I wasn’t going to publish any Valentines-specific content this year. Like many of you, I’m of the persuasion that St Valentines Day has been taken over by the mass media and is now just pushed on us by greetings cards companies who want to make a quick buck at our loved-up expense. Gareth & I don’t celebrate it (well maybe we’ll order a takeaway, watch a movie and get a little tipsy – ahh the romance) so I’ve never been one to be like “OHHHH VALENTINES IS HERE, HURRRRAH!” Me? Cynical? Never!
But then this cute, pretty and fluffy-as-hell Valentines inspired shoot landed in my inbox last week my cold heart of stone started to thaw. Pink! Sparkles! Giant Bows! Ruffles! Little doggie in a glittery pink dicky bow! Ahhh I’m just an old softy at heart. Shh, don’t tell anyone though, I’ve got a rep to keep…
“I knew that I wanted to create a much simpler styled shoot, less hectic but fun and girly”, wrote stylist Charlotte Wilden. “I’d hired a village hall so we could arrive, be warm, make a mess and focus on pretty images, but something was missing. So I asked Liz Jones from Blue Sky Flowers to collaborate, and upon meeting to talk about some ideas, she suggested the idea of a Valentines Ball. Our ideas had started to take shape and our bride had a story. I hope our shoot goes to show, that with minimal expense and an idea on the brink of collapse, a huge amount can be achieved with a little bit of know how.”
Are you having a festival themed wedding? 2012 was certainly the year that this idea exploded into weddings, but it would appear it isn’t going anywhere during 2013 either!
This festival-inspired wedding shoot was pulled together by wedding photographer Becky Joiner and Muddifords Court in order to promote their latest venture, the FabulousWedFest wedding show which is taking place on 16th March. Shot in and around the venue itself, and using suppliers that will actually be exhibiting at the fair, this shoot shows that festival weddings are far from over. It’s clearly a theme that we’re going to see gaining popularity in 2013 and beyond. Wellies at the ready guys!
“The inspiration behind this photo shoot was to create festival inspired event in a day”. wrote Becky. “I aimed to conjure up the feeling of wilderness, fun, freedom, love, glamour, magical, party, music, creativeness as an eclectic mix and represent it in the photographs.”
“I totally loved creating this shoot as I had the freedom to create the whole look. The dresses from Alexandra King were particularly great as they helped to showcase the idea that wedding can be whatever you want it to be. I also took some of the shots on an old 35 mm film camera as I wanted the pictures to look a bit dirty, grungy and most of all festivally!”
Bridal fashion doesn’t have to be boring or ordinary. Oh no, why not take those old-fashioned ideas and flip them on their head?! Antlers, coloured gowns, cardigans, plaid… the possibilities are endless!
“The main inspirations for this shoot were the gorgeous gowns (mostly vintage!) and my desire to incorporate some unexpected elements into the styling”, explained shoot stylist Jessica Santos Gallo of Fine and Fleurie. “Some of my favorite elements were the hand-crafted antlers and the bold-yet-boho cranberry gown.”
“It was important that we highlighted the change of seasons in the color palette of the shoot and made the most of our heavenly location. I also wanted each looks to serve as inspiration for brides and bridesmaids who are looking for something different. In my opinion, interesting details, vintage touches, plus a little element of surprise is the recipe for a perfectly styled bride or bridal party!”
I am a Wizard of Oz superfan and I’m already seriously excited to see the new Walt Disney adaptation ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’, which hits cinemas in March. So clearly this shoot, inspired by the new film, was going to end up on my blog. I love Beth of True Love Photo for sending it my way!
The shoot was styled based on the previews she’d seen so think weird and wonderful, quirky and fantastical, eye-gouging brights and funktastic details.
Delicious deserts based on the classic Oz motifs, giant paper flowers and long witch-like nail art. Fabulous!
Inspiration can hit you anywhere, and for wedding photographer Lindsay Hite of Readyluck, it came while flicking through a fashion magazine. ”The trend neutral colors paired with neon in fashion really spoke to me”, she told me. “I love the almost surprising contrast between subtlety and outspokenness and was curious about how it would work in a bridal setting. I drew inspiration from far flung corners – from Lana del Rey’s flower crowns, to bright bold colors of childhood celebrations and vintage circuses.”
Winter weddings don’t have to be all scatter crystals and snow sprinkled twigs. They don’t have to have holly or ivy and you don’t even need to wear faux fur. Honestly, there are many other options out there, you just need to dream them up! Just like wedding photographer Kait Winston did after one too many trips to the cinema. Inspired by the movie Snow White and the Huntsman, Kait decided that edgier was better and so wanted to showcase a more dramatic twist on the classic winter wedding.
“Snow White and the Huntsman is by far the most beautiful cinematic film I have ever seen”, wrote Kait. “I saw it in theaters five times. After I realized I had developed an unhealthy obsession, I knew the next step was to develop a series of inspired shoots based on the film. So in one weekend we shot a queen inspired session and a Snow White session. The queen’s session was on my birthday (I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than recreating my favorite film!) What was really incredible about this shoot was the ingenuity behind everything – the majority of items featured are all handmade!”