It’s no secret that I am completely obsessed with Made U Look‘s photography. I know I’m not supposed to have favourites and all, but if I was forced… well, they’d be way up there. They just kill it every time. Which is why, when Vicki and Lee sent me the photos of their elopement at a church in the Californian desert, shot by Made U Look, I didn’t hesitate for one second when I replied saying “Yes, yes, yes I want to feature you!”
Quite apart from the stunning photographs, this is the kind of wedding that I truly adore. I’ve written before how much I love low key, simple and intimate weddings and this one completely encompasses that – no stress, no stuff, just the two of them, their son and their witnesses. The ceremony was followed by a jam session on guitars with beer and cake by the roadside – I mean, what could be more perfect than that?
It’s no big secret that I’m obsessed with pink hair (duh!) but it’s unusual that the object of my affection is the groom and not the bride. It goes without saying that this bride looks incredible, but God damn, her groom looks awesome too! Cyn and Stan were married in Los Angeles. Their ceremony was at Club Nokia, on the stage (the first ever wedding there) and the reception was held at the incredible Sunset Marquis hotel.
“Our wedding was inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch by way of the Princess Bride!” explained Cyn. “We were the first couple ever to get married on the stage of Club Nokia. We kept looking at various wedding venues and nothing clicked or felt like ‘us’. We are both very much into music and then Stan got this crazy idea about getting married on the stage of a cool music venue. Throughout our life together we’ve enjoyed many Rock n Roll shows around the world so it seemed fitting that our wedding should be a Rock n Roll themed wedding. It sounded interesting but we didn’t know if it would be doable. Through Stan’s music connections we were able to make it happen.Things fell into place as one favor lead to another and Club Nokia consented to letting us get married on their stage. We had to plan the wedding quickly to fit into their schedule so we ended up organising everything in less than 2 months!”
Liz and Bryan were married at the famous Madonna Inn in California. The day was a beautiful mish-mash of a vintage candy store and a retro tattoo shop. “We really wanted to keep our wedding upbeat and light-hearted”, wrote the bride. “I think the temporary tattoos, candy, giant wood cut outs and photo booth helped create a really fun environment. Halfway through the night the photo booth props became a part of the wedding and we had groomsmen in capes and dresses as the Hulk and Spiderman on the dance floor. It made the pictures hilarious.”
“The inspiration for our wedding came from two places.”, she continued. “First we began visiting a tattoo shop in SLO everytime we drove up the coast to do wedding planning. Bryan got work done on his two sleeves bit by bit and we ended up taking part of our engagement pics in the shop. I got our wedding date tattooed on my wrist during the shoot too. Secondly I’m a painter and love bright candy colors and all things cute and Bryan is a hot rod guy always outside working on his 54 Ford Customline. So our wedding ended up looking like a vintage candy shop that you could get tattooed in! We had ‘candy girls’ instead of flower girls that passed out candy as they walked down the aisle. Our super hero nephew was the ring bearer and wore a black and white striped vest and a black cape. We did not do any traditional dances but we did have my 85 year old Grandma lead all the ladies in the Chicken dance.”
A wacky, fun and rainbow themed wedding is always going to be a winner with me, and seeing Melanie & Michael’s day, at Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz, was no different. I mean what’s not to love?! “When we first began planning our wedding, we started with a list of things we didn’t want to do”, began Melanie. “We had been to enough impersonal ceremonies and stereotypical receptions in the past few years to have acquired a pretty substantial list! We wanted the event to be as engaging for the guests as for us, we wanted it to be silly but meaningful, and we wanted it to be the most fun wedding anyone had ever attended.”
“I’m a production manager for a theater company, and he’s a writer and director, so we began to think of the wedding as ‘the show we’re doing this summer’. We wrote a script which included a variety of movie music cues, kids in Halloween costumes throwing confetti instead of flower petals, and ‘readings’ by members of the wedding party. These ‘readings’ included the ‘Mawage’ speech from The Princess Bride, the Donny Eulogy from The Big Lebowski, ponderings on the nature of the Force by a fully-costumed Yoda, and a commissioned poem on the importance of love comprised completely from popular song lyrics.”
Matt & Dannie were married at the groom’s Grandmother’s house in in the Sonoma Wine Country, California. After a memorable proposal (that was captured on film!) the couple set to planning a day that was a true reflection of them as a couple. “The most special thing for us was our wedding location,” Dannie began. “It was at Matt’s grandparents house. His grandfather built the house, and he had so many good memories there as a child. It was an honor for us to be able to be married there. His grandfather passed away in early 2011, so it was a very emotional night for his grandmother and family. The house was beautiful and was the perfect location for us.”
“Because we are wedding photographers, we see a ton of weddings a year”, she continued. “We wanted our wedding to be different. Nothing traditional. We really wanted our day to be special for all of our guests. We were thrilled to finally get married, but most importantly to hang out with all of our friends in one place and have them celebrate the love we have for each other and for them! One of the most non-traditional things about the day was the food. We didn’t want to serve anything boring. We had pulled pork & veggie sandwiches with mac n cheese, salad, and plenty of bacon (at the grooms request).”
I know having favourites is bad… especially in my game… but, honestly, if I was held at gun point and asking to choose, I might be swayed towards Made U Look Photography. They are, without a doubt, some of the sweetest and most talented babes about. I love them endlessly and their photography fills my heart with joy.
So obviously getting a submission from Christina, Alie & Marielle is a red letter day in my book. I feel like all my Christmases have come at once when I first clap eyes on stunning wedding images like this:
UGH, girls. You killed it!
Heidi & Nathan’s beautiful outdoor wedding was held at Grand Oaks Ranch in Tehachapi, Ca.
“Nathan and I have been together for over 6 years so we wanted our wedding to be not only a celebration of our love for each other but also for our family and friends”, wrote Heidi. “They have been there for us throughout the years and have watched us grow into the people we are today. We wanted our day to be filled with love, laughter, tears, and lots of dancing… which was a total success of course!”