Ben and Jo met on Myspace through mutual friends in 2007 and began chatting on MSN. They met in person while studying at uni and have been inseparable ever since!
Inspiration for their wedding was drawn from their lives and their relationship. Jo grew up in Sydney, so they used native Australian flowers and foliage throughout their day. Skulls have always had significance for the couple; Ben has more skull tattoos than you can count and Jo’s engagement ring was adorned with skulls, so they continued this throughout their decor. They even had Ben’s tattoo artist design them a wedding tattoo and added into their temporary tattoo station by Doris Loves!
Although Jo and Ben didn’t do any ‘arts and crafts’ in terms of DIY projects for their day, instead entrusting talented professionals and designer-makers to complete their aesthetics, they were innovative with their ideas – decorating the venue with glass skulls filled with fairy lights and decorating signs to tie in with their stationery. The scoured the likes of Hobbycraft, TKMaxx and Asda Homewares in the lead up to their wedding collecting skull snow globes, skull tea light holders and the glass skulls to use throughout their decor.
Tabby and Carl have a retro online-dating love story— the met thirteen years ago on Myspace and bonded while chatting on MSN messenger! It took six months for their friendship to develop into something more but have been inseparable and sharing crazy adventures ever since.
As a make-up artist and manicurist, Tabby spends a lot of time working in the wedding industry and, coupled with the digital age, found herself overwhelmed with options while planning their big day. But instead of trying to stick to a certain colour palette or theme, they let the day be led by things they loved – and if it clashed or looked a little rough around the edges, then even better! As a keen gardener, a natural theme emerged of All. The. Flowers, led foremost by the beautiful grounds at their venue Bressingham Hall, where both Tabby and Carl have fond memories from their childhoods.
Sarah and Scott’s September wedding was originally meant to be held completely outside in a beautiful hollow in the trees at Hirst Priory, amidst beautiful lighting and hay bails for everyone to sit on. However, thanks to the UK weather and its mischief, they had to rethink and bring the outdoors in for much of it, including the arch! But then check out those moody skies and try and tell me you don’t love them. Do not fear the rain, people. It can never bring a good wedding day down.
You also have to admire this couple’s gung-ho attitude towards the budget. Sarah told us, “We didn’t have one! We decided from the beginning that we would do everything the way we wanted to without worrying about the cost. We wanted beautiful quality and that is 100% what we got!” When we asked was there anything they really saved money on, the reply was “No haha!! The biggest expense of our day, apart from the venue and two dresses, were our flowers because I wanted (needed!!) so many, and let’s face it they were so beautiful!” Yes, girl!!
Sarah, who got much of her inspiration from Pinterest, described their vibe as “Botanically rustic with a sparkly twist”, and their day really was all about the florals with her flower belt, flower crown and amazing bouquets.
What’s really beautiful and original about this shoot is how it has cleverly positioned lots of opposites – the hard textures of the geometric ornaments versus soft textures like velvet, and the earthly rock crystals and smoke next to the heavens and galaxies depicted in the tablecloths. It’s created a styling synergy and a very interesting dynamic. Alongside these oppositional details, there are also elements that come together, echo and complement each other, creating yet another line of interest. There’s way more here than meets the eye than just pretty styling for its own sake – there are connotations and depth to be experienced and inspired by.
Lydia, a florist from Wyld, came up with the idea for the shoot. She said “All of us wanted to try something we haven’t been able to in the past, something a bit out of the ordinary, a little challenging.”
“We worked with new materials and interesting textures to create a ‘unicorn feast’. The table was full of delicious desserts and rock candy from Sweet Pistachio; the centrepiece, instead of a typical vessel, had flowers suspended inside a geometric gold sculpture, almost dangling in front of you like a trap that’s been set.”
Amy and Patrick had a very short engagement; they decided in April that they would get married in September! They wanted their wedding to reflect who they are, to be at a beautiful venue, and have amazing food and great music. It was also important to them that it was a relaxed, casual day that included all their guests. They decided to source and plan it all themselves, to make it truly reflect ‘them’, which also meant they could tweak things and push more money into the ‘guest experience’.
The wedding was held at The Grounds of Alexandria, a garden event space in Sydney that was the perfect backdrop to their casual celebration. “As both our fathers are deceased, Patrick and his mother walked down the aisle to Salt Strings Quartet playing Coldplay’s Viva La Vida before I walked down the aisle with my mum to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face“, explained Amy. “During the exchanging of vows, Goldy Horn, the goat at the grounds, decided to jump up on the fence and also witness what was going on!”
Steve and McKenna’s wedding started out by with a Victorian hothouse theme but over time evolved to focus on dark and moody florals. The bride’s dress, made by Eve & Adam, played a big part in setting the overall look of the day.
“I’m a bit of an art history nerd and have always loved the Pre-Raphaelites so I would say that our general aesthetic was inspired by them”, said the bride. “The romantic revamping of classical and medieval imagery in a more modern, playful way, with intense colours and moody, dramatic scenes. Originally I had picked out a very classic, ivory ballgown for my dress but when I saw the dress I ended up with, I felt like it picked me.”
Oh have I got a beauty of a photo shoot to share with you today! Inspired by the fabulous Bloom Floral separates collection by Rowan Joy, I have a sneaking suspicion you’re going to love it just as much as I do.
“The idea for the shoot came about when dress designer extraordinaire Rowan Joy posted an image of her latest creation on her Instagram and I dropped EVERYTHING and told her that I MUST do a shoot with her!” said photographer Caro Weiss. “The concept was for all things botanical and nature inspired so flora, fauna, butterflies and more were all thrown in the mix and we roped in flowery wizard Di from Myrtle and Bracken who created an incredible vertical garden and natural and wild bouquets and Janet from Rene Walrus who went wild with real taxidermy butterflies combined with her incredible accessories.”
Harnaam Kaur has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which meant she started growing a beard from aged 11. Battling to remove her hair every day, and bullied at school, she started to self harm and considered suicide. Harnaam is now a body-confidence and anti-bullying activist and she fully embraces her unique look and hopes to encourage others to do the same. So when this bridal shoot using Harnaam as the model was submitted to me I nearly jumped out of my skin with excitement!
“I am a British born female living in Slough”, Harnaam told me. “I am a little different from other women. “I was diagnosed with polycystic ovaries from a really young age, around the time I hit puberty. PCOS is a condition in which there is an imbalance in hormones within the female body, this has led me to have more male hormones then female ones, and it is also the reason to why I have a beard. I used to have my face waxed 2 to 3 times a week, and on the days I couldn’t bare the pain I would simply shave.”
“I had a great upbringing and a really happy family life but I was severely bullied all the way through school, starting from nursery right through to my late secondary school days. I even got beaten up a few times. I became very aggressively suicidal and I even resorted to self harm.”
“At the age of 16 I hit my biggest low. I had been suicidal all year due to immense bullying from school and people in society. I hid away and did not want to venture out into the public. My bedroom was my only safe haven. I was hugely depressed. I remember sitting on my bed and thinking about taking my own life. But instead, as I sat there, I started to counsel myself. I told myself ‘The energy you are putting into ending your life, put all that energy into turning your life around and doing something better’.”
“At that point I decided I wanted to be me. I decided to keep my beard and step forward against society’s expectations of what a woman should look like. Today I am not suicidal and I do not self harm. Today I am happy living as a young beautiful bearded woman. I have realised that this body is mine, I own it, I do not have any other body to live in so I may as well love it unconditionally.”
Wanting to do something different to the vintage-loving crowd, wedding photographer June Cochran opted to have her latest project shot inside, at night and with a warm cosy vibe. This idea but juxtaposed nicely with bright pops of colour and daring and edgy flower arrangements. “Pretty much every single stylized wedding shoot I’ve seen is at magic hour, outdoors in a field, and as vintage and pastel as it gets”, she writes. “That’s beautiful, but I wanted to shake it up and push it out it the box.”
“With the help of some amazing Colorado wedding vendors, we created a beautiful and modern idea for brides that rock. We were first inspired by an outdoor reception shot of a table with candles and brightly colored floral centerpieces. The theme took off from there by stepping outside of the typical outdoor, pastel palette, sunset, vintage style wedding shoots.”
“Our over arching theme was an Indoor night-time forest wedding with our base foundation being our venue, the romantic and highly popular Denver restaurant, Beatrice & Woodsley. This idea turned into reality and even included a custom designed wedding dress, made for just $100! This shoot was anything but typical, and everything magical.”