I was drawn to one thing when Ian & Reisa’s Vancouver wedding landed in my inbox last week…can you guess what?!
Oh yes the bride’s incredible Allure Bridal dress. Holy pink ruffles Batman! It reminds me a lot of Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress (which was my dream dress when I was planning my wedding back in 2007/2008.)
The couple were actually legally wed in March in Costa Rica but wanted a big party for all their friends who couldn’t attend. The party was held in a furniture store that they own together, The Living Lab.
“I was extremely honoured and excited to photograph this lovely couple once again at their ring ceremony,” explained photographer Melissa. “The last time I photographed these two was for their engagement and at that time, it was February, it was cold and it was also just before they jetted off to Costa Rica for their Wedding. This time around it was June, and although it hasn’t looked like summer, here in Vancouver, it was a pretty hot evening to be wearing a suit!”
“Since not everyone could make it to Costa Rica for their vows, the couple had a delightfully bright and elegant Ring Ceremony here in Vancouver to celebrate with those who weren’t able to attend. It seemed like the perfect extension to their Costa Rican celebration, as photos from their wedding holiday were hung in beautiful gold frames around the reception. So, even if you weren’t there, you were able to catch a glimpse of their wedding day.”
Issy’s ‘Love your Dress’ shoot took place in Raphael Park, Gidea Park in Essex. Her dress was by designer Ugo Zaldi and her hairband was actually found at BHS!
Issy has a love of the 1960’s and has a really classic look from that era with her cute pixie crop hair, so the whole styling of the shoot, from Issy’s dress to the props, was set around this vibe.
Contain yourselves people, I have an pretty damn awesome wedding to share today! Rachel & Brandon, a Mormon couple, are definitely Rock n Roll – just check out that bride’s style! Rachel’s Mum made her dress (OMG!) inspired by Alexander McQueen and Project Runway!
“I got the idea from a dress by the late Alexander McQueen (loved him) and Project Runway” Rachel told me. “I think it was season 5…Kenley was the contestant’s name and she totally ripped of McQueen, but her rip off gave me the idea for MY rip off and the idea for my dress was born. When I got engaged (like a year after that season aired), I emailed my mom some pictures of the dresses and asked if she could make one like that for me. She, being the amazing mom that she is, told me she would try. So we spent the next few months finding fabric and combining patterns. My dad helped with the skirt-he is a mechanical engineer-so he helped us figure out how to tier the fabric so it wouldn’t collapse on itself due to the weight of the feathers. And we ordered the feathers, which were ostrich I believe, from some craft place in the south, I think they were from Louisiana or something. The dress is actually 3 pieces-there’s the bodice with a tulle skirt attached, then an underskirt that is more or less a hoop skirt, and then the feather skirt that goes over the top and attaches with some buttons and a hook & eye.”
Rachel teamed her amazing dress with shoes from ebay and a hairpiece that her husband made for her (seriously OMG how adorable are these two!?) He glued a brooch Rachel had found in a bridal store to a feather, then added some ribbon and pearls and put it all onto a clear comb. Ta da!