The Atlantic City wedding of Carla & Dave had a distinct vintage vibe. From the bride’s authentic 1020s wedding dress to her Grandmother’s pearls, from the vintage postcards that decorated the centrepieces to the historic restaurant that hosted their reception, the day was one that truly reflected the likes and loves of them both.
“I love vintage themed weddings and knew that I really wanted to wear a gown from the 1920s”, wrote the bride. “Before we even thought of a place to have the wedding, I had run across the perfect dress and no changes needed to be made to it. The dress was last worn in 1924 by a bride in New Jersey. When I had bought the dress, I also received the invitation from the original bride. It seemed perfect!”
“We chose to have our wedding in Atlantic City”, she continued, “not only for its history, but because it is a place that is open all night and it would give us a chance to party with our friends into the wee hours! We broke our wedding into three parts. First, we had our wedding ceremony in Lucy the Elephant, a large wooden Elephant structure built in the late 1800s by a shipbuilder. We then had a sit down dinner for all the guests at the Knife and Fork Inn, a restaurant that has been open since 1912. From there, we all met at the Trump Plaza, where everyone was staying, and had a late night dance party (no history there, just a good dance party with tacky decorations). I did however have to change dresses for the party. I wore a 1950s Hawaiian halter dress, just because I knew it would be fun to dance in!”
What could be better to bright up your morning than this incredibly colourful wedding which was held in the Vanderbilt Museum and Mansion in Centerport, New York?
“Our wedding was a kaleidoscope of all our favorite things in life: each other, colors, friends, family, booze, and good times”, began Ali, the bride. “The inspiration was simple. For my husband and I, love is about accepting our separate lives as one, and building new memories within us. We wanted to be sure this day was not just about us, but our whole family. My friends had a really tough year – my best friend’s dad fell off a roof and we weren’t sure he’d make it (he did, and we thank our lucky stars), my other best friend battled cancer (and won!) and other bridesmaid lost her cousin. I myself lost two friendships during the planning process and dealt with a bout of shingles from the stress. It made me realize how important this day was for everyone and a chance to forget about the troubles that so often weigh us down. So I dreamt up the ultimate day, hoping we could all remember what it was like to witness love grow and beauty surround us. I wanted absolute peace and serenity for myself and for the many people we love. Moreover, I planned this day with our friends and family very, very close to my heart. I could not have wished for anything more.”
As for DIY projects, the couple called upon the help of their friends & family wherever they could. “Jason, his dad, and I made the lemonade stand and the cute signs from scratch”, Ali explained. “It was a serious project that I had a blast doing. We sanded, painted, cut, and molded pieces of scrap wood into a beautiful lemonade stand and a handful of adorable signs. I absolutely loved it. I also made 1,000 paper planes for the tent and for Jason’s boutonnière. A few years ago Jason’s cousin, Michael, was killed in a car accident. He was 20. He had been training to be a pilot and absolutely loved air travel. His favorite plane was a Cessna and at his funeral Jason’s family made origami planes to honor his memory. I never got to meet Michael, but he was Jason’s best friend and an important part of his family. I remember crying months before the wedding with Jason about how sad I was I never got to meet him, and how devastating it was that Michael wouldn’t be there. So I spent a total of 36 hours bending and folding multicolored origami planes to line the ceiling of the tent – so he would have a vessel to watch over us during the entire day. I also hid a photo of Michael deep in my bouquet so no one could see it, because I wanted to keep him close to me all night.”
When Gareth & I were in New York in May we met up with photographer Steve Gerrard as he was also over from the UK to shoot Natasha & Marc’s wedding! The couple, also from England, flew him over with them as they knew he was their perfect wedding photographer after seeing him featured on Rock n Roll Bride.
The intimate ceremony was held in the Ladies Pavilion in Central Park, which was followed by a photo session around some iconic NYC locations (they also met up again the next day to shoot some more!) The reception was on a private yacht with incredible views of the city.
“We originally looked at having a wedding within the UK, but after viewing a number of venues something didn’t feel right,” began Natasha. ”Everything was expensive and quite strict and we wanted something a bit more unique. I loved Emma Case’s wedding which Steve had also shot. I actually cried reading about it on Rock n Roll Bride while sat at my desk at work. It was so beautiful and in the back of my mind, it was similar to what I aspired to as well – a smaller, intimate, romantic and unique wedding. Luckily for me it turned out Marc wanted that too! Phew!”
Apologies, you’re about to see a lot of photos of me & Gareth being soppy, silly and cute in New York… but I guess that’s what happens when the Made U Look girls shoot you. It’s nigh on impossible to cut them down because they are all. so. good. This is by far both Gareth & my favourite shoots we’ve done together. In fact I will definitely be getting
some many of these babies printed to plaster our house with.
There was an interesting discussion going on on my facebook page earlier this week about the amount of personal vs wedding stuff I post on my blog. I know not everyone is interested in seeing my face (!) but I know many of you are! I like to try to offer as broad a range of inspiration as possible – some will be relevant to you, some not. However if these shots inspire at least one of you for your own engagement or anniversary shoot (or hell, even give you some new fashion or make up ideas) then I’m happy. If not, no worries, because we’ve now got these awesome photos of us to treasure forever!
♥ Black & white striped Nanette Lepore dress
♥ Upper Street Ballet Flats (designed by me!)
♥ Heart headband by Janine Basil on etsy / Flower headband from Lisa Harris Jewellery
♥ H&M ring
♥ Patrica Field skull bracelet
♥ Nanette Lepore Jacy Pleated Floral-Print Skirt
♥ Jimmy Choo Tokyo hi tops
♥ H&M white vest
♥ Furla candy handbag in silver glitter (limited edition for Christmas 2011)
♥ Forever 21 colour block necklace
♥ Forever 21 bangles
These photos are the perfect reminder of our trip to New York and I’m thrilled with the results. They not only show our love, but how much fun we had (and of course our ridiculous personalities!)
Gareth’s face cracks. me. up in this one…
Gareth does a good epic jump!
So here we have it, the final installment of Gala & my frolic around NYC! When Christina & I first starting thinking about shooting in New York there was one place top of both of our lists – The Brooklyn Bridge! Iconic the world over, nothing screams New York more than this structure… or the amazing views from it!
After a slightly hair-raising cab ride through China Town and over the Manhattan Bridge, we arrived in Brooklyn and proceeded to walk the 1.1 miles over the East River towards Manhattan.
The bridge was packed full of tourists, maniacs on bicycles (boy, they don’t slow down!) and commuters when we arrived, but with Christina, Marielle & Alie‘s magic camerawork you’d never have known it was so packed! At one point Gala & I were doing our ‘thing’ while about 25 tourists snapped away ferociously behind the girls! I wonder who they thought we were?
♥ Vintage dress altered by Fur Coat No Knickers
♥ Jimmy Choo Tokyo hi tops
♥ Vintage fur coat from Frock n Roll
♥ Flower headband & vintage cuff from Lisa Harris Jewellery
♥ Vivienne Westwood handbag
Can we just please stop and share some love for the amazing dress I’m wearing? I found it in a vintage store on Venice Beach back in August and although I loved the lace detailing and the amazing blush pink colour it wasn’t at all flattering (you can see a before and after picture here!) However at just $40 I knew I had to have it! When I got back to the UK I went to see my girls at Fur Coat No Knickers to see if they were up to the challenge of making it into something beautiful for this shoot…and jeez louise did they!
The final dress was actually a combination of two dresses, the original bodice on my dress was unstructured and unflattering, but Emma & Laura found a satin gown that matched the colour of mine perfectly…and even better, it fit me! So they took this bodice and created a brand new skirt from the original tulle from my dress. They even added the vintage lace and applique details from my dress to the new one. Doesn’t it work wonderfully!?
♥ Vintage dress
♥ Vintage marabou coat
♥ Flower crown by Whichgoose on etsy
♥ Frye boots
♥ Kate Spade handbag
Shooting with Made U Look Photography and Gala in NYC was like a dream come true. It was so much fun exploring the city with my girls!
But wait…there’s more! Gareth & I did a shoot as well (as you probably already know, I’m never one to turn down posing in front of the camera). We’re still waiting on the final photos from our couple’s shoot, plus the video that Marielle made, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled as I’ll be blogging them really soon!
After the exertion of jumping around the rooftop, Gala & I decided a much more leisurely pace was required for the second part of our day. So we hopped in a cab with the Made U Look girls and headed towards the uber trendy West Village.
Oh and yes that is me… and no I didn’t have a quick dye job in between! I bought this sky blue wig on a whim from Stargazer when I was purchasing my regular round of baby pink dye. The hair is fake but considering it only cost me a tenner I think it actually looked pretty good! I have plans to buy it in other colours too… I’ll wear them when I feel like going incognito!
What could be more NYC than a West Village stoop? We did find Carrie’s (yes, the actual one they used when filming the outside scenes in Sex and the City) but there was a chain across it with a polite warning to stay off (!) However the road itself was pretty deserted traffic-wise so we had another little dance/pose-off in the middle of the street. I’d like to think SJP probably did the same thing in between takes…
A few of you were asking after I published part one of the shoot, which camera’s the girls use…well I asked Christina and she said, “For the shoot we shot on Contax 645, Contax G1, Hasselblad 500 cm, Polaroid Land Camera 330, Canon AE-1, Pentax 35mm, Canon 5D Mark II DSLR (2 of them – one for filming & one for shooting), Instax wide….& 3 iphones haha!”
♥ Topshop Cutout Back Self Stripe Flippy dress
♥ Kimchi Blue black & glitter shoes boots / Jimmy Choo Tokyo hi tops
♥ Stargazer ‘Japan’ wig in ‘Sky’
♥ Sparkle & Fade Skull Cardigan
♥ ‘We are all mad here’ necklace by UntamedMenagerie on etsy
♥ Topshop sequin dress
♥ Custom decoden glasses by Luxyloli on etsy
♥ Star headband by Janine Basil on etsy
♥ Michael Kors watch
♥ Forever 21 bangles
♥ Frye boots