Most of the photo shoots you see featured on this, and other, wedding blogs will have had weeks, sometimes even months, of preparation. Coming up with a concept, pulling together a crack team of suppliers, finding a location and models, figuring out the perfect time to shoot… But not so for photographers Luisa and Bárbara who live in Portugal.
“Yesterday, a thought came to my mind”, Luisa emailed me on Thursday. “What if we could pull up a Halloween picnic wedding styled shoot in a day, and send it to Rock n Roll Bride?”
Working with friends in the Portuguese wedding industry, she then instantly went shopping, and started contacting friends who she thought could help her out. “We decided we were mad but that we wanted to try! It was 10pm and we went furiously shopping for flowers that had Halloween colours, props and we tried to find the best couple who would serve our inspiration the best. Mick, a body piercer, and his long time girlfriend Wanda, a burlesque dancer, said they would love to be our models (even though we scheduled the shoot for 6am the next morning!) since his birthday actually is on Halloween.”
Halloween 2014 was the date that Chynna and Reginald said “We do”. They were married at Morris Chapel in Stockton, California. “The inspiration for our wedding was anything and everything glamorous and creepy”, explained the bride. “Our colours were plum, gold and black. We incorporated a perfect mix of black lace with 90s slasher film awesomeness.”
“Our tables were named for horror movie characters. Also, since the groom is a serious comic book geek, we tried to incorporate superhero touches as well. The best part was cutting our cake with Wolverine claws instead of a knife! We saved a lot of money on our décor by buying it right after Halloween 2013, when it was all on sale!”
When it came to organising their wedding, Jess and Tony had one thing in mind – family. This was their second time around (yes, they married each other twice!!) and this time they wanted to do things completely on their own terms. “Our wedding was shabby, ethereal, vintage, pin-up, country and quirky”, explained the bride. “Basically, it was anything but normal!”
“What made it even less normal was that this was actually our second wedding…. to each other! It wasn’t just a vow renewal, it was a wedding. We were really young when we got married in 2000 and had a very traditional wedding that neither of us really felt a part of. Life took over and our marriage fell apart after 13 years. We separated and worked really hard through some excruciating stuff and this was a celebration of new life, new family, and is as our authentic selves. We have 3 kids and they were part of our wedding. This was us doing the wedding the way we wished it had always been.”
There was one thing more important to Jamie and Zach than anything else at their wedding – family. “We wanted all of our loved ones with us to make a day full of amazing memories”. said the bride. “Having our grandmothers as our flower girls was by far the best decision we made. My mother also walked me down the aisle.”
The wedding was held at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove in Pennsylvania. The day had a laid back, rustic theme. “All of our escort cards, place cards, favours and decorations we hand made by my sister Nicole,” Jamie continued. “I can’t thank her enough for how much time she put into everything.”
Getting engaged at Disneyland Paris was the guiding force behind Steph and Greg’s May wedding. They wanted a day that reflected their love of all things Disney, without breaking the bank. They spent less than £6000 on their special day.
“Every time I told anyone what we were having at our wedding their response was always ‘That’s just so you two!’ and I think that really summed up our day”, explained Steph. “It’s not every day that you go to a Disney/ Bruce Springsteen themed wedding! We really just wanted everyone to feel like they were at a party, rather than a formal wedding, as it was really a celebration of us as a couple, and we’re not at all serious people.”
“The table names were all Disney World rides that we loved and our guestbook was a replica of the adventure book from Up. My bouquet was made entirely from Disney World park maps! We wore mouse ears in the evening and had Mickey and Minnie on top of our cake. We also both love Bruce Springsteen so I walked down the aisle to If I Should Fall Behind and our band for the evening were a Bruce Springsteen tribute, The East Street Band.”
Natasha and Chris wanted to include as many of their favourite things as possible in their wedding. They also wanted the day to be enjoyable for their guests of all ages. They were married at the Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, in July.
“The Hyde Park Picture House does not have a wedding licence, but that didn’t put us off”, said Natasha. “We visited a registry office the week before to complete the legalities and we used the opportunity to make our wedding ceremony at the Picture House really personal. My brother, Simon Logan, is a radio presenter and has been friends with Chris for 12 years and we decided very early on we wanted him to conduct the ceremony. There were lots of different things we wanted to bring into our day. We wanted a non-religious ceremony and we wanted live music and birds of prey to be a big part of it.”
“The birds of prey were really important to us as they were also involved with our engagement”, she continued. “Chris had booked a birds of prey experience day for me at Walworth Castle Birds of Prey at Easter 2014. He’d secretly arranged with the owners for a Harris Hawk called Frankie to fly to me with my engagement ring and then he got down on one knee and proposed. It was a really magical experience and the staff at Walworth were fantastic. Frankie and some of the owls came along to the wedding and it was quite emotional to see them again! Our friends and family enjoyed meeting them and flying Frankie.”