If you want to wear a black wedding dress but you’re more woodland nymph than gothic princess, you’re going to adore today’s photo session. Shot in the woods in the Pacific Northwest, the bride wears a show stopper black wedding gown by Claire La Faye.
“I had dreamed up a shoot on a mountaintop, post-hike and surrounded by amazing views, but thanks to a crazy flood warning, we had to make a last minute move to a nearby forest”, explained photographer Caitlyn of CJK Visuals. “The most amazing part was that we had a random black horse just walk up in the middle of our shoot! It couldn’t have been more perfect imperfect timing.”
If you like things a bit more dark ‘n moody than the usual bridal fare, then you’re going to love this wedding shoot!
Put together by Him and Her Events from Queensland, it features a black wedding cake, a deer skull above the ceremony arch and the coolest models ever! This is definitely not one for traditional brides.
“The theme of this shoot was ‘tll death do us party and sophisticated grunge”, they explained. “We wanted to embrace the rawness of the venue and create a style that inspired couples to make their own rules when it comes to their wedding day. We wanted to create a moody feel whilst still embracing bursts of colour and featuring cow skulls consistently throughout our styling.”
If you’ve picked up a copy of issue 7, you will have seen the Skin Deep photo editorial that I partnered with Nova of the Nu Bride on. Today I wanted to share a few extra shots with you all that didn’t make the magazine spread (it turns out 8 pages just isn’t enough ha!)
The idea behind this shoot was simple, and it was sparked from an email that Nova received after an article she wrote for issue 4 about cultural representation in the wedding industry.
“As a woman of colour who loves weddings and all things pretty, the cover of [and your article inside] Rock n Roll Bride is just heart warming to see and it is encouraging. Of course, I want to see people that look like me in wedding magazines, and it is nice to see a blog and person I respect featured in the magazine. Kudos to Nova and Rock n Roll Bride. Keep up the good work!” – Heather
I’ve always wanted to showcase different wedding inspiration to the mainstream on Rock n Roll Bride. Whether that be with the style of weddings or the people getting married. Rock n Roll Bride magazine was the first nationally available UK print magazine to feature a same sex wedding inside, and I’m pretty sure no other wedding magazine would ever publish a photo session with a bride rocking a beard!
This afternoon’s shoot is simple, but sometimes that’s really all you need. I love that this bridal session is JUST about the girl and how gorgeous she is. No bells and whistles, no OTT styling experience, no extra STUFF. It’s just her, being herself and looking totally amazing!
“My inspiration for this shoot was to shake things up and tell bride to be themselves”, said photographer Kendra Elise. “Not every bride falls into the long hair, long dress, nude lip colour, floral ball bouquet category and thank goodness for that. It is way more exciting to follow your own style than it is to follow the rules of getting married… because let’s be real there are no rules to falling in love, its just two people being themselves.
“I wanted to make images that were bold, fun, and absolutely stunning. I have had brides that have worried about not following the traditional rule book and I want to encourage them follow their own hearts. When you do your own thing it’s way more rewarding and truly satisfying!”
If you’ve picked up a copy of Rock n Roll Bride magazine this month, you will have seen that nestled in between the wedding prettiness and awesome advice, is a photo shoot for a campaign that I’m working on with Plan UK. The global children’s charity have created these wedding ring favours to help raise money and awareness for making child marriage a thing of the past.
Did you know that 1 in 3 girls in the developing world are married by their 18th birthday? That’s 41,000 girls that are forced into marriage every single day.
This shoot features Charley, who, at 13 years old, is the same age as a lot of girls who are forced into marriage. We decided to set it at a school to highlight the fact that this is where children should be, not walking down an aisle.
Clearly, I am an advocate for weddings and marriage, but working with Plan UK to support their ‘Because I am a Girl campaign’ has been a stark reminder to me that there are thousands of young girls around the world who don’t have any choice about getting married or who their husband might be.
Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and often their chance of an education but it increases the risk of girls experiencing violence and abuse. I was especially moved by the story of Amrita from Nepal.
I think at some point or another throughout their wedding planning, most brides throw their hands up in the air and shout “Screw it! Let’s just elope!!” Whether it’s the mounting costs, your parents driving your bonkers or the fact that you’re spending more time than can be considered sane panicking over DIY projects, I’m pretty sure its a common fantasy for a lot of engaged folks.
While actually going through with an elopement might not be on the cards for a lot of you (oh aren’t family dynamics fun!?) there’s no reason why you can’t be hella inspired by the ideas that a low-key wedding presents.
Set up by a collection of Denver’s most awesome wedding suppliers, this Dive Bar elopement shoot is everything you’ve ever dreamt of and more! “The concept started out as an experience-based wedding day, with a focus on the city”, stylist Nicole Lowery of Hey! Party Collective told me. “We also wanted to use the vendors that we think are really innovating the Denver wedding industry.”