Aeroplanes, vintage clothes a food fight make for a pretty incredible engagement session. Kristen & Steve put a lot of thought and effort into their ideas for the shoot, and Kristen even went the full whack and wore a genuine vintage dress from the 1970’s that had belonged to her Mother.
“Kristen emailed me one day with the idea of a food fight and nonchalantly asked, “Do you think we could do that?” — Needless to say… I said hell to the yeah!” explained photographer Julian. “So after acquiring her Mothers original engagement party dress (Yup! The dress is 30 years old) – We decided to go vintage, vintage, vintage and finish with the food fight.”
“We hadn’t quite figured out WHERE we were going to shoot and when the day finally rolled around, we still didn’t have a “definite spot”. So while driving around the Coast, with me pointing out a few spots I’d scouted for them, I suddenly had an epiphany and asked, “Have you guys ever been to the Air Museum in Caloundra?” — We dropped everything, raced over to the Museum and started shooting. We shot practically all day long, then found a nice patch of grass to set-up a cute, quaint little picnic… with a twist.”
Kristen planned and organised the whole aestetic of the shoot and organised all the props. She baked her own cakes and everything.
Emma & Matt had an incredible fancy dress wedding at home. The bride & groom live on a farm, so they decided their own home would be the perfect venue. The theme for the fancy dress was anything from 1920’s – 1980’s and they invited their guests to dress as their favourite decade from the last century. Even the music they selected fitted the theme, with the DJ’s ‘The Beautiful and the Damned’ – who they saw playing at a festival – playing an eclectic mix of music from the 1920’s to the 1980’s throughout the evening.
“As a documentary film maker Emma used her creative skills to make her wedding truly individual, personal and above all a lot of fun,” Polly, their photographer, told me. “This is without a doubt one of the most fantastic and fun weddings I have ever photographed and I have never laughed so much at a wedding – some of these outfits were pure genius.”
Emma & Matt decided to go as Fred Astaire & Gingers Rogers. Matt hired his outfit from Angels, the costumiers in London, and Emma created a contemporary interpretation of the film star with a stunning dress byTemperley and shoes by Office.
Their were no bridesmaids as everyone was involved in the wedding and made a real effort with their outfits.
“My sister came dressed like the 1950’s,” the bride told me. “My Mum & her boyfriend came as JR & Sue Ellen. My dad and his wife were The Last Tsar and Tsarina. Matt’s Mum was a ’20th Century Fox’ – a version of Marilyn Monroe with a fox fur stole. George, Matt’s brother was a first world war pilot – complete with a plane!”
“We had lots of famous people there – Madonna, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Adam Ant (in fact four of them!)”
Amazing right!? Be sure to click ‘read the rest of this entry’ to see more of the incredible outfits!
Chen Lie & Thom got married in Oz in a crazy, wild and fun party way. She is Australian and he is British (they now live and work in Prague!) so they decided to head over to Chen Lie’s hometown of Perth for their 1960s/70s/John & Yoko inspired wedding.
“I had been living in Korea on and off for the past 9 years so it was exciting to return home” Chen Lie told me. “We planned a simple elopement with a romantic 60s theme in the park but it turned into a wedding due to the kindness of family and friends. Everything was a gift from he photographer to the catering. It was a magical day. The day before the wedding my Made of Awesome took us vintage shopping and surprised us by paying for Thom’s vintage 70s Yves Saint Laurent suit and my vintage 60s hat.”
I LOVE a bit of retro kitsch and Caroline & Jim couldn’t be more perfect at pulling this off if they tried. The shoot took place in their own Art Deco apartment in Brighton (just check out the exterior shots!) which has been decorated with an eclectic mix of bits and bobs collected from all over and ranging in era from the 1920’s right through to the 1970’s. I adore everything from the authentic mirror, clocks and Princess Anne collectible mugs to the incredible wallpaper and all the retro furniture.
Jim is ‘Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer’ , a brilliant musician playing all over the country at gigs, weddings, parties and festivals. Caroline has a complete passion for fashion as she works in the fashion industry in London. The pair both embrace everything retro and nostalgic in fashion and styling, so their style was spot on for this style of shoot. The couple both wore all their own clothes to give a completely genuine portrayal of themselves and who they are as a couple.
You might remember Tim & Merrill’s self-engagement shoot (and here) or their ridiculously amazing wedding. If so, you’ll be just as excited to see their ‘Honeyversary’ shoot as I was yesterday. The couple are photographers and have just been married over a year. As they moved to New York pretty much straight after their wedding they never had time for a honeymoon so they decided to take a trip to Palm Springs this month.
They stayed at Ace Hotel and Swim Club, a wonderfully retro cool and chic place, a style which they incorporated into the style of the photographs? “We love the mid century feel that Palm Springs has” Merrill explained. “All of the houses look so cool and the decorations are so retro-cool! While we were there we swam in the pool for hours on end, bought out all the records at the thrift stores, and of course, we did a photo shoot!”
I have so much to say about this awesome engagement shoot that I almost don’t know where to start…maybe the beginning? Photographer Thomas has pretty much hit the jackpot with Bobbi & Shelby – gorgeous, cool, tattooed, individual, up for it – what more could you want?
The couple came up with the ideas for this shoot themselves starting with a seedy motel scene, the setting is right out of a 70’s road trip movie complete with peeling paint, a broken television and retro signage. They then headed out, firstly to a junkyard and then to a field where they lay around looking gorgeous and had some fun on a bike…with a pinata (of course!)
Following this came the grand finale. Inspired by the now iconic Tanja Lippert ‘Chicken and the Naked Chick’ engagement shoot, Shelby donned a giant purple monkey suit and Bobbi well..got naked! Love love love….I just adore these.