Are we still down with zombie themed shoots? It’s seems to me that over recent months they’ve been cropping up everywhere but I get the feeling you’re not sick of them yet. Weirdly, zombies and zombie stuff is always a hot topic on my social media! Who knew…?
I’m not going to lie, I get submitted a lot of zombie shoots and most of them get rejected for publication. It’s not that I don’t like them… but I guess I figured once I’d published a couple of really brilliant ones, I’m ready to move onto the next thing. But Gareth told me I was wrong and that you guys would still love to see them so here we are with another one today. Is he right?! (he usually is damn him!)
The difference with Dannielle & Andrew’s shoot is that unlike a lot of zombie shoots I’ve seen, they wanted to get in on the action and play the zombies themselves rather than having other people to attack them. “For the shoot, we wanted to create a little typical zombie story”, wrote photographer Kim. “The girl gets stuck in the middle of nowhere and gets attack by a zombie. She then becomes a zombie and they fall in love.”
“Andy and I decided to do a zombie shoot for one simple reason… we both love zombies!” Dannielle took over. “We’ve watched every single episode of The Walking Dead together – it’s part of our Sunday routine. We wanted to do something that wasn’t your ordinary engagement shoot, something unique and something that reflected us as a couple. Our pictures show true love at first bite, and that’s exactly how our relationship has been. Ever since we first met I knew he was the one when I first saw him. Don’t worry though, we don’t have a craving for human flesh, we’ve already got each other!”
Back to the future, Indiana Jones, zombies… If you were to ask me to list my all time favourite things they would all be way up there. So when Ellery & Arlyn’s geeky gorgeous wedding landed on my lap I was more than a little bit excited to blog it… but also rather gutted that we didn’t do our wedding this way!
The Canadian couple were married at The Ironworks Studios in Vancouver. “The Ironworks used to be an old iron factory near the train tracks just outside of Gastown,” began the bride. “It’s now an eclectic venue used mainly for concerts and TV or movie shoots. We went to our friend’s book signing event there a few years ago and when we started talking about venues, the Ironworks was the place we both thought of first.”
“Our ceremony was officiated by Ellery’s dad, who is a retired RCMP,” Arlyn explained. “We wrote our own vows, and while we were saying them there were trains shunting in the background. it was actually quite fitting since Ellery and I spent the last four years working on Thomas and Friends! Our ceremony was pretty special and my favourite part of the day. It was nice to be surrounded by all our friends and family and seeing how happy everyone was for us. My daughter started crying which was totally unexpected and so touching and it got everyone all teary-eyed.”
So we’re in to October already so you know what that means… Halloween! And for Oddd & Elle, despite being married in August, their favourite holiday was the obvious choice of theme for their epic wedding.
“Anyone who knows us knew that our wedding was going to be a little different, as we’ve always done things our own way”, began the groom. “After a chance meeting when we were both invited last minute to a day out, we have been inseparable, We got engaged on our first Christmas day in our first home and we set our wedding date for our 9 year anniversary on Friday 17th August 2012.”
“We wanted a wedding that was personal to us and reflected our personalities by being fun, relaxed and quirky”, he continued. “We designed our own outfits, wrote our own vows and worked closely with our suppliers. Amy of The Wedding House made our custom designed cake and I designed, carved and painted the cake toppers to compliment it. We were lucky to have close friends and family who were able to help out with hair, make up, nails, invitations, Elle’s dress & my outfit, as well as the additional ceremony and reception decorations.”
“I loved our ceremony”, Oddd remembered.”Elle looked incredible in her custom dress, truly my angel, as she entered the ceremony room to Siouxsie & The Banshees’ ‘Last Beat Of My Heart’. The ceremony had a very relaxed vibe with plenty of smiles and laughs (and happy tears once we began exchanging our personal vows) and suited us perfectly especially with having the Eels’ ‘Beautiful Freak’ played as we signed the register. We lead the guests outside as husband and wife to The Cure’s ‘Friday I’m In Love’.”
Pink. We all know I’m a bit partial to it. So it’s hardly surprising that I couldn’t resist sharing Denna & Travis’ wedding. Pink hair AND a pink wedding dress? OH YES PLEASE.
Oh and they had a zombie wedding cake. I die.
“We made everything about us and the people who are important to us”, wrote the bride. “We looked at a lot of the wedding traditions – some we kept, some we booted and some we made our own. We wanted our day to be filled with laughter and smiles and we think we totally achieved that.”
“Travis and I are both really into photography so it was important that we got this right. We love all photography whether it be professional or just the snaps that we take everywhere and everything we do. Our wedding theme really came to be ‘photography’. We even had our own prints hanging at the reception and people could put their namecards in to win them!”
Hold on one second… Now I know I always say that I have the coolest readers but OMG I SERIOUSLY HAVE THE COOLEST READERS! I have four words that will prove it to you too… Zombie. Apocalypse. Engagement. Shoot.
So back in January, wedding photographer Rebecca Litchfield of Catwalk Wedding used this little wedding blog of mine to host an amazing photography contest. She wanted to give away 10 free engagement shoots, with the most epic of them all winning their wedding photography as well! While I couldn’t share all 10 engagement shoots I knew I had to post this one… and in case you were in any doubt, yes these guys won the grand prize. Hello, ZOMBIES. Zombies trump everything.
“The idea of a zombie engagement shoot was exciting enough, but I cant even tell you how much effort Nicola and Simon put into pulling it off”, Rebecca told me. “Because zombie engagement shoots have been done before they wanted to stage a full zombie apocalypse. We hired a zombie army of 13, an abandoned building on Syon Lane and the wonderfullly talented hair and make up artist Elbie van Eeden who transformed everyone into epically amazingly looking zombies.”
“We also had a huge array of props to play with. Three pints of fake blood, an axe, a hedge trimmer, replica guns, a Zombie Survival Guide, a real lamb heart, a ‘the end is nigh’ sign. I also had the help of amazingly talented Odin Raven who is the master of photographing abandoned buildings and processing HDR photos.”
“The day was great”, Nicola took over. “Lovely Elbie helped us with the make up and Rebecca mobilized a few of her friends to be our undead army. I can’t believe how many people took the day of work just to help us. We had the best fun ever running around the huge factory, jumping over dead pigeons and swinging axes about. We couldn’t wait to see the pictures and when we did we were stunned. Rebecca had done an awesome job! I love the fact that in years to come we can show our kids pictures of us being kick-ass.”
As keen movie fans, the theme for Elizabeth & Steve’s wedding was easy to choose, especially when they realised they could have their ceremony at the amazing Tropic Cinema in Key West, Florida.
“When we got engaged, we knew we wanted the whole day to be a big fun celebration, and our first thought for a venue was Tropic Cinema,” Elizabeth explained. “It’s an amazing volunteer run theater in Old Town Key West, and we are huge movie buffs. We even had our 2nd date there. When we contacted them, they were ecstatic to be a part of our big day as they had never hosted a wedding there before.”
Their brightly coloured scheme also suited the venue perfectly. “Instead of fighting the existing color scheme, I ran with it and used the CMYK theme in all our stationery and decor,” the bride continued. “Lori, the event manager at the Tropic was floored when she saw that we used their colors. Plus, you can’t really have a better setting for a colorful wedding than Key West!”
“Our wedding had a definite movie theme with an island twist, but overall, we just wanted it really fun and playful. We had to throw some zombies in there somewhere of course too, as we’re huge zombie dorks. Also everybody kept asking us about the Domo cake toppers. Steve won me a Domo plush at Universal’s Islands of Adventure right after we got engaged, and he quickly became our mascot…. I bought the figurines from an online comic store and made all the little accesories out of polymer clay. Who knew they would be such a hit!?”
The couple put their own stamp on their day by DIYing as much as they could. Elizabeth found the tutorial for the paper roses on youtube and spent 10 months in the run up to the wedding hand making them all. That’s dedication for you!