If you loved This is England as much as I did, then you’re definitely going to adore this wedding shoot inspired by the ’86 series. Gotta love something with a bit of GRIT! The show is all about subcultures in the 1980s, as well as friendship and love, so it’s the perfect starting off point for a wedding themed shoot.
“These photos show that you can have the wedding of your dreams, something that truly reflects your personality without being thrown into debt for years to come!”, said Lauren, who worked on the shoot. “So as well as being cool and pretty, I wanted this shoot to be honest, real and raw. This is why it features real mods, original skinheads and goths. They are all real life friends and real couples! They all understand what the alternative way of life is about.”
The eighties gets a bad rep: The big shoulder pads, the garish make up, the even bigger hair… But that didn’t stop the National Vintage Wedding Fair embracing it! To celebrate their upcoming wedding shows, they wanted to play homage to the decade of excess and create these promotional images in all their over-the-top glory!
“Over the last year we have styled a series of vintage shoots covering different decades to help promote our National Vintage Wedding Fair“, organiser Kate told me. “We started with the 1950s, which many feel is the most popular decade for vintage wedding styling, then shot the 1940s, 1960s and 1970s. I was fully intending on featuring the 1930s next but last minute did a massive U turn, choosing to shoot the 1980s. This was quite risky as many don’t feel that the 1980s is vintage, especially for weddings, but I really wanted to show that this era of decadence can look fab. The looks are all very glam, as was the 80s!”
The inspiration for Eric and Gina’s wedding came from their mutual love of music and the 1980s in particular. “When we first sat down and started to plan it, the one thing we knew we wanted for sure was live music during the reception” began the bride. “Our first choice was Rewind, an ‘80s cover band from Seattle. We both wanted a fun, engaging celebration with friends and family. That led us to choose the ‘80s rock theme, which felt so right the minute Eric suggested it. I mean, who doesn’t LOVE the ‘80s?!”
“We tried to pull in aspects of the theme that we both love, including the music and bright colours. I incorporated as many cassette tapes and records into the décor as I could. We also tried to incorporate some ‘80s ideas into our attire, such as a blue tux for Eric and a ruffle-filled asymmetrical dress for me. We also put together a candy buffet with all of our favourite 1980s candy.”
As soon as I saw Amy’s amazing fairy princess ball gown wedding dress I knew I wanted to see more of her wedding, but when I found out she and husband Stephen planned the whole thing for just £5000 I knew you’d be dying to see it too! The wedding had a ‘fun and games’ theme with 80s toys on the tables, an egg and spoon race and the bridesmaids (and bridesman!) carrying giant lollipops instead of bouquets.
“There was so much that we did differently for our wedding”, explained Amy. “Firstly my dress was very different from the standard ivory gown. The invites for wedding were made by our awesome friend Jon were titled ‘Steamy Buttworm Wedding Gig’ and so we had wristbands for guests to wear – even the registrar wore one! Steamy Buttworm is a mixture of our names Ste, Amy, Buttle and Wormwell (which some people only twigged on the day what it meant!)”
If you’ve been hoping that one day I might blog a real rock star’s wedding, then today your wait is finally over. In fact I’m not sure weddings can get more Rock n Roll than this! George and Adam’s ceremony was small and intimate, held in Central Park on Cherry Hill and the reception was at The Cutting Room which is owned by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones.
Those hardcore rockers amongst you might recognise the groom. He is none other than guitarist and singer Adam Bomb. Marrying a rock star clearly has it’s perks as George and her bridesmaids all wore Betsey Johnson dresses personally loaned by Betsey herself! “Adam’s drummer Bobby introduced me to Betsey Johnson”, she explained. “Bobby told Betsey about the wedding and Betsey generously let me pick a one of a kind dress from her collection. My shoes were also very special one of a kind personally custom made for me by a very close and talented friend of mine Ambrosia Sullivan.”
One of the main reasons I love Filipino wedding photographers MangoRed so much is because their wedding photography is quite odd. In fact it’s darn right bizarre. It breaks boundaries that I didn’t even know existed, and it challenges my concept of what wedding photography even is. These images aren’t going to be for everyone. In fact I’d bet my entire sparkly handbag collection that some of you will not like them at all. But I bloody love them and their unapologetic weirdness. I’m inspired, intrigued and totally and utterly confused all at the same time. It’s pretty darn wonderful. And that’s before I even say anything about the actual wedding in the images – fake cotton wool clouds lining the aisle? OH MY GOD YES!
Ryan & Garovs’ wedding took place in Manila, The Phillipines. The ceremony was held at St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish and the reception at White Space, an event space in the city. “The first thing on our mind was that MangoRed had to shoot our wedding, or else we wouldn’t get married (this is what we actually told them!)” laughed the bride. “We mailed them right after we got engaged, and immediately booked the church and reception venues just so we could seal the deal and book the boys. We just couldn’t imagine our wedding in the hands of any other photographers!”