Second Time Lucky – David & Ingrid’s Redo Portraits

“David, an Aussie living in London, met Norwegian Ingrid on a trip to Norway through friends” photographer Ed began. “They hit it off straight away and had a long distance relationship for a while until Ingrid decided to move over to London. They both share a passion for music. Dave is a guitarist and music director and Ingrid is still studying, but sings. One thing led to another and they got married in July 2008 in Ingrid’s home town Stavanger, in Norway. It was a fantastic wedding with people from London, Norway and Australia. However, one thing went badly wrong… their photographer lost their entire set of photos (their photographer was not me by the way!) due to a hard disk issue. Ingrid was naturally devastated!”

“This summer Ingrid finally got round to bringing her dress over from Norway to London and asked me if I could redo some wedding photos for them… In Norway it is tradition to send guests a thank you card with a photo of the day – Ingrid has been waiting to get some photos done before she can do this!”

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Couture Florals – Matching Flowers with with Ink

This funky photo shoot was set up by Michael Andrews and Flowers by Susan to showcase a different side to floral arrangements – matching them with your tattoos! They asked former client of Susan’s, Danielle (who is a tattoo artist) to model for them and they shot the series in her shop.

“With this particular shoot, we were deliberately trying to combine and match florals with ink.  Ink is beautiful! Michael told me.”Brides with ink + flowers that match = pretty damn cool.”

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Under the Spotlight – Ordination by The Universal Life Church

Credit: Devlin Photos

I’ve always been a huge fan of weddings where friends or family members of the bride & groom get ordained and perform the ceremony for them. Can you get any more personal? For our wedding, the vicar that married us was a family friend so I know exactly how extra special it feels to have someone you know and love marry you.

The Universal Life Church is a fantastic website where your chosen friend or family member can get ordained in order to perform your marriage ceremony for you. The company, who ordain over 500 people a day (!) believe strongly in marriage equality and unity across all religions (and non-religions) and believe in everyone’s right to have their wedding officiant by whomever they desire. This ethos is what their company is based on.

Credit: Becky Novacek

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Rachael & Rafe’s Pagan Handfasting Festival Wedding

Rachael & Rafe were uninterested in a traditional religious or civil ceremony so decided to get married on their own terms. They were wed by one of their closest friends, Tara, in a pagan hand-fasting service which took place outside, in a small copsed wood locally known as “The Spinney”. They knew very early on in their planning that this was where they wanted to get married as the couple had spent some time living on a narrow-boat on the river, and for that period The Spinney was their garden, “It was where we hung out, relaxed, partied and where our children played.  It is full of trees and love and so naturally the first place we both thought of for our ceremony” the couple told me.

The couple also chose a very special place to them for their festival themed reception, ” During the winter months The Spinney mooring would become too muddy to get our children to school without being caked in mud so we would moor as often as possible at Solomons Bridge.  Across from which another dear friend of ours has a pasture for their cows.  It’s such a fabulous place!! So beautiful and when the canal froze over we would have lots of fun pinging crab apples across the ice, or watching the ducks slide across it on landing.  It seemed like a fantastic place to hold a festival!!  So that is what we did.”

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Issy Loves her Dress

Issy’s ‘Love your Dress’ shoot took place in Raphael Park, Gidea Park in Essex. Her dress was by designer Ugo Zaldi and her hairband was actually found at BHS!

Issy has a love of the 1960’s and has a really classic look from that era with her cute pixie crop hair, so the whole styling of the shoot, from Issy’s dress to the props, was set around this vibe.

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Under the Spotlight – 8 Illustration

Based out of San Luis Obispo, California, August Kreowski, the man behind 8 Illustration has a passion for creative, alternative and unique Rock n Roll couples and their fabulously personalised weddings. He creates custom and one-of-a-kind invitations and paper goods for the most quirky couples out there!

“My perfect client is a couple who likes to create a theme for they’re wedding…(I love themes!)” he told me. “I love to work with someone different, someone seeking custom and something never seen before. I want couples Who want to push the envelope, I want to get more wild more imaginative. Couples like this excite me because I want to push the limits of my creativity as well.”

“I like to get to know my clients first off, talk to them about how they fell in love, what defines there relationship, and if they have a theme for there wedding. After brainstorming I like to sketch out a custom design based on the couple.”

“After approval I get to work bringing the sketch to life. Most of my designs have an interactive element so that their guests spend more time invested in the invitation. My job is to create excitement for my client’s special day. This interactive element includes anything from creative folding, custom cut outs, twine, origami and word games.”

“I pride myself on 100% custom made which means all the invitations pass through my hands (several times). I love to create fonts, use interesting paper types, draw maps and address envelopes. I have fun creating art that fits perfectly in an envelope. It’s the mystery and the excitement of love that fuels my crafts.”

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