Back in March 2012, I was asked to speak at The Photography Farm, a wedding photography workshop hosted by the amazing Lisa Devlin. At each 3-day workshop we also include an epic styled shoot for the students to practice their new-found skills. For this particular class we decided to go for a spooky modern Miss Havisham theme and the incredible Jo of The Couture Company offered to make us a bespoke dress to fit the theme.
When I first laid eyes on that gown I was smitten. It was the perfect mix of classic bridal – giant tulle, multi-layered skirt and corseted top, with a massive injection of spooky, gothic cool. As amazingly perfect as the dress was for the shoot, it never even crossed my mind that a real life bride might then go on to buy it for her actual wedding. So when Jo sent me the photos of Tim & Lisa’s Pirate wedding, complete with the Miss Havisham dress, I was so flipping excited. I mean, how amazing does Lisa look?!
With almost zero budget but a theme they knew through and through Gina & Fredrik had a pirate themed wedding in Sweden. They were married at the Port of Sundsvall (where else?!) and had their reception at their own home. The couple made their own clothes and apart from their wedding photographer David Schreiner, had no other vendors helping them out.
“We walked everywhere and had our guests playing music as our entertainment”, explained the bride. “My daughters did my hair and make up and we made our own outfits. The wedding was very casual and relaxed. Only our best friends and closest relatives where invited. The wedding was held in the harbour, which was rather unconventional. All our guests got in with the theme and they all dressed up. We had bottles of rum which where labelled with our last names.”
Holly & Jake were married on a pirate ship… in the middle of a shopping mall in Edmonton, Canada. Nope, there’s nothing unusual about that at all! They had wedding photographer Michel Feist of Ampersand Grey to capture their ceremony and portraits.
“Our inspiration was just using what we liked and what matched our personalities”, explained the bride. “We wanted something that was fun and laid back. We wanted people to come and say ‘Yeah that was totally Holly’ or ‘That was a really Jake thing to do’. What made us Rock n Roll was that we didn’t want to fit in with other kinds of weddings. We didn’t worry about having a really fancy affair. We kept the important parts really important and the rest was just fun. We made sure that the wedding represented who we are and we aren’t really fancy people so we didn’t think the wedding needed to be either.”