Have I got a set of photos that will make you go “awww!” today!? Photographer Jamie Allio told me the story of the real proposal that happened during this shoot! “I actually contacted this couple to do a shoot for my personal portfolio. I had been following Natalie for a while on Instagram and was obsessed with her style and her flawless features. Her boyfriend, Zach, was always making appearances on her feed and I couldn’t believe these two weren’t models!”
“I sent them an email along with a Pinterest board I had created for inspiration and within weeks we were meeting up for a shoot in my home, followed by a trip to Southern Arizona to visit some creepy abandoned domes. The night before the shoot Zach sent me a message telling me to call him as he had an emergency. As soon as he spoke he blurted out, ‘I’M GOING TO PROPOSE DURING OUR SHOOT!'”
Is it possible to get a beautiful wedding dress for less than £250? The answer is very much “Yes!” so long as you think outside the box a little bit. In fact there are plenty of options for budget savvy brides these days.
Firstly, you should check if any bridal boutiques near you are having sample sales. They will often sell end-of-line or their showroom samples for a lot less than the retail price. Places like Etsy and eBay are also great to browse through, and websites such as stillwhite.co.uk and preloved.co.uk (where brides can sell their pre-worn wedding dresses) can hide some real gems!
The high street is a really great place to look too. Most of the beauties below are from places like Coast, BHS, Monsoon and Phase Eight. All of them do amazing and inexpensive bridal ranges. I’m also loving ASOS right now. They are just killing it with their pretty spring/ summer offerings and so much of their occasion wear is totally wedding appropriate!
EL Design Studio, £207
Chi Chi London, £82
This pretty Great Gatsby inspired wedding shoot is the perfect way to ease you into the long weekend. I don’t really feature styled wedding shoots on the blog much any more (because, let’s face it, real weddings are usually way better!) but I loved the use of colour and the elegant, yet totally reproducible, details in this one so much.
Shot in Portland, Oregon, by a team of local suppliers, wedding photographer Meredith Bacon told me all about it. “This intimate scene is set on a quaint and lush forest in Portland. Crystals drip from the branches of evergreen and deciduous trees at a romantic alter, lavish flowers and candelabra decorate the 20s lounge-style reception.”
Dave and Emma’s wedding had a subtle 1950s theme with a hung dollop of their personalities injected for good measure! The bride’s high street dress, birdcage veil and fur coat combo definitely harked back to a bygone era and all the colourful DIY décor made the day very ‘them’.
“We wanted our wedding to be fun and representative of us so that meant there was a vintage/ 50s style about my dress and the cars. The rest of the day was more about being quirky and fun. We wanted it to be relaxed and for there to be a party feel. There were hints of Americana with our postbox, popcorn and the evening food of hot dogs. We asked our guests to provide us with their favourite tracks and we used these to give the DJ a pool of songs to play from, this meant that we had lots of dancing from everyone and no terrible music!”
Their reception was held at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. They didn’t go overboard with the décor but the bride and her bridesmaids made the centrepieces, place names and windmills, which were used as buttonholes and favours. “I really enjoyed making things myself and it all ended up looking fab!” she said. “It was also much less expensive than buying things in. The table plan, for example, cost £2 to make!”
I seem to be featuring a lot of elopements at the moment. So many Rock n Roll couples are choosing to do things completely on their own terms, which I think is fabulous! Viktorija and Martynas, originally from Lithuania, were married at their embassy in London on their five year anniversary.
“I’ve dreamt about all the different wedding I could have ever since I was a small girl because I always knew I wanted something different”, began the bride. “When I came to marry Martynas we decided on something bold and public. I wore red and we took the London Underground all day.”
“My dress was red and made by Tiulio Feja. I picked red because I wanted to wear a unique colour and it means passion and love and power – everything you need in life!”
After the ceremony, the couple did portraits around the city with Kristida Photography.
“My favourite part of the wedding was probably was in the afternoon, during the portraits, when I realised that in a couple of hours we were flying to the Dominican Republic on our honeymoon”, she said. “I’m just mad about travelling! We had our ceremony at 3pm and at 9.30pm we were already on our way to PARADISE!”
Totes obsessed with this glitter party banner by The Bannerie
I’ve been on a rainbow kick. I’ve actually been feeling a bit down in the dumps, which might just be because of my impending 31st birthday next week (WHAT?! How did I get so OLD?!) or it could be just one of those things… But either way, I’ve been tackling my blueness by throwing some rainbows at it!
I ordered myself a bunch of rainbow roses (OMG!) because why would you not?! Followed by this incredible rainbow sapphire ring from Etsy. Let’s face it, if rainbows don’t cure what ails me, I don’t know what will!
I hope you’re feeling all full of the joy of spring, and less of a grump-a-puss like me. I want to wish you a fabulous Thursday and an even more eggggscellent Easter weekend. I’ll see you on the flip side, megababe.
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