Category Archives: Styled Photo Shoots

Three Cultures Bridal Shoot

Noticing a distinct lack of diversity in the wedding industry, Spanish wedding planners El Día de la Novia wanted to put together a shoot to showcase how different cultures get married. Working with local suppliers, they pulled together very different bridal looks, and I just know you’re going to love these!

“We wanted to do a shoot that was faithful to the personality and culture of three different brides”, they said. “We’d noticed there were many brides who were ‘disguising’ who they really are for their wedding and we wanted to prove that the opposite was possible, and beautiful. Don’t be let down by social pressures, be who you are!”

They shot in El Molino la Flor, a magical estate located in Jimera de Líbar, Málaga. “We wanted to call this shoot THREE CULTURES because it shows African culture, Cuban culture and Celtic culture.”, they continued. “We chose a minimalist and simple decoration but lots of colour.”

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Smokey Gothic

I am very much having a goth moment. So much so that the shoot we did a couple of weeks ago for our September/October issue was goth-inspired (watch this space!) So when this ‘smoky gothic’ shoot winged it’s way to me, I knew I had to feature it.

Put together by photographer Cat Dossett and local suppliers from Oregon, the main inspiration for the shoot was the real life couple that modelled for it, Meghan and Seejay. “They have been married for a few years, but unfortunately they don’t have any wedding photos due to unforeseen events on their day”, Cat told me. “When she told me the story I immediately knew I wanted to style a shoot for them. Meghan definitely has her style, and they are both completely covered in tattoos, but Meghan is just sunshine and the love between these two is radiant. So I wanted to create something that encompassed their style, with lots of vibrant colour in contrast with the moody romantic venue.”

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High Fashion “Chinese vs Western” Wedding Shoot

I’ve got a little something different for you today. No, this isn’t a photo shoot with models, it’s Jocelyn and Jake’s real wedding portrait session!

“Being a creative couple, we wanted something that is a little different from what my friends have for their wedding photos”, said the bride. “Other than having a wedding and a bridal shoot in winter, we wanted a style that is quite unique. Our shoot was set in a manor house, Hammerwood Park. The interior really gives a strong presence in the images with the textures and colours within. It’s almost each room has its own personality.”

The shoot had two distinctive themes, one to suit Jocelyn’s traditional Chinese wedding outfit, and the other for her more western attire. “The dresses were my own, I actually sourced them online back when I was in Hong Kong”, she continued. “We wanted both my traditional Chinese “kua” as well as a white bridal dress. The Chinese outfit is vastly different from colours to jewellery – it emphasises on red and gold, auspicious colours for festivities in my culture. There is also a phoenix and a dragon that symbolises the husband and wife. The headdress is gold and appears to look like a bird, or a phoenix. The gold bangles are worn on both wrists and each have a phoenix and a dragon carved on it symbolising marriage. There is a character on the outfit embroidered, signifying happiness.”

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Warehouse Wedding Shoot with Gold Leaf… and Nipples!

Yes, you read that right, and this shoot might not be safe for work but oh man, is it awesome. I love how non-weddingy this wedding shoot is! Sure, you might not want to get your baps out for photos on your big day or cover your beloved’s beard is gold leaf, but you’ve gotta appreciate how damn amazing these models look, right?!

This was shot in The Glue Factory in Glasgow, a super rad, warehouse space which is available to hire for weddings. “I initially had an idea to shoot in an urban environment and really push the boundaries for a bridal styled shoot”, said Laura who did the hair and make up for the session. “I had always wanted to incorporate gold leaf with make up and finding the right environment and models that would embrace it. Our models were fantastic and loved how acceptable this look was if they were to get married. I also wanted a nod to Adam and Eve with the sprayed gold and copper apples. We didn’t use any flowers either, just foliage and ferns.”

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Colourful Bridal Shoot Inspired by Rock n Roll Bride!

I’m not usually one to get persuaded by flattery, but when a photographer Isabel Sacher emailed me to tell me that this bridal photo shoot was 100% inspired by Rock n Roll Bride, well, I had to check it out! It’s pretty mad to think that this little blog I started in secret ten years ago is now inspiring someone living in a completely different country to create an alternative bridal shoot!

“The inspiration for this shoot was honestly, Kat’s hair!” wrote Isabel. “I always adored her hair, because I used to have coloured hair in earlier days as well. I wanted to create something truly bold. For such a long time I had these fragments in my mind of a bride wearing a combination of a tulle skirt and a leather jacket and on the other side those colour shades of blue and pink I wanted to involve.”

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Welcome to the Summer of Love (50 Years On!)

June 1967 was the beginning of the famous “Summer of Love” where the Monterey Pop Festival, with performances by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, kicked off a time of of hope, optimism and real social revolution. Today, fifty years on (!) we’re celebrating with this fantastic sixties inspired shoot!

Photographer, Emma, told us all about her inspiration. “I’m a big fan of the 60s era and I really wanted to put something together to mark the 50th anniversary of this incredible period in our history. An alternative way of living was being explored and the emphasis was on travel, festivals, sex, drugs and, of course, Rock n Roll”

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