Two rockabilly babes, tattoos and seriously cute wedding dresses – what’s not to love about this adorable set of images, shot in and around The Custard Factory in Birmingham? “This shoot came about from my vastly growing obsession with polka dots, in all their multicoloured forms”, wrote button bouquet creator Emma, who masterminded the whole thing. “Actually, not just mine, but also many of my brides who often want a bit of dottiness in their bouquets! I wanted to create a look that would appeal to and inspire my clients so I set about this little collaboration with some wonderfully talented wedding peeps.”
Emma asked Annie’s Antics, the most fabulous pistachio green, old school style ice cream van to join in the fun and obviously she created the button bouquets herself. “My range of button and felt bouquets that I created for the shoot explored the bolder pastel tones that sum up spring”, wrote Emma. “I used sherbet lemons, candy pinks and palma violets as my inspiration.”
This laid back couple met online and spent their first dates huddled on Laura’s sofa, watching movies and eating food that she’d cooked. So needless to say when it came to their wedding they wanted to keep it as low key as possible too. “We have always been such an easy couple, lots of love and not much hassle of going overboard with things”, Laura explained. “His proposal a year after we met was perfect. We were in the mall and he pulled me into a photo booth and he proposed while the photos were being taken inside. It was perfect!”
“Zack and I have wonderful families”, she continued. “His family is from Ohio, and mine from Florida, and without their support on our choice to marry alone I don’t think it would have gone so smoothly and stress-free as it did. We wanted to focus on us and our love rather than put together a big wedding. It all worked out perfectly for us. We love you family!”
The ceremony was held in front of Kehoe House in Columbia Square, Savannah, and afterwards they had a meal, just the two of them, at Olde Pink House. “They welcomed us and treated us like royalty!” Laura said. “We sat in huge leather chairs in front of a fireplace in the tavern as a piano was being played in the background!”
Erik & Brooke travelled from California to get married by Elvis at a wedding chapel in downtown Las Vegas (not photographed). After they sealed the deal, wedding photographer Laura of Top Banana Photography arrived to document a post-ceremony photo adventure. They firstly had shots taken around the downtown area, followed by Boulder City and finally the Hoover Dam.
“The type of couple that decides to get married in a wedding chapel is generally carefree and fun-loving; Brooke & Erik fit the bill perfectly”. wrote Laura. “I almost shrieked with excitement when I found out they had brought along Harold, the garden gnome from their yard. They also incorporated colorful sunglasses and bubbles to blow as additional props. We had decided on a few locations beforehand, but ultimately, we let serendipity be our guide.”
Katie & Richard were married at The Venue at Smith Brothers in Columbus. Their wedding was bright, colourful (just check out that awesome bridal party!) but most of all lots and lots of fun.
“We wanted a fun and bright wedding”, began the bride. “We love great Rock n Roll music and the classic style of the 50s but we didn’t really have a ‘theme’. We just picked a color we both liked and one that went really well with our choice of flowers and music.”
“The whole thing it turned out pretty great but our first dance was one of my favorite bits. We danced to a song that I put in a playlist for our first year together – ‘This will be our year’ by the Zombies. Dancing with my husband for the first time was amazing, and it felt unreal.”
“We made our own table numbers out out of some invitations that we had left over. They turned out amazing. My husband also made our rad card box which was a hand crank!”
I’ve held off blogging this gorgeous shoot from the last Photography Farm workshop for a while because we have a very special announcement to go alongside it. More about that at the bottom of this post!
At the last Photography Farm, which took place in September, Lisa & I decided that for our couple shoot we’d channel a bit of Americana, rockabilly and vintage Vegas inspiration! The first thing we did was decide on our models. The gorgeous flame haired Lisa Jane is a wedding photographer (and ex-Farmer) herself so when we asked if she and husband Alex would like to be our models, she didn’t hesitate. We sat down and discussed the theme with her and she loved it (these guys were actually married in Vegas). However the added genius came from Alex, who asked if he could wear his dinosaur onesie. Needless to say our answer was a resounding “Hell. Yes!”
Our next port of call was the amazing Jo from The Couture Company who said she had a dress that was perfect for our theme. ‘Steph’ is a grey, 3/4 length sleeved and 1950s inspired number made of stunning silk dupion. It worked perfectly with our kitsch theme! Lisa also wore Irregular Choice shoes (from my personal collection) a giant red bow from Crown and Glory, jewellery by Junk Jewels and EPIC bedazzled sunglasses by Rene Walrus! Believe me, it took all my strength to not run off with those babies!
Finally, and by a massive stroke of luck, the guys at The Photo Emporium just happened to get in touch with me just as we were pulling this all together to tell me about their latest and greatest photo booth idea – a photo booth in an actual vintage airstream! I die.
So we set the airstream up as the centrepiece to the shoot (and of course we had much fun playing around with it once we wrapped). Clearly it was meant to be.
Australian John & Marnie spent six weeks travelling around the US for their honeymoon after their wedding in Las Vegas. They were in town for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival and they loved the idea of getting married there. The ceremony was held at Little Church of the West, a quaint little ‘mini church’ looking chapel, right at the south end of the strip and the after party was at Level 107 Cocktail lounge in the Stratosphere hotel – right at the north end!
“After a year of travelling Australia following the rockabilly dance and culture scene, John proposed to me with a beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring”, Marnie told me. “It was my Grandma’s favourite stone and we decided to marry 70 years and 1 day after my Grandma and Grandpa did! Where possible, we incorporated elements that honoured our families (both alive and departed) into our wedding.”
“I used my creativity to create bespoke elements infusing our vintage rockabilly style into our wedding. DIY was a great way of infusing our style into our event, which, when you’re like us and love all things non mainstream, can be very difficult to source.” The bride even handmade her own dress and headpiece.