Some of you may recognise Julian & Carolyn as I featured their ‘registration of marriage ceremony’, a Malaysian tradition, way back in December 2010! Well since then, the couple have been planning the rest of their wedding celebration – an outdoor party held at Kiara Jungle Park in Kuala Lumpur.
“For the ceremony itself, we wanted a really cute/funny entrance,” Carolyn began. “Our first ideas was to have a few of our friends ride in with their Harley’s and then my Dad & I would zip right in with a Vespa and cute ‘beep, beep’! Unfortunately (well, fortunately on hindsight) the Vespa we borrowed was giving us some problems, so we didn’t go on with the plan… but my friends still came with 4 white Harley’s and so I hopped onto to the back and that was my grand entrance!”
“We tried to DIY and upcycle as much as we could for our wedding. For example the napkin holders were made out of toilet roll cores, cut-up and then covered with vintage curtain material that my late grandmother used. We collected hundreds of tin cans & placed tea lights inside them to light up the walk way. My Mom also helped decorate an arch for us to use during our exchange of vows. In fact, my Mom did too many things to mention!! Last but not least, are the bouquets. All the bouquets were made by my very talented husband, Julian!”
“Our wedding favours were items from our childhood with an 80s theme,” she continued. “There was gum, wafer slices, jelly cones, little bubble blowing thingys… Everyone loved them! We also brought in our collection (and a friends) of vintage furniture to create a mini living room in the park for people to have their photo in as well as relax in! We got our friends to help take photos with instant cameras and got them to pin it up around the area.”
“The last and biggest surprise for the wedding is our wedding video,” the bride concluded. “You see in Malaysia, it seems to be a trend to compile pictures of the wedding couple from childhood, through to meeting each other and so forth. Julian and I have always felt that it was cheesy and we wanted to do something different. We finally decided on a thank you video instead, to be shared during the reception. I remember saying to Julian that I want the people in the video to be really touched, and so we shot the video ourselves and did make a few people tear. Mission accomplished!
Aww and look how cute it is…! I can see why people cried can’t you? Absolutely LOVE this idea.
Hold the phones! This might be one of the cutest engagement shoots I’ve ever seen. Theo & Lisa are rockers at heart who love charity shop and vintage shopping, hip hop music and hanging out…and that’s exactly what they wanted for their engagement session – a simple shoot that shows the real them. I flippin’ love it.
I’ve also been informed that they’re trying to get Craig David to play at their August wedding (!) I’ll be sure to keep you guys in the loop on that one! Haha I love them already. I just know their wedding is going to be hella awesome.
Michael & Michelle are huge fans of the Disney movie ‘Up’ and so wanted to style their engagement session around it. They actually say that they saw a lot of themselves in the main characters of the film, who met when they were children, fell in love and then got married.
They handmade all the props themselves including ‘My Adventure Book’ which they filled with scenes from the film as well as significant photographs from their time together as a couple.
The couple chose a park down the road from their apartment in Singapore as the location as they themselves and the props they used were really the main focus of the shoot.
I loved Scott & Ashley’s wedding as soon as I saw it…and I loved it (and them!) even more once I got chatting to the bride and their photographer Jeremy Lawson about all the amazing little details of their day.
“Our inspiration came from our love of the vintage,” the bride began. “We listen to records at the house, shop for clothes at retro themed consignment stores, and stay glued to TCM. We sort of envisioned a party that looked like a party scene we saw years ago in the movie Mona Lisa Smile combined with the famous barefoot dancing scene from Big Fish in the town of Spectre. We wanted that easy, happy, homemade, and colorful party for our closest friends and family.”
Ashley wore two stunning dresses, the first a Goddess Gown by J Crew which she found for a steal on Ebay (seller paisleypetunia) and the second a GORGEOUS 1950’s vintage pink prom dress from landof100dresses on Etsy. Ashley chose the first dress for their first look and pre ceremony shoot as well and for dancing afterwards, “It was beautiful, simple, comfortable, and easy to dance in” she continued.
“We made the decision to see each other before the wedding to take pictures around our amazing city, but I still wanted the surprise element of the ceremony. My dress was a 1953 prom dress that came with the owner’s original filled out dance card from her senior prom. This dress made me giddy in a way I didn’t know was possible, as I’m almost strictly a jeans and T-Shirt kind of girl. My shoes were from Dillards, the jewellery served as my borrowed items from my sister (who wore them in her own wedding), and flower headband a combination of rosettes from Francesca’s and H&M.”
The couple got crafty and DIY’d their wedding completely. With a sister who runs a cake making business, it was a no -brainer to Ashley who would make their cakes, “I loved my cakes! I’m one of those lucky brides that has a sister with a cake business at home in Tennessee. She spent the week making six different flavored cakes, drove them up to Chicago, and finished the job in a tiny hotel kitchen the night before. She even made up a Tennessee Jack Daniels Chocolate Recipe to represent my home state and a Georgia Peach for Scott’s. She is amazing.”
Central Park played host to Angie and Jordy’s wedding. Originally from Ottawa, Canada, the couple chose New York to get married in because it was the first place they travelled to together, “It just seemed like the ideal location for us” Angie told me. “We wanted to see more Broadway shows and catch a Yankee’s game. No to mention many of our guests had never been and who doesn’t want to visit New York?”
Central Park was the perfect location for them because they wanted to have an outdoor wedding, “We did research online and through the Central Park website I found our wedding planner Julie Lindenman (I Do New York) who organized the ceremony for us,” she continued. “We looked at different locations within the park but loved the rustic look of the Cop Cot area. We also liked that it had seating for everyone as our group was small (only 25 people). We had a cellist who was originally supposed to play our 3 songs but we were so grateful he played the entire 45 minutes while we were waiting for my mother to get there.”
Music was really important to the couple. The prosessional music was Child of Mine by Guns n’ Roses, Angie walked down the aisle to All I Want is You by U2 and the couple walked out to Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen.
Chen Lie & Thom got married in Oz in a crazy, wild and fun party way. She is Australian and he is British (they now live and work in Prague!) so they decided to head over to Chen Lie’s hometown of Perth for their 1960s/70s/John & Yoko inspired wedding.
“I had been living in Korea on and off for the past 9 years so it was exciting to return home” Chen Lie told me. “We planned a simple elopement with a romantic 60s theme in the park but it turned into a wedding due to the kindness of family and friends. Everything was a gift from he photographer to the catering. It was a magical day. The day before the wedding my Made of Awesome took us vintage shopping and surprised us by paying for Thom’s vintage 70s Yves Saint Laurent suit and my vintage 60s hat.”
Oh I love featuring anniversary shoots. I get excited and all mushy to see how in love you guys are even after a few years of marriage…and of course they mean that there is no end to the inspiration I can give you – so don’t stop reading Rock n Roll Bride just because you’re married you hear!?
Sarah & Ben, have been married for 4 years and wanted to do a vintage rustic themed anniversary shoot in a park. They had a sweet lazy picnic going with apples and antique coca cola bottles where they could lie in the grass and enjoy the sun. They also climbed a tree together, wrote love letters on a typewriter, and listened to records. Their outfits were handpicked from estate sales, thrift stores, and Etsy and the props they brought – a portable record player, records, a birdcage, and a typewriter – were also from thrift & antique stores or passed down from family members.
“I thought you might like Sophie & Jonny’s engagement shoot” Marianne Taylor wrote, “as there is pinkness and tattoos involved.” Well looks like she was right! Oh yes I do like. The shoot took place in Green Park and Marylebone, London. The couple are getting married in September in a 1950’s, burlesque and black & white bash and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love that too. I can’t wait to feature it already!
Christy & Daryl’s engagement session has such a dramatic and cinematic feel that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. As well as my crazy obsession with all things wedding and photography, I have a bit of a penchant for the over-dramatic, in particular the film noir style, and this session reflects that to a ‘t’…yet with fabulous a modern twist! Those shadows are like nothing I’ve ever seen!
“We set off one night with my good friend (and amazingly talented photographer) Edison Miclat, to find a nitty gritty location” Christy told me. “A factory / industrial park by the rail road tracks made a perfect back drop for our photo adventure. The night started with us creeping around an ivy covered building, and ended with dancing in a stinky ole meat delivery truck! The shoot was hilarious and so much fun. I’ve always loved Edison’s mellow demeanor and his ability to produce cinematic, natural images. I am absolutely in love with the results.”
Karen & Aaron’s beautiful engagement session was captured by the amazing Kelty of Steep Street Photography . The trio walked around their neighbourhood with their dogs as they wanted to capture a naturalistic and authentic vibe. Aaron’s tattoos and Karen’s cute red polka-dotty/floral dress are super beautiful too and I just can’t get enough of that light!
I know you will love these so they really don’t need much introduction. When I saw a sneak peek on photographer Matt’s Twitter I was straight on it to secure the exclusive to share these with you. Angela & Jonard’s shoot took place at Griffith Park in LA and Angela had the most amazing little dresses made from an Arizona clothing designer Monique Martinez of OUMA Clothing.