I do love winter wedding inspiration, but more than that, I love winter inspiration that’s a little bit more edgy. Gothic even. To me, winter is the perfect opportunity to embrace your dark side.
And for their engagement shoot, Adriana & Ben wanted to to just that as well. “I wanted to really go all out and embodied the darker side of us for our engagement shoot”, Adriana explained. “We really weren’t trying to be ‘dark’, we were just trying to be true to us. My fiancé is a musician and I am a event creative director, so I really wanted our passions to be apparent in this shoot. I wanted to create an enchanting feeling and our own little creative fantasy.”
“I personally put together all the decor and we had to cart it all to the location site. It took us about a 25 minute walk on a trail into the forest to get to the right location. The location was so enchanting. While setting up our vignette, I decided to attach rose heads to each of the trees in the background to add a dynamic touch. Overall, I feel that this shoot really pulls from all of my influences in music, fashion and art such as, Tara McPherson (artist), Alexander McQueen, the Foo Fighters and Shiny Toy Guns. It also is influenced by our favorite show, Game of Thrones.”
Honestly? I’m not going to pretend that I really understand this shoot… but for some reason I just really love it. It must be the weird juxtaposition between designer handbags, shoes on a roof, giant bunnies and bondage… and hell, I’m not adverse to a bit of randomness!
Taking place at Big Ben Farm in Bulacan, The Philippines, Jay De & Clarissa wanted a shoot with some attitude. As lovers of vintage styling they wanted it to have this vibe, but with an edge. They wanted their shoot to be much more than teacups, cupcakes, lace or pearls. They wanted high fashion! With the help of stylist Feliz and photographer Jay Jay they pulled together five iconic looks which showcased various parts of their personalities. Ranging from high fashion to cute and cosy to dark, each set was a real labour of love and very ‘them’.
Meggi & Josh’s engagement shoot may not be the most extravagant shoot I’ve ever featured but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful. Have you ever seen deer so tame?! What gorgeous photographs to remember this special time in their lives.
This romantic pair wanted some equally romantic shots to commemorate their engagement. They chose wedding photographer Zac Wolf as they loved his laid back style. “I knew that Zac would be able to pull-off the romantic but fun look we were hoping to capture for our pictures”, wrote the bride-to-be. “He helped us relax because even though Josh and I are not strangers to being in front of the camera, we were still nervous for the session. Zac helped us have fun and laugh so that in the end, we have pictures that perfectly encompass our relationship.”
“I’m a self proclaimed Disney princess who found her Prince Charming and wanted our engagement pictures to portray that without the cheese factor”, Meggi continued. “The Massachusetts fall leaves, the pond and friendly deer made the pictures look like they came right out of a fairytale. Each picture captures our playful love so well.”
“At first, the deer were skittish but as we stuck around they became more bold and began to come right up to us for treats and petting”. she continued “They became so comfortable that they began to follow us through the trails. It led to a magical atmosphere that every princess dreams of.”
This is a little bit freaky… so if you’re scared of clowns, mimes or circus freaks I suggest you look away now!
For their engagement shoot, fancy dress loving Neill & Niamh decided they wanted to dress as mimes. This quirky pair didn’t want a traditional or boring engagement session – they wanted to add some personality!
So they gathered some inspiration from the internet and went shopping for their outfits. All the props were all their own and as fate would have it, the circus came to town just down the road from where they live, so they asked the owner if they could shoot there.
The couple are getting married this weekend in a theatre, and judging on these images alone, it’s sure to be another theatrical production!
I was married at 24, which is pretty young really, so I was by far the first of my friends to tie the knot. But now, getting scarily close to 30 (as Gareth likes to kindly tell me. Oi! I’m only 28 buster!) a lot of my friends are now walking down the aisle too. EXCITING.
So when Jo, who I used to work with at the shopping channel, got engaged to James, I was straight in there with my recommendations and ideas for her wedding… in fact I’m probably verging on annoying about the whole thing. But for Jo, wedding photographer David McNeil was the obvious choice. He also used to work at said shopping channel (!) and feeling comfortable in front of the camera was super important to Jo & James. David is a wizz at this. I can vouch for him.
Are you ready for something slightly weird and wonderful this morning? Well Shing & Lynnette’s engagement shoot sure fits that bill! Based in Singapore, Raymond Phang Photography loves to shoot things a little bit wacky, and uses his pre-wedding shoot time with this clients to really push the boat out and have fun.
“The inspiration behind this concept came from the couple’s real life courtship days”, wrote Raymond. “Our story was this…the bride has a broken leg and so had to be on a trolley with the groom pushing her around in the supermarket. Halfway through shopping, he gets distracted by the saucy FHM magazine which incurred the wrath of the bride. She decided to flash out a large trout and gave him a slap across the face. Then she gets up, wraps the groom in toilet roll and pays for her purchase… which is a husband.”
Erm… as you do…
Broken leg? large trout?!? See… I told you… a little weird but wonderful!
Some of you will love these. I’d imagine some of you will hate them… but for me, that’s what being on Rock n Roll Bride is all about – something a little different!