Roni and David had their first baby, Quintessa, a few months ago. So when their friend, pro photographer Mysi of Soda Fountain Photography asked if they’d like do a shoot inspired by their love of music, they jumped at the chance to get some gorgeous photos of themselves and their new addition.
The shoot took place at Honky Tonk BBQ Garden, in Chicago. Roni wore a selection of handmade dresses and headpieces. There were stringed instruments everywhere, harmonica favours, a rocking horse and bathtub that they stood in! The vintage furniture was perfect for displaying the gorgeous cakes, flowers and paper good created by some awesome local wedding vendors.
It’s not often that I feature styled wedding shoots these days, quite simply because I have so many incredible real weddings to share with you! However when photographer Gary of Marshal Gray sent over this ‘three brides’ editorial that he shot at Belt Craft Studios, I had to bend my rule. I love the style of this session, especially how odd and slightly creepy it all is. This is certainly not something I see very often in wedding photography.
“As a photographer who primarily shoots weddings, it’s important to me that I mix it up and challenge myself as often as possible”, wrote Gary. “This concept shoot was undertaken with three of my real brides. Michelle Oakley, Laura Tannenbaum and Sam Earp.”
Although Laetitia and Franck aren’t planning to get married, they wanted to do something special for their four year anniversary and so decided to stage a shoot with cake and dessert designer Lauren Delpech of French Made, London. Being born and raised in Marseille, where Laetitia and Franck live, Lauren decided it would be the perfect place for the session. They chose the region of Le Panier because of its winding, hilly streets and Les Goudes Calanques as the stunning beach backdrop.
“A seaside themed photo shoot there may sound totally cliché, but with my team of fab suppliers, we worked with nautical symbols such as anchors, wheels, boats, sea shells”, wrote Lauren, “Laetitia and Franck are into tattooed and live an alternative life, so we included these influences too”.
Wedding photographer Morgan Wade had been dreaming of a bridal shoot in an overgrown forest for ages. Eventually she plucked up the courage to just go out and shoot it, and she brought an amazing team along with her. “My initial goal was to create a sort of anti-editorial; something that would appeal to a wilder kind of woman”, she wrote. “A bride who wanted to sidestep all the pretty stuff and just go for raw. I knew it wouldn’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. Somewhere out there are women who have to hold back the urge to howl at the moon; those are my brides.”
Alongside Claire of Poppystone Floral Couture, she sourced local props and décor items. “Claire had pulled together a beautiful scene and sourced everything locally”, she continued. “We purchased the gowns on eBay; beautiful vintage pieces that made us (and the models!) squeal and do happy dances. Our hair and make up artist, Jennifer Wriston, wove olive leaves, flowers, branches, feathers and pops of bright color into the models’ hair.”
OK so it might seem like an odd place to find inspiration for your wedding, but Stanley Kubrick’s more than a little weird movie does have some killer style ideas. If you skip over the orgies and secret society-weirdness, the mask ball scenes were pretty darn beautiful.
“Maureen and Patrick got married in Renvylle House in Ireland on 14th June this year”, wrote photographer Julia from Wonderfulife Productions. “They both share a love for video games and Stanley Kubrick films. When they got married they didn’t hire a professional photographer and so I was very excited to get involved afterwards as their style was so unique! Their wedding hinted an ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ movie theme, where all the guests were told to wear black and white and given black and white masks at the reception as a token. For our post-wedding shoot, we basically re-created the look from the wedding and went to the same location, but with the added benefit of less stress and time pressure.”
Are you planning to elope? If so, I hope this gorgeous shoot might inspire you. “I really wanted to showcase a different way to do a wedding”, wrote wedding photographer and driving force behind this session, Joel Bedford. “I pictured this lovely couple driving out into the middle of nowhere to recite their vows. The idea seemed so romantic to me: a red vintage sports car, a ballerina skirt and a couple in love.”
“My good friend Jasmine owns a bridal boutique and happened to have a Monique Lhuillier skirt that fit perfectly into the theme. I paired it with the bandeau top for a twist of romance. I think it’s such a lovely thought to pair something so high end with something laying around in your closet. Effortless romance! The rest was just chemistry between Alex and Samantha… that’s something you can’t make up.