Coming across the most amazingly colourful house by chance one day, wedding photographer Shannon Collins dreamed of being able to do a shoot there. Well fate stepped in, making it a possibility, so she knew she had to make it extra magical!
“Last year, I was photographing a couple in Philadelphia for an engagement shoot”, wrote Shannon. “On my way home, a few minutes from the location, I drove past a lovely yellow house with tons of pink flamingos scattered across the lawn. I screeched my brakes and drove in reverse so I could capture a quick snapshot of the house. It instantly reminded me of the John Waters film, ‘Pink Flamingos’ and made me smile.”
“I posted the photo to Instagram, thinking nothing of it. A few hours later, a friend of mine responded saying that one of her close friends grew up in the house. Then, the close friend commented, saying her parents still live there and she’d let them know I liked it. I reached out to her, asking if she thought her parents might be open to the idea of having a styled shoot at their house. The home-owners were incredibly gracious and although they were out of town for the day of the shoot, they allowed us to use their home as our backdrop.”
With the bride wearing vintage, the reception at Rich’s grandmother’s home, and music playing a huge part, this July wedding has all the makings of the perfect Rock n Roll celebration. The day was also a real DIY effort, with everyone pitching in to make it perfect.
A friend of the bride made her flower crown, all the flowers for the day were grown by friends and family and the stationery was made by the bride’s brother. The cakes were brought by the guests. They had a ‘bake-off’ competition and the everyone won comedy prizes!
“The flowers were styled by me and my good friend Blythe Bruckner”, began Rhian, “while the church flowers were arranged by Rich’s aunt Jo. The bar was made by my dad out of two old pallets from Rich’s uncle’s farm up the road. My brother made the ‘R&R’ sign out of the off cuts. My mum and I collected vintage salad bowls and cake plates from car boot sales and we painted the vintage glass vases with tester pot colours. The concrete cobbles that the vases sat on were also painted in tester pot colours by me! Using tester pots to paint everything was a revelation to making our colour scheme work! It also saved us a lot of money.”
Alison and Jeremy’s wedding took place in Melbourne, They had a non-denominational ceremony in a church and their reception was held at Shebeen, a super cool bar on Manchester Lane. Their day was super colourful and nearly all the décor was DIYed by the couple themselves. “We didn’t really have a conscious theme,” explained the bride. “We just put together a wedding that represented us. Throughout the planning process we questioned a lot of the usual traditions and culled elements of a traditional wedding that didn’t have meaning for us.”
“It never occurred to us that we were doing things differently to the norm, but we probably haven’t been to many traditional weddings. Some things that raised a few eyebrows when we were trying to explain our ideas were: not adopting colour scheme, giving the bridesmaids free range regarding their attire (the girls opted for a theme and to wear dresses) and having mixed gender bridal parties. We had a a non denominational ceremony in a christian chapel and our song choices included Nick Cave and Bliss’n’ Eso. We also took on the task of catering the canapés after the ceremony ourselves and had the bridal party serve the drinks and canapés afterwards.”
When it came to planning their Oregon wedding, Nikki and Chris knew they wanted something different. They wanted lots of colour and they wanted to have fun, but most of all they wanted to celebrate with their nearest and dearest.
“The theme for our wedding was all about fun and color”, wrote the bride. “We wanted people to laugh and have fun at our wedding while still keeping it endearing and sincere. We think we pulled it off!”
“We both had ideas that we wanted to incorporate into the wedding and reception. After seeing an amazing accordion player once, I knew I wanted him to play whenever I got married. He played during the pre-ceremony cocktail hour. When I walked down the aisle, (which was rather long) I had the DJ to play the bell opening from ACDC’s ‘Hell’s Bell’s’ and then ‘Highway to Hell’ and ‘I Will’ by the Beatles. Chris didn’t know I was doing it and it was awesome.”
Trent and Whittney had an eclectic and elegant wedding, inspired by the bride’s obsession with Walt Disney. The bride wore a stunning black gown and her bridesmaids were all in different coloured dresses. Trent and his attendants all wore smart grey. This juxtaposition made for some stunning photographs! They were married at Lemp Grand Hall in St. Louis, Missouri.
“The number one most important thing to us was that people had fun”, began the bride. “We started with that premise and worked from there. Once we designed a ceremony and reception timeline that we thought accomplished that goal (key: 6 hour open bar), we moved on to aesthetics.”
“My uncle makes signage for a living, so there were personalized touches throughout the wedding venue. My mom really helped with the styling of everything. She took my personal style and ran with it, putting beautiful mix and match details throughout the wedding venue, and weaving in nods to my obsession with Disney.”
When I saw Courtney and Cori’s wedding for the first time I let out a little squeak of approval. Not only did these guys have a carnival themed wedding at a theme park but the bride used Hello Kitty (my favourite!) throughout her amazing outfit! Her shoes, nails and bouquet (!!) all had Hello Kitty on them. Is this the cutest thing ever or what?
The wedding took place at Rainbows End Theme Park in New Zealand. “We wanted to capture that feeling love gives you in the pit of your stomach”, began the bride “What’s better than a carnival full of love, laughter, rides and sweet treats?”
“Cori and I are not your normal couple, we don’t sweat the small stuff and have the most amazing relaxed relationship full of laughter and smiles.That thrill and excitement you feel when your riding a roller coaster is what it feels like everyday in our relationship so we wanted to have everyone feel it with us! We could not of had a sit down white tablecloth wedding as that is just not us.”