If you want to wear a black wedding dress but you’re more woodland nymph than gothic princess, you’re going to adore today’s photo session. Shot in the woods in the Pacific Northwest, the bride wears a show stopper black wedding gown by Claire La Faye.
“I had dreamed up a shoot on a mountaintop, post-hike and surrounded by amazing views, but thanks to a crazy flood warning, we had to make a last minute move to a nearby forest”, explained photographer Caitlyn of CJK Visuals. “The most amazing part was that we had a random black horse just walk up in the middle of our shoot! It couldn’t have been more perfect imperfect timing.”
Not all bridal shoots need a white dress and lots of props. Sometimes, all you need is a horse (ha!) and a woodland.
“I decided to create a styled shoot based on my vision of an alternative gothic bride”, explained photographer Jess Yarwood. “I also wanted to use a horse.”
“The Inspiration was to give the bride a chance to be a bit more of a rebel and let their inhibitions go. I want to teach my clients that they can be themselves! This is my vision of a darker, sultry and more ethereal bridal portrait inspired by the beautifully warm autumnal colours.”
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.”