Oh I love a surprise wedding! And a surprise wedding + pool party!? EPIC!
But this wasn’t actually a real wedding, it was set up as a recreation of the wedding of some friends of the photographer who were married 30 years ago. Jessie & Kenny had a wedding just like this one, in the exact same spot, in 1982 (some of their wedding photos are at the end of the gallery – how amazing are they?!) So to celebrate, and to have an their anniversary party with a difference, they decided to relive the whole thing. This is a styled shoot unlike the rest and, yes, they really had the big party afterwards!
Styled shoots have been wedding blog favourites for a few years now. I do like to feature them to share new wedding ideas with my bride & groom-to-be readers but I’ve always really preferred to publish real weddings. It’s not that I don’t like styled shoots, but I know real life examples always go down better than a ‘concept’ set up but a bunch of wedding industry professionals who think that it’s a quirky, cool (or in recent times – trendy) and very ‘blogable’ idea for a wedding.
Which is why I love this shoot. It is a new concept. It’s a recreation of a wedding, being sympathetic to the original inspiration while showcasing some awesome new ideas. Just like with Whit & Colby, I was initially disappointed when I realised that this wasn’t an actual wedding, but again like with Whit & Colby I love it because of the amazing creativity behind it. On reflection I congratulate the creative team for doing something that I wish everyone else would… actually being creative.
I have to say when I first laid eyes on Bodie & Beck’s wedding I went all girlish and excited and started thinking very naughty thought about that party of groomsmen… I’m sorry, I’m sorry… but come on! How sexy are these boys? I even sneak peeked a shot of them on my facebook page (to share their beauty you understand) and… well… I’ve never seen so many smitten girls all in one place. It was pretty funny!
But just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I saw the rest of the wedding! How gorgeous is the bride (hello tattoo envy anyone?!) In fact I just about cried with jealousy over how damn cool the whole thing is… and they are. I’m very professional indeed. I love this wedding more than life itself. Who’s with me?
The Australian couple were married at Lyrebird Falls in Kallista, Victoria. The groom’s mother made Beck’s dress and Bodie’s outfit in it’s entirety. What a talented lady!
The 80s isn’t a wedding theme we see a lot of. I guess because many of us have scars from the highly flammable, putrid peach bridesmaids dresses we were forced to wear throughout our childhoods… however a modern update is in order IMHO! Which is why I loved this shoot, submitted by wedding photographer Michelle McGreevy-Squier. Not only do the team take iconic 80s motifs and run with it, but they use same-sex couples as the stars.
Stylist & florist David Garcia of Statue of Design was the driving force behind the shoot and the one who came up with the initial concept, “The idea is based on the concept of equality. So much of the wedding industry is focused and targeted to straight couples. But I want my current clients, and my potential ones, to know that I am a floral designer for everyone. There is a huge market for GLBTQI couples, but we aren’t reaching them. I want to change that.”
For Tressa & John, the most important thing for their wedding was that their guests were entertained and had a great time…and their Halloween 80s carnival theme complete with an costume party dress code made sure of that!
“John and I knew we didn’t want anything traditional in terms of wedding other than a declaration of love for each other,” the bride told me. “We have a fantastic, eclectic, diverse group of friends who have high expectations of us when it comes to throwing a good party so we knew we couldn’t disappoint! We both spent our most formative years in the 80s and wanted to recreate the tubular vibe while also celebrating our most favorite holiday – Halloween!”
“One of the most amazing moments was looking out over the crowd before we began the ceremony and seeing all of our guests in their amazing costumes drinking our signature cocktails – Poprockatini’s and One Night in Bangkokaritas. What a way to kick off the night! And nothing personifies Rock n Roll like an 80s band! We had Mister Miygai who were fantastic!”
To decorate their venue the couple reused their vast collection of Halloween props. “We wanted to add a touch of spooky to the otherwise glamorous nightclub setting. We also employed the fabulous baking talents of my family for some fun different desserts! Caramels, popcorn balls, whoopee pies and candy apples to name a few.”
“Not only were guests entertained all night by a charismatic drag queen, a duo of aerialists dancing from the ceiling, and a rocking live 80s band, but they were also given the opportunity to play our favorite games that have become a standby at our annual Halloween bash,” John took over. “The Newlywed Game and the infamous Costume Contest with prizes are always a hit with our friends. The prizes consisted of 80s swag: classic 80’s games, Swatch watches, Rubik’s cubes, and 80s movies!”
For the ceremony the bride wore a white gown but for the costume party changed into pink and black number while John transformed himself into Tom Cruise from Risky Business!
When wedding blogger and stylist Sonia of Want that Wedding send me this neon inspiration shoot I fell in love immediately. I’m a bit of a colour fiend (no duh!) and neon is a trend that I’m love love loving on the high street right now. I’m super excited to see it filter down into bridal styling and I’d love to see some real Rock n Roll Brides rocking out this look on their wedding days. What do you think?
The shoot took place at the beautiful One Marylebone, London. Their bright white ‘galleries’ room made the perfect backdrop for the shoot. The white setting really makes the neon accents pop!
“The inspiration for this shoot came about during a brainstorming session with Kat Hill of Kat Hill Fotographie,” Sonia explained. “We were discussing various themes for a shoot when this idea just suddenly popped out ‘how about a 50s shoot with an 80s twist?’ I’m not even sure who said it first but we both fell in love with the idea.”
“During my research that followed I became utterly captivated with a neon wedding shoot and I just knew I wanted to incorporate neon bursts of colour. I love the near total whiteness with the pops of bright colours and neon, it’s really edgy and cool and it’s a pretty way to incorporate this ‘in your face’ colour palette into your wedding day.”
“I wanted to create a cute candy cake station. I thought it’d look adorable to display yummy treats with bold pops of colour and neon detailing. It’s easy to order neon food colouring and neon sprinkles off the net. I ordered a few neon knick knacks to get into the creative flow and I particularly adore the LOVE sign, it’s so retro and cute!”
“The wedding bouquet is a statement piece, pretty and bold with the neon edges on the rose petals. It’s a nod to the dip dye trend and is an incredibly easy thing to recreate. The cake was purchased from good ole’ M & S and was decorated with some of the dipped rose heads. All you need is a can of neon spray paint!!”
“I also love that the bright make-up, 50s hairstyle and accessories, neon beads, cuff and earrings plus the beautiful 50s wedding dresses with brightly coloured underskirts pull the whole look together. It shows what you bridestobe can achieve if you put your minds to it! Who says neon can’t be used in your wedding?”
“Must. Remember. To. Breathe” I thought as I looked through this amazing set of images sent over by Gabby of En Route Photography last week.
It’s not just beause bride-to-be Bonnie is utterly stunning…and has blue hair…and is rocking that amazing 80’s dress like nobody’s business… but just check out the LIGHT! The relatively simple rooftop backdrop (in Berlin no less) is the perfect location for such a breathtaking bridal shoot.
Bonnie is getting married next year and brought along her own vintage dress for the shoot (oh boy I really hope she wears this for her actual wedding day.) “The shoot had a real 80’s feel to it,” Gabby told me.
“I felt like I was shooting Madonna from like a prayer! We were aiming to capture some pretty, more conventional and some out of the ballpark images with the cigarette and Peter the porcelain tiger.”