Chihuahuas, Cupcakes & Cuddles

“I’m no model,” bride to be Angela’s email began, “but I just got a sneak peek of our engagement session photos and I love them so much I thought I would share.”

“No model?” I thought, “not only does that not matter in the slightest but I might actually have to disagree with her a little bit there. She is totally gorgeous!”

Angela,  her fiance Luc and their two chihuahuas Minou & Birdie (there’s no way we can ignore them!) had a beautiful session to celebrate their engagement. The couple, who will be marrying in Mexico next May, wanted a variety of shots from casual ones with the dogs to ones with ridiculous props and finally to a few on a golf course. “Because my sweetie loves golf we went to a golf course and tried to have a vintage feel to the pics… Don’t know how much of a vintage feel we got but I don’t care – I love them!” Angela told me.”I love that our photographer got pics of my purple fluevogs and Luc’s black sabbath converse. She even took pictures of a silly card Luc made for me while they waited for me to get home from work, and pictures of the dogs on the couch posing.”

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A Lewis Carroll Gothic Wonderland Wedding

Amanda & Steph’s wedding is one of those that as soon as I saw a sneak peek on their photographer’s blog I immediately emailed asking (well…demanding!) that I be allowed to blog it! If this isn’t a perfect Rock n Roll wedding, well I don’t know what is! The couple loosely based their wedding around Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland – i.e. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. They loved the almost dark and sinister twist this theme gave their wedding.

“We took the mad-hatter’s tea party idea and the magic of the ‘eat me’ cakes and ‘drink me’ potions, and linked it to Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky,” the couple explained. “This nonsensical but menacing poem appeared on our order of the day, and provided the inspiration for our table names. We wanted the wedding to have a fun party atmosphere and not be too ‘themed’, so we combined a ‘bring a hat’ dress code with teapot centre-pieces and little bottles of alcoholic shots on the tables labeled ‘drink me’. We wanted it to feel darkly comic, fun and quirky, whilst still being an emotional and special day for us.”

The colour theme that ran throughout the day was a dark purple and the bride wore a stunning Ian Stuart sample dress which was a pale blue/grey silk with a dramatic deep purple bolero which she bought from Bonzie on. To this she added a fabulous hat that she made herself by stitching together various bits and pieces which she had collected – including feathers, fabric, pearl beads and netting. Finally she added purple ‘Mini Magic Floral’ Irregular Choice shoes which she bought from Schuh. “I bought my dress at a wedding fair in London for £1,400, which was half price . It was far too big, so I had a dress-maker take off about 3 inches either side until it fitted. It was made in a pale blue/grey silk. I was quite pleased to think that because it was a sample it was completely unique and no one else would ever have one like it. The dress wasn’t what I thought I’d ever go for at all – quite traditional really with a huge train, but the colour made it unusual, and I accessorized it in quite an unusual way. I love Victoriana, which it reminded me of, and in the end I thought ‘when am I going to get the chance to wear something like this again’ so I went for it. My accessories were chosen to be in keeping with the Victoriana feel of the dress, and the idea was to make the outfit appear less bridal and more edgy.”

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Alisha & Casey Bowling Alley Wedding

As a kid, bowling was one of the ultimate treat nights out wasn’t it? So what better way to keep the fun in your wedding day than having it at a bowing alley?! After a ceremony at The Woods on Ninth, Alisha & Casey and their entire wedding party headed to Bonwood Bowl for a right royal knees up of a party! “We did the bowling alley because we wanted something different,” the bride told me. “We are not traditional people, and most of all we wanted to have fun, as well as everyone else. Its something we enjoy together!” 

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Emilia & Ville’s Vintage, Rockabilly & Pyschobilly Engagement

Australian photographer Gemma Clarke was lucky enough to find Emilia & Ville who wanted a retro/vintage style engagement shoot in Helsinki, Finland this July. The train yards in Pasila played host to their fabulous fashion-led shoot and the couple were really involved in the concept and styling of the whole thing.

“For the clothing, Emilia is really into 50’s style with style of rockabilly and psychobilly, but she also gets really inspired of styles from 20’s-40’s,” the couple explained. “She can’t think anything more nicer than going out and get properly dressed up! Emilia has lots of different high heels, dresses, hats and cloves. She loves the contrast between style of a lady from the 50’s with big tattoos and stretched ears. Ville’s style is bit more rock ‘n roll with heavy metal. He used to wear only band t-shirts and jeans, until Emilia told him that just with a small effort he could look so much more handsome. He has always loved his retro suit from the 70’s – every time we go to fancy parties he wears that suit and feels absolutely handsome. And that’s what he really is.  And now, after small shopping tour in cloth stores Ville has found his real style: shirt blouses, slip overs, vests, old jeans and hair done with wax like gentleman’s in the 50’s. Emilia loves his style and the way he looks.”

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Lisa & Tyrone’s Windy Wedding

Lisa & Tyrone got married on the South Coast of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa. Their bridesmaid and photographer, Jacki Bruniquel, told me the whole story. “Their wedding was a day of such love and celebration. Lis not just my sister she is one of my best friends and Ty is not just my brother in law he has been in the best friend category for long time now. Tyrone happens to be a really good photographer as well! I love them both to absolute bits and pieces and really wish i could just do their whole day all over again.”

Lisa had her little velvet red pump shoes made especially for her as she is a strict vegetarian. Her cute fifties inspired dress and gorgeous orchid bird cage veil were made by Katherine Kidger, a very funky designer based in Durban.

The ceremony tool place on the beach but as Jacki was a bridesmaid she didn’t photograph this part of the day. “Ty & Lis had very specific ideas for the reception,” Jacki continued. “We collected tins and slipped plants forever to make the succulent pot plants which were given away to guests as gifts! Ty’s Mom made what seemed like a gazillion origami birds. Ty is a great graphic designer as well as a photographer and he designed all the menus, seating plans, invites etc. My Mom needs a huge pat on the back for all her hard work as she made all the table runners and so on.”

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A Las Vegas Alice in Wonderland

Amber & Mike pride themselves on their unconventionality and so wanted to make sure their wedding was just that too. “It made perfect sense to go to Vegas,” Amber told me. “However, we even bucked Vegas tradition by not getting married in a small chapel by Elvis. We found an amazing garden complete with ducks, just right off the strip. I’d like to consider our wedding half elopement, half planned (we planned in 4 weeks). My muse for the entire wedding was a single lipstick that I’m obsessed with called Melrose Mood. Imagine the most obnoxiously, opaque, electric baby baby pink and you’re sort of close to what it looks like.”

The bride is a make up artist so did all her hair and make up herself. In fact she seemed to almost enjoyed the getting ready part of the day as much as the actual wedding bit! “I spent the morning with my bridesmaids doing make up, eating gummy dice and card cookies (amongst other treats). We had an amazing bridal photo shoot in the atrium at Bellagio where we captured some sweet Alice inspired photos. Which is totally fitting since my husband is related to the real Alice in Wonderland, Alice Liddell (can you say “keeper”?). I wore were 6 inch heels entirely covered in Swarovski crystals. Needless to say the bridal shoot stopped traffic.”

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