Being a florist, Becky always knew that flowers would play a big part in the décor of her wedding. So when she and Daniel for engaged it was first thing on her agenda! The day had a retro and Rock n Roll theme and was held at The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood.
“As a floral designer, I’ve had visions of my wedding long before I had a ring”, Becky began. “I was looking forward to designing a wedding that was different from our other clients. Currently, pastel pallets are in fashion and those damn succulents just won’t go away. I wanted to use traditional flowers (like carnations and mums) to capture our mod theme but used in modern exciting ways. Likewise, we used traditional styles with current and fashionable flowers; all the mom’s had classic pin-on corsages but with beautiful yellow garden roses. I’m just very lucky that my business partner is such a hard worker! She constructed an 8′ tall ombre curtain of carnations and a couple of 5′ tall flower topiaries for the ceremony.”
“Daniel and I met at a bar five years ago when his band was on tour”, she explained “hence, the importance of our Rock n Roll theme. Had it not been for Rock n Roll we never would have met! He was living in Portland, Oregon and I had just moved back home to Northern California after graduating from San Francisco State University. We did the long distance thing for a spell before we just went for it.”
Mindy & David got married at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the hotel that provided the inspiration to Stephen King for The Shining.
“Our first thoughts about what we wanted our wedding to look and sound and feel like were all over the board” the couple told me. “Our first decision was the location. We had stayed at the Historic Stanley Hotel the summer previous, and while we were familiar with much of the folklore of the place, we were delighted to find character that goes far deeper than “haunted joint.” We had a wonderful time and felt a connection to the Stanley.”
“Touring possible locations in Denver and the surrounding area, we visited many nice places with good things to offer. When we returned to the Stanley to consider it as a wedding location, though, it was immediately evident to both of us that we found our place. Other locations offered beautiful wall finishes or breathtaking views, but no other option had the richness about it that the Stanley oozed. The often cracking paint (new paint jobs last less than a year there) and imperfections added to the individual nature of the building that really resonated with us. The main downside to the Stanley is the fact that they host multiple weddings every weekend in the summer, and we didn’t want to be ‘just another wedding.’ In the end, it just inspired us to create something individual and extraordinary.”
The vintage boudoir style is everywhere right now and it really seems to be sparking people’s imaginations! I love how different people perceive things in their own unique way… Obviously my recently shoot was miles away in style to this one sent to me the other day by Courtney Wilson, but the brief was the same – to create some stunning boudoir images with a vintage flair.
Courtney told me all about her inspiration behind this shoot:
There was an image from Destry Rides Again (1939) where Marlene Deitrich is posed oh-so-sensually in her deluxe boudoir. I saw this image and was completely inspired to theme a shoot around it (the black and white shot was my interpretation of the actual image). The model is my sister, Eva, and she was a very willing subject on a rainy day at my home. After ransacking the whole house, we pulled together our favorite vintage accessories and went to town! Eva wore all her own clothes and I styled the shoot myself. her amazing shoes were from Shoegasm in Manhattan.
Carrie’s wedding day portraits make me so excited I could scream. Isn’t she just the most gorgeous Rock n Roll chick ever? “My entire ensemble was inspired by old Hollywood glamor and 1930’s black & white films, very Jean Harlow” Carrie told me “My hair and make-up was done by me and I kept it very straight, classic and the make-up reminiscent of the silent era. I grew up watching nothing but silent films, old horror movies and classic film noir. I wanted to appear timeless and not dated, I think I achieved my vision and surpassed even my own expectations.”
Carrie’s gorgeous ruffled dress came from “The Dresser” in downtown Fullerton and was by Pattis, the style was called “Diore”. “Originally it was $1850, but I got it on sale for a trunk show promo for 15% off. The dress was made from scratch in Italy. At the time I was shopping for the dress, I had a shaved head. The sales lady then she pulled the dress for me said “The girl with the blonde shaved head and tattoos would look perfect in this dress” the second I tried it on…I knew it was the one.” She chose a veil from www.birdcageveils.com which cost her just $59 and her shoes came from “The Dresser” too. The bracelet she wore was an heirloom of her husband’s great grandmother and was actually originally a necklace. The gorgeous brooches on the bouquets (supplied by Kari Strand at Lake Elsinore Florist) were from Macy’s and old cost about $8 each (reduced from $30!) The bridesmaids also wore dresses from Macy’s.
Megan & Marcelo met at a punk rock bar in Hollywood… so naturally their wedding would have elements of rock too. The day took place at the ube cool Marvimon in LA with the beautiful flowers being put together by Holly Flora. The bride wore a short hip wedding dress by Amsale and shoes by Gwen Stafani’s label, L.A.M.B. The groom looked similarly hot to rock in his skull themed accessories. All the music was hand picked and complimented by the couple’s favourite videos projected all night behind the dance floor. It felt like The Rolling Stones, Bowie, Devo, Love and Rockets and Nick Cave all attended the bash as well! The guests kept saying was that this wedding was just soooo Megan & Marcelo…and that is one the best compliments a couple can get.
Summer & Christopher’s wedding took place in July in a cemetery/mausoleum where the bride’s mother works at their beautiful 1920’s era chapel – certainly made for some awesome shots huh!? Summer told me:
“It didn’t bother us that the chapel had a mausoleum inside of it. It’s not that we were being purposely macabre, but we both have an understanding of the cycle of life, and felt that it would be beautiful, appropriate, and romantic, to have our wedding in a place which encompassed beauty and history. It was also a nice tribute to my mom, who brought me up with the understanding that death is just another part of life”