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A Sunset Wedding: Karyn & Fernando

I love a daring bridal look and so when I saw Karyn & Fernando’s wedding I was immediately drawn to one thing – Karyn’s amazing headpiece. Go big or go home I say! Being a milliner, the bride designed and made it herself. She also designed her own wedding dress alongside Toronto-based dress designer Thein Le. This was all very significant as it was actually Karyn’s hat business that first brought the couple together.

“Fernando was looking for a place to take a trip. To help him decide, he threw a dart to a map. It landed on Toronto and so off he went”, explained the bride. “On his last day, he was wandering the streets and he saw Lilliput Hats. As a lover of hats himself he went on in, and we met. Our romance didn’t happen so quickly though. We kept in touch for a while, and eventually met up again when I decided to invite him to be my ‘casual +1’ at a friend’s wedding. After that, we started talking even more, and eventually decided to meet up in Chicago, where we fell in love. We were in bar called ‘The Violet Hour’ so we actually used this (sunset) as a theme for our wedding. We used the sunset colors of dark pink and orange, with some hints of purple here and there. We also kept the hat theme with some girls from my shop coming down and bringing some of my hats along for people to try on at the reception!”

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A Soft & Feminine Día de los Muertos Shoot

“Almost 2 years ago I saw a beautiful Día de los Muertos painting”, photographer Ashley Forrette writes. “It was the first time I really looked at anything Day of the Dead-related that was not a kitschy nicknack or halloween costume sold at Hot Topic, but actually a really beautiful piece of art. It was soft, and feminine, and dark… romantic even. I fell in love and immediately I knew I wanted to someday shoot a bridal photo session inspired by that painting.”

After some big plans that were nigh-on impossible to pull off, Ashley decided to just keep the shoot simple and make it happen! “The ideas I had for it in my head were too grand and overwhelming to actually think about pulling off. I wanted to go to the desert during a windstorm, I wanted a $7000 dress, and a herd of wild horses… etc. etc. All things that seemed too big to coordinate for a shoot without a budget and for no real reason other than fun. One morning I woke up and realized not doing the shoot just because it couldn’t be as big as my imagination wouldn’t help me at all. It wasn’t a good excuse anymore. Why not do the shoot here in Portland with what I have and try to make it the best I can with my available resources? Why not start somewhere and see where it goes? Why not go for it, just for the experience, for the process, and for creativity rather than letting the fear of failure keep me from doing anything at all?”

And so she did. She pulled together an incredible team of creatives (credited at the bottom of this post) and made her dream become a reality. I love it!

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A Day of the Dead Shoot for Madeleine Bride

I have a feeling this is another one of those bridal shoots that you’re going to either love or hate. Me? Well I love it! Pushing the boundaries of bridal fashion and taking influences from things that inspire you outside of the wedding world excites me greatly. It’s shoots like this, set up by millinery & headpiece designer Madeleine of Madeleine Bride, that reinvigorate my love of the alternative and remind me that yes, it’s not for everyone, but oh boy is it exciting to see something different!

“In 2010 I went travelling to the US, Mexico and central America for four months,” Madeleine explained. “The whole trip was centred around being in Mexico for the Day of the Dead celebrations which is something I have wanted to experience for years. I love the concept of the Dia de los Muertos – it’s a celebration of death where people remember their loved ones with happiness, bright colours, lovely food and amazing fancy dress parties. We spent time in cemeteries where all the graves were decorated with pink and orange flowers and even helped a family build a day of the dead alter decorated with sugar skulls and flowers.”

“When I got back to England I decided I just had to do a creative hat project based on this festival. I spent a while working out exactly what I wanted to do and when I was designing my bridal veils and headpieces last year I decided to continue the theme with a bridal day of the dead collection. Usually the festival is very colourful but I thought that it would look really beautiful in white and pale tones of bronze, gold and pale mint. The headpiece designs were inspired by Mexican icon and artist Freda Kahlo with lots of silk and organza flowers and Spanish style lace mantillas.”

“I approached Lydia from Lydia Stamps Photography about the shoot as I knew she was the right photographer for this project. With a background in theatre, she has a great eye for creating strong theatrical images. She was as inspired and excited about the concept as I was. We had a fun evening trying out the make up and decided to pull through the same muted tones, making it quite subtle, but still referencing the Day of the Dead Concept. Together we found an amazing white chalk pit for the location again keeping the muted white tones and we used smoke bombs which combined with the location created an ethereal, ghostly atmosphere.”

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Stripes, Pumpkins & Mean Looking Cars: Emma & Ross

Emma & Ross’ black & white, vintage themed wedding was, above all, a day to celebrate their love with their friends and family. The couple wanted a relaxed atmosphere and one where their guests would really enjoy themselves.

“We wanted our wedding to be personal to us, we didn’t want guests to walk in and think they could be at just anybody’s wedding,” Emma told me. “We have been to a lot of weddings, which were lovely but we knew that traditional just wasn’t for us. We just had our day, our way and it was brilliant! It was the best day of our lives so far, I just wish I could do it all again as it went so quickly!”

Emma wore a black & white 1950s dress from Fur Coat No Knickers. “The wedding dress I chose was the first one I’d tried on, ever. I went to Fur Coat No Knickers because I knew I wanted a short 50s dress and I love vintage! I didn’t really have any colours in mind I was open to trying on anything but I did want something I could wear again, so it was a bit of a shock that I chose the first dress I tried on, I was expecting a big epic search! Obviously I tried on lots of others after that one too, they are all so nice that it would be silly not to! I really enjoyed going back for fittings, especially to nose at all the other dresses. Their shop and they are lovely, they make you feel so comfortable, I want to live there!”

“I ended up having three pairs of shoes to wear on the day (I’m a little bit of a shoe addict!)” the bride continued. “They were always going to be red, I have a thing for red shoes. I saw the Stuart Weitzman‘s when I went to Selfridges shoe land (I want to live there too!) I went to buy a completly different pair but fell in love with those ones, luckly I got last pair left in the country and they were my size, so it must have been fate! As they are quite high I was also forced to buy the Melissa/Vivienne Westwood Lady Dragon’s too. Finally, as I was planning on doing a lot of dancing I bought a pair of Converse that I designed myself on their website, they had skulls on and I got our wedding date embriodered down the back.”

The wedding didn’t have an obvious ‘theme’ but the couple made sure they included the things they really loved and wanted in their day. “One thing I always knew I wanted was a cool car, not a wedding car, I wanted something mean,” Emma explained. We both like American cars, especially muscle cars so it was a no brainer when I saw the Dodge Charger and the owner lived in Watford! We used to own a big yellow American truck but we had to sell it to fund the wedding, so having the Charger went some way to ease our loss. Ross wasn’t happy that I got to have the car and he didn’t as he stayed at the venue but the owner took us both out after the ceremony and went rather fast down the country lanes which was excellent!!! Its quite noisy, Ross said he knew that I was on my way to the venue because he could hear the car coming from about a mile away!”

“Most of our wedding was handmade by us or by family and friends, anything I or somebody we knew couldn’t make we mainly bought from Etsy which I’m VERY addicted to, I’m on there about 10 times a day, its like my drug! A lot of the stuff I did myself was made with about two months to go because we didn’t really get our colour scheme down until we decided to make our table flowers out of tissue paper, this was slightly stressful as we had only a small amount of time to make a lot of things! It kind of added to the stress when I decided three days before the wedding to not give the bridesmaids real flowers as they were too expensive and to make them myself from felt and buttons!”

“I made my own bouquet out of vintage brooches which I really enjoyed as it involved shopping for the brooches too! Ross and his Mum made all of the tissue paper flowers, pom poms and painted the inside of the jars aqua. My Mum made the younger bridesmaid’s dresses (the adults wore vintage and one from Coast) and the table runners and my Sister made our lovely wedding cake, cupcakes and all the wreaths.”

“The day before the wedding, with the help from the best man Dan and his girlfriend, we scooped, carved and drilled about 40 pumpkins! I’m still finding bits of pumpkin in my kitchen now! I’m also still finding black glitter everywhere from where we covered the table letters, it didn’t help that one of our cats kept rolling in it!”

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A Dia De Los Muertos Wedding Shoot

This scary Day of the Dead/Dia de la Boda de Los Muertos themed shoot won’t be for everyone but I think it’s pretty rad…For alternative make up inspo alone I think it’s worth a feature!

“This is a concept I’ve been pulling together for about six months,” photographer Gina told me. “Originally I had planned this shoot for October, but because I had no location to shoot it, I put it the back burner. Emily (the Bride in this shoot) was planning her wedding and showed me where she was planning to have her reception. The Harmony Club of Selma is an old Jewish Gentleman’s Club, and I fell in love with its decayed and macabre elements immediately. I rebuilt my concept around this venue and found friends, vendors, and models to come be a part of my dark make-believe wedding.”

“A lot of the group shots look more like a new twist on the Adams Family than anything that may be considered bridal, but the concept as it played out my mind was that since this is the wedding day of the dead, they would perform the normal ‘ceremonies’ backwards. The dancing and revelry of the occasion is mixed with the fear and excitement of the couple.”

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A Halloween, Day of the Dead & Bonfire Night Themed Wedding: Jennifer & Ian

Jennifer & Ian were married on Halloween so their day had a distinct theme to fit the time of year. “We wanted the wedding to have all the components of a ‘normal’ wedding but be personal to us,” the bride told me. “We both love Halloween, Day of the Dead and bonfire night and so decided to incorporate all three into a super-theme!”

“We wanted to make as much as we could ourselves, and to make the day as relaxed and enjoyable for everyone else.,” she continued. “We wanted a bonfire with jacket potatoes and toffee apples. The rest of the wedding was built up around that.”

“I made most of the decorations myself, but had some help from my friend Sharon and my Mum on the tissue paper Mexican picado’s. They were very time consuming to cut as the designs I chose were very intricate! But they were well worth the effort as they transformed a traditional bland-ish room into a Mexican festival!”

The couple booked Hannah Millard to photograph their wedding after seeing her featured on Rock n Roll Bride. “Hannah was absolutely amazing, she breezed in at the crack of Dawn and it was like I had known her for years,” Jennifer said. “After talking to her over emails I knew we would get on as we share the same ideas and principles on photography and weddings! What I didn’t expect was for Hannah to integrate with everyone else so easily, and to be a constant reassuring comfort to me throughout the day. She was so unobtrusive and took spectacular shots of our day.”

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