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.
After a city hall ceremony, Elisabeth and Benjamin’s beautiful French wedding was held at Bizz’Art Club in Paris, They wanted a cosy day that was comfortable and enjoyable for all their guests.
“We tried to do something cosy and friendly with a bit of retro decorations and a lot of good music.” wrote Benjamin. “We started the reception with the concert of our friends and family! During an hour they played together our favourites rock and pop songs. They created a band just for the occasion! It was awesome and was probably what most defined our wedding – both side of friends and family had a great time together like one unique family!”
No matter how many weddings I feature, or how many cool, quirky and original décor and details I see, it is always the simple and emotional, small weddings, that really slay me. Elopements, intimate ceremonies, the great outdoors. Anna and Jarrah did exactly this, travelling from their home in Australia to a beach in France, with just their parents and very best friends in attendance.
“We wanted to include the elements of nature in our wedding”, began the bride. “Jarrah grew up in Margaret River and has surfed since he could walk and I’m a Perth girl who loves the beach and nature. We also wanted to make everyone feel a part of our day and we didn’t want the stress of a normal wedding. If we had the wedding at home it would have had the stress of inviting guests we don’t know. This way the parents were just happy to be a part of it and no stress was put on us.”
It seems that recently not a week goes by when I don’t get a flippin’ incredible wedding submission from wedding photographer Assassynation… This woman is just a magnet for awesome weddings! It must be because so many of her couples find her through Rock n Roll Bride – not that I’m biased or anything but it is widely accepted that that Rock n Roll Bride readers are the coolest couples, like, ever. So when Kenna & Scott’s nuptials slipped their way into my inbox a few weeks ago I, as ever, couldn’t wait to get them on my blog.
The intimate wedding took place in France and Monaco. The bride & groom just bought their maid of honour and her partner as witnesses. They hand no other guests. The ceremony was at L’Abbaye in La Colle Sur Loup, in the south of France and for the reception, they hopped over the border to Monaco for a low-key meal at the four star luxury resort of The Fairmont in Monte Carlo.
“We left our families, bucked the traditions that they balked at us dropping, and did it our way”, explained Kenna. “Let’s face it, weddings aren’t cheap and when Scott and I were first engaged and I began my research, I understood immediately that we could either feed 300 people dry chicken in some generic venue or we could embark upon the adventure of a lifetime together. We spent 8 amazing days in the south of France. Your family may not get it at first, they may even be upset because it didn’t fit into what they were hoping would happen – but remember that it’s your money, memories and personality. The same people who expressed a lot of reservations and concern for Scott and my ideas later reversed their position and said what a wonderful thing we had done. I genuinely appreciated their compliments, because I knew our format had not been part of a convention they previously accepted.”
I saw this wedding and I instantly fell in love – with the location, with dress and with Cindy & Sebastian themselves. Prepare to be transported into wedding inspo heaven…
The Indonesian wedding was held at St Laurentius church with the reception that followed at Maxi’s Cafe in Bandung. The couple were inspired by 18th century french opulence and Marie Antoniette for their theme. They transformed their reception venue into the Gardens of Versailles. “Marie Antoinette has been an inspiration to me since I was very young”, explained Cindy.
This beautiful wedding was sent over the channel to me by French newlyweds Virginie & Julien. They were married at Church of Saint Joseph des Fins in Annecy. After cocktails at the adjoining church hall, their simple reception was held in a restaurant, La Ferme des Ollieres, in Les Ollieres.
The bride handmade her outfit including her dress and headpiece and she wore shoes from H&M. “I own a ready-to-wear clothing line but I plan on making a bridal collection because I had so much fun making my own dress!” she explained. “I bought my shoes for 7€ (about £5) from the high street two days before the wedding! I was planning to wear off-white shoes but I found this pair much cuter.”