This may possibly be my favourite wedding video ever, because not only do the people in it seem like the kind of people I would love to hang out with and the whole wedding looks like it was a blast, but because the video just made me happy! I felt like I was watching the opening of a movie I had been dying to see for ages.
The video begins with a introduction from the Groom over scenes of the wedding (who by the way, has one of those amazing voices that just beg to be listened to) which then merges into what I can only liken to the the opening of a really amazing film. I actually wanted to get up and dance while I was watching this!
The Bride, Kate is going to send me her wedding photographs too, which I can’t wait to share, but I just had to get this video out there straight away. Seriously, you guys rock!
I’ll stick with a little non-wedding wedding inspiration for this post. I adore Japanese Lolita fashion and as soon as I saw these images I knew I’d have to share. Imaging Bridesmaids dressed like this! Cuuute!
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….
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.
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 redWai Ching dress was perfect.
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 throughoutthe 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!