Becky’s bridal shoot was the brainchild of wedding photographer Bethan Haywood Jones. She found Becky online and loved her look (hello, purple hair!) and so approached her with the idea of a winter themed shoot. “Aaaaah, winter. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan on the whole!” Bethan explained. “It’s cold, it’s dark, most things appear to be dead and it rains a lot. However, the winter weddings I am lucky enough to shoot are usually bursting with love, life and enough warm things to make your toes feel toasty. So my inspiration for this bridal shoot was to show that even on the greyest of days it isn’t too hard to inject a bit of colour into your day.”
“I love Becky’s purple hair and that was the starting point for my theming ideas. I warned her that we would be spending most of the day shooting outside and promised cake to make up for it, but I have to say she was an absolute star, sitting in the freezing cold in a little dress and peep toe shoes. The thing about bridal shoots is that often there is zero budget to pull them together, so again I sent out a few emails and found some amazing people to work with who loaned us items for the shoot.”
“The stationery was hand printed by Chris Smith who runs his own company called One After Nine. He specialises in simple and bold graphic design and typography while using methods such as screen printing and letterpress to produce the work. The dress and coat were borrowed from Lucky Bitch Boutique, who sell a mixture of original vintage items and hand made jewellery and accessories. Doris Designs loaned a kick ass hot pink petticoat to really bring the dress to life.”
“Most of the other bits and pieces were things I already owned and I made my favourite party purple punch. The little glass bottles I actually dug up from my garden! See…. weddings don’t need to be expensive!”
Nikki & Marc wanted to do an unusual ‘trash the dress’ photo shoot to celebrate their marriage. Something totally unique was on the cards when they braved the nearby Honey Island Swamp with photographer Chelsea Patricia, who explained the idea to me,
“Nikki & Marc are a pretty adventurous and unique couple (Marc is a tattoo artist and lord-of-the-bike—he even bike jousts on his tall bike. Nikki allows him to tattoo her ankle poke and stick style), but I still was nervous as to how they would respond to ‘Hey, let’s venture into the gator, snake, and mosquito infested waters of the Louisiana bayou! It’ll be fun!’ Thankfully for me, they were all on board. Nikki already had plans to hem her dress short and figured, ‘What the hell, it’s only swamp water!'”
“Nikki + Marc both appreciate art—Nikki is a writer, Marc makes chainmail jewelry and carves custom wooden wax seals. The fact that they both grew up in an around New Orleans only added to the fact that this shoot would be very personal to them. Personally, I didn’t really think twice about going into the water until, well, we got to the water. The stillness, the wild vegetation covering the surface, the vastness of the swamp beyond—it all sank in and I got…nervous. We got in, did our thing…my poor husband had to wade out the furthest to position the lights!”
Nikki’s dress was from David’s Bridal. “I am a very nontraditional bride in a lot of ways, and so it shocks a lot of people to hear that I got my dress at David’s Bridal. Trust me, it shocked me too,” she told me. “I wasn’t expecting to find THE dress there at all, and was mostly going for the sentimental mother/daughter dress shopping trip, figuring I’d end up buying my actual dress online from Etsy or something. Imagine my surprise when I tried on an empire waisted floor-length chiffon gown and fell absolutely in love. It didn’t look like anything you’d expect to find at David’s Bridal, and it was just vintage-inspired enough to fit with our theme. I was sold.”
Many of you will know who Elbie van Eeden is. She’s my hair & make up artist of choice, I utterly love her and use her for pretty much all my shoots now! Elbie was married earlier this year in South Africa (I featured the wedding here) and when she returned to the UK, photographer Natalie J Watts asked her if she’d like to do a bridal shoot with her.
“I know Natalie through her amazing fashion work, and when she asked me to do a shoot with her, I jumped at the chance,” Elbie explained. “Little did I know that I would end up being a subject!”
“Natalie was looking for brides who recently got married, and after a while I realised that she intended on using me as a model, and not the make up artist that I thought I’d be! I quickly rushed to Beyond Retro to get a skirt for me to wear with the corset top of my dress, as my full wedding dress would have been way too big to get to the UK!”
“Off we went to Regents Park, and although it was quite an experience running around in a massive dress on a hot day, surrounded by shocked onlookers, I had such a great time, she made me feel right at ease.”
“Must. Remember. To. Breathe” I thought as I looked through this amazing set of images sent over by Gabby of En Route Photography last week.
It’s not just beause bride-to-be Bonnie is utterly stunning…and has blue hair…and is rocking that amazing 80’s dress like nobody’s business… but just check out the LIGHT! The relatively simple rooftop backdrop (in Berlin no less) is the perfect location for such a breathtaking bridal shoot.
Bonnie is getting married next year and brought along her own vintage dress for the shoot (oh boy I really hope she wears this for her actual wedding day.) “The shoot had a real 80’s feel to it,” Gabby told me.
“I felt like I was shooting Madonna from like a prayer! We were aiming to capture some pretty, more conventional and some out of the ballpark images with the cigarette and Peter the porcelain tiger.”
I wouldn’t say I was an overly feminine girly girl…well girly yes…but more in a ridiculous barbie, rainbow haired, massive tutu wielding kinda way than a pretty or delicate one. However when I saw Cecilia’s fairytale themed portraits by the incredible Axioo (actually shot by owner David Soong’s wife Fen!) I just about died right there and then. Bunnies, they have fluffy bunnies!
Rock n Roll? Well maybe not the most alternative thing I’ve ever featured, but we all need a bit of girl escapism once in a while don’t we? And this is a place I want to run a way to, like now please! Plus her dress by upcoming young designer Melta is just about perfect non?
Love love love love LOVE!
The other scenes still feature the baby bunnies (yes!) but Cecilia changed into a few more outfits, a cute PJ-ensemble where she posed with a giant teddy bear…
…and a couple of more elegant evening dresses…
Be sure to check out the full set after the jump!
“The inspiration for this shoot really came from a morning cuppa with me and Hayley from Vintage Scoops, who owns a vintage ice cream van,” photographer Shaneen Rosewarne Cox writes. “We became friends via Twitter and discovered that we live very close by. I couldn’t resist a look at her fab ice cream van ‘Betty’ so we met up a few times. One morning over tea and lemon drizzle cake we decided to put together a shoot. ‘Betty’ is such a soft, pretty and summery ice cream van so we wanted to create a shoot that contradicted everything wedding-y.”
“Hayley is friends with Greg and Suzie from Lifestyle Salons and they very kindly let us use their gorgeous salon in Newport Pagnall to get the models ready. They’re very creative and lovely stylist Hayley did such an amazing job on the model’s hair. They both looked incredible!”
“When Hayley and I started to put the shoot together we put a call out for make up artists on Twitter. I can’t believe how lucky we were that Ana Ospina Ruiz (Milena) jumped at the chance. I gave her a very vague spec to just make the girls look colourful. She did such a great job, the lip ‘tattoos’ looked great.”
“Hayley also came across Mr Christian (dresses) at a previous wedding she had worked out and we were thrilled that he was happy to lend us a couple of dresses for the shoots.”
“The shoot took place at Milton Keynes Bus station. They have a legal graffiti wall that is changed every so often and it made for the perfect backdrop.”