Thursday Treats – 14th July 2011 + Inspiration Overdrive + Changing the Face of Engagement Photography

July 14, 2011

Photography Credit: Ophelia Photography (you can see the full vintage-inspired beautiful shoot here)

This week was one of those that hit me with a steam train of inspiration! I was lucky enough to meet a couple of people this week that I’ve wanted to for a while including Lisa Gratton of Ophelia Photography who is over in London for vacation (love her as much as I do her photography now!) and Thaoski.

Thaoski?’ I hear you asking, ‘who’s that?’.

One word – incredible.

Have you ever met someone and just thought ‘OMG we totally get each other?’ Yeah so that what happened to me this week. It was the first time we’d met and we pretty much gassed for 4 hours straight! In a nutshell Thaoski is an art director of incredible engagement shoots (I’ve featured one of them in the past here). She lives in a life of love stories, and through her work wants to share these stories in beautiful and creative ways. The shoots she directs (she isn’t a photographer but works closely with a number of photographers) are beautiful, evocative and unusual. She takes inspiration directly from the couple – what they love and how their live – and often bases the shoots on movies or places they visit. This lady is reinventing engagement photography and I’m so excited to see what she comes up with next.

Anyway, seriously…enough gushing already! But be sure to check out her blog and download her beautifully presented book, The 7 Biggest Mistakes Couple’s Make with their Engagement Photography. It’s a wonderful guide for you to use to make sure you get the very best out of your e-shoot. She’s even running a competition for one lucky couple to win a shoot with her!

Click the image to download the free guide

Right – on with the main part of this show we call treats!

Zebra wedding ideas
♥ A Day with Dogfish Beer these cinemagraphs SLAY me
♥ Vibrant Orange Handmade Wedding
♥ Vintage Nautical Chic Beach Wedding
A brightly coloured blogger’s wedding
Creative vaudeville and burlesque cabaret inspired wedding
♥ Love this new series from Bowie Bride – Buddy Holly Bride (so cute!) Unicorn Bride (so bad ass!)
♥ HELLO Striped Bridesmaids’ Skirts
♥ Colourful vintage wedding
♥ Dominique + Ron’s 1950’s Retro Southern California wedding (part two here and part three here!)

Photography Credit: Joielala Photographie

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A Batman Engagement Shoot: Crystal & Darren

July 26, 2011

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Gratton of Ophelia Photography while she was over in London on vacation. Amongst many things, we spoke about Lisa’s desire to create something a little different and fun around her engagement shoots and this Batman-inspired session proves her point nicely!

Lisa told me how the groom, Darren, who was initially quite nervous in front of the camera really came to life as soon as he put on this Batman suit! Well it is every little boys dream to be a superhero isn’t it?

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Vintage Wedding Heaven

January 28, 2010

I have quite literally died and gone to vintage wedding heaven. This is one of those shoots, that as soon as I saw just one little sneak peak, I emailed the photographer right. that. second to demand to be able to feature them! The ever lovely Lisa of Ophelia Photography was of course more than willing to allow me to have my way with these, and boy am I excited to share. All you lovers of vintage fare are going to go just gaga.

Perched on top of stone angel in a Vintage Wedding Gown and a crown of baby pink flowers, Corrie is slipping, almost falling.  But that doesn’t compromise her poise; she tries a funny face (very Audrey Hepburn)surprise and a cool couture profile as she lengthens her leg just so.   I hold my breath and click my camera following her lead, she is pure magic.

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All The Fun Of The Fair

July 16, 2009

Is today the day of cute engagements or what?! This candy coloured shoot took place in a fun fair – what could be sweeter than a fun fair plus a big stick of candy floss and multi coloured walls to pose against?

As always, thanks to Lisa for sharing.

Credit: Ophelia Photography

Adorn

June 23, 2009

I love Adorn Atelier hairpieces and Ophelia photography so what could be better than a shoot that combines the two?! Swoon…

Credit: Ophelia photography

Aaron & Jay’s Sushi-Loving Rock n Roll Wedding

September 16, 2010

When I read the email that Aaron & Jay send to their photographer when they enquired about her shooting their wedding I was smitten. I wonder why huh?!

“I love your photos and would be thrilled if you could shoot our wedding on July 17th of this year. We are planning a super fun, little bit retro and a little bit country wild and crazy with a whole lot of DIY elements party here in Vancouver. ps. I found you through Rock n Roll Bride (the best wedding blog in the world).”

Yeah…flattery really will get you everywhere. Aaron & Jay’s wedding is also completely stupendously rad …always helps when you want to get your wedding featured on these here pages!

The couple were married outside The Old Hastings Mill Store, which was one of the only buildings in Vancouver to survive the Great Fire of 1886. It is now located near Jericho Beach in Kitsilano.  They were married with a view of the harbour, the boats and the mountains – bliss. For their reception they headed to Cambrian Hall.

The couple’s very first date was at Nikkyo Sushi on Main Street in Vancouver which just happened to be around the corner from their reception venue. So, for some fun wedding day pictures, the couple and their photographer Lisa headed out to have some sushi & beer. The couple also served sushi from Nikkyo Sushi at their reception!

Aaron wore a custom made dress from Dolly Couture and accessories from Farmer’s Daughter on Etsy. To compliment her outfit, her bridesmaids wore polkadot 1950s style dresses and they all had different coloured petticoats underneath. How gorgeous is that?!

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Thursday Treats – 31st Dec 2009

December 31, 2009

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Credit: Ophelia Photography

Well my dears, 2009 had been pretty damn awesome in Rock n Roll Bride Land and if you haven’t yet then you totally have to check out my yearly review – part one and two –  my favourite features of the past 12 months. “But what about the past 7 days!?” I hear you cry. “What have I missed whist I was opening my pressies, eating too much food and spending an untoward amount of time with my family?”‘ Well don’t fret my loves, although blog-land has been a little on the slower side I’ve still been here, scouring the interwebs to bring you the best of the Christmas week’s internet fun.

♥ The best of 2009 –  How to make money from your blog
♥ 13 Tutorials to Help You Grow Your Blog Readership Next Year
I Love You... by Max Chaoul Paris
Snow globe torture…or diy snow globes (depends how you look at it really!)
♥ Julia Boggio’s blog awards
Meet Kingsley
♥ A veil of poofy wonderfulness

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An Especially Special Day

June 2, 2009

Lisa of Ophelia Photography not only captured this wedding as beautifully as she always does, but as the couple were  some of her best friends she was also a Bridesmaid – multi tasking or what?

The boots, the flowers, the Bridesmaid dresses, the skate park, the rockstar photo shoot…I love it all!

Lisa described the day on her blog:
The say good things come to those who wait, and these two waited 11 years for their wedding day.   It was perfect in every-way and I was honored to take part in the celebration as both the photographer and bridesmaid.   I believe it was my most challenging wedding to date, as I was swept up in the emotions of the day and having to relinquish control of only shooting about 50 % of the photos.   My beautiful and lovely dear friend of 24 years (we met in preschool at age 4) was drop dead gorgeous and anyone in her presence on that day felt the magic.   The magic being that after 11 years they were getting married and celebrating their love in front of close family and friends.    

As Enya played we waiting by the bridge prepared to walk down the aisle to stand presently for Jen and Rich.   As I watched Jen coming down the aisle and Richard watching her…. I was done.   Oh the tears….their tears, the happiness, the moment, was like a dream.   Jen and Rich were radiating with happiness.   All of there parents were radiating with happiness….11 years of happiness.   It was awesome!

Credit: Ophelia Photography

Motorbike Love

May 7, 2009

I just got an uber sweet email from the super fabulous Lisa of Ophelia Photography (she took these stunning photographs remember?)
She said “Looks like your still rocking your way in the hearts of many photographers.” Bless her!

I adore sharing as much photographic genius as I possibly can every single day (hence the million posts a day..oops!)
It makes me happy to know everyone is appreciating what I’m doing and I’m not just an actual wedding obsessive loser posting it all for myself!

Anyway..new engagements from Lisa is what it’s all about today..and on a motorbike – rock on!

Credit: Ophelia Photography

Wonderfully stylish

April 26, 2009

I’ve got more from this totally rockin’ wedding to share…Lisa from Ophelia Photography is a wonderfully talented photographer and this couple are wonderfully stylish – perfect combo!

Credit: Ophelia Photography

Officially Fabulous

April 8, 2009

Lisa from Ophelia Photography is officially fabulous.  It must help that she gets to shoot such gorgeous and super cool couples! Check out this new wedding…arrgh I love it!

Credit: Ophelia Photography

Hair Today…

March 29, 2009

I love a good hair piece..I would never leave the house without some random creation in my pink barnet – whether that be a inconspicuous little hello kitty clip, a big massive bow or my little green top hat!

So when the fabulous Lisa of Ophelia Photography send these my way, how could I say no – awesome photography + amazing hair stuff…two of my most favourite things rolled into one! 

You really should check out Adorn Atelier’s fan-bloody-tastic collection of hair accessories..I am a little bit in love with it all!