There are some weddings I see where I wonder if it’s actually photo shoot with models. Tyrone, Camilla and their whole wedding party are so goddamn stunning, they almost don’t seem real!
But I assure you, this is a real wedding. It took place in South Africa on March 28th. “I’m not a traditional kind of girl, so I knew our wedding wouldn’t be very typical”, began Camilla. “I think if I had to choose the things that made our wedding slightly more unique were definitely our photos; I loved the idea of having a wedding album that looked more like a fashion editorial and I spent the day yelling ‘Vogue!’ at the groomsmen to get their Blue-Steel on!”
As if you’re not already feeling envious enough, Camilla actually designed her own wedding dress as well as the dresses her bridesmaids wore (is there no end to her talents?!) and had them made by a local dressmaker. They also planned and executed the entire wedding themselves, without the help of a wedding planner. “Champagne and nude have always been my colours, so I knew I wanted a different kind of dress”, she continued. “The fabric can from Bridal & Fabric World and was exactly what I had envisioned. I was also so keen to get my bridesmaids in leather jackets. I had a vision and it worked out so well! I think also having my brother-in-law with all of us girls put the cherry on top; he was our ultimate accessory.”
Australian tattoo artist Dean and his partner Lillian wanted to do something very ‘them’ to celebrate their relationship. So Lillian asked Dean to tattoo her and they invited wedding photographers Helm and Anchor and film makers A&Y Video along to capture it!
“Last March we travelled to Australia,” Alberto of A&Y Video told me. “We spent a month in Melbourne, and during this time we met a lot of people including these two.”
“Dean has his own Tattoo Studio in Cranbourne called Unanswered Ink and Lillian has a blog all about healthy and organic food. When we first meet them our intention was to make a film about her recipes, but when we arrived at the studio, and we saw Dean tattooing her, we instantly knew that this had to be the shoot: love and ink! When the tiger tattoo was finished we took them to the streets to shoot their love in a very different way.”
Lee and Lowri were the lucky couple who won the free wedding photography contest that I recently hosted with VeVi Photography. Their wedding was held at Ocean Kave in Devon, which proved to be the perfect spot for their family-centric, colourful chaos wedding!
Lowri told me all about the amazing day. “We are still floating, after the incredible day that was our happy ending. We have both gone through a lot of painful times to get to it which made it all the more special. I had gone through a very acrimonious divorce and moved to Devon, to heal by the sea, near where I grew up. Gradually colour and happiness began to return to my life and once I decided to dip my toe in the water of dating I met Lee!”
“As soon as we got engaged we knew we wanted this to be a celebration of all the amazing close friends and family who had supported us both”, she continued. “We also knew we wanted nothing to be impersonal or super traditional. We both wanted to get married by the sea but finding a venue that would let us have our wedding our way seemed impossible. Then I stumbled across Ocean Kave and we booked it the day we saw it even though at this point the reception room wasn’t even built! We loved it because they said we could really personalise the space. They suggested we got married in the kave (yes it’s an actual cave) at twilight, having kicked off the party at 2pm, which sounded great to us. We loved that we got to enjoy the fun we had planned first, and it removed formality.”
When wedding planner Christine married Lenny, she knew exactly what she DIDN’T want. “Our goal was to create something that felt like us and didn’t try and keep up with trends”, began the bride. “I’m a wedding planner and a bridal shop owner, so I live in Pinterest-land in my profession. Our wedding was different because I learn from my clients what NOT to do and what NOT to worry about. I also didn’t try so hard to be ‘different’. We just wanted a great celebration.”
The wedding was held in their local park, followed by a reception at The Roosevelt, a favourite local restaurant. “We wanted our day to be casual, fun and timeless. It was more about our friends and family having a good time than any aesthetic guidelines. We got married at the park at the end of our neighbourhood, and I got ready at my friend’s home that is a block away. I didn’t ask permission to get married in the park, didn’t rent chairs, and didn’t plan a million timeline details during the reception.”
“The Roosevelt staff handled the food, booze and cake beautifully and I didn’t hesitate to delegate tasks to my awesome lady friends. We did have day-of coordinators to help though. My amazing assistants decorated the venue, placed parking signs, and welcomed guests. They even made sure I had a drink in my hand and food in my belly.”
“We decided not to have a sit down dinner, instead we served heavy hors’ deouvres with beer, wine and a bourbon punch. I was so worried about my family travelling from long distances not feeling like it was a ‘real wedding’ because there wasn’t a sit down dinner, but it was quite the opposite. Everyone was well-fed, nice and drunk and I got to have lengthy, real conversations with everyone. We all got to snack all night and really move around to chat with people.”
Ran and Adi are an easy-going couple so they wanted that reflected in their wedding. The bride wore an incredibly unique dress by Shimon Dahan, but other than that they kept things really simple.
The wedding was held at Sabawell, a venue in Tel Aviv. “We wanted our wedding to be simple but everything to be done in really high quality”, said the bride. “The professionals we worked with really made our wedding successful. We had an amazing team to help us.”
Pat and Veronica’s Californian wedding was held at a private residence in Lake Sherwood. The bride rented her amazing Vera Wang dress from onenightaffair.com and wore it with epic Christian Louboutin boots and a homemade veil. She wanted her bridesmaids to look just as good as she did, so they wore sexy leather numbers from Alice and Olivia – there were no ill-fitting, unflattering bridesmaid dresses here!
“When it came to the theme of our wedding, I kept thinking about Maleficent”, Veronica said. “Although her wardrobe was dark, her surroundings were beautiful and earthy. Besides my dress being black, my bridesmaids wearing leather and Pat’s green hair, our wedding was quite pretty and rustic!”