This pretty Great Gatsby inspired wedding shoot is the perfect way to ease you into the long weekend. I don’t really feature styled wedding shoots on the blog much any more (because, let’s face it, real weddings are usually way better!) but I loved the use of colour and the elegant, yet totally reproducible, details in this one so much.
Shot in Portland, Oregon, by a team of local suppliers, wedding photographer Meredith Bacon told me all about it. “This intimate scene is set on a quaint and lush forest in Portland. Crystals drip from the branches of evergreen and deciduous trees at a romantic alter, lavish flowers and candelabra decorate the 20s lounge-style reception.”
Surely you know what a kiss is?” she asked, aghast. “I shall know when you give it to me,” he replied stiffly, and not to hurt his feeling she gave him a thimble. “Now,” said he, “shall I give you a kiss?” and she replied with a slight primness, “If you please.”
Obsessed with the Disney version of Peter Pan and Wendy, wedding photographer Nicki Komorowski decided she wanted to shoot a real life couple, inspired by her favourite love story. “I started obsessing about a grown up Peter with a huge ginger beard and a green suit!” she told me.
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.”