I don’t share as many engagement shoots as many of the other wedding blogs. It’s not that I don’t love them (for the record I think every couple should do an engagement shoot – they’re a great way to get to know your photographer and practice posing before your wedding day.) However it does take something extra special to make a couple shoot worth sharing on these pages, when you get sent as many awesome weddings as I do, usually these take priority for me. Yet I think Ryan & Lanie’s shoot certainly fits that inspiring bill.
The shoot was set up in four parts, as bride-t0-be Lanie explained, “First set was shot in Mogwai, which is a movie screening/cafe bar in Cubao-X. The vintage feel of this place helped us to achieve the nostalgic treatment we are aiming for. Add to that is the idea of our stylist to play a vintage film which served as our background during the shoot. For the second set which was still shot in Mogwai, its more like vintage with a twist of modernness to it. I really love how the tiara went well with my messed up hair.”
“The third set is quirky and nerdy combined! First part of this set was shot in a vacant lot somewhere near Cubao-x, “guerilla style”. Luckily we were able to finish all the shots just in time before the security shooed as away! Owners of two shops in Cubao-X (Atomika and a little vintage book shop) were all kind enough to let us shoot at their place. Atomika’s all “white” room, made the color of our outfits pop while vintage shop’s clutter of books and other stuff gave us just the right amount of “weirdness” for this set.”
“The last set was just casual and relaxed. We love our matching shirt and sneakers here! I was given an “out of bed” look for this set. This was shot at our stylist shop – Thank You Today. My outfits for this shoot were all from Thank You Today’s shop. While Ryan brought in some of his clothes for the 3rd and 4th set. But all these would not be possible without Rock Paper Scissors Photography and Thank You Today’s creativity and awesomeness!”
Don & Aileen’s beautiful engagement session was submitted to my wedding blog over Christmas. “We chose the colors aqua and red for our wedding because it conveys a little bit of old / vintage but modern and bold at the same time,” they began. “We also wanted some of our favorite items to be a part of our celebration and our engagement session: Cameras & Bikes.”
“We’ve always been fascinated with cameras and its what actually brought us two together. Our collection grew because of our interest in how images were captured way before, and how it has evolved to what it is now. Growing up, we both biked a lot — and we knew they were definitely gonna be part of this wedding. Represents a ‘lil bit of old soul, free spirit and never ending fun. Our overall theme will be more of “vintage fun” — we ddon’t want a formal stiff celebration but something that’s more relaxed and easygoing.”
The couple are getting married this year and I’m looking forward to seeing their wedding photographs already!
Crystal & Chip’s pink and white themed wedding gave me actual goosebumps as I looked at the photos. Seriously.
The couple were married in October at The Rusty Pelican in Miami and had one of my all time favourite Rock n Roll photographers, Matt Miller for Our Labor Of Love, shooting the wedding. “Being half Filipino I have always loved Asian art and culture, so I wanted it to be part of the wedding” Crystal told me when I asked about their wedding day inspiration. “So it was a pink and black Asian themed wedding. When I was younger, I had a hard time being half Filipino. I grew up in a very small town where kids weren’t always nice about people being different. So over time I learned to embrace and be proud of my culture, and who I am.”
“The decorations and flowers were all in tune with the Asian inspiration. We used large garden roses and orchids. We wanted to used peonies but they were not in season at the time. Garden roses were the closest that we could find. The wedding favors were take-out boxes with cherry blossom chopsticks, and of course inside there was Japanese candies called Hi-chews and chocolate dipped fortune cookies. The wedding aisle had pink and black paper lanterns on Shepard hooks all leading to large planters that had bamboo and flowers where the ceremony took place. Also our cake toppers were unique. I have a great love for the brand Tokidoki. So we used 2 of their vinyl figures named Adios and Ciao Ciao as the toppers.”
“So all in all, my husband and I wanted friends and family who are from all walks being tattooed hooligans, lawyers, doctors, straight edge kids, band mates, conservatives, etc. to have an amazing time. I think that we were able to pull it off and everyone had a good time. Both my husband being creative in our own ways, him being music, with many bands and dj-ing, mine being more crafty and artsy, we wanted our personalities to be shown throughout the wedding. With that we feel we succeeded.”
“I had a major hand 98% of the crafty stuff from the wedding. I personally handmade my birdcage veil with kanzashi flowers, the bamboo table number signs, all the invitations, name cards, favors, card box, and many more things that are currently slipping my mind. Many of these were made from scratch. I take pride in how well things turned out.”
It turned our fabulously I say!
I am so EXCITED about sharing Josephine & Radney’s wedding today! I first met Filipino photographer Josephine Sicad when she submitted some of her own photographic work for features on Rock n Roll Bride and I was instantly smitten with her vintage aesthetic and beautiful and genuine portrayals of true love! So when she told me that she herself was getting married, I literally couldn’t wait to see the results….and I DIE at how fabulous they are!
The couple got married at Vistamar Boardwalk in Mactan Cebu City, right on the beach in a DIY heavy, eclectic vintage style wedding. Josephine in particular worked really hard to create something beautiful and unique for their nuptials. First up, Josephine crafted her own unusual bouquet from vintage necklaces with fabric flowers on them and a recycled egg beater (!) as the ‘stem’. She even used the left over beads and things from the necklaces in the centrepieces! She found this awesome bike pendant which she disassembled to craft Radney’s boutonniere. In keeping with the bicycle theme, the couple chose to ride to their reception on a bike instead of getting in a car – which they decorated themselves.
The invitations were created from their engagement photos, taken by a Josephine herself (I featured them here!) and were put together by her best friend Govinda. ”I made the lay out for the rest of the invitation, while my husband doodled our wedding monogram (bride & groom on a bike)” Josephine explained. Instead of traditional favours, the couple gave vintage plates to their guests! It was a last minute idea that they put in because they fell in love with them and wanted to use them somehow!
Finally, the couple threw a “Best Vintage Attire” contest to help their guest get into the theme. ” We wanted to encourage them to wear as much as vintagey tones in line to our wedding theme,” Josephine explained. “At the end of the party, we awarded the best one with a vintage mini-jukebox radio I had bought. For the rest of the party, we threw out questions on ‘How will you know the Bride & Groom? And anyone who got an answer correct was allowed to pick any quirky item decorated from the centerpieces to take home.”
This sweet and cute engagement session is something a bit different to what I often post. However I thought Krystle & Derek’s Teen Vogue inspired shoot was the perfect way to show that you don’t have to be all about tattoos, props and vintage picnics to be considered Rock n Roll! The couple, from Manila in the Philippines, styled their shoot themselves to have a ‘mix n match’ simple fashion-shoot theme. ” We simply wanted our photos to look fun, flirty, fresh and alive with simple props” they told me.