Your wedding dress is probably going to be the most beautiful dress you’ve ever owned. So don’t you think it’s such a shame that you only get to wear it for one day in your life!? Wedding photographers The Melideos were thinking about this idea and decided to do a shoot to show that it doesn’t have to be like that!
“The idea for the shoot came from personal experience”, wrote photographer Mer. “I bought a beautiful dress for my wedding but I’ve only worn it the one time! So I dreamed up this bride that is so fearless and fun that she wears her gown for her daily errands. She goes grocery shopping, does her laundry, picks up dry-cleaning, all in her fabulous dress.”
This fashion designer bride and her artist groom were married at The Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls, NY. They wanted a budget-friendly, DIY wedding and so did as much as they could themselves. Their good friend, Greg Barris, a stand up comedian who was already ordained, preferred their ceremony. The bride designed and made her own dress, but the DIY didn’t stop there!
“We decided to take our time planning the wedding”, explained Jeanette. “I am a fashion stylist, and Dima is an artist so we knew our wedding would be very creative. We also knew that we didn’t really have any money for a wedding, so we knew we would be making most of the stuff ourselves. We also knew we didn’t want anything too traditional. We couldn’t afford any of the venues we looked at in NYC and Brooklyn, and my family really wanted the wedding in Buffalo, so we compromised, and decided to have it in Niagara Falls, NY. We figured it was close enough for my family, and still a fun destination for our New York friends.”
“We found The Rapids Theatre online, and before we even looked at it in person, we knew it was the one”, she continued. “It is a huge Rock n Roll venue, but has the look of an elegant theatre. It used to be a movie theatre in the 1920s, and the owners have restored all of the original architecture. It was the perfect venue for us, because we knew we wanted to have a rock show, and the owners said it was okay to have our dog, Glitter, be the ring bearer! The staff was amazing, they loved all of our ideas, and everything ran really smoothly on our special day.”
Married at Brooklyn Winery in New York, Lindsay and Jesse’s wedding was fun, colourful and a perfect reflection of them. It wasn’t all smooth sailing, but you’d never know that to look at these beautiful pictures. The bride wore a striped dress by Hayley Paige and many pairs of custom glasses! They had paper flowers instead of real ones and a Rice Krispy cake in lieu of anything traditional.
“We decided to just do what we wanted”, began the bride. “We planned the wedding by ourselves with minimal input from friends and family. Any time we began to question our choices, we had to remind ourselves that we were doing it our way, regardless of expectations. We were largely inspired by one of our favorite artists out of Brooklyn, Marty Allen. Marty specializes in large format sock-puppet photography; his work has been a staple of our relationship, as each year we buy a new print from him at the Union Square holiday market. Our apartment is furnished with his colorful-imagination-turned-beautiful-art. We commissioned sock puppets of ourselves for the wedding, which were integral to the décor, featured prominently in our invitations, and proved to be a hit at the photo booth.”
Lindsey and Jason were married at The Red House in Cassadaga, in upstate New York. The venue really set the tone for their casual, DIY day. “Our wedding theme was laid back, bohemian, vibrant and eclectic”, explained the bride. “Which truly reflected Jason and I. We really didn’t stick to the traditional formalities when planning our wedding but instead we choose to personalize our day in a way that we felt most comfortable with.”
“Our wedding was also completely do-it-yourself!” she continued. “We really wanted to keep it simple, colorful and fun. The venue was really cool, it was a Victorian style house with a beautiful yard and a great big barn. Since It was such a unique location, I really wanted to keep our décor simple enough so that it would complement our location without taking away from the natural beauty of the place. We tried to recycle and reuse as much as we could while really bringing in our unique sense of style.”
I’ve featured a lot of colourful brides in various coloured dresses in my time, but I think Lauren might be the brightest! I mean any bride with the kahoonas to rock a multi-coloured Betsey Johnson dress with a homemade bright blue veil is a-OK in my book!
This day was the epitome of a low-key backyard wedding. It took place in their own garden, in their Brooklyn home and the bride’s mother officiated the ceremony. Once the formal part of the day was done the atmosphere quickly switched into party mode! Sparkling rose and beer were served, a band consisting of friends of the couple played, and 6-foot sandwiches from Defonte’s Sandwich Shop were devoured!
“We wanted our wedding to be comfortable and true to our personalities”, Lauren began, “a real celebration of Erik and Lauren. I think the way it all came together was kind of patchwork. It took a village to build something so strong. Erik and I are so different from each other in so many ways that a traditional white classical wedding just isn’t our kind of union. It needed to be odd and surprising, happy, romantic and a little ridiculous to reflect our relationship.”
When Jessica tagged me on Instagram in a photo of her rocking her Liberace kitty ears on her wedding day, I genuinely couldn’t wait to see the rest… and when she then told me the wedding had a subtle cat theme I was even more excited!
“I would call our wedding a strange mix of themes, none of which would appear to make sense in a list, but all of which melted together to be very ‘us’,” she explained. “The location, an old iron foundry, had a very industrial feel that appealed to the groom’s interest in NYC history, while the ivy-covered walls inspired the greenery-centric style of the invitations, signage, and bridesmaid styling.”
“The cat theme came about because we wanted our two cats to be present in some way, and we looked for ways to incorporate small references to them. Each cocktail was named for a cat, custom kitty face stickers were on all the favor packages, and the sparkly cat ears worn by the bride (from the Rock n Roll Bride for Crown and Glory collection of course!) was a really fun touch.”
“The photobooth, complete with an array of masks and props to chose from, added a weird little nod to Halloween”, she continued. “Ultimately we wanted it to be fun and welcoming, and we tried to make deliberate choices about things we liked and wanted to include, instead of going off of a generic checklist for what we ‘needed’.”