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!”
Well what else could I be loving this Sunday but Easter!? I don’t like chocolate at all (I know, I’m a freak) but I do love spending the day with my loved ones and taking some much needed time off work. I couldn’t leave you without some Easter inspo pretty though could I!?
Today I wanted to share something a little different, Melanie & Michael’s sweet Easter inspired shoot that was sent over by wedding photographers Jenn & Derrek of Jennifer Sullivan Photography.
If this doesn’t get you in the Easter egg munching, baby bunny petting spirit I don’t know what will.
I hope you all have a fabulous day whatever you’re up to.
Being animal lovers, and with the bride’s Mother running an animal rescue sanctuary (where the couple actually met!) an eco and aminal friendly wedding was perfect for Danny & Sandy.
The bride explained, “We wanted everything to be eco-friendly and cozy! We stuck to bamboo plates and wooden utensils, and decorated with hay bales with burlap on top for seats, a bonfire, and mason jars with teelight candles hung in trees and lights draped throughout my backyard.”
After a ceremony at Sandhill Horticultural Center they had their reception in their own back garden. “We chose the center’s gardens for the ceremony because they are a public venue, and so the fees we paid went exclusively to supporting the horticulture and art students at the local community college. They are the people who maintain the gardens. The amazing backdrop made our photos; and it was wonderful to be married in a place that was built by the community!”
“I’m a gypsy soul from the desert that’s been transplanted into a sweet old Southern town, and I wanted everyone to step into my world for a little bit. Hay bales for our guests to get cozy on, twinkling lights that reminded me of the amazing desert sky to wish on; and soups, pies, bread (and wine!) to fill everyone’s bellies. It was our style, all the way. No Southern Belles here.”