Full disclosure: this isn’t a real wedding… BUT I had to feature it anyway because I love the idea of running away to a mountain and having an adorable and completely understated elopement ceremony!
“I have always wanted to photograph a real, true elopement and have never gotten the chance!” wrote wedding photographer Brittni Willie. “I think being from Utah, most brides think they must have elaborate weddings with everyone they know (and don’t know) in attendance and I wanted to challenge that and show people how beautiful and yet simple an elopement can really be.”
“I suggested the idea to one of my previous wedding couples two days before we actually shot the elopement. We planned the whole thing in two days which I also thing really adds to authenticity I wanted to capture in the shoot. There were multiple parts of this session that I didn’t want to feel forced, or include too many vendors (if any) and spend hours of shooting to get 5 ‘perfect’ shots. We spent $80 in total. I wanted it to feel REAL.”
Just when I think I’ve seen it all when it comes to wedding shoots, something like this lands in my inbox and I start to question everything!!
LA based designer Evey Rothstein was inspired by the lights of Disneyland to create some truly impossible dresses. She explains, “The Disneyland light parade opened my eyes to the possibilities of dreams and imagination as a child. I have always gravitated toward all things sparkle covered and am fascinated by fireflies and bio-luminescence. I love figuring out how things work and playing around with soldering irons, LEDs and fiber optic filaments.”
“There is different inspiration behind each dress. The chandelier dress came about because I was intrigued by the way light shines through cut glass and crystals. I created this fiber optic chandelier dress with a smashed mirror disco ball-like mosaic.”
“The rainbow paint dress was inspired by Jackson Pollock. I envisioned the body as a canvas and I splattered it with fabric, neon colors and light in an abstract experimental way.”
Claire of Be Eventful and Caro Weiss wanted to do a wedding shoot with a difference. They wanted to really focus on the couple and their love, so they decided to strip things right back. Their models were Jess and Matt.
“The inspiration behind our Walk the City shoot came from a quote I always looked back to when planning my own wedding, ‘We were together. I forget the rest’ by Walt Whitman”, Claire explains. “As a wedding-helper, I’m used to dealing with the stresses of timings, weather, problem solving and last minute panics that surround a wedding day.”
Your wedding dress is probably going to be the most beautiful dress you’ve ever owned. So don’t you think it’s such a shame that you only get to wear it for one day in your life!? Wedding photographers The Melideos were thinking about this idea and decided to do a shoot to show that it doesn’t have to be like that!
“The idea for the shoot came from personal experience”, wrote photographer Mer. “I bought a beautiful dress for my wedding but I’ve only worn it the one time! So I dreamed up this bride that is so fearless and fun that she wears her gown for her daily errands. She goes grocery shopping, does her laundry, picks up dry-cleaning, all in her fabulous dress.”
When it comes to me accepting submissions to feature on this blog, I always ask myself the same two simple questions: Will my readers like this? And are there ideas in here that people can actually apply to their own weddings? More and more these days, I’m only able to answer yes to both these questions with the real weddings I’m sent. However sometimes, just sometimes, a styled wedding shoot fits the bill as well.
I’m thrilled to share this gorgeous shoot with you today because it is just that – totally gorgeous – but all the fun, colourful details are very much DIY and budget-friendly. You could take what you see here and apply the ideas to your own wedding without too much fuss (or expense!) and that makes me very happy indeed.
OK, so I told you my second Halloween inspired shoot of the day was worth the wait… now do you believe me!? Shot by the EPIC Sassy of Assassynation at a workshop she put on recently, this is a Halloween shoot like no other! Some of these shots are genuinely terrifying.
“I put together a styled shoot as part of my workshop, the Sassterclass. My styled shoots always tend to be out of the ordinary… something a bit different to your standard wedding stuff. Mainly I love doing them just for fun, and to push people out of their comfort zone a bit. Each attendee gets time to direct and shoot the couple so that they can then introduce their own creativity and style.”