I love old film cameras. There’s something so innocently wonderful about having a tangible and imperfect photograph to hold in your hand. In this hyper digital age, I think we’ve all been so quick to forget that unadulterated joy of taking your rolls of 35mm to the developers and waiting with baited breath to get the prints. They didn’t always turn out, but that was weirdly part of the appeal. When you did get that one perfect shot, without previews on the back of the camera or Photoshop wizardry to help, it was utterly magnificent.
I wish I took more photographs. But when you’re working at home most of the time, with your main entertainment being your cats or a weekly trip to the supermarket (oh the glamour) it can be difficult to see fun or beautiful things that you might want to capture. However, when I was in the US recently I decided to indulge my passion and have a little play around with some new toys.
Film might be amazing, but combine it with rainbows and you’ve got me. Bad.
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!”
Can I be biased and express my total and unapologetic love and adoration for my Aussie readers right now? The weddings you guys have been having and sending me are nothing short of amazing!
So needless to say I was rather thrilled to see Kate & Chris’ wedding in my inbox. Sent over by their gorgeous wedding photographers, husband & wife team Feather and Stone, I just about whooped with joy when I laid eyes on it. There’s just something about a simple but classy wedding with a true Rock n Roll soul that makes my heart sing… plus Kate’s amazing tattoo gives me some serious envy!
“We are ecstatic that Kat would like to feature us”, began the bride, “I’m a massive fan of her blog and it was a huge inspiration to our wedding.” (awwww!)
“We got engaged young, I was 19 and Chris was 21, he proposed to me a year after we started dating. We planned our wedding for a week after my 21st birthday so we hoped that vibe would carry through. We wanted our wedding to reflect us as a couple – young, edgy and a little offbeat, so my Aunt, who was our wedding planner, sourced most of our decorations from thrift stores or handmade them to ensure we had a bespoke feeling.”
Welcome to Elodie & Alexis’ gorgeous French wedding. If you loved their engagement shoot this morning, then their nuptials are gonna blow your socks off! The wedding ceremony was held in the bride’s parent’s back garden which they decorated themselves. Alexis picked all the flowers and pulled together a bouquet of wheat for Elodie to carry down the aisle.
As I said in this morning’s post, the couple are both deaf and found their film-loving photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre at World Deaf Art Festival in Reims, near Paris, last Summer.
“We married differently from our parents and our grandparents”, began Elodie. “Most of my friends also opted for traditional ceremonies but we didn’t want a ‘fairytale’ wedding or one like you see in the movies. We’re not really religious so we wanted our wedding to take place in a very relaxed farm setting and to have a rockabilly vibe with red, blue & white and with touches of the 1950s. Our theme was ‘a garden party’. The men wore casual outfits with suspenders and the women dressed in retro patterns and with sophisticated 50s inspired hairstyles.”
I’ve got a double dose of the gorgeous Elodie & Alexis today, starting with their incredible engagement shoot. Shot by film-loving photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre, this stylish couple flew him from London to Normandy, France to shoot their engagement and wedding.
Ashton is deaf as are both Elodie & Alexis. They found Ashton at World Deaf Art Festival in Reims, near Paris, last Summer. Elodie also happens to be a Rock n Roll Bride fan, hurrah! As soon as they met, they knew Ashton was the perfect wedding photographer for them. After 10 months of communicating via email it was finally time to shoot!
“We are very creative, very inventive and always have some sort of project on the go”, explained Elodie, “so we always knew our marriage would be heavily customised. For the engagement session I had always planned to have it in the old deserted garden of my grandmother’s house, where there was an old bathtub disfigured by rust, and two horses. I love this place! Then one evening in April, we had a crazy idea – to make giant cat and sheep heads to wear during the shoot! We made them ourselves. I love cats and Alexis’ curly hair looks like a sheep which is why we picked those animals. It’s amazing what can be done with pieces of polystyrene!”
Just a quick reminder to let you all know that I’ll be on BBC 2 today at 1.00pm* in their See Hear special programme about deaf people in the arts. Gareth & I took part in this shoot with deaf wedding photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre who they are profiling for the show.
I hope we make the cut!