Harnaam Kaur has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which meant she started growing a beard from aged 11. Battling to remove her hair every day, and bullied at school, she started to self harm and considered suicide. Harnaam is now a body-confidence and anti-bullying activist and she fully embraces her unique look and hopes to encourage others to do the same. So when this bridal shoot using Harnaam as the model was submitted to me I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement!
“I am a British born female living in Slough”, Harnaam told me. “I am a little different from other women. “I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries from a really young age, around the time I hit puberty. PCOS is a condition in which there is an imbalance in hormones within the female body, this has led me to have more male hormones then female ones, and it is also the reason to why I have a beard. I used to have my face waxed 2 to 3 times a week, and on the days I couldn’t bare the pain I would simply shave.”
“I had a great upbringing and a really happy family life but I was severely bullied all the way through school, starting from nursery right through to my late secondary school days. I even got beaten up a few times. I became very aggressively suicidal and I even resorted to self harm.”
“At the age of 16 I hit my biggest low. I had been suicidal all year due to immense bullying from school and people in society. I hid away and did not want to venture out into the public. My bedroom was my only safe haven. I was hugely depressed. I remember sitting on my bed and thinking about taking my own life. But instead, as I sat there, I started to counsel myself. I told myself ‘The energy you are putting into ending your life, put all that energy into turning your life around and doing something better’.”
“At that point I decided I wanted to be me. I decided to keep my beard and step forward against society’s expectations of what a woman should look like. Today I am not suicidal and I do not self harm. Today I am happy living as a young beautiful bearded woman. I have realised that this body is mine, I own it, I do not have any other body to live in so I may as well love it unconditionally.”
Who fancies and injection of colour? Well I’ve certainly got that for you today! This shoot was set up by photographer Anna Reynal and Pop the Cork Events in Washington DC.
“We were inspired by all the colours!”, Anna told me. “I love weddings that are all about celebration and colour so we wanted to play with the idea of what a wedding would look like with ALL of them! We wanted it to look personal and modern.”
“There were several inspirations for the shoot including the colour wheel, CMYK, and hex-colours. The latter is used digitally and gave us inspiration for including geometric elements.”
“We had an amazing dress from Wai-Ching. We love when brides infuse a lot of their personality into their weddings and think outside-the-box. The inspiration and theme really began to take shape once we found the amazing dress, we couldn’t NOT use it!”
Ballet might not seem very Rock n Roll… and for all intents and purposes it is anything but ‘edgy’, but when I saw this pretty, colourful and quirky set of wedding images, I knew I had to share them with you!
Photographer, Kimberly Mitiska, told me all about their inspiration. “This shoot took place at the beautiful Colorado Ballet. Once we picked out the pink wedding dress for one of our brides we knew that the Colorado Ballet would be a perfect match for the vision of the shoot. To top it off this lovely bride used to do ballet so she had some old pointe shoes that I incorporated into the photographs.”
When I heard about brand new online indie bridal boutique, Ceremonia NYC, I was super excited! Their collection of exclusive dresses and accessories looks so damn good, and really different from the usual wedding dress fare. Their offerings are anything but traditional!
“The bridal industry is really fun right now”, said photographer Sheena of UNIQUE LAPIN Photography. “There are so many new and unique styles emerging. Brides today have so many options both aesthetically and price-point-wise. Along with being inspired by decades past, we wanted to make sure we captured the new spirit of the rapidly changing bridal landscape with this shoot.”
It was only a matter of time until someone created a photo shoot inspired by Solange’s wedding to Alan Ferguson. As soon as I saw that hair, that jumpsuit and those adorable images of her on a bicycle, I knew it had to happen!
Put together by wedding photographer John Bello, the shoot took place in Vancouver. “We were obviously inspired by Solange Knowles’ wedding”, he told me. “We wanted to shoot something that would appeal to the more unconventional bride. From a plexi pillar dessert table to baby’s breath and keeping the colour scheme to all white and cream. We wanted to capture a very fresh, modern but romantic wedding.”
When Erica from Mr and Mrs Unique and Jodie from Alternative Events sat down to plan this shoot, their main goal was to produce something that was vibrant, inspiring and most of all fun! I think all you colour lovers out there will just adore this!
“The shoot took place at The Boiler House in Cardiff”, said Erica, “and it was the perfect backdrop with its Keith Haring inspired graffiti wall art. I was keen to turn the industrial unit into something couples could envisage as a wedding reception space.”