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Glen & Cristina’s “Year of the Rabbit” Engagement Shoot

Glen & Cristina had a Alice in Wonderland-inspired engagement shoot…but one with a difference! Photographer Jomel Gregorio explains, “Glen & Cristina’s wedding date falls in the “year of the Rabbit” in the Chinese calendar February 20,2011. They were thinking of a concept on how they incorporate a rabbit/bunny into their engagement. Cristina likes the Alice in wonderland movie, so that’s how they come up with the idea. We sat down together and did the  brainstorming for the shoot. The couple didn’t want to literally copy the characters of the movie so used them as inspiration. It was quite challenging for me and Omar (who came up with the concept and design) but so much fun!”

The shoot was in two parts – the first being a lagoon area in The University of The Philippines. Jomel continues, “The first set was inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The clothes were a combination of modern Victorian and gothic inspired clothing. Cristina dress was mostly composed of layers upon layers of laces. The colour combinations were mostly black with turquoise satin. Her head dress was made of wired satin bow and on her shoulders she wore a layered lace with tulle underlining. She also wore a turquoise satin under dress composed of a corset and sheered skirt both layered with black embroidered tulle. Glen wore layers of different pieces including a white ruffled long sleeved shirt, two wool vests, a striped wool scarf and striped trousers.”

The second location was indoors and the idea was for a tea party setting. Again, photographer Jomel explains the idea behind it, “The set was inspired of modern baroque with floral inspired furniture, ceramic teacups and pots and also silver wares. All looked really organic. The colours were combinations of olive greens, tan brown, old rose, creams and floral patterns. we layered clothes to achieve a Victorian look. Cristina wore a tan coat with gold brooch which was layered with an embroidery see-through buttoned blouse with a belt corset. Glen wore a floral ascot tie, an off white long sleeved shirt, a floral vest and a gold sash and chained fox tail. He also wore olive trousers and checkered cap.”

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Margaret & Edi’s INCREDIBLE “Blows-Everything-Else-Out-of-the-Water” Gothic Alice in Wonderland Wedding

Yeah…so…um…speechless.

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Seriously people! Get a load of this sheeeeeit. OK, OK let me get myself together for a second…

Margaret sent me a sneak peek to her incredible wedding to Edi back in October and I had to wait until this week to see the rest of them. Do you know how hard that has been for me?! I actually teased the above photo on Twitter the other day and someone replied asking if it was a photograph of heaven…that’s a pretty accurate assumption I think!

The couple were legally married at Edi’s parent’s house and the reception took place in the fairytale setting of The Bali Room in the Kempinski Hotel, Jakarta and Margaret told me all about it.

“Our theme was Alice in Wonderland. I picked Alice for my theme, because I’ve loved it since I was a little kid and because my Mom’s name is Alice. The main colour was dark purple because purple represents magical and darkness in the same time. its so glamorous! Our family members wore purple shade outfits.”

“Look at the stage! It was like gothic Alice in Wonderland meets Avatar! The reception areas were full filled with the giant mushrooms and flowers and you felt so tiny when you entered the room because all the things were gigantic. Our party was one day after my birthday, so it was like the most amazing birthday gift for me, ever!”

“For my crown, I asked the craftsmen to made me a tiny tiara because it looks cute and propotional with the short dress (I had two dresses – a short one for the ceremony and a long one for the party.) Then and for the party I asked him to made me old-queen-era crown, like count dracula era. I love vampires.”

“For the wedding gift for the guests, we gave them a free shot for instant photos, and the decorator decorated the place and make it like a giant story book. It’s so cute and everyone loved it. We put the photos on the frame and gave them to the guests.”

“What makes me think that my wedding suits your blog? Well, because our wedding was MAD! It was not like the other weddings here in my country. FAR away from beautiful and pretty. It was more dark, twisted and full of imagination. I’ve never seen anything like this HERE, so I guess I’m the first one who did this and I hope the last one too.”

Margaret wore two dresses both custom made PhangSanny Couture. “The woman behind this label is Phang Sanny or we can call her Sanny , she’s so talented and actually her style is more like vintage romantic,” Margaret continued. “She loves beads and vintage look. I asked her to make two custom made dresses for me because I love her sweet sense of style and I don’t really like ordinary wedding dress.”

“My ceremony dress was short. I was dreaming to wear short ballerina-like dress for the ceremony and  reception, but when I told her about the Alice in Wonderland theme, she designed the second dress made from lots and lots of pink and white tulle (pink is my favorite colour) and red stones (inspired by the red queen.) The shape of the dress itself was inspired by Dita Von Teese’s wedding dress and I just fell in love with it!”

OK people, hold your breath and mentally prepare yourself for the rest of the amazing images after the ‘jump’

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Heather & David’s Whimsical & Wonderful New Orleans Wedding

There was one thing that struck me in particular when I laid eyes on Heather & David’s New Orleans wedding…Heather’s incredible dress! She bought it from Natural Bridals on etsy and had it custom altered to make it perfect for her. She wore it with striped tights (rad!) and incredible orange boots. In fact their own wedding was a whimsical and wonderful mishmash of Rock n Roll fabulousness!

Heather explained, “We wanted to throw a wedding that was going to stand out from the other weddings that people would be attending throughout the year. Our goal was to get a reaction out of our guests. Cool! Um, interesting. Wow, fun! Very whimsical. Those were the target reactions… anything, but, nice (blah). We did almost everything a little strangely which caused a LOT of extra planning and negotiating with vendors. Most vendors in the city of New Orleans (and other cities I am sure) are bogged down with traditions and preset packages. We found that the vendors that were excited about a challenge were the ones for us.”

“As the bride I was also very lucky to have a family who is a little “Rock n Roll” and was up for anything. A few examples of our Rock n Roll style are the following: my girls and I wore striped tights, we carried and wore flower art instead of the real deal, I decided to wear my wedding band on my right hand (signifies an oath and gives my right hand some bling), the entire wedding party and most of the guests hopped on public transportation (St. Charles Streetcar) as our exit from the ceremony, the bridal party walked down Bourbon Street to the Musee conti (a wax museum that includes a SUPER scary haunted dungeon), and we ate take out chinese during our sit down dinner (sit downs do not really exist in a typical NOLA wedding). We did add in some traditional New Orleans flair with the cake charm pull for the girls and the second line parade near the end of the ceremony.”

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Jamie & Miguel’s Sleepy Hollow, Dark Wonderland Carnival Wedding

I sneak peeked Jamie & Miguel’s wedding on my facebook page as soon as I got a sniff of how awesome their wedding was going to be. I am now so thrilled to now share the whole cantata (in all its glory) with you today! They certainly haven’t disappointed.

The wedding took place the day before Halloween at Serenity Oaks Ranch, California. The time of year really dictated their theme, with gothic and spooky influences being injected alongside the couple’s own quirky personal taste. What I love about their theme is that there is nothing tacky about their spooky wedding – no Day-Glo decorations or obvious Halloween plastic tat here!

“My initial inspiration was Sleepy Hollow meets a carnival meets a dark wonderland,” explained the bride. “The photographs were really important to me, and when I found Made You Look, I just about died. I love those girls, they’re amazing and knew exactly what I wanted – they’re mind readers!  I also wanted all the guests to wear all black! All I have to say is DIY weddings are totally worth it because it ends up really making your day!”

Jamie’s incredible dress and veil were handmade by her Mother. Every rose and every strip of lace was sewn by hand – that’s some serious love and commitment there, and the result is utterly fabulous! Her Mum now plans to open her own etsy store soon to sell her creations. I hope they will let me know when she does so I can point you all in her direction! Jamie’s perfectly matched jewellery came from Tales of Camelot on etsy. It was an old Theatre piece and reminded Jamie of Scarlett O’ Hara who she loves.

The bride let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses and wanted them to pick something they really loved. Inspired by the 1930’s cabaret look, she found their necklaces at Charlotte Russe. They gave their styling a really “dark” twist which perfectly matched the spooky theme. The bride’s Mum continued her DIY epic by making the girl’s hats from supplies found most at Hat Shadows on etsy.

“My Mom made the table cloths and found all the old china from yard sales and thrift shops,” continued the bride. “I used some of my favourite CD artwork to make the table numbers. I really love the white stripes so I wanted white apples like in their blue orchid video, so instead of using spray paint we did white chocolate! The invitations were done by JK Designs, another etsy store, and I drew up the design to have a tarot card look.”

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Emil & Tarryn’s Red, Black & White, Alice Inspired Trash the Dress

Emil & Tarryn threw the styling for their South African trash the dress shoot together themselves. They wore their wedding outfits but wanted to funk them up a bit for this laid back session.

“My husband and I are both students and so we had to wing our outfits for the trash the dress session.” the bride told me. “It was actually very fun to walk around gathering ideas from costume shops and low budget chain stores. Our main venue for the shoot was red, black  and white, so these become our colours of choice. We wanted to bring in more way-out colours and used the apple red and apple green sunglasses which were repeated in the two different apples found on some of the photos. My wedding dress is your typical fairy princess dress – and our wedding photos move along that theme. Emil and I like diversity, so we decided to do something a little bit different for the photo session.”

“I found the little red hat in a evening dress shop and it struck a chord: it reminded me of Alice in Wonderland whose style is the perfect alter ego to my dress. Love the fact that Alice is not your average heroine: she’s nosy and a bit imperious (in the original story), but brave and confused (in the Johnny Depp version). In both versions, she’s just different: that’s all :). Again, just perfect for our ‘diverse’ shoot concept. A friend of mine, who dabbles in fashion design, helped with further embellishments to the hat (like the veil).  Both Emil and my TTD shoes are super ugly, but  in the same breath, funny. They also brought the red colour down the length of the body to balance the overall picture.”
 

“My husband’s wedding suit was a similar case to my wedding dress. It was a lovely suit, but we thought it a bit too formal for our trash the dress session. So, we chose a basic ‘background’ (white billowy shirt and black pants) and started searching for our different elements. We were clothes shopping one day when we came across the hat he wore; thought it was very debonair and that was that. The suspenders, like the shoes, brought in the red and a bit of funkiness.”

“Finally, Emil is very fond of his Vespa and insisted (from before we were married) that it be part of the TTD shoot. It has now become a future family relic!”

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Laurel and Ryan’s Handcrafted, Alice-Bright, Alice in Wonderland Wedding Shoot

Laurel and Ryan’s DIY pre-wedding shoot took place in Ryan’s parent’s back garden (which just happened to have a few acres of land behind it!) I utterly adore the acid neon brights fused with an Alice in Wonderland theme, all of which was created by the bride & groom themselves. They bought the cupcakes from a grocery store and created all of the flower centrepieces themselves, again from store bought flowers.

The bouquets and boutonnieres were professionally made, but for the most part the entire photo shoot was their own unique vision and craft.

Killer!

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