Ben and Rosie’s fun-filled July wedding has a summer festival and retro kitsch vibe. “Above everything, we wanted our day to be fun,” said the bride. “It hard to pick one theme because it just turned out being everything that was rattling around in my brain! However we were inspired by the 1950s and 60s and anything cute and handmade.”
“I upcycled plenty of things including the celebrity coconut shy, and the table decorations. My mum and I also spent 18 months collecting vintage bits and pieces like embroidered hankies and tablecloths from car boot sales. We also collected vintage plates from which I made the cake stands. During the planning I learnt that people are only too willing to help if you ask.”
If you’ve just got engaged, then you might be thinking about doing an engagement shoot with your photographer. They are a fantastic way to get to know the person who will be there on your wedding day, but also to practice in front of the camera and get some fabulous images to boot! (You can read more of my advice for getting great engagement pictures here).
While many couples opt to keep things casual and fuss-free, maybe shooting around their own neighbourhood and wearing comfortable clothes, others like Federica and Stefano choose to go all out! The Italian pair dressed up and went to a fun fair for their pre-wedding shoot.
“The idea behind the shoot was that love is fun!”, said photographer Simona. “Everything is illuminated when we are in love, things dance around like a carousel and life has the delicious taste of cotton candy! We wanted to reflect that in these photos.”
Danni and Ben, your wedding gives me LIFE. I am so excited to share it on the blog today.
This gorgeous heavily-tattooed pair were hitched in Maidstone, at a venue called Kent Life. “Our wedding theme was a bit of a mixture of 1950s, rural farm life and a tea party!” said Danni. “We love the 1950s anyway, I have a huge collection of dresses already and we just love the music and the dancing. I really love that our wedding was personal to us and wasn’t generic.”
“One of the highlights of the day was our fire breathing burlesque dancer!” she continued. “That’s pretty different to most weddings! We just wanted to be ourselves and also to make sure there was a lot going on all day. I would never want anyone to say they were bored, so we had wooden games, a sweetie table and a Rat Pack tribute. We also had close up magic and it really created such a great atmosphere with people crowding round and laughing!”
Lulu and Alex’s June wedding was held at The Historic Overlook House in Portland. Their wedding theme was based on a sentence that they came up with on early in the planning process. “Science, Stars and everything we love”, Lula said, “and we only picked things we really loved. We obviously had our favourite colours but also dinosaurs riding pine cones, temporary star tattoos (our son loves temporary tattoos), food from our favourite restaurant, Erlenmeyer flasks, wood tables and chairs, paper crafts, mercury glass, and all the weird beautiful flowers and eucalyptus I could have asked for.”
“Our wedding was so especially ‘us’ in every way possible and everyone commented on that throughout the day”, she continued. “We didn’t pick a random theme and we weren’t obsessed with Pinterest even though we incorporated a lot of DIY ideas and printables from the internet. The day was also geared towards families. We made a chalkboard table for an entire kid area with printable colouring books, lots of lemonade and (non-alcoholic!) cider.”
As someone who loves tattoos, its probably not that surprising to you that I’m also pretty obsessed with henna. In fact after getting some really great artwork done in Marrakech last month, its my new favourite thing!
So when Sanna’s bridal shoot landed in my inbox, I knew I had to share it. “Sanna is dressed in traditional Turkish wear and the shoot took place in Stockholm, Sweden”, photographer Lena told me. “The henna on Sanna’s hands isn’t traditional – they normally just have some in the palms of their hands, but Sanna wanted some anyway. Simply because it’s beautiful.”
Mark and Lara were married on a ranch in Montana. They wanted their wedding to have a ‘dark carnival’ theme. “We both live in Los Angeles but I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Montana”, the bride explained. “We decided to have it in Montana not only to give have it in a place we both loved and connected with but so that our Los Angeles friends would have an opportunity to have a mountain adventure.”
“We are both film-makers and love theatrical imagery. We were inspired by Ray Bradbury’s, Something Wicked This Way Comes, a 1962 dark fantasy novel about 13-year-old best friends and their nightmarish experience with a travelling carnival that comes to their town… But we wanted to give our adaptation of it a light-hearted, jovial twist.”
The couple wanted to take every traditional aspect of a wedding and twist it. “We really wanted to make a point of making every part of the wedding unique and alternative”, she continued. “We had an outdoor ceremony in the drizzling rain. Instead of a sombre entrance, I came into the ceremony with the women of my family dancing around my Dad and I with streamers. We wrote the ceremony ourselves along with my eccentric Aunt Veronica who officiated us. We gave out small instruments for people to play as we danced out of the ceremony.”