Jo and Jonny had a wedding like no other – it had a princess pirate punk theme! They were married in Belfast in November.
“Our wedding theme would be best described as a princess marrying her pirate in a punk fairytale!” said Jo. “We got our biggest inspiration from looking at what we DIDN’T want. We decided we didn’t want to spend thousands of pounds and we definitely wanted something that represented us and made us happy. We looked how we wanted and we only invited the people who were really important to us.”
“The one thing we wished we’d known before starting to plan was just how utterly crazy people get around weddings!” she laughed. “We’ve had kids and knew that babies can bring out some crazies from the woodwork, but nothing compares to the amount of opinions you will get from other people when you tell them you’re having an alternative wedding!”
People always ask me what makes an ‘alternative wedding’. I think a lot of them assume that the label must only apply to the most ‘out-there’, wacky and crazy weddings and that it’s all jumping out of planes or all-out goth themed days. While, of course, I adore featuring those types of weddings, I also really love sharing the ones that just have a few personal, quirky touches. Just like Corbyn & Lucas’.
They were married in September at the Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit. “Our wedding was themed around Love and an indoor garden party. We also had lots of gold”, the bride said. “One of my favourite moments was our ‘first look’ where Lucas was blindfolded (so he didn’t actually see me before the ceremony). Just being able to hug him and have a quiet moment to hold each other, away from everyone and everything going on. It was a beautiful moment. Our ceremony, in the golden hour light in front of the conservatory was also amazing.”
This afternoon’s shoot is simple, but sometimes that’s really all you need. I love that this bridal session is JUST about the girl and how gorgeous she is. No bells and whistles, no OTT styling experience, no extra STUFF. It’s just her, being herself and looking totally amazing!
“My inspiration for this shoot was to shake things up and tell bride to be themselves”, said photographer Kendra Elise. “Not every bride falls into the long hair, long dress, nude lip colour, floral ball bouquet category and thank goodness for that. It is way more exciting to follow your own style than it is to follow the rules of getting married… because let’s be real there are no rules to falling in love, its just two people being themselves.
“I wanted to make images that were bold, fun, and absolutely stunning. I have had brides that have worried about not following the traditional rule book and I want to encourage them follow their own hearts. When you do your own thing it’s way more rewarding and truly satisfying!”
Heather and Matt wanted a timeless wedding that was glamorous but also reflected them. They were married in October at Whitley Hall, Sheffield.
“Our inspiration was classic glamour”, said the bride. “We wanted our wedding to be different so we had it on Halloween. We both love the holiday, although we didn’t want to have a specific Halloween theme.”
“We wanted the ceremony itself to be pretty intimate”, she continued. “We had a pianist and we had him play You Had Me at Hello by A Day to Remember as I walked down the aisle.”
Natalie and Aaron wanted a small wedding, that was just for them. They were married at Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne with just nine guests. “The inspiration for our wedding was to have a low key, romantic elopement with beautiful spring flowers all around us”, the bride said. “We had originally planned a wedding for around 80 guests which was meant to happen next July, but after I became very anxious and stressed we decided to drop that in favour of our little ceremony. By doing a small ceremony we saved thousands of dollars too.”
“We had only nine guests which made the day feel really special and intimate compared to the other weddings we’ve been to. Even though our day was small, at times organising things was still stressful. I think I assumed that because we went so small that it would be super breezy but it can still be a really overwhelming process, I wish I’d just taken the time to relax more leading up to it.”
Kirsty and Mike were married on Friday 31st July at Barmbyfields Barn in York. They chose that date because it was a Blue Moon (the 2nd full moon in a month which only happens every three years) which is said to be a very powerful and magical time to get married.
“Our wedding theme evolved as we went along, but I guess you could describe it as boho hippie goes to a metal gig!”, the bride began. “It was a very eclectic mix of ideas from ourselves and our children. We collected things and recycled stuff and we kind of wanted the barn to feel like our house rather than a wedding. We even took a fireplace there and set up some logs and some trinkets and we hung a picture of My Dad it. We set our head table in front of the fireplace and we brought our own chairs from home to sit on.”