Rick and Catie had a shotgun wedding. After being together for five years they decided it was time one Wednesday night… and they were married on their friend’s waterside dock that Sunday! They spent just $600 to get hitched with the photography, catering and cake all being gifts from very generous friends.
Catie wore a dress from Anthropologie with Target shoes. Rick’s outfit came from J Crew and Banana Republic. They were determined not to spend a fortune. “After five years together we decided to get married on a Wednesday night and held the ceremony and party that Sunday,” began the bride. I had never dreamed of a big white wedding. After being a bridesmaid four times the thought of doing that to others was less than ideal. My dress was far from white and I actually picked it out sight unseen while looking for something to wear to a friend’s wedding. I called and purchased it over the phone thank goodness one of my 20 guests lived in Raleigh and snagged it on her move back to the island Friday. It fit like a glove, didn’t need a single alteration. I think it’s funny that Rick wore white! His only stipulation was the he got to roll his sleeves so we could see his tattoos.”
Inspired by the work of artist Marc Chagall and loving the fluid feel of the abstract paintings, wedding photographer Rosie Anderson wanted to create something similar in a series of photographs. To get that same fluid feel on her camera she had a brainwave – shooting underwater!
“Tom and Gemma are childhood sweethearts, they had to work together and really looked after each other on this shoot”, she wrote. “What I realised is that the water closes the gap between people. There is no air getting in the way, no words – it’s all about that moment. Something really special happens underwater. It’s hard to put your finger on it but it was magical. I’m now hooked and am planning another underwater photo shoot soon!”
Well this is something I didn’t ever think I’d post – a shark themed wedding! I love nothing more than being surprised by the weddings that land in my inbox and Kelly and Jack’s was certainly one that did that. The celebration was held at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel.
“Our wedding theme was sharks with an explosion of everything we love!” began the bride. “We had bold bright colors with accents from things like mermaids, tattoo imagery, and of course, more sharks!”
“The inspiration for our wedding was easy. It came from things that we both love. We have an intense love for the beach, and all the creatures in the ocean. We both have extremely bright, colorful tattoos and we wanted to represent that in our decorations and souvenirs. It was really important for there to be lots of red highlights since Jack is a firefighter and paramedic. Many of our decorations were shark themed. I have my entire right leg tattooed with different sharks. Our florist even wired shark teeth into my bouquet!”
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.”