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Gothic Woodland

I just got back from meeting out wedding photography competition winners with my friend and photographer David McNeil. Vana & Damien are even cooler in real life than they are on paper. We got on like a house on fire and spent about 2 hours chatting non-stop! I will blog all about it later (including photographs) but I just want to share some gorgeous gothic inspiration with you first (as always, too many gorgeous images to share not enough time!) Get a load of these….

The gorgeous veil was supplied by Unveiled Bridal Designs

Credit: Red Leaf Studios

Dress Up Fun

Did you ever hear
Of the frolic fairies dear?
They’re a blessed little race,
Peeping up in fancy’s face,
In the valley, on the hill,
By the fountain and the rill;
Laughing out between the leaves
That the loving summer weaves.

Frances Sargent Osgood

I am really enjoying posting non-wedding specific inspiration right now.  You can get wedding ideas from anywhere and everywhere.  Although this shoot is not wedding related, wouldn’t it be amazing to have a photo shoot like this of you and your partner (or your Bridesmaids!)
A little bit gloomy,  little bit gothic… a lot fun, sultry and stylish! These make me want to go play in a forest, dress up in tutu’s and cause some general mischief. 

Credit: Steep Street Musings

Wai Ching + Fluevog = Yum

She took my breath away w!hen we first stepped in the bridal preparation room at the Rose Garden Inn. She was so elegant and so beautiful. The mood was calm, comfortable silences interrupted by feminine giggles. As she cut a part of her mother’s veil to add on to the hairpiece, I noted how important family was to her. Her red knee high boots sat in the corner as she got laced into her corset, accentuating her hourglass figure. Every move was deliberate and graceful, she was so inspiring. Everything about her was so unique, her red Wai Ching dress was perfect.

Dress: Wai Ching
Corset: Dark Garden
Shoes: Fluevog
Headpiece: Twig and Honey

I can’t believe I haven’t featured these sooner! Read more about Jocelyn & George’s glorious wedding over at the fabulous Tinywater’s blog.

Be sure to enter the contest if you haven’t already my lovelies..catch you tomorrow!

Credit: Tinywater Photography

A Punk Rockin’, Diy-in’ Extravaganza!

The emails I received from Alexzandra have got to be some of my all time favourites.  Not only because she flippin’ l.o.v.e. loves Rock n Roll Bride (why thanky <mini blush>) but she clearly has the same attitude to weddings as me!
Not only did the couple DIY pretty much everything…but they even considered a flash mob style of wedding i.e. just turning up at their designated venue on they day (they did actually decide against this idea but omg that is something I would love to see!)
Anything they couldn’t DIY, the couple cut costs by using local or independent suppliers. Alexzandra’s dress came secondhand from
Brides Against Breast Cancer, which she then customised herself, their cake came from Bleeding Heart Bakery and Kevin’s tux came from Ebay for $20! Woohoo!

Alexzandra described their wedding ethos to me perfectly…
Our vision was to have a punk rock wedding that was fun and reflected us without being tacky. We love the DIY lifestyle and knew we were going to be doing a lot for our wedding considering we didn’t have much of a budget and the end result turned out better than expected. Well when we said we did everything ourselves, I mean it. Our wedding was completely DIY. We made all of the centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, we grew the ivy and canna for our centerpieces, made all of the decor, the entire snack bar, candy bar, the invitations, the cutlery, made favor boxes, I even made part of my dress ( I redid the skirt and took out a panel of the corset). we set up all the tables, chairs and all necessary rentals and at the end of the night we even disassembled our dance floor in my wedding dress and in his tux. When we couldn’t do stuff ourselves or opted to hire people we used like minded vendors.Our cake was made by Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago which is just about as punk rock and DIY as you can get, locally owned and made. We created our own bar, it was a lot of work, but our friends and family did help and we couldn’t have done it without them. Doing everything ourselves saved a TON of money, we estimate at least $35,000 if not more. Our wedding was pretty rock n roll, we all love music and made sure that we had plenty of it throughout the evening. Lots of tattoos, lots of drinking and lots of fun.

I could have posted every single one of Alexzandra & Kevin’s wedding photographs…ermmm how amazing are her bridesmaids! Gorgeous girls! Clicky here for more.
Their wedding as also featured in Chicago Time Out online…clicky!

Thanks so much for sharing your wedding pictures & story with me Alexzandra..you rock!

Credit: Jon Hamblin & Patrick Sablan

Bride Of Frankenstein

Well this ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ wedding is right up my street…the gorgeous gothic details throughout are rock n roll perfection! After deciding their theme, the couple’s first port of call was the photography and decided to go with the fabulous Beth Herzhaft.

The Bride, Sarah, describes their vision, ideas and kick arse attitude…
We wanted our wedding to feel like you just stepped out of a romantic novel (not Jackie Collins and Fabio, but Robert Browning, Edgar Allen Poe and Mary Shelley—hence all the images of the Bride of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein’s Monster)

My gown was an ivory lace mermaid-style Monique Lhuillier.  I chose ivory lace because I wanted everything to look antique.  The black sash and black shoes added to the gothic romantic feel.  The bouquet consisted of dark burgundy flowers–which were as close to black as we could get, and he base was wrapped in black velvet ribbon.  I changed into a white Betsey Johnson party dress, which matched the black Betsey Johnson party dresses my bridesmaid’s wore.  I removed the sash from my gown and then wrapped it around my dress.  


Centrepieces at the reception resembled objects left in a garden which had become overgrown with baby ivy.  Some centrepieces were candelabras, while others were bird cages.  I wanted to have birds inside the birdcages, specifically, crows, but my Mom drew the line there (she sure did a lot of line drawing, which is why my dress wasn’t black).  My grandma made my veil, which was cathedral length ivory tulle, outlined by ivory lace, although I did place a giant burgundy lily in my hair for the reception.  


Images of the Bride of Frankenstein were projected onto the curtains during the ceremony and the aisles were lined by gothic candelabras of different shapes and sizes, so that the ceremony looked like it took place in a dark mission, or gothic cathedral.


John’s socks were black with white skull and cross bones, which matched his black enamel cufflinks with mother of pearl inlay skull and cross bones.  He wore dress shoes and a tux for the ceremony, with a black tie.  For the reception, he changed into black Converses, took off his jacket, loosened his tie and rolled up his sleeves.


First dance was to a Rancid song–couldn’t bear to slow dance to something cheesy, while everyone watched us.  We danced for 30 seconds before we grabbed all of our friends and invited them up to the dance floor with us.


My brother played with the band, “Viva Las Vegas,” “White Wedding” and “Don’t Let me Down,” just after he roasted us–no sentimental toasts here.


Cake, by Rosebud, was made to look like a giant cake topper of the Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Monster affectionately gazing into one another’s eyes.  We used a cleaver to cut the cake, or, should I say, to decapitate it.


We had an old-fashioned black and white photo booth.  “Sarah and John’s wedding” was printed between each image on the strip of photos.


Vodka luge was carved to look like the image of the Bride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s monster which also appeared on the invitation.


1000 white cranes were scattered throughout the trees in the courtyard where the cocktail hour took place, in honour of John’s Japanese heritage.  John folded each one.


We did a lot of things DIY, including the invitations, menus and escort cards.

How faaaabulous! A huge thank you to Beth for sending these my way (and to Melissa Allen at The Ebell in LA for referring her..I am honoured!)