Sally and Jacques were legally married in September 2014, however they wanted to have a casual beach wedding so had a non-legal blessing with their family and friends there in January of this year. “We did not want to have a long boring ceremony”, said the bride. “We’ve both been so so many weddings with long boring sermons and we didn’t want that for our own.”
The day was held at The Umtamvuna River Lodge, a unique wedding venue and holiday destination set in a tropical paradise on the banks of the Umtamvuna River. “We kept it sweet and simple. The Power of Love by Gabrielle Aplin played and we both entered by horse. Jacques came over to me and helped me off mine and we walked down the aisle together. We exchanged rings, gave a hug and kissed. Said we loved each other and bam! It was done. That’s how we liked it.”
Ross and Gem were married at the Medieval Banquet Hall at the Park Hall Hotel, which set the theme for the day. “Our inspiration came from our love of ‘old’ England”, began the bride. “We adore its majesty and history. We weren’t particularly taken by the ‘average’ wedding with pastel colours, white linen, paper straws and sugared almonds, ans we wanted something people would remember. I also wanted to do loads of DIY in the run up. We spent a lot of time making sure that everyone would be entertained throughout. Not many weddings have fire eaters and King Arthur as the toastmaster!
The bride wore a retro inspired dress by Alan Hannah and shoes from Iron Fist. Instead of carrying real flowers, she made her own bouquet from red and black foam roses. “Our theme was medieval, with a hint of sparkle!” she continued. “Ross is very much into black metal music and so anything frilly or girly would have been immediately veto-d. Luckily, we both have very similar tastes when it comes to aesthetics so we had loads of fun planning how the room was going to look. We asked everybody to dress according to the colour scheme (red, black and white) and the result was fantastic! Everybody looked like they should have been on a film set!”
With a bride who’s obsessed enough with horses to get three of them tattooed as a chest piece, photographer Catalina Jean knew what the starting point for her next styled bridal shoot had to be. “Ginny and Jack are having an indoor wedding this next winter so I brought up the idea of doing a bridal session at a fun outdoor location on a day with nice weather”, she explained.
“While I helped them a bit with the location choice it is a completely real bridal session they are using for their Save The Dates. Most of the shoot was me turning around and they were just doing adorable, in love things. It was definitely one of my most fun shoots to date.”
Horses and weddings. Not an obvious combination of inspiration for a shoot (unless you’re thinking horse-drawn carriage) but needless to say it works really well. The Autumnal colours, the soft tones and the moody setting make this shoot beautiful and really different.
“Everything took place at the old Ippodrome of San Marone located in Civitanova Marche, Italy”, wrote wedding photographer Paolo Manzi. “It’s an amazing racecourse in the middle of the countryside. There are only a few race every year, but it’s still a lovely place and was perfect for what we had in mind for the shoot.”
If someone was to ask me to list my favourite things tattooed brides, bright rainbow colours and cute, furry animals would all fare pretty high on my list. So needless to say I didn’t hesitate when I was sent this bridal shoot by wedding photographer Martin Hobby!
“There is something about a tight deadline which brings about something quite special”, wrote stylist Gwenda Wilkes of The Vintage Floral Design Co (you might remember her, I featured her own wedding not long ago). “I targeted an elite list of very talented collaborators and everything fell into place like a dream – we even managed to pick one of the few sunny days of the Summer! I have worked with Oh My Honey‘s fabulous dresses before, but never her bridal gowns and if these are anything to go by, I can hardly wait to see what her new 2013 collection holds in store! The veils came from Dornellie and complemented the bridalwear perfectly. The hair & make up by Sjaniel Turrell tied the whole look together.”
“As for me, I supplied the flowers. They needed to be bold but beautiful, and we were inspired by the colours of our model Ella’s exquisite tattoos. In fact, it was her Pegasus tattoos which gave me the idea to look for a stables venue. Squirrells Riding School were fantastically accommodating. Another of Ella’s tattoos led me to seek out some unique cupcakes. Delicieux came up trumps with not just the cupcakes but a full-size epic wedding cake too. Martin Hobby did his usual awesome job of the photography and I roped my daughter into the bridesmaid role.”
If you’re going to have a themed engagement shoot then you might as well go all out right? Which is why Nicola & Pete’s farmyard themed shoot slays me. Hay bales, chickens… oh and the cutest miniature horse you ever did see!
“I like to do engagement shoots which are themed around the couples in them”, explains South African wedding photographer Jacki Bruniquel. “Nicola is a horsey girl and both her and Pete are super stylish and love to dress up. It seemed obvious from the start that we would have to involve her beautiful chestnut thoroughbred, Demi. Then she mentioned something about a little miniature horse called Wonderboy, and I was sold. The shoot had to be at the stables and the miniature horse just had to make an appearance!”