wedding as simple as possible, and we didn’t think it worthwhile to spend a fortune on unnecessary formalities”, wrote the bride. “The most important thing was the two of us making a life commitment to each other, and we would like to share the joy with the closest family and friends. So we opted for a civil ceremony at our local council and headed for a casual lunch and drinks session in a pub nearby. We and our 20 guests all enjoyed it very much.”
The couple got ready at home – together – had their ‘first look’ in their back garden and their portraits in Richmond Park, Their reception was held in a local pub. Rain wore two dresses, the long ceremony dress came from eBay and her short reception dress was bought from Topshop.
For the flowers, which were really the only ‘detail’, the bride took a flower arranging course so she could do the whole lot herself. She bought roses from a supermarket and arranged her bouquet and her groom’s buttonhole the morning of the wedding.
I’ve had a busy week this week, kicking off with the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza in Birmingham on Sunday. Now I’m not one of those blgogers who looooves wedding fairs, but I have to say this was – by far – the best one I’ve ever been to. The exhibitors were fabulous (you can see photos of some of my fave things on my instagram - hello! Back to the Future wedding cake!) and the brides & grooms-to-be that were wondering round were all so cool I could have died. It was so awesome to meet so many readers and fans in such a short space of time. I was humbled by all your kind words and your hugs. Thank you, thank you.
Then on Tuesday I headed to The Dorchester in London to speak at the Niemierko Academy for wedding planners. I spoke all about blogging, social media and why my readers are the best. I was in one of the fanciest hotels in London, talking to quite a high brow group of professionals and I rock up and say “yeah my favourite weddings are the ones where the couple make everything themselves and spend as little money as possible” HAHA – cue surprised gasps all round!
Then yesterday I was back in London shooting with Cosmopolitan Magazine… NO BIGGIE. They’re running a feature on me and my glamorous life (ha!) in their February issue (which is in shops in January) and I’m thrilled! The girls were lovely and I had the best time being made to feel all celebrity-esque. I can’t wait to see the results!
So yeah, busy week… PHEW. So what have you been up to?
There’s something so magical about a styled shoot with substance – a shoot with a real sense of a story and of adventure. A shoot that showcases something simple but true, honest and real. Those are the exact words that came to mind when I saw this shoot. There are cute wedding ideas and details of course, but that’s not what it’s only about – it’s sharing the story of a group of wedding suppliers in Spain coming together to create something special.
This wedding party on a beach took place on the Spanish coast. “We are all creative people that work on our different projects (and weddings)”, wrote photographer Megan of Bikini Birdie, “so this was a great collaboration between us all. We basically just had a little party on the beach and photographed it, but for us, this is the perfect idea and inspiration for an intimate wedding. We work all over Spain but are so lucky to live on the Mediterranean coast and it is such a big inspiration for us all.”