I was married at 24, which is pretty young really, so I was by far the first of my friends to tie the knot. But now, getting scarily close to 30 (as Gareth likes to kindly tell me. Oi! I’m only 28 buster!) a lot of my friends are now walking down the aisle too. EXCITING.
So when Jo, who I used to work with at the shopping channel, got engaged to James, I was straight in there with my recommendations and ideas for her wedding… in fact I’m probably verging on annoying about the whole thing. But for Jo, wedding photographer David McNeil was the obvious choice. He also used to work at said shopping channel (!) and feeling comfortable in front of the camera was super important to Jo & James. David is a wizz at this. I can vouch for him.
Are you ready for something slightly weird and wonderful this morning? Well Shing & Lynnette’s engagement shoot sure fits that bill! Based in Singapore, Raymond Phang Photography loves to shoot things a little bit wacky, and uses his pre-wedding shoot time with this clients to really push the boat out and have fun.
“The inspiration behind this concept came from the couple’s real life courtship days”, wrote Raymond. “Our story was this…the bride has a broken leg and so had to be on a trolley with the groom pushing her around in the supermarket. Halfway through shopping, he gets distracted by the saucy FHM magazine which incurred the wrath of the bride. She decided to flash out a large trout and gave him a slap across the face. Then she gets up, wraps the groom in toilet roll and pays for her purchase… which is a husband.”
Erm… as you do…
Broken leg? large trout?!? See… I told you… a little weird but wonderful!
Some of you will love these. I’d imagine some of you will hate them… but for me, that’s what being on Rock n Roll Bride is all about – something a little different!
If you’re going to have a themed engagement shoot then you might as well go all out right? Which is why Nicola & Pete’s farmyard themed shoot slays me. Hay bales, chickens… oh and the cutest miniature horse you ever did see!
“I like to do engagement shoots which are themed around the couples in them”, explains South African wedding photographer Jacki Bruniquel. “Nicola is a horsey girl and both her and Pete are super stylish and love to dress up. It seemed obvious from the start that we would have to involve her beautiful chestnut thoroughbred, Demi. Then she mentioned something about a little miniature horse called Wonderboy, and I was sold. The shoot had to be at the stables and the miniature horse just had to make an appearance!”
I’ve got a double dose of the gorgeous Elodie & Alexis today, starting with their incredible engagement shoot. Shot by film-loving photographer Ashton Jean-Pierre, this stylish couple flew him from London to Normandy, France to shoot their engagement and wedding.
Ashton is deaf as are both Elodie & Alexis. They found Ashton at World Deaf Art Festival in Reims, near Paris, last Summer. Elodie also happens to be a Rock n Roll Bride fan, hurrah! As soon as they met, they knew Ashton was the perfect wedding photographer for them. After 10 months of communicating via email it was finally time to shoot!
“We are very creative, very inventive and always have some sort of project on the go”, explained Elodie, “so we always knew our marriage would be heavily customised. For the engagement session I had always planned to have it in the old deserted garden of my grandmother’s house, where there was an old bathtub disfigured by rust, and two horses. I love this place! Then one evening in April, we had a crazy idea – to make giant cat and sheep heads to wear during the shoot! We made them ourselves. I love cats and Alexis’ curly hair looks like a sheep which is why we picked those animals. It’s amazing what can be done with pieces of polystyrene!”
If you want to see photography that pushes boundaries then look no further than MangoRED. This Filipino duo have been pushing my buttons ever since I first discovered them waaaaay back at the beginning of 2009. Their work continues to inspire me to this day. Why? Because they’re continually pushing themselves to create. Their work has evolved – almost into a completely different beast – but the essence of unadulterated and unapologetic creativity has remained a constant.
Francis & Mayone’s engagement shoot is a collaboration of photography, collage and sketch. The mixed media approach adds a whole new dimension and evokes a different feeling than photography alone. I love how dark these shots are too. Yes, it’s shot on a beach but that doesn’t mean it should all be sunshine, deckchairs and candy floss.
FYI Some of the images after the ‘jump’ are potentially NSFW.
This week I instagrammed (is that a word now?) that I was missing the desert… and jeez, Lindsay & Mike’s engagement session isn’t helping me much.
“He is a musician, she creates leather goods and together they travel around with different music festivals like Coachella and Warped”, photographer Kayleen told me. “They were just married over the weekend and have departed on the Warped Tour. This is their engagement session shot at the Little Sahara in the middle of Utah and the old ghost town of Eureka.”
Yep, that’s it. I’m heading back to Vegas as soon as I can! See you there?