My working title for this blog post was ‘Sparkle Motion’… because it’s the first thing that popped into my head when I started to write the feature. It stuck, because after thinking long and hard, I couldn’t imagine anything else being as apt. These glorious pictures were submitted by Utah based wedding photographer Natalie Wall.
“I had been wanting to do a moody stylized bridal session for a while”, she wrote. “While I love working with clients, it can become creatively exhausting. Anytime you have a collaboration of people with different ideas, you tend to get multiple potential outcomes. As an artist, it can be very difficult to put aside your creative preferences to please those you are working with and/or for. This shoot was, essentially, to liberate myself from just that. I wanted to create something, using challenging lighting, to create a nontraditional mood – dark and romantic, edgy and beautiful. Something I could see out from start to finish, while remaining in artistic control.”
You know those couples that you see and instantly think, “Damn, I’ll never be that cool”? Well that’s exactly what I first thought when I laid eyes on Dave and Swan’s beautiful Australian wedding. Their ceremony was at the stunning Newman College Chapel in Melbourne University, and their low key reception hosted at Encore St. Kilda, right on the beach.
Swan wore an INCREDIBLE two-piece wedding ‘dress’, a skirt and lace top combo made by an Italian seamstress. Her headpiece was by Veiled Beauty and her jewellery from Atelier of Love.
“Our wedding theme was ‘us’… with a hint of glitter!” began the bride. “I also (accidentally!) fell pregnant 9 weeks before the wedding…whoops!!! In true Rock n Roll style I had to have my dress altered to fit my new baby body the night before the wedding!”
Ben and Ashleigh wanted a wedding unlike any they’ve ever been to before. They wanted sparkle, they wanted drama and they wanted all their favourite food! They reception was held at The Lofts at Union Square, North Carolina.
“The overall vibe for the wedding was LOVE + some tradition + disco balls + glitter + music + sequins and sparkle + DANCING!” began the bride. “The inspiration was ourselves… we wanted guests to really feel the elements of each of us a person and hope that our essence came out in the details that people got to share with us.”
“A lot of the food we served was a nod to our first dates. He took me to an Asian fusion restaurant on our first date so we had an Asian station that had take out boxes that they could mix and match the toppings and I had saved the exact fortune cookie from that date and had it reprinted into a cookie for everyone. The first thing I ever cooked him was scallops so we had large sea scallops as one of our passed appetizers. His favorite food is Mexican so we had a gourmet taco station and my favorite food is seafood so we had a killer raw bar.”
If someone were to ask me to list all of my favourite things, nearly everything in this wedding would feature: cats, tattoos, Disney, ears, pink, 80s tunes, glitter… I mean goodness, what’s not to love?! The wedding was held at Union/Pine in Portland, in December.
“Early on in the planning process we struggled with whether we needed a theme or not”, explained Lacey. “Ultimately we decided that the theme should be ‘us’ and the decisions came much easier after that. We didn’t feel any pressure to choose things that would fit snuggly in to a strict theme. Instead our ‘us’ theme meant that we included any and all of the things that make us happy including Disneyland, Elvis, our loved ones, tattoos, sprinkles, our favorite cocktails, photobooths, our cats, hearts, zombies, incredible food, 80s music, balloons, confetti, sparklers and so much more.”
Suzi and Spencer’s Madonna Inn wedding was inspired by all the things they love, “Persian-American mod-podged in glitter and influenced by kawaii” was how they described it to me! A lot of things they made themselves included the glittery table numbers and escort cards and the brooch flowers used in with the real flowers in the bouquets and centrepieces!
“I’m first-generation Iranian, so we decided to have a Persian wedding”, Suzi explained. “Spencer is from Washington, so we also wanted to include traditional wedding customs which we personalized. We started with a colorful and playful animated Save the Date film that poked fun at our differences. We had a hand in all of the design elements, including the invitations. Spencer designed an emblem of a cat and an orca, inspired by our personalities and Haida art from the Pacific Northwest.”
When it came to planning how to style my recent champagne party, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to flex my creative muscles. Now I’m no expert, in fact I’m darn right rubbish at DIY projects, and I’m certainly not a professional stylist either. But I knew if I just kept things simple and threw glitter at it, it would probably work out in the end.
Luckily Sophie was on hand to help me and look at what we made! Pretty huh!?
♥ Champagne glasses (I got mine from Morrisons for 60p each!)
♥ Mod Podge glue
♥ Your choice of glitter in at least two colours
Step one: Use the brush to cover the stem and base of the champagne glass in Mod Podge. This is the best glue to use because it’s a glue, sealer and varnish in one, although I’m sure any old PVA would work.