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Lacy & Brandon’s Edgy Wedding

“The first time I met Lacy was over 10 years ago in high school where we became fast friends,” photographer Daniel Stark told me. “Unfortunately, she moved before our senior year and we gradually lost touch. When it came time to plan her wedding she walked into a bridal shop that happened to have my business cards. I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their fun, edgy, rockstar wedding.”

“Lacy has always been really cool and edgy even in high school. ¬†And Brandon couldn’t have been a more perfect match for her. They quickly got identical tattoos with their own made up symbol that shows the love for each other. It was even on their wedding cake.”

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Annette & Chris’ Fancy Dress Victorian Circus Themed Wedding

Annette¬†& Chris had a fancy dress/steampunk themed wedding in Liverpool. The bride wore a corset purchased from Corsets UK and a skirt from MTCoffinzUnderground on¬†Etsy. “My dress wasn’t technically a ‘dress’ as it was a Corset and a separate skirt,” the bride told me. “I bought the white and black steel boned corset for around ¬£60 and the skirt, which was described as a ‘Victorian Lace Gothic Ball Gown’, cost around ¬£100.” She also wore¬†Victorian-style black ankle boots which she hired from a fancy dress shop!¬†Chris hired his unique outfit from a¬†fancy¬†dress shop too.

“The groom came up with the whole idea of a Victorian Circus themed wedding,” explained Annette. “We’re not ‘average’ kind of people and didn’t want to settle on an ‘average’ wedding, so it had to be fancy dress! Although we took our vows to each other seriously, we don’t believe a wedding should be a completely serious affair. It’s a great excuse to get dressed up and have a massive party with all of your friends and family, which is what we did! I think that’s what makes us so Rock n Roll. Everyone said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to, including their own!”

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Lisa & Theis’ Intimate Malibu Pier Wedding

I am a huge¬†Feather Love Photography fan‚ĶHUGE. So when photographer Noa emailed me last week asking if I‚Äôd like to feature her newest wedding ‚Äď I didn‚Äôt even have to look at the images to know that I would. Then, when she informed me that this intimate waterside wedding included a bride wearing an incredible vintage hat‚Ķcomplete with birds AND a vintage ¬†green veil ‚Äď well as you can imagine, I practically squealed with excitement.

Lisa & Theis were married in¬†November on Malibu Pier, CA by followed by a small, informal dinner at Beachcomber Restaurant. “Our officiant was our dear friend Bill Handley, who is a literature professor at the University of Southern California,” expalined Lisa. “Bill sponsored Theis to come to the US (he is originally from Denmark) as a visiting scholar in 2009 and has been an important mentor to me in my academic career.”

Lisa wore a dress from J Crew which she had altered to add straps and of course that awesome bird hat! It was custom-made¬†especially¬†for Lisa¬†by Brenda Waites Bolling, a milliner with a store at the Plaza Shops in New York City. She also added a unique green veil, which her Mother had found on eBay. It was dated back to 1831 and originally belonged to a woman named Elizabeth Litchfield, who received it as a gift from her “Aunt Ret,” according to the message inside the box that it came in.

“Theis and I met on Labor Day 2009 at a friend’s bbq,” Lisa told me. “We had both just moved to Los Angeles: I was beginning my PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature at USC, and Theis was a visiting scholar, at USC for six months to do research for his master’s thesis in Comparative Literature. I am originally from Chicago, but I had spent the previous six years in New York City; Theis is from northern Denmark, but had lived in Copenhagen for the previous six years. We fell deeply in love almost immediately, and became engaged in December 2009; Theis came home with me for Christmas and proposed to me in my childhood bedroom.”

“Theis’ visa ended in January, and he had to return to Denmark. For the next nine months, we conducted our love affair at a transatlantic long distance. We Skyped twice a day, at 9 AM and midnight California time, to cope with the nine-hour time difference. We also began the lengthy ¬†process of bringing Theis back to the United States legally. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Denmark twice, in March and July, and meet Theis’s wonderful family and friends. Despite growing up very far from each other, Theis and I have found we have a remarkable number of things in common, and we attribute some of our similarity to how alike north Denmark and the upper American Midwest are. Both places have long, cold winters, beautiful vibrant summers, and a strong emphasis on family and community. We also share a great love of literature, cinema and music, and a devoted belief in the other’s talents.”

“In October 2010, Theis was finally able to return to the US on a fiance visa. We wanted our wedding to be intimate and beautiful, a relaxing day on which we could celebrate our greatest dream ¬†coming true: being together. We had initially planned to have the ceremony in Griffith Park, but our desire to have dinner at Saddle Peak Lodge (saddlepeaklodge.com) made us decide to change the location to the Malibu Pier, a beautiful place that Theis and I had visited together several times in the first few months of our relationship. It turned out to be the perfect setting, very calm on the day before Thanksgiving. In the company of my parents and sister and our friend Bill Handley, we were married on the pier. We read the Walt Whitman poem “To A Stranger” to each other as vows.”

“Afterwards we had oysters and champagne with my family at the great¬†¬†Beachcomber Restaurant on the pier. It was a beautiful day.”

Mark & Fiona’s Snowy Steampunk Kinda Day

Mark & Fiona’s Steampunk inspired wedding took place¬†at the Signet Library in¬†Edinburgh in November. “We chose a Steampunk theme after Mark told Fiona her general day to day style was slightly Steampunk when he bought her a watch for Christmas in New York,” the couple explained.¬†“Fiona had not heard of it, but looked it up and realised it was exactly what she was in her choice of films, clothes and even her writing (she’s an aspiring novelist).”

Fiona didn’t want to be a traditional bride, so chose a mini top hat instead¬†by House of Nines Design instead¬†of a veil. She explained, “Before I even chose my dress I’d decided I wanted a hat and it had to be a¬†¬†House of Nines Design Hat.¬† I had it made specifically to my colours and my specification.¬† Trisha was a real pleasure to work with and a great help, sending me various samples to chose from.¬† Trisha is based in San Francisco and has previously made hats for Dita Von Teese, amongst others.”¬†The bride’s dress was by Ian Stuart. She also wore handmade shoes from Beretrun Design¬†and gloves byMetamorphDK on Etsy.

The couple also didn’t use any traditional wedding music and instead chose some of their favourite songs for the¬† ceremony. Music from Spirited Away and Stardust accompanied the couple’s¬†recessional and processional and Led Zepplin’s Stairway To Heaven played on harp during the signing of the register.¬†

Finally, Fiona made all the women’s favours which were flavoured lip balms.¬†¬†She had lots of fun the months before experimenting making different flavours, colours and styles and she said they were actually very easy to make.¬† Mark chose Lego key rings for the men’s favours.

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Ted & Nina’s Purple-Themed, Internet-Sourced, Gothic Wedding

Ted & Nina’s wedding was put together by the power of the internet – that is, they saved money as best they could by buying everything online! Nina’s dress was bought from Dark Angel and really set the tone for the whole day. The striking purple & white theme was everywhere they looked, from the bride’s gorgeous coat from eBay and her fabulous hat from The Black Cat Boutique to the flowers, the groom’s outfit and even the bride’s hair!

I wanted to share the couple’s wedding day portraits primarily, as they are simply awesome! I love their style don’t you?

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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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