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A Brazilian Restaurant Wedding: Rebecca & Gabriel

Rebecca & Gabriel’s Canadian wedding took place in November. Toronto City Hall hosted their ceremony, and they selected Caju Restaurant for a low key and casual reception. Gabriel is from Brazil so the cuisine of the restaurant provided a nod to his family and heritage.

“Gabriel and I met online, and deleted our dating profiles after our first date,” Rebecca told me. “We moved in together after a month of dating and knew we were going to get married. We both just knew we had finally met the right one, and something about the way we worked together just made complete sense! He is from Brazil, living in Canada and I moved to Toronto to meet people. None of Gabriel’s family was able to come to Canada for our wedding, so we had our small 30 guest reception at an authentic Brazilian Restaurant so we would at least incorporate Brazil through the amazing food.”

“On the day of the wedding Gabriel drove his scooter for 45 minutes to get our big red balloon. It was the only ‘task’ I had given him to take care of, and to get it home from where he found it he tied it to the back of his scooter and drove it back home! It is currently still with air in it (barely!) in our house. We loved that red balloon! He also forgot his wedding ring on the day of the wedding, and had to zip home on his scooter, and battle rush hour gridlocked traffic to get to City Hall on time!”

The bride opted for a short white dress from Fashion Crimes instead of a traditional wedding dress, and with it she teamed a vintage fur wrap and a homemade headpiece. “I made my own birdcage veil, very simply from a website I found online”, the bride continued. “I decorated all of our floral mason jars with mismatched lace and fabric (from my own personal stash!) I made drink straw banners and cupcake bunting and hand stamped our envelopes, made our invitations, and of course made all of my own flowers! I’ve been a florist for over 10 years, so it was very important to me to do that.”

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A Portland Glam Goth Grunge Shoot: Carmen & Solomon

This photo shoot and film landed on my desk a few weeks ago and I was immediately intrigued. I recognised the ‘groom’ as being Solomon Trimble, whole played a warewolf in the first Twilight movie and wanted to know more about the ideas behind this styled shoot.

Real life couple Carmen & Solomon modeled for this glam/goth/grunge inspired project.

“Karyn of Black Label Films did most of the design for this shoot”, photographer Erica of Erica Ann Photography wrote. “Our vision for the overall shoot was to create a sort of hipster grunge look that is true to the Pacific NW culture but more reminiscent of Johnny Depp than Kurt Cobain.”

“Karyn’s vision for the film is an abstract piece about two lovers who were separated. What they have been separated by and whether they truly are together in the end is up to the viewer to interpret. We strove to be authentic in representing this real life couple in their love for one another.”

A lot of thought was put into the details of this shoot too. “The idea for the bouquet was for it to be a romantic intense alternative and eye catching bouquet with a dark, brooding and beautiful flow. Florist Alicia wanted to capture the feel, the romance and the vision concept of the film. She used pink mink protea, purple beauty berries, deep purple cala lilies, purple lisianthus, burgundy scabiosa, black bacarra roses, purple sweet pea, fern curls, Australian Emu feather grass, Grevelia ivanhoe foliage and Silver begonia leaf.”

“The table numbers, bride and groom signs, and invitation were photo transfers on sheet metal. The bride and groom signs were also spray painted, using mesh as a “stencil” and hung with chain links. The place cards were mounted on metal door hinges. Artist Sunny drew inspiration from the gritty textures of the urban environment, as well as from the poem which Solomon wrote (shown in the video and pictures).”

Be sure to check out the film as well…

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Lip Tattoos, Graffiti & Ice Cream: An Anti-Wedding Bridal Shoot

“The inspiration for this shoot really came from a morning cuppa with me and Hayley from Vintage Scoops, who owns a vintage ice cream van,” photographer Shaneen Rosewarne Cox writes. “We became friends via Twitter and discovered that we live very close by. I couldn’t resist a look at her fab ice cream van ‘Betty’ so we met up a few times. One morning over tea and lemon drizzle cake we decided to put together a shoot. ‘Betty’ is such a soft, pretty and summery ice cream van so we wanted to create a shoot that contradicted everything wedding-y.”

“Hayley is friends with Greg and Suzie from Lifestyle Salons and they very kindly let us use their gorgeous salon in Newport Pagnall to get the models ready. They’re very creative and lovely stylist Hayley did such an amazing job on the model’s hair. They both looked incredible!”

“When Hayley and I started to put the shoot together we put a call out for make up artists on Twitter. I can’t believe how lucky we were that Ana Ospina Ruiz (Milena) jumped at the chance. I gave her a very vague spec to just make the girls look colourful. She did such a great job, the lip ‘tattoos’ looked great.”

“Hayley also came across Mr Christian (dresses) at a previous wedding she had worked out and we were thrilled that he was happy to lend us a couple of dresses for the shoots.”

“The shoot took place at Milton Keynes Bus station. They have a legal graffiti wall that is changed every so often and it made for the perfect backdrop.”

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‘Rock n Riot’ – Behind the Scenes Photos and Video

First of all, a big load of love to everyone who took the time to comment, tweet, facebook or email me about the ‘Rock n Riot’ shoot yesterday. As ever I have been blown away with your love and support. I’m thrilled with the results but I always have to go one step further huh? So today I have the behind the scenes shots from Emma Case and video awesomeness from Pete Smyth & Simon Clarke to share.

But that’s not all, the styling genius that is the Ava team have also kindly popped by to explain a bit more about how they executed this epic (this word keeps cropping up in relation to this shoot…but seriously, I don’t think anything else could describe it as well!) styled shoot.

Amy Grzegorzek, one third of Ava Event Styling explains, “When we’re given such an out there brief as the punk riot, it’s important to do our historical research first. It’s a big part of our styling process and something we relish, working out which are the key elements of a particular era is like cherry picking from a giant visual cake! Punk was such a massive part of changing peoples opinions not only on how we looked but how we look at each other. It had its biggest impact in the 1970’s but it opened the floodgates for the diversity in fashion we enjoy today. For Ava this meant we could push the boundaries, using products and props not normally associated with weddings. Safety pin table confetti, taxidermy and a black skull & cross bone wedding cake… Not your normal day in the registry office!”

“Even the neon food colouring used for the cupcakes had to be imported from the U.S. and they were decorated to complement the tattoo theme of the day. A feature of our work is the level of detail we strive to achieve, from the the huge scale personalised graffiti wall down to the pink sticks in the cake pops. It’s this kind of attention to detail that pulls together such an avant garde theme.”

“The flowers used were a mixture of English garden classics and structural tropicals put together more for there textural clashes rather than prettiness. We love to challenge the preconceived ideas in all areas and break from the norm. We are really lucky to be surrounded by like minded independent business owners wanting to do something different. Clare at The Wedding Club let us have free reign to select from their incredible dress collection and was keen to get less well known designers showcased. We even used a dress from a final year fashion student Hannah Wilkins-Webb, it’s important to us to encourage new creative talents. Terry Terry jewellery stepped right up to the mark too with his stunning funky range punk inspired bling.”

Pretty awesome hey? Man, I love these guys – they make me look good! Enjoy, and don’t forget to watch the video below (and have a little dance) it rocks.

I also procrastinated a bit this morning and made this…just cos…

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Christina & Sybrina LGBT-Friendly Wedding

Christina & Sybrina were married in their own back garden in Vegas. Christina wore a beautiful dress by Ouma Clothing and Sybrina wore a sharp suit. The couple are pretty active in their local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community and so wanted to use their connections to do it ‘right’ and create a wedding that was perfect for them and their friends.

“We worked very hard in making it a comfortable environment to accommodate our diverse attendees,” the couple explained. “Most of the vendors we used were close friends. We wanted to integrate them throughout the wedding while supporting local small and new businesses. Our close friend, Jeff Hames, even did a mural on our backway that matched the wedding invitations.”

“We tried to stay as true to our queer feminist roots as possible.  We made our wedding our own by only using things we felt comfortable with.”

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A Proud to be British, Camden Bridal Shoot

A little bit of retro and punk glamour was in order when blogger Adelle Frejus of Peonies and Pearls got together with photographer Anneli Marinovich for a photo shoot in Camden, London.

“My inspiration for the shoot was a 1950’s retro glamour – big hair, red lips and vintage wedding dresses,l” explained Anneli. “I had been wanting to do a bridal shoot ‘with a twist’ in Camden since the start of the year and the 1950’s theme seemed perfect for the setting.”

“I was very excited to get Elizabeth Avey involved – her original 1950s vintage wedding dresses are exquisite and literally “made” the shoot. Proud Camden & Stables Market were the perfect settings to give the shoot a sense of fun and the staff at Proud Camden were amazing for letting us use the stables as our “catwalk” before heading out onto the streets of Camden Town. Each stable at Proud has a different theme as well, which ended up fitting in perfectly with our 3 different looks – vintage, leopard and punk.”

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