Marina & Phil wanted a small and intimate destination wedding in Maui. They love to travel and adore the water so a ceremony at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm followed by an after dinner boat cruise was perfect! “We love the outdoors”, Marina wrote. “In particular, we love picnics with a great view. That’s what we ended up doing – a wonderful picnic on a mountain on a tropical island. We laugh that we could not decide whether to get married on a mountain or on a tropical island, so did both. We also decided to have our wedding on the 4th of July because we wanted fireworks!”
The ceremony was officiated by Phil’s grandpa Jim, a retired navy captain and still an avid world traveller. “This man does not like Hawaii because it’s ‘too damn hot’ and asking him to officiate was the a way to get him to attend to the wedding!” Marina laughed. “His ceremony was simple and entertaining. We are so blessed that he could attend.”
Max and Sarah were married at Rocher Harbor Resort, Washington. The wedding was timelessly elegant with rustic touches but with a dash of punk rock awesomeness thrown in! “Our wedding was a true labor of love,” began the bride. “From the handmade terrariums topping our tables, ceremony arbor, and DIY’d program goodie bags – every step of our wedding was a group effort. It would not have been the gorgeous and action-packed hootenanny it was without the efforts of our dearest friends and treasured family members.”
“As part or our program goodie bags we collected 150 vintage hankies. What a beautiful moment to look out at our guests and see almost every one in use! Max wrote the ceremony, and it had everyone (especially me) in tears. Favors, while an afterthought for many, were a huge priority for us. my dad designed and hand screen printed commemorative shirts and each guest received a vintage hankie and ‘kissing bell’ in their program bag. We also had custom water bottles and frisbees for our rehearsal dinner field games. We wanted our guests to take home the feeling we created and keep it all year.”
Shooting a bride in water is nothing new, but there was just something about this Lady in the Lake inspired shoot that spoke to me. I love the bride’s beautiful blue, green and purple mermaid hair (obviously) and the simple yet edgy styling ideas are pretty damn awesome aren’t they? I’d love to see a future real bride carrying a rustic and dramatic bouquet like some of these.
“This Lady of the Lake inspired wedding styled shoot features some of Baltimore’s most talented wedding vendors”, wrote wedding photographer Sarah Gormley. “The styling was by Mobtown Florals, Lauren Ruth Ward did hair, make up and modelled and the gorgeous dress was by Jill Andrews Gowns. We wanted to choose a theme that could serve as inspiration for brides looking for darker and more edgy styling – and the Lady of the Lake theme did just that.”
Tenille & Christian were married at Maritime Museum in Fremantle, West Australia. The venue totally set the tone for their vintage nautical themed wedding. “I found working with our theme to be quite easy”, explained Tenille. “The colour scheme worked and it was easy to pinpoint and find things to match our theme. If you have Photoshop and some time to be creative then you can save loads of money doing things like menus and table names yourself. I also highly recommend a cocktail party wedding as guests get to mingle and no one is stuck at a table. It really livens up the atmosphere to have guests being able to stand, dance and have fun in general.”
“I have a love affair for the 50s and 60s style and just love how the ladies and gents back then made that super extra effort. I love the large hoop skirts, fringe bangs, rockabilly curls and the fact that men were real gentlemen”, she continued. “I run my own online vintage fashion business which also gave me some inspiration. These eras were so elegant, had amazing bold hair styles and defined make up styles which is what I wanted for our wedding. As soon as we visited the museum we loved it. It was just amazing. It is on the water surrounded by the harbour and there boats inside the museum. We thought it would be perfect to mash these two styles together and lucky for us it worked!”
For their November wedding, Adriana & Daniel were keen to inject as much of both their cultures (Brazilian & British) into the day as possible. The event was held at Iate Clube de Búzios, a yacht club in Rio de Janeiro. The bride designed her own dress and used handmade lace from Renda Renascença with the help of dressmaker Inês Uemura.
“Sometimes you shoot a wedding that is so amazing, that it is only when you look back on your images and film that you can actually even remember what happened,” wedding photographer Maria of Studio 1208 told me. “The whole thing is so effortless, yet it moves like a beautiful old steam locomotive, thundering past you and carrying you away into some distant land.”
“Daniel & Adriana’s wedding was spectacular, yet it was never over the top or dressy. It somehow managed to harness two cultures perfectly, and ride them along the Brazilian sun coast to a carnival by the beach. The wedding was in a tiny white and blue church, packed to the rafters, people hanging in the doors and windows, just trying to get a glimpse. The live soundtrack to the day was provided by a great composer and accordion player, Dave Thomas, whose music is featured in our film. As if that wasn’t enough, at some point in the night, an incredible Brazilian live band started to play and Samba dancers appeared in a swirl of luminous colors and shining beads, encouraging even the tamest of spectators to do a little limbo.”
“To top it all off, best man, Michael, introduced his ‘pièce de résistance’ – a video message from a guest who unfortunately could not be at the wedding. It was none other Mr. Snoop Dog himself personally telling the happy couple, ‘From big Snoop Dogg, congratulations on your wedding. Stay down, stay with each other. Two lovers together forever. Believe dat.’ Believe that indeed!”
Matthew & Vashti’s engagement shoot may be simple but I think it’s perfect. Who needs props and stylists when you have love that looks like this? To me, there is nothing more beautiful than that.
In actual fact I don’t think any more words are required…just soak in the simple beauty that these guys have…