Category Archives: Wedding

Elhaam & Mat’s Labyrinth-Inspired, Venetian Ball Wedding

This New York City couple wanted a super glam wedding with a twist…one that really reflected them as a couple, “On November 12, 2010, Mat and I were married at Capitale in NYC in front of 200 guests,” the bride, Elhaam, explained. “I’m originally from Georgia, with Iranian ancestry, and Mat is from Leeds, UK, so we wanted to incorporate British, American and Persian elements with our own personalities and style to make the wedding truly our own. We’re both in the music industry and that obviously played a huge role in the wedding too.”

“Our wedding was loosely inspired  by the ballroom scene from the David Bowie flick The Labyrinth. The film is about a journey and coming out a better person at the end through your relationships. Mat and I definitely went through a journey to find each other. He from Leeds, UK, and me from Alpharetta, Georgia, and both of us following our love of music to NYC where we meet and fall in love.”

“Some of the wedding features include antique candelabras dripping with wax, hanging green amaranthus, old European flowers, and moody lighting to capture that feeling from the ballroom scene in the Labyrinth,” she continued. “We had a masked ball reception with Venetian masks, live performances by artists like Marfa Lights and U.S Royalty, some celebrity guests, amazing food, and non stop dancing provided by DJ Cat Hartwell from indie band Holy Hail.”

“What made our wedding so special is that it reflected who we are, complete with a killer soundtrack (since we are both in the music biz), great fashion (the bridesmaids dresses are all custom made by James Coviello, groom’s 60’s inspired skinny suits from Topman, my customized gown by  Lazaro and Mat’s custom suit by Against Nature), our joint customs and backgrounds melted together into the ceremony, the ring blessing, and all the love from our 200 guests.”

These guys are so gorgeous! Be sure to check out their awesome (and funny…most hilarious groom response to ‘I give you this ring’ possibly ever) video too…

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Melissa & Alan’s Multi-Outfit Wedding

Melissa & Alan are a pretty awesome couple aren’t they?

“We just wanted to be ourselves,” they write. “No magical fairy tale kind of wedding, no heels, no leather shoes, no cummerbunds. Super down to earth and casual that says ‘This is Melissa and Alan’.”

“Every details signified us, as an individual as well as a couple. Things that we love are incorporated into the wedding. Vespa, sneakers, badges, boots, dreadlocks, beach, surf culture, reggae, live band, tulle, corset, and many more.”

Their outfits (yes plural!) were inspired by fashion magazines and blogs. They pieced their ensembles together themselves, taking from these sources the bits that they loved to create a really unique and totally fabulous wedding day look.

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Ali & Mike’s Simple but Effective Wedding

I was sent Ali & Mike’s wedding video by their videographer Ryan Hinman, which I immediately fell in love with…so much so that I had to know more about the couple behind it and so asked Ryan if I could share their whole wedding story – photographs and all. Luckily he was more than thrilled to oblige.

The happy couple were wed at Red Butte Garden in Utah. Their ceremony was held in The Fragrance Garden and the reception in The Orangerie. Ali told me all about their day, “We really wanted the entire day to reflect our personalities and style, so we tried to add our own personal touches wherever we could. We served some of our favorite snacks at the reception, french fries, gelato cones and even had a self serve popcorn cart. We had a photo booth set up all night printing one copy for the guests to keep and one copy for our scrapbook that they could sign.”

“Since our colors were brown and red we decided to set an aluminum bottle of Coke on each table setting to add a splash of red to the tables. We ordered a custom stamp online with the letter T in a vintage font with our wedding date so we could stamp a small tag and hang them around the neck of all of the Coke cans. After looking at a bunch of traditional options for cake toppers I finally found something on Etsy that fit our wedding style. It was a small wood heart with the initials of the bride and groom burned into it. I decided to use that idea for my own DIY cake toppers and put my own spin on it. I headed to the craft store and got a couple of wood hearts, some red paint, a stamp set with the letters A and M and there I had it, my very own cake toppers that were just our style!”

“My favorite touch that we added to the wedding were some lights that we strung on shepherd hooks around the entire outdoor space for the reception. It added such a romantic feel, it was just what we were hoping for. I think the best thing we did during this whole process was to allow ourselves to think outside of the box. We didn’t stifle our imaginations by any of the “standard” wedding traditions. All in all I think we made the whole process really simple by just using the things we liked.   I think our wedding was exactly what we were wanting, I really feel like it reflected our personal style and love for one another. We couldn’t have done it without all of the love and support from of our amazing family and friends, not to mention vendors. Everyone went above and beyond our expectations and made our wedding day truly magical!”

To keep in with their theme, the bride wore a very simple yet elegant dress by David’s Bridal. “I had my seamstress add straps for comfort and also to make the dress my own. I also wore Red Canvas Toms. Comfort was a big deal to us, we didn’t want to be sidetracked on our wedding day by uncomfortable clothes and shoes. I wore a Greek traditional headpiece that was passed down from Mikes great grandmother. All the women in his family have worn this headpiece in their wedding ceremonies, needless to say I was honored to wear it!  I wanted to keep all the accessories pretty minimal, but I decided to wear a pearl bracelet that belongs to my sister.”

Be sure to check out the magical video…

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Alison & Tim’s Barbican Wedding

Alison & Tim were married in January at the conservatory in The Barbican, one of London’s most iconic arts centres. It was a cool mixture of vintage and modern, reflected perfectly by what the couple wore and their dramatic venue. Alison looked beautiful in a Peter Langner dress, a pill-box hat by Jane Taylor Millinery and Emmy shoes. Tim and his best man both wore classic Cording’s green tweed suits.

The venue is famous for it’s 1960’s architecture which provided their photographer Rik Pennington with some great locations for the portraits. The venue for the wedding service was the palm conservatory at the top of the Barbican – another beautiful space – and one you certainly wouldn’t expect to find in the middle of London. The conservatory plays home to palm trees, ferns, running water and even exotic birds!

After the service the couple headed further into the palm house for portraits. “We wanted to capture the unique atmosphere of the venue,” photographer Rik told me. “It’s not every day that you feel like you’re in the depths of an exotic jungle in the middle of London! From there we headed out onto the sky walkways around the Barbican to get some cool shots using the strong lines and geometry of the architecture. We loved the blue lighting under one of the walkways and set up a few shots which couldn’t have been more of a contrast from the conservatory.”

The reception took place in the garden room which has the dramatic backdrop of the conservatory on one side and the illuminated tower blocks of The Barbican on the other.

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A Sneak Peek – Emma & Pete got Married…and it was AWESOME!

Photography Credit: Steve Gerrard

It’s a bit unconventional for me to do two posts on a Sunday, but I just had to pop by and share a few sneak peeks of where I was last night.

Emma & Pete got married!

Photography Credit: Steve Gerrard

The whole wedding was a surprise. We were invited under false pretences as it was also Emma’s 30th Birthday (although I actually already knew it was happening…and it was so hard to keep it a secret!)

Halfway through the night, the couple disappeared, got changed (Emma into a stunning vintage dress from Fur Coat No Knickers) and got married right in front of us. I cried like an actual baby.

I can’t wait to see the rest of the professional photos from Steve Gerrard & Joanna Brown, but for now, camera phone sneakage…

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