Sometimes it’s really nice to forget all the stresses, strains and ‘stuff’ surrounding a wedding, a focus on the really important things. The love. The relationship. The reason you’re doing all this at all…
Casey & Haylie did just that. The couple live in LA and were only in Arizona, where they had their engagement session scheduled, for a short while so they wanted to keep things as simple as possible. What could be more beautiful, honest and unfussy that a shoot in the desert? No props, no stylists, just the two of them and their love.
Confession time: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. I know, I know, my geek credentials should be thrown out of the window and I should hang my head in shame… But needless to say I know a good thing when I see it, and Karlee & Justin’s engagement shoot certainly fits that bill.
Vancouver Island in British Columbia was the perfect spot for this DIY shoot – oh yes, I said DIY – the pair made their outfits themselves from scratch!
“Karlee gave us directions to an abandoned church (called the Old Stone Butter Church) located directly on an Indian graveyard”, wrote photographers Cole & Jakob of Nordica Photography. “If you’re not familiar with Indian graveyards, they’re sacred and very well guarded by natives, so you don’t want to mess with them. So, we arrived early and waited beside the church on the Indian graveyard looking forward to meeting Karlee & Justin for the first time. When they pulled up, we were kind of shocked.”
Engagement shoots might not be everyone’s bag, in fact I rarely blog them myself. But when I saw Kate & Brandon’s intimate and utterly gorgeous shoot I knew I had to break my self-imposed rule. I love how these images perfectly reflect the couple – their likes and dislikes, the things they do together and who they are as people – without any pretentiousness. Nothing is overdone and nothing has been imposed by the stylist – it just shows them.
“We wanted to feature Brandon’s motorcycle in the shoot as that’s his other love”, wrote stylist Rachael Lunghi of Lace and Likes. “They both smoke and enjoy whiskey so we brought that in. We sort of came up with a whole storyline about them riding out to the forest and then camping in their longjohns and drinking whiskey in the woods.”
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!”
I do love winter wedding inspiration, but more than that, I love winter inspiration that’s a little bit more edgy. Gothic even. To me, winter is the perfect opportunity to embrace your dark side.
And for their engagement shoot, Adriana & Ben wanted to to just that as well. “I wanted to really go all out and embodied the darker side of us for our engagement shoot”, Adriana explained. “We really weren’t trying to be ‘dark’, we were just trying to be true to us. My fiancé is a musician and I am a event creative director, so I really wanted our passions to be apparent in this shoot. I wanted to create an enchanting feeling and our own little creative fantasy.”
“I personally put together all the decor and we had to cart it all to the location site. It took us about a 25 minute walk on a trail into the forest to get to the right location. The location was so enchanting. While setting up our vignette, I decided to attach rose heads to each of the trees in the background to add a dynamic touch. Overall, I feel that this shoot really pulls from all of my influences in music, fashion and art such as, Tara McPherson (artist), Alexander McQueen, the Foo Fighters and Shiny Toy Guns. It also is influenced by our favorite show, Game of Thrones.”
Honestly? I’m not going to pretend that I really understand this shoot… but for some reason I just really love it. It must be the weird juxtaposition between designer handbags, shoes on a roof, giant bunnies and bondage… and hell, I’m not adverse to a bit of randomness!
Taking place at Big Ben Farm in Bulacan, The Philippines, Jay De & Clarissa wanted a shoot with some attitude. As lovers of vintage styling they wanted it to have this vibe, but with an edge. They wanted their shoot to be much more than teacups, cupcakes, lace or pearls. They wanted high fashion! With the help of stylist Feliz and photographer Jay Jay they pulled together five iconic looks which showcased various parts of their personalities. Ranging from high fashion to cute and cosy to dark, each set was a real labour of love and very ‘them’.