Win Your Wedding Photography With Your Dear Image

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After studying a BA in fine art and a photography MA, Annabelle Antas started her photography career in the music industry. After touring all around the world she decided to settle in Finland and began shooting weddings under the name Your Dear Image. She quickly fell in love with photographing couples and she now splits her time between London and Helsinki.

I’m thrilled to have partnered with Annabelle on this amazing giveaway today. She would like to shoot a creative, Rock n Roll wedding… for free!

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“Being an artist I love it when couples have an artistic approach to celebrate their love for one another”, she told me. “I love being part of something as special and important as as a wedding day. Most of the weddings I shoot are outdoors, creative and DIY, which I adore, but I would really like to shoot a completely unique, off the beaten track wedding too!”

Is that you? Is you’re wedding going to be one-of-a-kind unique? Are you getting married before the end of June 2016? If so, you totally need to enter this competition!

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Handmade Winter Elopement

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Originally set up as a styled photo shoot, Jon and Lauren decided to make the most of the situation (gorgeous setting, professional photographer!) and actually elope! The day took place in their family’s barn in Forreston, Illinois.

“It was freezing on the day”, Lauren began, “0 degrees Fahrenheit, but that wasn’t going to stop us! We had a vision for an intimate, low key elopement that was quite literally made for us. David, the husband of our photographer Roni, officiated the ceremony which was pretty cool.”

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“I guess we would say that the theme was just ‘us'”, she continued. “There was no one else we had to please or impress. When the whole day was just a tiny idea, it was originally going to be a styled shoot planned by our photographer, but once we saw what was coming together, it quickly became the perfect day for our actual wedding. We realised it was the perfect opportunity to do what we’ve always wanted.”

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Do I Need Bridesmaids?

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Hey Kat! I’m getting married in September and have been stressing over The Bridesmaid Situation for a while now. So my question is, what’s the Rock n Roll version of a bridesmaid and what does she do?

As much as I love channelling Blair Waldorf it just seems a bit minion-y, like an on-display clique, since I don’t have an obvious set of BFFs and hate to “draw the line”. Help!

I’m going to let you in on a secret: There isn’t really any reason, other than tradition, for bridesmaids (or groomsmen for that matter). Allegedly, bridesmaids came about because in Roman times the law required female witnesses at the wedding, dressed similarly to the bride, in order to confuse the evil spirits who wanted to cast bad luck over the marriage. So there you go. Evil spirits and tradition maketh the maid.

Although lots of people make a very big deal out of choosing their wedding party, for the modern, non evil spirit fearing bride, the actual duties of a bridesmaid are pretty limited. They can still be a very useful commodity though as their main function is to assist you with the wedding planning.

They have a few main tasks, and depending on what kind of alternative wedding you’re having these things may or may not even be relevant to you.

1. To be there for the big events like dress shopping, centrepiece choosing and DIY crafternoons.

2. To be emotional supportive in times of pre-wedding crisis because let’s face it, this shit can be stressful.

3. To plan you a kick ass hen do/ bridal shower/ bachelorette party.

4. To wear something pretty, walk down the aisle with you, carry a bouquet and be in the pictures.

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Quickie Vegas Elopement

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Karey and Ben flew over from London for a quickie Elvis wedding in Vegas and they brought their closest friends and family along for the ride! They planned the whole thing in just TWO WEEKS (yes, you read that right!) and kept the fact they were getting married secret from everybody back at home.

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“We kept the actual event intimate and a secret so it was very important for us to share the photographs and video with everyone close to us after the wedding”, wrote the bride. “We didn’t want people to initially find out via social media, and since I work in tech, I put together a webpage curating all the documentation. We also sent out 200+ Vegas postcards with a custom web URL to friends and relatives all over the world! The response was so well received and really made those not there still feel like they were a part of the celebration.”

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Bavarian Oktoberfest Wedding

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Mike and Emily were married at home. Their September wedding was Bavarian themed, inspired by their many trips to Germany! “We feel our wedding was pretty unique”, began the bride. “It was hard to find resources for a Bavarian wedding in America so we did so much ourselves and really enjoyed every minute of it. We had a biergarten, circus tents and live music from a variety of our talented friends all day and night. We called our theme a Bavarian street fair, and a fairytale meets Oktoberfest!”

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“One of the best moments was the ceremony”, she explained. “As soon as we were pronounced husband and wife we partook in a German tradition of jointly cutting out the shape of a heart from a bed sheet, then jumping through it! Two of our friends played beautiful originals songs and the groom, who is a professional musician, also sang.”

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Alice in Wonderland on Acid Wedding

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There really is no other way to explain Lucy and Benjamin’s wedding. There are Alice in Wonderland weddings… and there are festival weddings… but mash them both together and imagine everyone in attendance has dropped acid and you’re maybe halfway there to how bonkers this wedding was! Their wedding photographer Lee Allen described it as the maddest wedding he’s ever been involved with… and you know what, I can totally see why!

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“We met at a friend’s BBQ and the week after went to Reading Festival together so we wanted our wedding to have a festival feel”, explained the bride. “We wanted people to feel like they had been on a weird acid trip that couldn’t have been real when they left! It sort just took shape over time. We met Hamish Guerrini, the Druid Minister who officiated our ceremony, at his stage, The Rabbit Hole, at Glastonbury two months before the wedding. After we met him we completely changed the wedding theme to include him! We added the tunnels and different rooms for guests to be led into.”

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