Category Archives: Wedding

Lori & Nick’s Boundary-Breaking Day After Sesh.

Lori & Nick were married in Hawaii in November and weren’t 100% happy with their professional photographs. While they were lovely, they didn’t have any pictures of Lori getting ready, and very few pictures that broke any boundaries.

Lori loved her dress, and she really wanted to have some more shots taken that she could really treasure,  “That’s when they found me,” explained photographer Sarah Maren. “We got together at the lovely Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento where Lori and her Mom had spent a girls night.”

“We were able to get pictures of Lori’s Mom helping her get dressed (something she missed out on doing at the actual wedding because she was busy setting up the ceremony space.) We then braved the cold and rain and rocked out an incredible portrait session of this beautiful couple.  We ended things under the freeway with Lori lying next to a drainage grate.  It was perfect!”

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Jemima & Jacko’s Genuine Vintage Wedding

Jemima & Jacko’s vintage wedding took place in Australia in January. They wanted to create a wedding that was a true reflection of them as a couple and the vintage theme just fitted! “We started out wanting to have a feel that was uniquely ourselves. We wanted to do things differently but didn’t know how to go about it. In the end, we chose everything by our own taste and the whole vintage/antique theme just fell into place purely by accident,” Jemima told me.

The bride wore a genuine vintage dress and jewellery which she was gifted by a friend who owns a vintage store after she’d modelled for her. Her reception dress was by Fleur Wood. Jemima’s bridesmaid also wore a vintage dress from Ruby Lane and to keep the theme going, the couple made all their invitations using a vintage typewriter on hondmade paper, “Time consuming but really a joy to type up. Also cost effective” Jemima concluded.

Aren’t these just stunning?

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Jazelyn & Darren’s Modern Vintage London Wedding

Jazelyn & Darren’s modern vintage wedding took place in London in November. Their inspiration came from the fact that they are a young city couple, who somehow fell in love in London through chance.  “He’s originally from Nottingham, England and I’m from the other side of the pond in Seattle, WA USA,” explained Jazelyn. “Our invitations had a London skyline and the top of it read: “Northern Lad and West Coast Lady”. Darren bought my engagement ring from Bentley and Skinner. And it’s a beautiful old-cut platinum solitaire from the 1920’s. Very vintage and unique. So that really was the start. We wanted a wedding that was very “us”. We planned it ourselves, down to every detail. Even the guest book… We wrote down personal questions on index cards and had friends answer them (ex: where do you see us in 10 years? what’s your favorite memory of us?) We wanted a mix of vintage and modern, mix of British and American, because that is us!”

The wedding day started at Chelsea Old Town Hall to sign their legal papers, they then moved to their religious ceremony at our Kingdom Hall off of Westbourne Grove. The reception was held at The Commander Porterhouse and Oyster Bar.

“I had two dresses,” continued the bride. “My first dress, a short Oscar De La Renta inspired dress (custom made by a seamstress I know) was used for our registry appointment and a photo shoot with Lauren straight after. And then I changed into my long dress for our religious wedding and reception. The long dress was made from 2 vintage dresses (circa 1920’s) I had bought on a trip back home to Seattle, WA USA from a charity shop. I brought them back to London and had my amazing seamstress put them together!”

“I wanted a really sweet fur cape or jacket and looked everywhere. I found such a sweet vintage fox cape in the Portobello Market (just around the corner from our house), for such a bargain! And I still wear it when we go out sometimes! It’s gorgeous. I found amazing Jimmy Choo (super sparkly) shoes that were perfect and just what I had been looking for for months (and my amazing fiancé bought them for me!). Can you believe it was actually HIS idea to go into Jimmy Choo to look? haha! Good man. But I wore my trusty uggs while tromping around the street hailing cabs.”

Sarah & Barrett’s Glamorous Pin Up Inspired Wedding

Sarah’s bridal shoot was super kick ass so I’m more than a little excited to be sharing her wedding today too. She married Barrett at Barr Mansion, Austin. She explained, “As for location, as I said several times, I didn’t want to be in the middle of a field with a bunch of grass and trees because that just isn’t me!  I love cities and urban living and wanted my photos to reflect my love for those quirky little places you find around Austin.”

“I loved the recycling plant idea with those huge piles of twisted metal!  My inspiration for my entire wedding look just came from my love for pin up girl looks along with the very intense desire to not look at my wedding photos in 20 years and say “Oh my gosh!  What was I thinking wearing that ______ (insert crazy, over trendy item here)!” I truly wanted a look that was me, just prettier!”

Sarah wore a Pronovias gown with flat Irregular Choice shoes (my kinda gal!) and made her own bouquet from jewellery. ” My necklace was actually found at one of those crazy bridal extravaganzas from Stella Dot.  Saw it there, tried it on, and decided within 5 minutes that it was THE necklace! My shoes were none other than Irregular Choice!  Love them!  I really wanted something fun, quirky, and comfortable…and flat, as Barrett is only about an inch taller than me!”

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Katelyn & Scott’s Glamorous Great Gatsby Wedding

“The Great Gatsby was my inspiration (minus the abundance of alcohol and affairs!)” bride Katelyn told me. “Our style for our wedding was very glamorous, but not without that 1920’s quirk.  I like to think my style is quirky too, so this was perfect for our wedding day.  Plus, I love fashion and culture from the past!  Now, I could never justify spending as much money on a party as Jay Gatsby, but I still wanted my reception to be as unique and fun.  So, I replaced stuffy details like flowers with more lively ideas like bright peacock feathers, and I picked a beautiful venue (that happened to be brimming with vintage touches!) where everyone would feel at home – The Guild House, Bakersfield, CA.”

“The wonderful thing about our venue too is, unlike Gatsby’s money, ours is not wasted when spent at The Guild House.  Every person working at house is a volunteer, and the proceeds benefit the Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic.  The multi-course meal was delicious, and I know Gatsby would have approved!  The overflowing wine was purchased at a local grocer, Green Frog Market, and was absolutely wonderful as well!”

Katelyn wore a Maggie Sottero gown (these will always hold a special place in my heart as I was a “Maggie bride” too!) and carried a vintage brooch bouquet (some were antiques that had been in the family for over 100 years!) instead of a floral one which she made herself. The bride’s Mother made all of the centerpieces, boutonnières and other bouquets from feathers instead of flowers.

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Lisa & Theis’ Intimate Malibu Pier Wedding

I am a huge Feather Love Photography fan…HUGE. So when photographer Noa emailed me last week asking if I’d like to feature her newest wedding – I didn’t even have to look at the images to know that I would. Then, when she informed me that this intimate waterside wedding included a bride wearing an incredible vintage hat…complete with birds AND a vintage  green veil – well as you can imagine, I practically squealed with excitement.

Lisa & Theis were married in November on Malibu Pier, CA by followed by a small, informal dinner at Beachcomber Restaurant. “Our officiant was our dear friend Bill Handley, who is a literature professor at the University of Southern California,” expalined Lisa. “Bill sponsored Theis to come to the US (he is originally from Denmark) as a visiting scholar in 2009 and has been an important mentor to me in my academic career.”

Lisa wore a dress from J Crew which she had altered to add straps and of course that awesome bird hat! It was custom-made especially for Lisa by Brenda Waites Bolling, a milliner with a store at the Plaza Shops in New York City. She also added a unique green veil, which her Mother had found on eBay. It was dated back to 1831 and originally belonged to a woman named Elizabeth Litchfield, who received it as a gift from her “Aunt Ret,” according to the message inside the box that it came in.

“Theis and I met on Labor Day 2009 at a friend’s bbq,” Lisa told me. “We had both just moved to Los Angeles: I was beginning my PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature at USC, and Theis was a visiting scholar, at USC for six months to do research for his master’s thesis in Comparative Literature. I am originally from Chicago, but I had spent the previous six years in New York City; Theis is from northern Denmark, but had lived in Copenhagen for the previous six years. We fell deeply in love almost immediately, and became engaged in December 2009; Theis came home with me for Christmas and proposed to me in my childhood bedroom.”

“Theis’ visa ended in January, and he had to return to Denmark. For the next nine months, we conducted our love affair at a transatlantic long distance. We Skyped twice a day, at 9 AM and midnight California time, to cope with the nine-hour time difference. We also began the lengthy  process of bringing Theis back to the United States legally. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Denmark twice, in March and July, and meet Theis’s wonderful family and friends. Despite growing up very far from each other, Theis and I have found we have a remarkable number of things in common, and we attribute some of our similarity to how alike north Denmark and the upper American Midwest are. Both places have long, cold winters, beautiful vibrant summers, and a strong emphasis on family and community. We also share a great love of literature, cinema and music, and a devoted belief in the other’s talents.”

“In October 2010, Theis was finally able to return to the US on a fiance visa. We wanted our wedding to be intimate and beautiful, a relaxing day on which we could celebrate our greatest dream  coming true: being together. We had initially planned to have the ceremony in Griffith Park, but our desire to have dinner at Saddle Peak Lodge (saddlepeaklodge.com) made us decide to change the location to the Malibu Pier, a beautiful place that Theis and I had visited together several times in the first few months of our relationship. It turned out to be the perfect setting, very calm on the day before Thanksgiving. In the company of my parents and sister and our friend Bill Handley, we were married on the pier. We read the Walt Whitman poem “To A Stranger” to each other as vows.”

“Afterwards we had oysters and champagne with my family at the great  Beachcomber Restaurant on the pier. It was a beautiful day.”