Surely you know what a kiss is?” she asked, aghast. “I shall know when you give it to me,” he replied stiffly, and not to hurt his feeling she gave him a thimble. “Now,” said he, “shall I give you a kiss?” and she replied with a slight primness, “If you please.”
Obsessed with the Disney version of Peter Pan and Wendy, wedding photographer Nicki Komorowski decided she wanted to shoot a real life couple, inspired by her favourite love story. “I started obsessing about a grown up Peter with a huge ginger beard and a green suit!” she told me.
Claire of Be Eventful and Caro Weiss wanted to do a wedding shoot with a difference. They wanted to really focus on the couple and their love, so they decided to strip things right back. Their models were Jess and Matt.
“The inspiration behind our Walk the City shoot came from a quote I always looked back to when planning my own wedding, ‘We were together. I forget the rest’ by Walt Whitman”, Claire explains. “As a wedding-helper, I’m used to dealing with the stresses of timings, weather, problem solving and last minute panics that surround a wedding day.”
As an ex goth, I can’t help being attracted to dark art in general”, began Lauren of French Made, who provided the cakes for this shoot. “Plus my recent obsession with the series called ‘Vikings’ and their Pagan way of life gave me inspiration. I was lucky enough to find a fabulous team of wedding suppliers as ready as I am to push the boundaries and willing to get involved and create the most eye pleasing alternative bridal styled shoot.”
“I chose to cover my tiered cake with ivory icing and skin tone butter cream as well as adding fur, leather, antique styled lace, feathers, bronze coloured studs and a Pagan symbols charm. My naked single tier decorated with a badger skull and a flower which was sitting on a wood stand reflected the rustic aspect of the shoot.”
The day I published this article on wedding trends (and why they suck) Scottish wedding photographer Caro Weiss got in touch to tell me she couldn’t agree more – and that she’d just done a shoot with florists, Pyrus, for the exact same reason!
“Every year before wedding season kicks off I like to do a collaborative shoot with like-minded wedding industry friends”, she wrote. “It has become a highlight at the end of winter for me and I really enjoy coming up with a concept and challenging myself. For this year shoot I wanted to really focus on the fun side of things.”
“I have become rather bored with seeing the same kind of styled wedding shoots in magazines and on blogs (that is obviously not the case on Rock n Roll Bride!) usually featured a wavy haired ‘pretty’ brunette looking demure and elaborate dresses and lots of little ‘pretty’ details. Well, tell you what. The best weddings I have been to and photographed are nothing like that.”
Well, that’s a blog title I never thought I’d write! I have to admit, when I received these photos from Fiji based (but will travel!) wedding photographers Kama Catch Me, I was initally dubious. “Oh this will be a weird one”, I thought. Well, I actually wasn’t wrong… but it’s weird in the most awesome way!
“This shoot is based on our love for surrealism and with my wife coming from Belgium, there was none other to draw inspiration from than the crazy Belgian Ninja of Surrealism ‘René Magritte’”, wrote Ropate.
“One of our joint favourites is a painting called ‘The Treachery of Images‘ from 1929. In it, René painted a smoking pipe with a caption that says ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe’, French for ‘This is not a pipe’ Whaaaat? When asked about it he said something like ‘yeah its true, its just an image of a pipe, its not an actual pipe…go on try putting tobacco in it’. Yeah he’s for reals!”
It’s not often that I feature styled wedding shoots these days, quite simply because I have so many incredible real weddings to share with you! However when photographer Gary of Marshal Gray sent over this ‘three brides’ editorial that he shot at Belt Craft Studios, I had to bend my rule. I love the style of this session, especially how odd and slightly creepy it all is. This is certainly not something I see very often in wedding photography.
“As a photographer who primarily shoots weddings, it’s important to me that I mix it up and challenge myself as often as possible”, wrote Gary. “This concept shoot was undertaken with three of my real brides. Michelle Oakley, Laura Tannenbaum and Sam Earp.”