Inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings, the gothic surroundings of Carlowrie Castle and the juxtaposition between light and dark, florist Lisa Gaston and MUA Laura Gray wanted to put together a shoot that depicted two beautiful brides with very different styles, but very much in love.
“Our initial inspiration came from the beautifully haunting images of fashion photographer Paolo Roversi and the romantic yet strong portrayals of women in pre-Raphaelite paintings”, explained Lisa. “We were also inspired by the surroundings at Carlowrie Castle.”
“We wanted to tell the story about two beautiful young brides who have run off to marry one another in their dream woodland setting. We picked two brides instead of a bride and groom as our models because we wanted one to be styled a bit more traditionally (our elegant, bouquet carrying brunette) alongside her edgier partner (our fiery, fierce red head). We felt there have been plenty of styled shoots depicting two ‘brides’ but not really any that focused on the real deal – two gorgeous girls, in love and actually marrying one another.”
Shen and Eva’s wedding was inspired by Shen’s love of red hearts and how they’ve decorated their home. “After I purchased my dress (the red one), and as an extension of our home decor, we had lots of love hearts everywhere in the wedding”, said Shen. “The day had a little bit of us all over it – from Marvel to Minions with some vintage cameras (as a nod to my work) and music thrown in. Everyone said to us how personal it all was with all the little touches,”
“I think for me the main thing I loved about our wedding was probably our dresses”, explained Eva. “They really stood out! We originally both said we were going to go for fitted suits because neither of us are particularly girly, we are forever in jeans and shirts. Shen came across a limited edition dress online from Vivien Of Holloway, she showed me and I really liked it too. When I saw Shen in it, I was completely blown away, she looked stunning! At that point I was still thinking of wearing a suit but seeing her in it convinced me I should get a dress too.”
Usually it takes a couple of months for something to be published on the blog after I receive a submission for a feature (yes, my wait list is huge!) but when Barbie and Kendra’s perfect pink pride-filled shoot landed in my inbox yesterday, and in light of the utterly tragic events in Orlando this week, I knew I had to let it jump the queue and feature it as soon as physically possible.
“I love doing styled shoots and am constantly brainstorming ideas for them that are out-of-the-box and never been seen before”, said stylist Leah of Color Pop Events. “One day the idea to do a Barbie-inspired wedding popped into my head, but I knew I wanted to shake things up a bit by have a lesbian couple for the models. I also knew that I wanted the shoot to be incredibly fun, pink and girlie. I must say that I am ecstatic with how it turned out!”
Their wedding was inspired by their love of cake and getting together with friends and family. Kerry and Lara wanted their day to be a laid back celebration so a vintage afternoon tea theme suited them perfectly.
“Our wedding had a vintage afternoon tea theme”, they explained. “We picked things that suited us. Being two brides, we both wanted to walk down the aisle so Kerry started it off in her own unique way recreating an 80s style catwalk to the original Clothes Show TV theme tune. Lara opted for her own style from the Dr Zhivago tune Lara’s Theme. We also both wrote our own vows to make it feel more personal.”
The couple met at a Zumba class, so that was their entertainment for the evening! “There was a real party feel to the evening with all the Zumba dancing, arm wrestling and chin ups”, they continued. “Even when things took a turn for the worse… There was a power failure across the whole village at 9pm for the rest of the evening! Everyone stayed calm as we gathered and lit tea lights. Our main concern was the lack of music, which was a key part to our evening celebrations. Kerry worked quickly to find a solution and one of the staff members offered to back their car up to the marquee entrance, once we found the right adaptor we were able to plug the iPod into the car stereo and breathe a sigh of relief. It boomed out of the car and we all started dancing on the gravel outside in true 90s rave style. It was hilarious!”
Noa and Revi really just wanted to feel at home for their wedding. Although their marriage isn’t legal in Israel, that didn’t stop them wanting to commit their lives to each other.
“We wanted out wedding to represent us”, they said. “The wedding was on a Friday afternoon/ night so people could come after work. We wanted to find a venue that would be special, beautiful and not pretentious. We also wanted somewhere with some outdoor space and an indoor place where we could dance all night! We chose Taylor Made, a restaurant that we both love.”
“The music was very important to us”, they continued. “Noa is a wedding DJ and has an alternative music radio show so we knew exactly what we wanted (funk, soul, world music/oriental and upper electronic beats).”
Raisa and Maite, two creative and edgy girls from Holland and Germany, were married outside in August. “The overall theme was a vintage and ’til death do us part,” they said. “We also had touches of a festival theme and lot of skulls and skeletons in all the props, stationery and on the cakes. We tried to make it as colourful and fun as possible. Maite has a thing for skeletons and skulls, and Raisa loves festivals and the circus so we wanted to mesh the two together.”
“Our wedding was so special because we made so much of it ourselves. The wedding was very personal and not only for us, but also for our guests. One of our favourite things was ‘the great wedding bake off’ which was a huge success. We only expected a few people to bring cakes as many of our guests had to travel a long way, but I think we ended up with at least 15 of them!”