Category Archives: Anniversary

A Mythical Gothic Anniversary Shoot: Emma & Owen

After their wedding Emma & Owen decided they wanted to do a shoot that really showed off their personalities and personal style. They hadn’t had any portraits taken at their wedding eight years ago, and so they contacted photographer Jess Petrie to ask if she’d like to shoot them.

Owen told us all about their relationship and why they wanted to do this shoot. “I met Emma when I was fifteen and we’ve been together ever since. It really was love at first sight – that’s probably the only way it could have worked as I was too shy to speak to her at the time! As a teenager with a paper round, I had to save up for an engagement ring; I picked a ring at a jewellers and went there every week to add to the down-payment on a tiny gold ring with two small diamonds holding a larger third in the middle. I’d literally go there some weeks with 82 pence in copper coins to add to the pot, but I paid it off eventually and took it home! We went to sixth form and then University together, Emma to study Fine Art Painting and me to study Film & Video Production. Nowadays, Emma is a successful portrait painter and I run a film production company and am about to direct my first feature film.”

“We got married just under eight years ago at Hedingham Castle in Essex, a Norman castle from the 11th Century. The wedding was brilliant, with an all-black dress code and we wrote our own vows. Being a film maker with a professional photographer for a father, most of my friends are pretty good at wielding a camera, so we didn’t hire a photographer for the day (we obviously didn’t know Jess then). I’d been to a few weddings where the photographer had made the whole day revolve around themselves which seemed to kill any romance or spontaneity in the couple; too much ‘Stand here! Move there! Now we need the Bride’s Mother and the Groom’s Father…’ for my liking when we just wanted a day to celebrate being in love. After the wedding we were sent discs from everyone and had just under 5,000 images to sift through which was great fun, if a little slow! One thing we realised afterwards was that although we’d documented the day thoroughly, it would have been nice to get a few shots which were just about ‘us’ rather than the event.  Hence booking in with Jess for this shoot.”

“Nowadays, wedding photographers seem to have evolved, thank goodness! I went to a wedding recently where the photographer got in a fight with the bride’s uncle over ordering people about too much, so it still happens and it’s not just me it bothers – but there is a new and wonderful trend for photographers like Jess. Essentially, it’s their job to be very subtle and just capture unguarded, natural moments where people are celebrating, laughing, crying and playing. If wedding photographers like Jess had been around in 2004 when we married, we’d have booked her!”

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A Proposal Live on Stage & A Rockstar Anniversary Shoot: Tony & Kelly

Tony & Kelly have been married for four years but they never had any really great engagement photos, so photographer Kaethe Mari thought she’d remedy that!

Tony Gambino is a local photographer, musician, and um… freaking cool as crap,” Kaethe wrote. “When he asked me if I would do some headshots of him, I jumped at that like a girl jumps at fro-yo. It just so happens Tony has an incredibly beautiful wife, Kelly. I asked him if she could come along – and if I could grab a few pictures of them together. When I excitedly told a friend about who I photographed a few days prior, she said to me, “Oh my gosh… have you seen their youtube proposal video?!” I hadn’t…but now, I’m even more obsessed with these two. Watch it, and fall in love with them just like I did. Please.”

Kaethe is right, this is the most amazing things I’ve ever seen – all I have to say is it’s a good job she said yes! Be sure to check it out after the ‘jump’…

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The Desert & A Disco Tree: Danielle & Jose

Danielle & Jose are probably about the cutest couple I know. The first time I met them, at a party in LA last August, we spent the whole night huddled in the corner chatting about life, love, the universe and our mutual appreciation of British culture… and photo booths! So when Danielle emailed me just before I left for Vegas to tell me they were going to be there at the same time I just about squealed with delight to be able to see my friends again.

Then, when I told my travel buddy Lisa Devlin that I’d be meeting them during our trip she offered to do a couple shoot with them. It was the perfect excuse for us to drive out to the desert, decorate a Joshua tree with gold glitter curtains and enjoy the incredible light!

“When we heard that the wonderful Lisa Devlin wanted to photograph us, we were so excited to work with her,” Danielle told me afterwards. “The only photos Jose and I have taken together aside from our wedding photos were done with a self timer so it was especially exciting for us to work with someone like her. We felt honored to be captured by such an amazing photographer.”

“The whole day was quite an adventure, and even though there was a lot going on in the background (as a couple of drunken uninvited guests decided to crash our party!) Lisa made us feel very much at ease during the process. We are so thankful to Lisa and her fantastic assistant Amy, as well as to Kat for bringing us together!”

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An Anniversary Shoot in the ‘Up’ House: Lisa & Geoff

Lisa & Geoff wanted to do something different, fun and cute for their two year anniversary shoot. “Geoff and I got exclusive permission to do a photo shoot inside the Up House replica in Herriman, Utah,” Lisa wrote. “When we heard about it being built we got a crazy little idea to drive out from California and take photos there. We are huge Pixar fanatics and absolutely LOVE the movie Up. We watched it the day it came out and we were engaged at the time. So watching the ‘Married Life’ sequence at the beginning of the film really hit home (read: bawling in the theatre). It still makes me tear up every time I watch it.”

“With less than a month to plan the shoot and trip, we made many-a-trip to Goodwill (I love thrifting!) to get the perfect costumes. I made our very own Adventure Book from scratch and I made the yellow dress too (at 5:30 am the day we were supposed to leave!) We have admired Blue Lily Photography for some time now, so we were overjoyed that they could be in Utah and could be our photographers. Being wedding photographers ourselves (The Goodness), it was huge to get such an awesome couple to create these amazing photos.”

“We dressed in costumes, recreated scenes from the movie, had a picnic, the whole nine yards! It was AMAZING! So much fun. I even made one of the dresses I wore that day.”

Aww this just melts my heart. I love it so!

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An Newly-Dead Zombie Shoot: Nicola & Colin

Happy Halloweeeeen mwaaaah hahaha!

I’ve got a couple of suitably spooky posts ready to scare you out of your wedding wits today, starting with this zombie ‘newly-dead’ shoot by wedding photographer Al Overdrive.

I’m sure most of you saw this Zombie Attack engagement that I feature back in August, but for this shoot it was the couple who actually zombied themselves up!

Nicola & Colin were married in 2010, and as a wedding gift, a number of their guests clubbed together and arranged for them to have a photo shoot with professional special effects make up artist Lucy Darkness and  Al Overdrive.

“We shot in East London, getting some funny looks off the public as it was a Saturday afternoon in the middle of the heatwave,” Al told me. “For the most part people were very positive and curious, and thought it was an awesome idea for a newly wed couple to have done as a wedding gift.”

“As you can see from the photos, the couple had a great time, and Lucy and I enjoyed working with them on this unique wedding gift. Nic says she ‘can’t wait to get ’em printed! Would love to hang them in fancy frames when we move into our own place soon’ now that is something I’d like to see.”

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