Under the Spotlight – Ordination by The Universal Life Church

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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.

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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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Kamela & Brian’s Organic, Vintage, Back Garden wedding

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Oh yes! I am so excited by Kamela & Brian’s vintage/eco/organic/outdoor wedding. The couple made wedding choices that were totally perfect for them and ignored a lot of the usual wedding industry rubbish. They got married at their Grandparent’s house in Vancouver and had the super personal reception in their back garden.

The bride wore a stunning 1930’s vintage dress that was actually the first and only one she tried on. It literally seemed like it was made for her as she didn’t even need to get it altered. The groom and groomsmen also wore vintage clothes (except their bow tie which were made by the bride and her Mum) but one of my favourite parts of both their outfits has got to be their shoes – no uncomfortable heels for the bride or ugly ‘dress shoes’ for the groom! They both wore their favourite trainers – Toms.

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It’s Only Rock n Roll…

Musicians Diane & Mark wanted to do something different to the usual portrait session for their engagements. They brought along their beloved instruments and rocked the hell out! I’m also totally in love with the sheet music speech bubbles, an awesome Rock n Roll take on the usual props.

“Both of them are super involved with music and so it only seemed fit to incorporate that into their shoot,” photographer Candice told me. “They had so much energy and you can tell they are madly in love. Hello Studios loves all our clients, especially the ones that love a little Rock n Roll.”

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