Happy day of LOVE! What could be a better way to start off this most romantic of celebrations than a Valentine’s inspired bridal shoot… with a twist (of course!)?
There are so many touches that I love in this set of photos – the hay bales with the hearts on, the colourful DIY fans or the heart garlands would make for incredible ceremony backdrops. There are some seriously sweet buffet table ideas and the gold and yellow tablescape is a really lovely and original take on the theme.
Oh and let’s not forget all the gorgeous vintage dresses from Ooh Mrs James. The best bit? They’re all under £450!
“The idea for this shoot was ‘Love Rocks’, a less traditional Valentines wedding shoot”, explained stylist Jasmine Orchard. “We wanted to incorporate the love heart shape in mass (it is Valentines Day after all) but without it being over the top girly, taking a more fresh and edgy approach with a slight retro feel to it.”
Dani and Liam always wanted a small wedding. There was no grand proposal either, in fact they decided that they wanted to get hitched when they were driving to Reno last August. They chose 11/12/13 as their wedding date – just three months away!
“I knew I wanted a vintage-inspired, tea length dress, so we headed to San Francisco to begin our search2, began Dani. “My dress came from Bettie Page, a pin up clothing shop, and it was love at first sight. It was the first and only dress I tried on! I purchased it immediately and brought it home that same day. I found a crinoline at a vintage thrift shop that perfectly matched the bottom of my Betsey Johnson heels.”
“Once we found that dress, I knew the rest of the wedding had to have that vintage vibe. I found an awesome rockabilly salon and boutique where we got our hair and make up done in the morning. The last arrangement to be made was our venue. The date crept closer and we were still unsure as to where we’d hold the ceremony, until we found the wedding album belonging to my husbands’ parents. They had gotten married at a beautiful Swedish church in the Pacific Heights district of San Francisco, which was built in the 1800s and has been named a Historical Landmark. My Mother in law passed away a few years back and we felt it would be a wonderful way to honor her memory. We were able to book the venue just one week before the ceremony!”
Steven and Beth were married at Penarth Fawr Medieval Hall in June. Their reception was held in a marquee in the grounds of Gorwel Cottage, a holiday rental with sea views over Cardigan Bay and Pwllheli harbour. They didn’t have a huge budget and so they homemade as much as they could including the flowers and stationery. They also had an afternoon tea and evening BBQ as their food which was a lot cheaper than many of the other options that they looked at.
“We didn’t really set out to have a theme however the vintage vibe lends itself to reclamation and DIY”, wrote the bride, “plus chintz is my guilty pleasure! We looked for months at conventional wedding venues but they were all too expensive or not quite right. We were at the point of giving up when we asked the owners of Gorwel Cottage if we could put a marquee in the cottage car park for the wedding reception and luckily they loved the idea! My parents already had the cottage booked for their annual holiday so they booked in for the following week too and we were married on the weekend in between on the Summer Solstice. Gorwel is really special place for my family as we have holidayed there for years and my Nan’s ashes are scattered in the area. Similarly it was the place me and Steven had our first holiday together. It’s really peaceful, overlooking the sea and the mountains.”
Anda and Paul had a nature themed wedding in the Transylvanian countryside. They love all things rustic and are fanatical about DIY so it was the obvious theme for their big day. They were married at a church and afterwards they both jumped onto a home made chariot (a chair strapped to a board attached to the back of Paul’s bicycle) to head to their outdoor reception.
“We wanted to go to the church on two separate bikes and to come back on a tandem bike”, began the bride, “but because I couldn’t ride my bike while wearing the wedding dress, Paul found the solution: the chariot! He made the project himself and built it with the help of his father. We had so much fun with it and it was actually our favourite moment from the day.”
Roni and David had their first baby, Quintessa, a few months ago. So when their friend, pro photographer Mysi of Soda Fountain Photography asked if they’d like do a shoot inspired by their love of music, they jumped at the chance to get some gorgeous photos of themselves and their new addition.
The shoot took place at Honky Tonk BBQ Garden, in Chicago. Roni wore a selection of handmade dresses and headpieces. There were stringed instruments everywhere, harmonica favours, a rocking horse and bathtub that they stood in! The vintage furniture was perfect for displaying the gorgeous cakes, flowers and paper good created by some awesome local wedding vendors.
Rowena and Cain were married in Dingle, Ireland. They only had €7000 to spend but still managed to create a gorgeous and meaningful day with a little imagination and a lot of elbow grease!
“Our theme was Dia de Los Muertos meets the Owl and the Pussycat”, explained the bride. “Bright, vintage, musical, quirky and memorable. This theme ran throughout from the vintage style Save the Date cards complete with his ‘n hers skulls, the wedding invitations which were made from real 7inch records, the Sailor Jerry style wedding programme which had old style tattoos on it, the wedding cake and bridesmaids’ dresses. The reception tables had painted sugar skulls on with ladybird books, filled tea cups, birdcages and flowers in jars.”
Rowena bought her dress second-hand from eBay and had it customised into a 1930 style. She fell in love with the dresses of that time period after watching one too many movies set in that era!
“In Ireland, weddings still tend to be quite traditional and never really deviate from each other”, she continued. “We wanted to have something different and therefore memorable, one of those weddings that stands out and looks like something from a film or from a magazine. I decided early on that I would not follow any of the ‘rules’ that brides and grooms feel compelled to adhere to. I never went to any wedding shops, I didn’t have fresh flowers, we didn’t have a DJ or a first dance, there was no set seating and nobody gave me away. The whole day was very off the cuff yet totally relaxed.”