For her bridal shoot, Gabi, a make up artist from Rio, wanted something modern but with a boho twist. Her wedding dress was made for her and inspired by a Chanel gown she saw at a runway show. She chose a cool and elegant hotel in Santa Teresa, a bohemian neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, for the location.
“The place is truly amazing, with perfect natural lighting and art objects”, explained photographer Marina Lomara. “I loved having the opportunity to photograph a bride so beautiful there. Here in Brazil, wedding photographers generally just have just a few minutes for the bride’s portraits on a wedding day so it was amazing to have two hours to shoot here. Gabi loves to be photographed and made sure to have a special photo session before going to the party. She did her own make up and with the short dress, pixie hair cut and dark red lips she looked like an actress right out of the 1940s.”
Wanting to do something different to the vintage-loving crowd, wedding photographer June Cochran opted to have her latest project shot inside, at night and with a warm cosy vibe. This idea but juxtaposed nicely with bright pops of colour and daring and edgy flower arrangements. “Pretty much every single stylized wedding shoot I’ve seen is at magic hour, outdoors in a field, and as vintage and pastel as it gets”, she writes. “That’s beautiful, but I wanted to shake it up and push it out it the box.”
“With the help of some amazing Colorado wedding vendors, we created a beautiful and modern idea for brides that rock. We were first inspired by an outdoor reception shot of a table with candles and brightly colored floral centerpieces. The theme took off from there by stepping outside of the typical outdoor, pastel palette, sunset, vintage style wedding shoots.”
“Our over arching theme was an Indoor night-time forest wedding with our base foundation being our venue, the romantic and highly popular Denver restaurant, Beatrice & Woodsley. This idea turned into reality and even included a custom designed wedding dress, made for just $100! This shoot was anything but typical, and everything magical.”
CMYK – aka Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK (I’m trying not to be pedantic but shouldn’t that be CMYB?!) was the theme for Dave & Angela’s November wedding. If you’re having a winter wedding you might have thought that forest greens, burgundy and plum were your best options but these guys prove that, seriously, that isn’t the case! Bring a little sunshine into your life whydontya?!
The wedding was held at Grace E. Simons Lodge, just 10 minutes from where the couple live in LA. “Our wedding theme was CMYK with dash of birds & cameras”, began the bride. “Or, as my husband just said, ‘Awesomeville, population: 2.’ My husband is a cameraman & photographer and suggested that we use the vibrant palette of basic printing colors. I love me some color so I was into it from the start.”
“I’ve always wanted my girls to wear black dresses. While some scoffed, I knew that the other colors would just pop next to that background. Some were also leery of the fact that I gave my bridesmaids very little guidelines when buying their own dresses. I basically said that they should be around knee-length and black. I was glad I stuck to my guns because I think the variety of textures and materials worked fabulously. They also were assigned shoe colors from the CMYK color palette and again given free-choice from there. I just wanted them to feel as comfortable and beautiful as possible in their eyes, not in what I thought they should look like. Their bridesmaids gifts were mismatched personalized nameplate necklaces. The dudes were easy & found their own black suits and then we gave them colored pocket squares.”
Manny & Rachel were married in an art gallery in California. Describing themselves as an artsy couple, they knew that they wanted their wedding to be different, quirky and to have some personality. The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana was the perfect place.
“Manny & I are kinda artsy, but definitely not artists, and over the course of our relationship we shared lots of drawings, silly books and creative gifts”, explained the bride. “On top of that we love the modern look so we thought a downtown art gallery would be the perfect venue to showcase us! We put ourselves to work and came up with an entire exhibition of gifts to each other, along with some gifts from family. Every last detail was DIY. Needless to say it was more amazing than we had ever envisioned. And in many ways was the most unique, kick-ass wedding our guests had ever seen!”
This wedding was certainly a DIY affair with the creative pair hand making as much as they possibly could themselves. ”One of my favorite pieces was our seating chart. We hemmed and hawed over what to do for a really long time. With over 200 guests, we needed a lot of names, and we weren’t about to just post a plain old list. Then the kite idea popped into my mind! After all, we did build and fly a kite when we first started dating. The same artist, Olivia Guzman, that designed the head table backdrop, sketched the drawing of the kids flying the kite. We shrunk the image for the cute little artist easels for the table numbers, and enlarged the sketch for the wall! We used Sharpie marker to color in 20+ little canvases, and bought and cut some vinyl for large image. Then, I color coded everyone’s table assignment and wrote their names on the mini-kites! Color-coded seating? Awesome and time-consuming all at once! But I absolutely LOVED the final product!”
Having never been to a traditional wedding as adults, Jen & Nick really had no preconceptions about what should happen at a wedding. Instead they took to it as they might when planning any party…and they did what they wanted!
“The only wedding either of us had been to in our adult lives was in an abandoned parking lot and lasted 20 minutes”, explained Nick, “so we had no preconceptions of what should happen. Our wedding was about having fun. We had a Mountain Dew fountain, glow stick cutlery, vintage cartoon paper plates, funnel cakes made to order and a late-night hot dog bar!”
Have I told you yet that I’m off to New York again in under two weeks?! Oh I have? Oh I’m super annoying about it…? Yeah I know… sorry about that. But New York is the greatest city in the world and I’m sooo excited to be there again. EEEK.
Needless to say I have a bit of an affinity…or maybe call it bias… to anything and everything NYC right now, which is why I was super excited to receive Lesley & Perry’s fabulous modern urban wedding. Sent over by wedding photographer Karen Seifert, the lunchtime wedding was held at 91 Horatio in the meatpacking district, with the late night after party taking place at The Drink, the couple’s favourite bar in Brooklyn.
“I would have really loved to have had lots of beautiful, handcrafted elements in my wedding,” began Lesley, “but the reality was that between a new, high stress job for me and a super busy work schedule for Perry, we just didn’t have the energy or time to devote to the little details. It took some time to come to terms with that, as I felt it was expected of me as a ‘crafty lady’. In the end, it cost a bit more to hand the design elements over to our wonderful planners, but it was the right thing to do. We all really connected over my creative concepts and their execution was above and beyond what I could have done on my own. In the end, it was absolutely beautiful and I love that we were able to incorporate handmade elements that came, not from me, but from my family’s history.”