I think we can agree that this styled shoot is what the word ‘fierce’ was always destined for. From the bodycon lacy red dress worn with golden spiked crown, to the hot shower scene, to the flaming ring of fire drawn around the couple in the ceremony shots!! Photographer Jamie Allio wanted to shake things up a bit in the world of weddings when she devised this photo session.
“Essentially, the wedding industry can sometimes rub me up the wrong way, and rarely does ‘traditional’ or ‘normal’ inspire me”, she explained. “More then that, I really just want to see more people following their hearts when they’re planning their wedding day. I think it should be a representation of who they TRULY are, not whatever is trending at the moment.”
Enter ‘Ritual Union’: The shoot that delivered Jamie’s wish and then some! “We have the couple getting ready together in a shower filled with flowers, a wedding party made up of a fortune teller, a witch doctor and a high priestess, and of course a ritual in place of a traditional ceremony with a ring of fire around the couple. Fire was the very first thing on the drawing board, and everything else was created around that. The symbolism of the couple creating that ring around themselves, followed by the man crowning his bride was very powerful.”
Karina and Kellard met at a Halloween party in 2005 and were married in the summer of 2012. Five years later, on their wedding anniversary, they decided to renew their vows in Las Vegas.
The ceremony (unfortunately not photographed) took place in Sloan, NV, situated 18 miles southwest of Las Vegas. “This was our 5 year anniversary vow renewal”, said the bride. “Our inspiration was Vegas, the desert and doing something Intimate and sexy.”
“On our wedding day my husband promised me that he would love me until the end of his days, So I asked that he and I share new vows every five years. I love to be dramatic, fun and unique! He plays along because he loves seeing me happy and I can’t thank him enough.”
Karina designed her own dress and had it made by First Impression Sewing and Alterations. “My dress was one of the most unique things about our renewal. I designed it myself.”
Chelsea and Brendon’s Palm Springs wedding was inspired by the desert. Their decor included cactus, mini pineapples and succulents.
“We got engaged in Palm Springs and it is one of our favourite places so we thought it would be suiting to get married there too,” the bride began. “We did find wedding planning hard, especially as it was a destination wedding. People are so kind to tell you how much fun you’re going to have planning your wedding but I wish someone would have said to me, ‘It’s going to be hard, you’re going to stress out, but remember what’s important’.”
Their outdoor ceremony, in the ground of the Cree Estate, was short and sweet. “Our ceremony was short, just how I wanted it. I am a huge crier so vows were something that we did in private together. Our officiant was a good friend of ours and he made us laugh and cry, it was perfect.”