The simple pleasure of Frances & Brant’s Olympia, WA engagement session at home makes me happieee. Perfectly personal, intimate and natural. What’s not to love?
I don’t feature a whole lot of boudoir on Rock n Roll Bride, not because I don’t like it or approve or anything like that (hell, I did one!) But it’s quite rare that I get sent boudoir submissions that have a Rock n Roll edge. A lot of what floats around the internet is all sexy, see-through underwear, airbrushed to perfection, lying on a messed up bed…page 3 inspired…you catch my drift. Anyway, when this session from Jessica Zais landed on my desk I saw none of that.
Courtney showed up to her boudoir session ready to go with two vintage swimsuits (the black one belonged to her grandmother and was actually a lifeguard uniform – sexy!) The result is a classic, 1930’s elegance that I just can’t get enough of.
Whenever the sun shines in London about 80% of the population speculate going to the beach and Brighton is usually the first port of call. It’s quirky, it’s quaint, it’s nostalgic, it’s hilariously British and it has a killer night life! So when it came for Charlie & Ross to have their ‘Cherish the Dress’ wedding shoot, where better to descend then this wonderful beach location!? The couple actually got married in December so they thought the juxtapositionof having some lovely, warming, outdoor shots would be absolutely perfecto.
Charlie wore a dress by Dolly Couture and they had a video shot by the fabulous Cine8 (Yes I too am waiting with baited breath to see and share it) Charlie made the cute ‘Just Married’ signs herself as she her very own crafty business, Cherry Pie Lane.
There is something so endearing and glamorous about a Central London wedding. I fell in love with Lia & Gerard’s portraits and soon as I saw them – which just proves how fab photographer Chloe Browne is as the couple only allowed 5 minutes for photographs. They didn’t want any family formals either! The whole day was really laid back, relaxed and chilled with a great party atmosphere.
“I was so excited to photograph Lia & Gerald at the Haymarket Hotel in London for their wedding in March” Chloe told me. “They were my first couple who weren’t keen on spending time on portraits, so I had to persuade them gently to come outside with me for a few minutes. It was still freezing cold, but I managed to convince them to spend 3 minutes with me outside on the street-I really wanted their photos to reflect that they got married in Central London. We then dipped downstairs to the pool room for a couple of photos before I let them get back to the party.
Their style was so timeless, I wanted to have a few frames that felt like they were from the Rat Pack era-I hope the black and whites have that kind of feel. They were so cool to photograph-I loved every one of our five minutes!”
I love a shoot with a great story behind it…especially when it revolves around people I know! When bride-to-be Laura checked in on Rock n Roll Bride a few months ago she fell in love with the work of UK photographer, David McNeil. She promptly contacted him to arrange an engagement shoot in Brighton. Her fiance Nick and her turned up on the morning of the shoot, only to discover that unbeknownst to both of the boys, they already knew each other! David and Nick actually used to work together long before David tried his hand at wedding photography and Nick got engaged…but wait the tale gets stranger because when David sent me these images it turns out I used to work with Nick too! What a small world…
Hayley & Brett’s funfair/carnival themed love shoot makes me feel all playful. Gotta love a couple who can have a blast together! Together for a little over 2 years, this pair found comfort in each other through some difficult times at the beginning of their relationship. They decided to do their pre-wedding shoot at a carnival to symbolize their fun personalities and has a celebration of their love for one another. Her dress is vintage which she found at a thrift store and their flowers were done by Mignonne Handmade.