For their engagement shoot, Mckenzie & Alex wanted something unique. They wanted something that screamed ‘them’ and showed their quirky side. They came up with the taxidermy concept after visiting a museum and falling in love with how they looked and the artistry behind each one.
“We were initially going to try and shoot them in the museum but then we found out that we could actually rent the animals!” photographer Michelle told me. “I then came up with the idea of shooting them in a simplistic urban setting to add a little bit of surrealism to the concept.”
The eagle-eyed amongst you might recognise Kirsta & Alec from their amazing Mexican Art wedding that I featured in February. Well they’re back, today with their amazing post-wedding shoot…and Krista has new (omgsoawesome) pale blue/grey hair!
The couple, who have just moved to Australia, wanted to do this shoot with their wedding photographer Galaxie Andrews to remember the places they love near their old home, before heading off for new adventures in Oz. “A mini end-of-season adventure with Kirsta & Alec took us on the road, exploring the quiet desert rivers, sandstone boulders and a placid mountain reservoir,” writes Galaxie. “We paused to enjoy wine, cheese, prosciutto and fruit, while great blue herons hovered above, and everything around was quietly breathtaking.”
Frances & Arianne engagement shoot was captured in and around The Safari Inn in Burbank, California – the motel where Clarence and Alabama Worley stay in the movie True Romance.
“Fran and I met at a club,” Arianne told me. “I gave her my number and, as she puts it, ‘it didn’t save in her phone’. Three months passed and a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go out after work. I didn’t but decided to go anyway and Fran happened to be there. We talked and, after a little ‘hard-to-get’, I gave her my number again. After that we were inseperable! After a few years, and some hard times, we decided to end the relationship and I moved back to California. Three years later, I got in touch with her during a visit to Washington. Once I saw her again, I knew she was still the one.”
“We corresponded as friends for a year and then finally decided to take the plunge again. She moved to California and my life has been complete ever since. Turns out, all we needed was some time to grow and find ourselves so that we could be the best for each other. We got engaged last July. She threw me a huge surprise party for my 30th birthday and invited all of my friends and family. I had no idea about the party and was even more surprised when she got down on one knee. I will never forget that day and I feel blessed to have her by my side, everyday.”
This beautiful shoot entitled ‘True Romance’ was set up by Christine of Angelberry Organics in order to showcase some of her latest trends and inspiration to support her organic make up company. “At Angelberry Organics we love to celebrate effortless beauty,” she explains. “I wanted to capure the feeling of a romantic getaway, young love, and sharing laughs with your best friend. Those carefree days when you just have a chance to enjoy the simple pleasures of the beach, good music, sharing laughs, and the romantic moments in life. This shoot is inspired by all-American Rock n Roll and wrapped in soft colors with beautiful, scenic backdrops.”
“We arrived to the Inn at the Brome Howard early in the morning, which is a gorgeous bed and breakfast in St. Mary’s County, MD. It’s filled with antique treasures and historic gems; we even found the cutest old typewriter which was perfect for the theme. Upon arrival, we immediately felt at home, and began unpacking our clothes, mason jars, candies, homemade pies, and paintbrushes. I handmade all of the save-the-dates and wedding invitations.”
“We also decided to have two homemade desserts from my Grandma’s recipes instead of a traditional wedding cake. I love the idea of sharing family recipes with wedding guests, and we certainly enjoyed the pie and cake after the shoot! There are four set ups that created the whole shoot concept. Each look revealed something different about the couple’s personality. The last set with the bathing suit is really my favorite, which is basically like their honeymoon.
This grocery shopping engagement shoot made me giggle. It’s not often I see a supermarket looking so chic and cool. In fact I love it so much that I’m even considering not doing my usual ‘let’s put off the food shopping until all we have left in our cupboards is mayonnaise and gin…’ dance and popping down to my local store right now to see what inspiration is lurking among the tins of beans and frozen peas…
“We didn’t want your typical ‘day in the park/vintage picnic’ engagement session, so we picked our favorite corner grocery store that has a bit of an offbeat feel to it,” Colleen told me. “The sandwiches at their deli counter are killer and while you wait for them to prepare your food you can sit in their lounge area and catch up on some reading, play retro Atari or peruse the aisles for random groceries and delicious libations. The store has a retro feel to it, so we chose our wardrobe to reflect that 50s grocer feel. We both live in the area and have loved their sandwiches for years. Mike’s favorite sandy is the Baron Rodgers and mine is the Frukwine- yum!”
Hold the phones! This might be one of the cutest engagement shoots I’ve ever seen. Theo & Lisa are rockers at heart who love charity shop and vintage shopping, hip hop music and hanging out…and that’s exactly what they wanted for their engagement session – a simple shoot that shows the real them. I flippin’ love it.
I’ve also been informed that they’re trying to get Craig David to play at their August wedding (!) I’ll be sure to keep you guys in the loop on that one! Haha I love them already. I just know their wedding is going to be hella awesome.