Oh I love a surprise wedding! And a surprise wedding + pool party!? EPIC!
But this wasn’t actually a real wedding, it was set up as a recreation of the wedding of some friends of the photographer who were married 30 years ago. Jessie & Kenny had a wedding just like this one, in the exact same spot, in 1982 (some of their wedding photos are at the end of the gallery – how amazing are they?!) So to celebrate, and to have an their anniversary party with a difference, they decided to relive the whole thing. This is a styled shoot unlike the rest and, yes, they really had the big party afterwards!
Styled shoots have been wedding blog favourites for a few years now. I do like to feature them to share new wedding ideas with my bride & groom-to-be readers but I’ve always really preferred to publish real weddings. It’s not that I don’t like styled shoots, but I know real life examples always go down better than a ‘concept’ set up but a bunch of wedding industry professionals who think that it’s a quirky, cool (or in recent times – trendy) and very ‘blogable’ idea for a wedding.
Which is why I love this shoot. It is a new concept. It’s a recreation of a wedding, being sympathetic to the original inspiration while showcasing some awesome new ideas. Just like with Whit & Colby, I was initially disappointed when I realised that this wasn’t an actual wedding, but again like with Whit & Colby I love it because of the amazing creativity behind it. On reflection I congratulate the creative team for doing something that I wish everyone else would… actually being creative.
Where do you find your inspiration? For photographer Jennifer, the idea for this shoot came to her in a dream.
“I was travelling to New Orleans for a little vacation and on the way I dreamt about this shoot”, she explained. “Alongside local florist, Kim Starr Wise, we came up with this concept – Voodoo Swamp. We wanted something moody and bring in the elements of the swamp. The floral was hand picked with orchids, magnolias, fiddle head ferns, and crocodile leaves and I really wanted Spanish moss.”
“PS Creative did the invitation and menu cards. The symbol on the invitation and favors was adorned with an ancient voodoo symbol for love, and the wording is all very classic New Orleans. Mrs Vintage supplied the vintage pieces, including the romantic brass candlesticks, gold nesting tables and a sage colored chair”
There’s something so magical about a styled shoot with substance – a shoot with a real sense of a story and of adventure. A shoot that showcases something simple but true, honest and real. Those are the exact words that came to mind when I saw this shoot. There are cute wedding ideas and details of course, but that’s not what it’s only about – it’s sharing the story of a group of wedding suppliers in Spain coming together to create something special.
This wedding party on a beach took place on the Spanish coast. “We are all creative people that work on our different projects (and weddings)”, wrote photographer Megan of Bikini Birdie, “so this was a great collaboration between us all. We basically just had a little party on the beach and photographed it, but for us, this is the perfect idea and inspiration for an intimate wedding. We work all over Spain but are so lucky to live on the Mediterranean coast and it is such a big inspiration for us all.”
“Could there be anything more romantic than your soldier coming home from war?” wrote photographers Caroline & Jayden of Woodnote Photography. “And what if it was in the 40s, and you hadn’t been able to communicate with him online?” This was the starting point of inspiration for the honeymoon shoot of Ann & Anders which took place in Stockholm, Sweden.
“We teamed up with the fabulous stylists of Vintage Honeymoon to create this little inspiration from the past”, they continued. “Bicycles, a colorful picnic tea and a puppy as a wedding gift are the small details that turned this shoot into an afternoon of vintage magic.”
A honeymoon shoot might not be something you’ve considered before – well after all the hustle & bustle of organising your big day it’s probably the last thing on your mind! But after seeing Ann & Anders’ shoot I’m kinda in love with the idea. Gareth & I honeymooned in Tokyo. I would have loved a professional shoot to commemorate this trip – imagine what a weird and wonderful set of photographs we could have been left with!
“I don’t like your typical styled shoot,” wrote wedding photographer Brooke Davis. “I just have to come clean here. I decided that if I do one it has to be different.”
And different is what Brooke does best. Not just ‘Ohh let’s throw a few random things together from a decided ‘theme’ and see what works… like, hum… how about a goth wedding shoot? we haven’t seen anyone do that for a while… Or what’s the latest movie blockbuster, can that become a wedding shoot? That will be sooo popular on wedding blogs’.
No Brooke Davis is real. She’s genuine, authentic and unapologetically herself. She’s an artist. I haven’t even met her (yet!) and already I’m obsessed.
“I can promise you all a few things”, she continues. “One, it will be straight from a melody (I’m obsessed with music). Two, it will be slightly out of the box. And three, it will be honest to what inspires me.”
If someone was to ask me to list my favourite things tattooed brides, bright rainbow colours and cute, furry animals would all fare pretty high on my list. So needless to say I didn’t hesitate when I was sent this bridal shoot by wedding photographer Martin Hobby!
“There is something about a tight deadline which brings about something quite special”, wrote stylist Gwenda Wilkes of The Vintage Floral Design Co (you might remember her, I featured her own wedding not long ago). “I targeted an elite list of very talented collaborators and everything fell into place like a dream – we even managed to pick one of the few sunny days of the Summer! I have worked with Oh My Honey‘s fabulous dresses before, but never her bridal gowns and if these are anything to go by, I can hardly wait to see what her new 2013 collection holds in store! The veils came from Dornellie and complemented the bridalwear perfectly. The hair & make up by Sjaniel Turrell tied the whole look together.”
“As for me, I supplied the flowers. They needed to be bold but beautiful, and we were inspired by the colours of our model Ella’s exquisite tattoos. In fact, it was her Pegasus tattoos which gave me the idea to look for a stables venue. Squirrells Riding School were fantastically accommodating. Another of Ella’s tattoos led me to seek out some unique cupcakes. Delicieux came up trumps with not just the cupcakes but a full-size epic wedding cake too. Martin Hobby did his usual awesome job of the photography and I roped my daughter into the bridesmaid role.”