Have I got something to end this week with a bang or what? Have you ever seen a wedding quite like this?! Themed weddings can get a bit of a bad rep, but when done well, and as an authentic representation of the couple, I don’t think there’s anything quite as fun. Who’s with me?
Christine & Charles met at a Star Trek convention at Altamonte Hilton, which they then chose as their wedding venue too. “Our wedding was a traditional Klingon wedding”, began the bride. “All of our guests used the opportunity to dress any way they wanted. Others may have thought this to be like a Halloween party but the celebration was a party of real friends to be as they wished. I made nearly everything myself including both of our outfits.”
Matt & Dannie were married at the groom’s Grandmother’s house in in the Sonoma Wine Country, California. After a memorable proposal (that was captured on film!) the couple set to planning a day that was a true reflection of them as a couple. “The most special thing for us was our wedding location,” Dannie began. “It was at Matt’s grandparents house. His grandfather built the house, and he had so many good memories there as a child. It was an honor for us to be able to be married there. His grandfather passed away in early 2011, so it was a very emotional night for his grandmother and family. The house was beautiful and was the perfect location for us.”
“Because we are wedding photographers, we see a ton of weddings a year”, she continued. “We wanted our wedding to be different. Nothing traditional. We really wanted our day to be special for all of our guests. We were thrilled to finally get married, but most importantly to hang out with all of our friends in one place and have them celebrate the love we have for each other and for them! One of the most non-traditional things about the day was the food. We didn’t want to serve anything boring. We had pulled pork & veggie sandwiches with mac n cheese, salad, and plenty of bacon (at the grooms request).”
Adam & Claire were married at Via Vecchia Winery, Columbus – well actually they were married in the alley behind Via Vecchia Winery but they had their reception indoors afterwards!
With the groom a wedding photographer himself, they put real importance on their images and so set up a pre-wedding ‘first look’ to capture some intimate moments before the ceremony kicked off. For this Claire wore a BHLDN dress designed by Orla Kiely, She changed back into this outfit for the reception but for the ceremony itself she opted to wear her mother’s vintage wedding dress. Adam had no idea she was planning to do this or to even get changed at all, so seeing her walking down the aisle in a different dress than he expected must have been a very special moment indeed.
“We DIYed as much as we could for the wedding”, Claire explained. “It was definitely super stressful at times, but the end result was well worth it! We wanted every part of our wedding to reflect our personal styles. I would also highly recommend Etsy…you can find literally anything on that site! We did everything from the invitations to the food to the décor exactly how we wanted and did not worry if people thought it was too unconventional or weird.”
This wedding video has a pretty intense intro but I utterly love it. Wow, what a beautiful way to share a wedding…
“It’s definitely not your typical wedding videography, and be warned, the first 56 seconds are a bit intense for some”, wrote photographer and film maker Dallas Kolotylo who sent this my way.
“To me this video represents the wedding day. Everything leading up to it is hectic and crazy and noisy, and it probably even gives you a headache. And then the day comes and it flies past you and its done, and then you settle into your life and you think back about it. You never remember the whole day as it happened, but you have these memories of feelings, almost random little things that always stick with you about the day. That’s what the video is to me, its a feeling I’ve had for a long long time, and I just tried to make the video in a way that expressed that feeling.”
Please note: This video contains flashing images from the outset.
Struggling to find the kinda of clients they really wanted to work with in Yorkshire where they’re based, photographer and videographer Lorna Lovecraft & Darryl Forrester decided to take matters into their own hands and show these kinds of alternative couples why they should be booking them.
“Although we have both been in business for a while, we have been struggling to book the kinds of clients who are having the style of wedding that we really want to shoot”, Lorna wrote. “We really want to work with couples who have a very individual style and are not afraid of doing things their own way on their wedding day. We decided whilst business was quiet in January we would do an alternative styled bridal fashion shoot to try and highlight our skills to our ideal clients.”
“I took inspiration from Kat’s article which appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine about future trends in weddings for 2013. One of the items that leapt out at me was bold colour and where she wrote ‘The vintage trend that dominated the wedding industry for the past few years is finally starting to wane. Instead of pretty and pale, 2013 will be the year of daring colour choices… And I’m talking bold colour baby! Colours that contrast and complement like black and yellow, or teal and grey, will be popular selections, but for the more daring couples it’s all about the clash! I’m thinking pink and orange, or yellow and green! Delicious’.”
Rochelle & Nestle were married at Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega in The Philippines. Although their wedding started off traditionally with a church service, the couple wanted the rest of the day to reflect their own styles. So they went for a dramatic but elegant blue colour scheme with touches of yellow. The bride wore blue ballerina shoes which she customised herself, the bridesmaids and flowergirls wore various shade of sapphire and the groom and his groomsmen had blue bow ties.
Rochelle’s email to me was simple. “We would like to thank Rock n Roll Bride because you’ve been a huge inspiration to us. You made us aware of the trends and the things we can do except from the traditional wedding. You helped us push ourselves to do the extremes and make us think that the things we thought could not be done are actually possible.”