This is not the usual post I put up but sometimes there are exceptions to be made. I received an email from reader Claire the other day who told me “I nearly died when I saw these dresses”. Hell, I can see why. Serious swoon-fest over here. I want them all!
The Barcelona-based designer Maria Lluïsa Rabell blends contemporary subtle lines and elegance with amazing technical flair and ability. Unique, out-there and original. Have you ever seen anything like these? They have such a magical, romantic feminine feel don’t they?
This ghoulish, retro horror themed wedding may not be everybodys cup of tea but I can’t help but be a little over-excited about it. So. Much. Originality! Photographer Al, who has just been shortlisted for ‘Tattoo Photographer of the Year’ was keen to tell me all about Ash and Michelle Ghoulmore’s (oh yes!) friday the 13th wedding.
The couple run retro rebels store and the horror-themed clothing company Kreepsville 666 so their wedding was always going to be a spooky special. ‘Ghoulmore’ actually is Ash’s surname and they pretty much live Halloween everyday, so it was fitting to pick a horror / b-movie inspired Wedding theme (be sure to check out their awesome invite at the end of the gallery too!)
“This meant I had to light the formals in a slightly different way to ensure I got that punchy highly saturated contrasty feel that fits with the mood” photographer Al told me. ”This was the first time I’ve seen a smoke machine used during the ceremony! The archway was decorated with skulls and light like a stage. As you can see form the photos the cake was a skull and all the attendees got to take home a set of cast-silver effect fangs to say ‘fangs for coming’ [groan]. Zombina and the Skeletones provided the live music for the reception, again fitting the horror-rockabilly theme.”
Michelle looked every bit the rock princess in her two dresses, firstly a custom made creation from Limb Clothing, and for the reception/evening a gorgeous Vivien of Holloway gown.
Check out Ursula & Chris’ fantastically cool wedding. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw her Claire Pettibone dress (I wrote about these dresses a while back beacause they are called the ‘rock n roll bride’ collection!) Oh holy black tulle! “‘I fell in love with my ‘Midnight’ gown from Claire Pettibone’s rock and roll bride range the moment I tried it on. The mix of vintage style, beautiful beading, delicate embroidery and edgy black train make it a very special dress. I just loved the way my long veil looked against the slightly gothic black train. Breathtaking!” Ursula explained.
Alvin & Diane were married in Seattle and I really wanted to share with you their fun portraits and her gorgeous dress! The gown (and her accessories) were from Veluz Reyes which were flown all the way from The Philippines. Enjoy!
If you want to see more of this wedding, be sure to check out RedSheep Photography’s blog.
I love a quirky London wedding just as much as the next person so I whooped with joy when Connie & Jonny’s was send my way. “We wanted to bring all our friends and family together for a massive party to celebrate us getting hitched” the bride began. ”We kept certain traditions – getting everyone to sit down and have a big feed, and speeches etc, but we weren’t keen on all the flowery formal bits, so to keep things lighthearted and personal we had the lovely ukelele band. We put our friends and family on a routemaster bus back to the reception (at Lena Restaurant) Amazing food, great party space downstairs with loads of champagne. A friend drove my dad and I to the town hall in his VW camper van, and took Jonny and I (with music booming, a healthy supply of champagne) back to the reception (we drove back via regent’s park and stopped off in the sunshine to take it all in). Not really up for flowery delicate invites, we got Hanway print centre to print us some bright orange postcards. Jonny’s dad made the wedding cake and my mom and friends organised the flowers.”
I really really love doing my Under the Spotlight interviews as it’s great to talk about the genius behind the lens for once. Today, I’m excited to share with you Shelly of Toast of Leeds - a fabulous photographer from – you guessed it – Leeds, who blew me away with her recent Punk Bride shoot. Enjoy!
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Shelly Mantovani from Toast of Leeds. I shoot people.
Where are you based and what cities/countries are you available to for work in?
I’m based in Yorkshire but don’t let that put you off! I love to get on a plane or a train, it forces me to read books I keep buying and never get round to finishing.