There’s nothing that evokes childlike wonder quite like mermaids. I don’t think there’s any girl who watched The Little Mermaid as a kid and afterwards didn’t wanted to be one… So when this shoot, although not strictly wedding inspired, landed in my inbox, I knew I wanted to share it with you. It’s pure fantasy but that doesn’t make it any less fabulous.
“I have a real love of fantasy shoots because you can completely let your imagination run free and bring your ideas to life”, wrote photographer Heline Bekker. “Gwenda, who played our mermaid, and I both work in the wedding industry and we do a lot of styled bridal shoots together. But we often talk about doing shoots just for us, something different, something not at all wedding-related, so we can spread our creative wings. Most of the time though, it just finds its way back to weddings…not this time though!”
I’ve travelled to many a-far flung place over the past few years but I was really looking forward to last weekend’s trip down to Camber Sands. The reason being that I was going there with these beautiful creatures, and we hadn’t seen each other in FOREVER. It’s the things closest to home that are often the most special don’t you think?
First, up the house. I found The Warrens online after a fruitless search elsewhere for a place that was big enough for the whole group. It won out because it sleeps up to ten (in double beds or they can split them into singles, two per bedroom if need be) so it was perfect for our party of eight.
I was the first to arrive, wanting to get there early to avoid any weekend traffic. I walked in and this was the first thing I saw. I mean, how cute and English seaside is THAT?!
With the bride wearing vintage, the reception at Rich’s grandmother’s home, and music playing a huge part, this July wedding has all the makings of the perfect Rock n Roll celebration. The day was also a real DIY effort, with everyone pitching in to make it perfect.
A friend of the bride made her flower crown, all the flowers for the day were grown by friends and family and the stationery was made by the bride’s brother. The cakes were brought by the guests. They had a ‘bake-off’ competition and the everyone won comedy prizes!
“The flowers were styled by me and my good friend Blythe Bruckner”, began Rhian, “while the church flowers were arranged by Rich’s aunt Jo. The bar was made by my dad out of two old pallets from Rich’s uncle’s farm up the road. My brother made the ‘R&R’ sign out of the off cuts. My mum and I collected vintage salad bowls and cake plates from car boot sales and we painted the vintage glass vases with tester pot colours. The concrete cobbles that the vases sat on were also painted in tester pot colours by me! Using tester pots to paint everything was a revelation to making our colour scheme work! It also saved us a lot of money.”
Super bright orange and blue were the main colours Tyrone and Rozlyn picked for their South African wedding in November. From the groom’s trousers to the bridesmaid’s dresses and Rozlyn’s customised shoes, the day oozed colour and style. After their Anglican church ceremony, their reception was held at Freedom Cafe in Greyville, Durban.
“We didn’t do anything according to the norm”, began the bride. “We wanted our day to be an expression of our personalities and our relationship. Traditional weddings are beautiful but it just wasn’t what we wanted. We focused on the day being about love, happiness, family, friends and a huge celebration of our union.”
Although Laetitia and Franck aren’t planning to get married, they wanted to do something special for their four year anniversary and so decided to stage a shoot with cake and dessert designer Lauren Delpech of French Made, London. Being born and raised in Marseille, where Laetitia and Franck live, Lauren decided it would be the perfect place for the session. They chose the region of Le Panier because of its winding, hilly streets and Les Goudes Calanques as the stunning beach backdrop.
“A seaside themed photo shoot there may sound totally cliché, but with my team of fab suppliers, we worked with nautical symbols such as anchors, wheels, boats, sea shells”, wrote Lauren, “Laetitia and Franck are into tattooed and live an alternative life, so we included these influences too”.
Winona and Dave were married on a friend’s property in Maple Bay, on Vancouver Island. This venue really set the tone of their day, with personal touches throughout. The overall theme was a 1950s rockabilly seaside with pops of nautical, mermaids and Rock n Roll!
“We decided to have our wedding on Vancouver Island which is drive and then 2 hour ferry ride, from where we live in Vancouver”, explained the bride. “Although this meant many trips in the months leading up to the wedding with a packed car, its where I grew up. It’s where my parents still live in their geodesic dome is still one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It’s also where my husband and I would like to eventually move to when we have a family of own.”