Rachel & Nicky were married at the super swanky Andaz Hotel in London. The bride read Rock n Roll Bride throughout her planning and I’m oh-so-excited to see some of my favourite touches throughout this wedding (that cake? effing awesome!)
“Nic and I have been immersed in music since we were young, we have both grown up listening to punk and hardcore and a massive spattering of Bruce Springsteen!” the bride told me. “We wanted to make sure that our day really represented this. From invitations that featured Springteen lyrics, tables named after Springsteen songs from Born to Run to Badlands. I wanted to make sure that the day was a total celebration and that everyone was smiling all the way through. I walked down the aisle to ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ sung by Morecambe and Wise, just stopping short of doing the walk/dance that goes with it, which raised a laugh out of everyone attending and we left the ceremony to Springsteens ‘Two Hearts’.”
“Our cake from Choccywoccydoodah wasn’t the most traditional of cakes but it really represented our ‘dark side’! With a huge chocolate skull on the top and the tattooed ’till death do us part’ chocolate heart on the front, stunning and yummy. We always knew that if we got married that we would want to do it in Central London, we could never see the point of heading out to castles in the countryside as this had nothing at all to do with our lives. I have always found the City and financial district to be the most beautiful part of London, the incredible old stone buildings sitting between the sharp angles of glass and steel. I knew from the start that The Andaz was the place for us, I had dreamed of getting married here and having the reception and party in the old Masonic Temple that formed part of the hotel. We kept the temple a surprise and led people in there for the party, everyone was so shocked that there was room this beautiful tucked away. We partied away the night amongst the marble and gilt to classic rock mixed with a spot of punk, even our families danced along to Cock Sparrer’s classic ‘We’re coming back’! The whole day was our version of punk luxe.”
“Always in search of new ideas and cool, unique locations with a story, I was thrilled to explore one of the very last working farms in Chelsea, Quebec, Canada for my inspiration shoot,” writes photographer Anne-Marie Bouchard. “I wanted character and grit for a session that would showcase something a bit different with an edge to inspire the modern Rock n Roll Bride. The work horses were a perfect fit to the true natural, rustic feel and a tattooed bride in a soft flowing Vera Wang gown with wild dark flowers just felt so right, opposites do attract after all!”
I adore this shoot. The simple, clean lines of the cake, mixed with the texture of the dress and the gritty setting are just perfect – both edgy and elegant. The flowers on the cake are all handmade sugar flower hydrangeas and anemones and the black bow on the cake was inspired by Vera Wang‘s 2011 Spring line, from which the dress was taken. It all ties together beautifully.
Liz & TJ’s engagement session and silent movie inspired video are simply perfect. The couple met in a tattoo parlour and so getting a tattoo together as part of their engagement session is both appropriate and awesome.
Plus The Exorcist is arguably the most controversial movie ever (or it was in it’s day) and the second part of their shoot took place on those famous steps…
Enjoy! (and make sure you watch the rad-as-hell video too)
Shelby & Bliss wanted their engagement shoot to take place in a tattoo parlour because Bliss is tattoo mad! “The inspiration for the shoot came mostly from Bliss’s amazing tattoos,” Shelby told me. “The tattoo parlor we shot in is where he gets his tattoo’s done. When I was in there with him we thought how cool it would be to do our engagment session in the parlor. We love the “Sailor Jerry” feel of the shop and decided to capture that between the two of us. Our photographer Jeremiah did an amazing job capturing it all! We love him and we love the pictures!”
Shelby wore a dress from Unique Vintage.
Boudoir photography isn’t something I feature that often, but when I saw Miya’s session I instantly loved it. The genuine vibe of these images, coupled with the beautiful use of light…and of course Miya’s beautiful ink…made me swoon. Lots.
“Miya came to me wanting a boudoir shoot that was a little different… something a little more abstract and artsy, not just ‘here I am in my underwear!’ ” photographer Ariel told me.”So I thought of shooting through fabrics (to soften the image and give them some natural texture & color) & to use the tilt shift lens a bit. I love how they turned out and Miya was super cool to shoot!”
Jessica & Jason were married at Grand Island Mansion in Sacramento. They both adore horror and so their Halloween themed wedding was held on the 30th October.
Their home is decorated with Halloween decorations all year long including a life size pirate that talks when you walk by him (!) so they actually brought a lot of items from their home to decorate the venue. They played Phantom of the Opera as the bride walked down the aisle and the majority of their guests dressed up for the reception party!