I’ve got another killer South African wedding to share with you today. Jess & Matt’s amazing individual style and totally out-there wedding may even make you squeal a little bit. This creative couple pulled off a wedding that was nothing short of spectacular in every way!
“We met at Burn (alternative nightclub in Durban) one night,” the bride told me. I spotted him at one point during a night out with friends and told my them that I thought he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I asked my friend, Sam (bridesmaid at our wedding), to play wing girl for me. A little while later she introduced herself to him then said that she knew someone who wanted to meet him (me) so she introduced us and we chatted for the rest of the night. I fell in love with him from the moment I met him.”
“Our relationship was quite a strange one, we were on for a few months at a time, then broke up, then got back together and so on….But throughout it all we were always best friends and always living our lives together. The last time we got back together was on a new years eve. The very next new years eve (at a friends house party) Matt decided to surprise me and at 12 o’clock he asked for the music to be turned down. In front of the entire party he made a beautiful speech and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.”
Despite how incredibly polished their wedding turned out, the couple actually did everything themselves. Both of them are artists and they were blown away by people who offered to help to make their vision a reality. “As we were doing everything ourselves and trying really hard to do it on a budget, from the décor to organising the food. We went to hundreds of different places and met hundreds of new and interesting people. I found that along the way we met some amazing people.”
“So many people were willing to help, who also had really good advice. We met people who were genuinely happy to give of themselves for us, who really were strangers to them, I felt so deeply touched by this. We were so disorganised (as artists generally are) and some of the people we met along the way really worked hard to pull together things for us at the last minute. Not only were we impressed by the generosity of complete strangers, but our family and friends pulled together and all worked like crazy to help us create our dream wedding. We still cannot believe the willingness and complete selflessness of all the people involved in this…We made many new friends along the way as well. THIS is what has made this wedding the most special for us (besides actually getting married!)”
Inspired by the Rock n Roll shoots & weddings he saw on Rock n Roll Bride, South African photographer Adrian Shields wanted to emulate the style and passion he saw coming from the US and the UK.
Rag ‘n Bone was born.
“After many blog searches, and a little bit of hunger for inspiration I stumbled across what you all know as Rock n Roll Bride” Adrian explains. “Finally, a glimmer of individualism. For 12 years I had shot weddings every weekend hoping to find a bride that would go the extra mile and not be happy with mediocrity and finally I found where this was… over in the UK and America. I just had to bring this to Durban, SA before anyone else would.”
Chen Lie & Thom got married in Oz in a crazy, wild and fun party way. She is Australian and he is British (they now live and work in Prague!) so they decided to head over to Chen Lie’s hometown of Perth for their 1960s/70s/John & Yoko inspired wedding.
“I had been living in Korea on and off for the past 9 years so it was exciting to return home” Chen Lie told me. “We planned a simple elopement with a romantic 60s theme in the park but it turned into a wedding due to the kindness of family and friends. Everything was a gift from he photographer to the catering. It was a magical day. The day before the wedding my Made of Awesome took us vintage shopping and surprised us by paying for Thom’s vintage 70s Yves Saint Laurent suit and my vintage 60s hat.”
As a pale chick with brightly coloured hair myself, I felt an instant affinity to Cheyenne’s photo shoot. Photographer Sarah wanted to contrast with something dark and almost gothic is style as she knew this would create a really dramatic impact. “The black lipstick was definitely my starting point for the rest of the styling. Our first outfit was the lace trimmed bodysuit with the patterned tights and long coat. We shot in the late afternoon, but it was still over 100 degrees here (LA), she was a real trooper. I thought that this would be an interesting approach to a boudoir session with a bride not into the traditional lacy panty pics. I hope I find a bride who would be down for it! ha. All of the outfits were from my vintage and thrifted collection of pieces.”
Alex & Lisa met 13 years and discovered a mutual love of music, books & film “We met nearly 13 years ago and the one thing that brought us together was music. He was wearing a t shirt of my favourite band and I fell for him” Lisa told me. “When we started dating we would wander around London checking out music shops, flicking through CD and vinyl to add to our collections and then head to a local cinema to catch a film. We probably spent more time in the records shops in Soho and a cinema than anywhere else. Many of those films we saw are now our favourite films and we probably know them inside out. I read books like there is no tomorrow and Alex is slowly coming round to that after having spent a lifetime reading comics and graphic novels. I bake cakes every weekend and while I enjoy making them, Alex enjoys eating them so when we are out I always take him to a cake shop so we can have a treat. I am also the official photographer in our relationship and I have the cameras and stacks of photo’s to prove it. Alex helped me buy my first SLR and he sat in front of the camera on many occasion to help me with college projects”
After reading this do you see anything more perfect for these two than the engagement session below? I love it!
This ghoulish, retro horror themed wedding may not be everybody’s 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.