A Simply Beautiful Brooklyn Engagement: Rebecca & Ben

The idea behind Rebecca & Ben’s engagement shoot was a simple one – to capture them in some of their favourite places in their own neighbourhood in Brooklyn.

“We went to their local bookstore, record store, and a fantastic hand crafted furniture shop (in the beginning of the set with the horse and cool stuff) called From The Source,” photographer Evangeline Lane told me. ” Some of my favorite shots are those in the elevator…which was a spontaneous spur of the moment decision.”

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A DIY, Lesbian Wedding: Natalie & Sarah

Natalie & Sarah were married at El Rio, a bar in San Francisco. “My friend described our wedding as ‘A backyard picnic with 52 pieces of flair’. I wanted it to feel like a big huge queer love fest,” newlywed Sarah told me.

“Our wedding was Rock n Roll because it was a queer wedding first and foremost. We had so much wiggle room to shape our event to be exactly what we wanted it to be. We were able to incorporate some traditional aspects, like the ring exchange, and do away with others that had no meaning to us like a bouquet toss or smashing a piece of cake in one another’s face. Although Nat and I can’t legally get married in the state of California we’re looking forward to taking a trip to New York to do it soon! I have a full sleeve of tattoos and wanted to feel sexy at my wedding, so I opted for a short dress that showed off my sleeve & some cleavage.”

Sarah’s dress was a bridesmaid’s dress from Lula Kate which she ordered in white to save money. She also wore shoes by Jeffrey Campbell and DIY veil and jewellery. Natalie wore a hired tux from Men’s Warehouse, but to say it was a bit of a rubbish experience is an understatement.. You can read all about the drama on their blog soyourenGAYged.com.

“We were on a very tight budget, but didn’t want our guests to know it, so we tried to do everything we could to make it feel like a small intimate gathering with all of your best friends in attendance,” Sarah continued. “We also served gourmet comfort food to our guests – fried chicken, baked beans & mac n’ cheese. Yum! We also tried to keep most of our money within the LGBT community, so the venue was owned by a lesbian, our caterer was a lesbian and most people who helped out day of were all from within our community too. We decided who read their vows first by playing rock, paper, scissors and it was a huge hit.”

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A Hippy, Eco & Vintage Styled Shoot

This beautiful shoot with an eco hippy vibe tugs at my heart strings. Isn’t it just beautiful!? I die over the summery details – the coloured glass, the cute props (owls for the win!), the yummy confectionery and the stunning florals.

Photographer  Nikita Gross used digital, Holga and Polaroid photography to capture the whimsical and retro vibe of these shoot…and I’d say she’s done that perfectly! “We used tons of yellows and greens to keep with the natural vibe,” she explains. “All of the decor was found at local thrift stores.  Earlier this year myself and Jen Pritchard of Your Wedding by Jen created Cincinnati’s first Alternative wedding Expo, Love+Bash.  This is one of the table concepts from the show.”

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A Recycled Wedding Fashion Shoot at Paramount Ranch

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“The concept of this photo shoot was ‘eco friendly + recycled wedding fashion for modern brides’,” photographer Yuna Leonard writes. ” Both of the dresses and the boots in this set were found at American Vintage store on Melrose, Los Angeles. I love that store!”

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“I was in love with the ideas of recycling and reusing wedding fashion from days gone by – maybe from brides who were in your Mother’s or Grandmother’s generations. The dresses I bought were also very inexpensive { from $70 – $ 100. The boots were $50.} We fused this style with an idea for outdoor / backyard styled reception fashion as well.  The mixed style of vintage + bohemian + western totally got me this time! Hope you enjoy it!”

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WIN An Engagement & Video Shoot with Assassynation Photography, Sassy n Frank & Elbie Van Eeden!

Rock n Roll Bride regular and favourite Sassy of Assassynation Photography, along with Frank from her sister venture Sassy n Frank, would like to offer one lucky reader of Rock n Roll Bride a free engagement shoot including professional (and erm… awesome) hair and make up to by another Rock n Roll Bride favourite Elbie Van Eeden (whenever I have a photo shoot or event to go to I always ask Elbie to make me up – she’s the BEST!)

Sassy wants to shoot the most awesome engagement shoot idea, so you’ll have to come up with something good! She wants to be challenged (tip: as does Elbie so come up with some awesome hair and make up ideas too!) The shoot can take place anywhere in the world but travel costs must be covered for Sassy, Elbie and Frank…

Oh yeah, did I mention you’ll get a video of the shoot too?! I know…we’re too good to you. The video would make a perfect digital invitation so we’d like the winner to not have sent their wedding invites out yet so you can burn the video to disc and include it to show it off to all your friends and family!

You’ll get two versions of the video – a ‘clean’ version and a copy with all your wedding info on to send out as part of your wedding invitations.

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A DIY, Heart & Confetti-Themed Wedding in The Netherlands: Laura & Nils

Laura & Nils were married at a vineyard in The Neatherlands. The laid-back nature of their venue was reflected throughout their entire day. It was important to the couple to put their own stamp on their wedding and so they DIY’d a lot of the details including the bride’s dress, the favours (a sweetie table), the cakes and the flowers.

“My dress was ordered from www.dressilyme.com, style number WWD005HV,” Laura told me. “It was a plain white poofy dress, with beads all over the bodice when it arrived. I then altered it myself, by removing the beading, and applying another layer of ruffled fabric and a piece of antique lace over the top to add a personal touch. The fabric and lace were bought at the Albert Cuijp market in Amsterdam. I had wanted to have the white dress because I normally never wear white, and thought that would make it extra special.”

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