I wouldn’t say I was an overly feminine girly girl…well girly yes…but more in a ridiculous barbie, rainbow haired, massive tutu wielding kinda way than a pretty or delicate one. However when I saw Cecilia’s fairytale themed portraits by the incredible Axioo (actually shot by owner David Soong’s wife Fen!) I just about died right there and then. Bunnies, they have fluffy bunnies!
Rock n Roll? Well maybe not the most alternative thing I’ve ever featured, but we all need a bit of girl escapism once in a while don’t we? And this is a place I want to run a way to, like now please! Plus her dress by upcoming young designer Melta is just about perfect non?
Love love love love LOVE!
The other scenes still feature the baby bunnies (yes!) but Cecilia changed into a few more outfits, a cute PJ-ensemble where she posed with a giant teddy bear…
…and a couple of more elegant evening dresses…
Be sure to check out the full set after the jump!
“My inspiration for this shoot came from the bride her name is Alison and she has a pet bunny as well as a cupcake tattoo on her wrist,” photographer Tab McCausland told me. “So when I started to plan doing my first trash the dress photography class I didn’t want it to be just a boring setting. Sooooo we went all out cake, hats, tea pots, a little tuxedo for the bunny, little caterpillar, table set up the works! I think the theme was perfect for the bride and since she had pink and purple hair already it just all came together nicely.”
…And so the idea for an Alice in Wonderland themed trash the dress was born. Although this theme is really popular with brides at the moment (even a year after the movie…can you believe it’s been a year already!?) what I love about this adaptation is the fact that it was based around what the bride loved the most…and of course the bunny rabbit, who could resist him?
Glen & Cristina had a Alice in Wonderland-inspired engagement shoot…but one with a difference! Photographer Jomel Gregorio explains, “Glen & Cristina’s wedding date falls in the “year of the Rabbit” in the Chinese calendar February 20,2011. They were thinking of a concept on how they incorporate a rabbit/bunny into their engagement. Cristina likes the Alice in wonderland movie, so that’s how they come up with the idea. We sat down together and did the brainstorming for the shoot. The couple didn’t want to literally copy the characters of the movie so used them as inspiration. It was quite challenging for me and Omar (who came up with the concept and design) but so much fun!”
The shoot was in two parts – the first being a lagoon area in The University of The Philippines. Jomel continues, “The first set was inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The clothes were a combination of modern Victorian and gothic inspired clothing. Cristina dress was mostly composed of layers upon layers of laces. The colour combinations were mostly black with turquoise satin. Her head dress was made of wired satin bow and on her shoulders she wore a layered lace with tulle underlining. She also wore a turquoise satin under dress composed of a corset and sheered skirt both layered with black embroidered tulle. Glen wore layers of different pieces including a white ruffled long sleeved shirt, two wool vests, a striped wool scarf and striped trousers.”
The second location was indoors and the idea was for a tea party setting. Again, photographer Jomel explains the idea behind it, “The set was inspired of modern baroque with floral inspired furniture, ceramic teacups and pots and also silver wares. All looked really organic. The colours were combinations of olive greens, tan brown, old rose, creams and floral patterns. we layered clothes to achieve a Victorian look. Cristina wore a tan coat with gold brooch which was layered with an embroidery see-through buttoned blouse with a belt corset. Glen wore a floral ascot tie, an off white long sleeved shirt, a floral vest and a gold sash and chained fox tail. He also wore olive trousers and checkered cap.”
Photographer Lisa Devlin told me about her plans for this shoot when we met up to discuss my initial ideas for The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot. She was keen to use the Hasselblad that we’d been lent for the shoot with one of her couples, and Tommy & Katie (and their bunny suits!) were the obvious choice.
“I saw some pictures of these two on Facebook dressed in big fluffy bunny suits at a fancy dress party and that sparked the idea for this quirky shoot,” Lisa explained. “Tommy is the singer in the alternative rock band Slaves to Gravity and Katie is a gorgeous 50’s chick so we were aiming for something a bit vintage and a bit dark. We shot a day in the life of them as this fantasy bunny couple and had a lot of fun. Well, it is the Year of the Rabbit!”
How fun! You can also check out the behind-the-scenes goodness on Lisa’s blog here.
I actually featured newbie photographer Shannon McLaughlin‘s own wedding waaaay back in February - many of you may recognise her as Mrs Candy Corn from Wedding Bee. Well, like many of us recent brides, the thought of giving up all things wedding once she’d tied the knot was too much to bear so she decided to venture into wedding photography herself…and oh how pleased we are that she did! She has only had her professional camera for a little over a month and look how awesome she is already!
The recently engaged Veronika & Bryan acted as models for this shoot. Veronika owns her own vintage shop called Sweet Tooth Vintage through the fabulous Etsy so she had lots of amazing outfits to wear. I am also loving the various props and locations used for this shoot – an environmental centre in Philadelphia, the couple’s own home (including their insane number of pets!) and a cuuuute tandem bike!
With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year and it being a distinctly unconventional theme for a wedding, I have not at all been surprised to receive a number of spooky themed weddings that took place last weekend. I’m kicking today off with Colinne & Shane’s wedding. Some of my favourite details include Colinne’s choice of converse trainers under her dress plus her black diamond engagement ring, the lucky rabbit’s foot that accompanied her bouquet and acted as her ‘something old’. The couple even used the vows from The Corpse Bride as their own!