I really don’t care for styled wedding shoots much these days. Call me controversial but I think seeing real weddings (with real budgets!) is a lot more inspiring and helpful when it comes to finding ideas for your own wedding. BUT rules are made to be broken and when this beautiful, beachy, boho shoot landed in my inbox I just couldn’t say no!
“I run a wedding directory Mr & Mrs Unique that focuses on unique, eclectic and creative wedding suppliers”, wrote Erica who submitted this shoot. “Throughout the year I try to get together with a selection of listed suppliers to create photo shoots, as it gives us the opportunity to experiment and spread our creative wings. I encourage suppliers to push their boundaries… as long as its not traditional, anything goes!”
“We recently had a new venue join our directory, Tunnel Beaches in Devon and I knew immediately that I wanted to create a photo shoot there. The modern building of glass and wood nestles in the dark stone cliffs overlooking the beach, which is filled with rock pools and large rocks. It provided a stunning backdrop and a dark contrast against all the wedding pretties! It also has four hand carved tunnels linking various parts of the beach together- perfect for a photo opportunity!”
Amanda and James were married in Derry, Northern Ireland. The day started with the bride getting ready at her parents’ house and a catholic ceremony, but that’s where the tradition ended! Their reception, at Thatched Cottage in Craft Village, was a true reflection of them as a couple. Casual, laid back and thrifty. They spent just £1500 in total!
“Our wedding was bohemian, handmade and vintage inspired”, began the bride. “We didn’t have any bridesmaids or groomsmen (just two witnesses) and chose to keep thing as simple as possible. We wanted a low key wedding, something special and intimate to share with family and friends… no fuss! We also wanted the wedding to reflect who we are and not get lured into the circus and stress that often surrounds weddings. We aimed to create an artistic, homemade, bohemian atmosphere.”
Kristin and Eric were married on 28th December and so they wanted their wedding to have a festive, gilded vibe. They day was held at 1927 Events, a historic space in Seattle. “The time of year really guided our choices”, wrote the bride. “We always wanted a wedding close to the holidays, so we really went for a romantic cocktail and dinner party vibe rather than a wedding. We wanted it to feel really informal instead of the traditional agenda burdened wedding.”
“I’ve had several people tell me how connected they felt to Eric and me that night and that they weren’t just audience members watching from afar”, she continued. “That made me feel like our wedding was so special. In fact my favorite thing about our wedding was how much me and Eric just felt like hosts of a great party celebrating our marriage. We wanted to create a party for people and not a formal gathering. We cherished all our guests and wanted them all to feel important, and also have an amazing time. ”
I was convinced this wedding was a styled shoot with models. Convinced. These kinds of beautiful people don’t exist in real life do they?!
Well, apparently they do, and I’ve got the photographs to prove it. Stand by for some serious wedding envy my friends – That light! That dress! Those model-esque bridesmaids!
Oh and before you say “How is this a Rock n Roll wedding?” let me tell you that this couple spent waaay below average on their wedding. They were super clever with the supplies that they booked, left a lot of things that they didn’t care about out, and DIYed wherever they could. This just goes to show that truly stunning photography can make even the most budget-concious event look like an editorial spread from Martha Stewart magazine!
Jean and Brett were married in May under a canopy of trees in an open field at Glades Farm, South Africa. Fiona Clair was on hand to capture the magic as it unfolded.
“We wanted to keep our day raw and real”, wrote Jean. “We kept our spending to an absolute minimum, allowing ourselves to have a few key items on our wish list. The first thing we did was give photographer Fiona Clair, a call. We’d done an amazing shoot with her before so she feels a part of our circle and most importantly, we love her vibe. We even picked our wedding date around her schedule! Next on our wish list was our videographer, James Gibbs. He has a real knack for capturing raw emotion and he totally got that we weren’t after your typical commercialised wedding.”
If I’m being 100% truthful, I’ve been a little bit over styled wedding shoots for a while now. Some of you might have noticed that I share less and less of them on my site these days. In the most part it’s actually because I simply have too many awesome weddings I want to share instead (yay!) but in others its because there really are a lot of boring shoots being produced. Harsh but true!
No such words can be uttered about this steampunk-y boho-y shoot that was sent to me recently though. Warehouses! Coloured smoke bombs! Hipster models! Rad ink! Rainbows! A skateboarding bride!
There’s so much good stuff in here I almost don’t know where to begin.
Aimee and Adam couldn’t have the wedding they originally planned, but not wanting to wait to get married they decided to keep things small and as simple as possible. It was just the two them and only really close family and friends in attendance at their Oklahoma Supreme Court ceremony.
“We were married in the courthouse with family and close friends and then left them all behind to spend the day with each other and our dear friend and photographer, Cary Holton“, Aimee began. “We ate lunch at one of our favorite spots, took pictures in our vintage/oddities shop, The Salvage Room, and shared a shot of Jameson instead of champagne. We spent most of the day in an overgrown field taking pictures, and laughing. It was intimate, non-traditional and so special.”