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“Let Them Eat Cake” – A Marie Antoinette Inspiration Shoot

Ever since my shoot in Paris I’ve had a bit of a ‘thing’ for anything Marie Antoinette – the fashion, the hair, the make up – it pretty much makes me go all giddy inside. So when this shoot landed on my desk last week I didn’t hesitate to email photographer Beth right back to say yes to sharing them as soon a possible.

The colour palette is more or less what my dreams look like…and those cakes…and the jewellery….oh and the flowers…. well divine doesn’t quite cover it does it?

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Michelle & Deborah’s Romantic Parisian Themed Wedding

Michelle & Deborah’s touching ceremony was one of the main reasons I wanted to share their wedding with you all today. Quite apart from all the beautiful and individual details the couple put into their day, the readings and poems that they selected for their ceremony made this wedding really special and signified their relationship perfectly.

They chose Shakespear’s Sonnet 116, a section from the children’s book  “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard and “I carry your heart with me” by E.E Cummings for their vows. Finally, in order to include the fight for equality, they read the Massachusetts ruling on marriage. They thought it was so simple and basic and spelled out what marriage meant to them in a perfect way.

“FROM GOODRIDGE V DEPT OF HEALTH (Mass. 2003): Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. Without question, civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.” Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family… Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition….It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a ‘civil right’.”

“We just really liked the definitions of marriage,” Michelle explained. “Again, we chose our readings because they all held a significance in what marriage should be regardless of legal status (strong and steadfast, childlike at times, a basic human right, always honest, the beauty of partnership).”

The couple had been lucky enough to spend some time in Paris so chose a Romantic Parisian theme for their wedding. The croquembouche (cake) was a nod to their love of French culture and flamboyant presentation. They even cut it with the traditional sword.

“They choose the perfect location – the elegant Astin Mansion – they also did the table flowers and catering,” photographer Katherine O’Brien continued. “Michelle said that Deborah thought that spending money on bouquets was silly when they just die a few days after so she told her she could make her a bouquet that would never wilt and thus her fabric/book flower project began. She got the newspaper flowers Etsy and mixed with her own. They also used Etsy for their bridal party gifts – each attendant got a cool vintage pinup flask and the cute cloth love birds were from The Girl in Yellow. The main wedding cake looked like a stack of books from Shakespeare to the Merry Wives of Windsor.

“Instead of favors for their guests the couple made a donation to the Pride Community Center. It  is their area’s first LGBT community gathering place and is providing a much needed resource to youth and adults in our area. At first they thought they we were going to donate to the Human Rights Campaign, but realized it was more important to give locally, and see their donation help within their own community.”

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Michelle & Deborah’s Romantic Parisian Themed Wedding

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Michelle & Deborah's touching ceremony was one of the main reasons I wanted to share their wedding with you all today. Quite apart from all the beautiful and individual details the couple put into their day, the readings and poems that they selected for their ceremony made this wedding really special and signified their relationship perfectly. They chose Shakespears Sonnet 116, a section from the children's book "I Like You" by Sandol Stoddard and "I carry your heart with me" by E.E Cummings for their vows. Finally in order to include the fight for equality they read the Massachusetts ruling on marriage. They thought it was so simple and basic and spelled out what marriage meant to them in a perfect way. "FROM GOODRIDGE V DEPT OF HEALTH (Mass. 2003): Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. Without question, civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.” Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family… Because it fulfils yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition….It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a 'civil right'."

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Gala & Nubby in Paris

It’s not often that I post a non-wedding photo shoot, but when I found out that two of my favourite bloggers Gala Darling & Nubby Twiglet were off to Paris, and that while they were there they were doing a photo shoot with one of my favourite photographers, well I couldn’t help but ask them all if I could blog the photos too.

(note: technically there are some wedding elements in this…Nubby got married in Vegas last September and the white sequin dress was her wedding dress!)

“Gala and I met online after she linked to one of my Parisian Trash the Dress photos shoots that you featured on Rock n Roll Bride,” photographer Juliane Berry told me. “When I heard she and Nubby were coming to Paris, I suggested doing a photo shoot. The shoot was a collaboration between Gala, Nubby and I. My vision for Gala’s photos was vintage with vivid colours.  She liked the idea and brought the most perfect vintage dresses and hats for the shoot.  For Nubby, I visualized a lot of black and white with red.  I even brought along a red beret for her to wear for a few shots.”

Gala continued the story, “Nubby & I had an incredible time in Paris & I think it shows in the pictures! It was Nubby’s first time in Europe, & we really wanted to commemorate the experience with a fantastic set (or two… or three!) of photos.”

“Our aim was to capture our individual styles in a very Parisian setting!  Nubby is very minimalist cyborg, while I am more of a psychedelic lady who lunches, & we wanted some photographic evidence!”

“We shot all over the place: in front of brightly-coloured doors in Le Marais, sprawled on the polka-dot carpet at our hotel (Hotel du Petit Moulin), jumping on our bed (naughty girls!) & in parks of all kinds…”

“We owe Juliane a massive debt of gratitude for taking the day to hang out with us.  We had so much fun, we couldn’t have had a better time.  She is just so chill & up for anything.  We walked around Le Marais, stopping whenever inspiration struck & talking up a storm!  Even better, we absolutely LOVE the pictures. She made us feel so comfortable, which makes shooting so much more fun & the images feel like “us”, as opposed to some weird awkward posed nonsense!”

“Juliane has been emailing me regularly with even more pictures from our day together, & they fill me with so much happiness!  It’s like getting a little treasure every time I check my inbox.  She spoiled us rotten… After our experience, I now want to do a session in every city I visit!  Sure beats your average tourist snaps!”

How awesome huh? I know what I want to do on my next trip to Paris. More photos! (you remember my epic Parisan shoot right?!)

For more photos from the shoot, be sure to hop over to Gala & Nubby‘s blogs.

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Kelly & Nicholas’ Romantic Parisian Elopement

“Knowing that Kelly had never been out of the country (USA), I bought us 2 tickets to London for the end of September 2010 as a Christmas present,” groom Nicholas explained. “Within a month we knew we were meant to be, so my plan became to propose to her in London or Paris.  However, that soon changed when we decide that we should just elope to Europe and get married there by ourselves.  So, I proposed a month later, we booked a photographer and a church in Paris and threw caution to the wind and made our Little European vacation a wedding and a honeymoon.  And everything was perfect. And our minister’s name was Charlie Brown, which is pretty Rock n Roll.”

Oh I do love a good elopement! There’s pretty much nothing more romantic and in Paris…well, it doesn’t get more dreamy than that does it?!

The bride wore an adorable dress by Dolly Couture, Christian Louboutin shoes and a vintage purse and gloves which she’d found on their holiday in London.

After the wedding, the couple took a tourist boat ride along the River Seine for photos and to see Paris from the river. “Being full of tourists, we kind of stood out like sore thumbs”, Nicholas continued, “but, the tourists loved it and proceeded to pose with us  for a good 10 minutes of the boat ride.  It was kind of a fun little rock star moment on tour boat in Paris.”

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