“We were inspired by the ‘no care’ attitude & ‘just have fun’ vibe of the 1920s,” explained Charlene & Rommel. “We both loved the story of The Great Gatsby, and how carefree everyone seemed whenever they’d go to one of Gatsby’s parties. We wanted to create that kind of laid-back, fun atmosphere for our wedding.”
The couple were married at The Dunsmuir Historic Estate in CA. “It was more like a park rather than a hotel banquet hall so it fit the bill perfectly and allowed us to have a more casual feel for our wedding. We encouraged people to just be comfortable; even to sit on the grass on picnic blankets. For our giveaway/dessert table, we wanted people to take home things they might actually want and use, and as far as we know, nobody minded free sodas, cookies, candies and coffee grinds!”
Charlene looked every bit the 1920’s glamour goddess in her Sue Wong dress, which she found on eBay. The groom and his groomsmen got right into the theme too with their 1920’s gangster-inspired look. Rommel explained, “My main inspiration came from Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables.” I have always adored how dressed up people in the 1920’s and 1930’s were. Even if you were poor, you still looked pretty stylish!”
“Men wore those wool pants or slacks… the vests… the button-down collared shirts… they all just looked so well put-together, and they didn’t really even have to match or anything. We both really liked one of the villain’s all-white suits, so I wanted to go that route since I was trying to dress for my wedding. After lots of looking at 1920’s and 1930’s suits online, we noticed that suit styles haven’t changed all that much since then, so we figured it’d be a safe (not to mention easy!) bet for the groomsmen and I to just get our stuff at Men’s Wearhouse. To make all the groomsmen fit the theme, we just bought them all these black newsboy hats and I wore the standard-issue black suspenders from Men’s Wearhouse as well as the fedora I bought from The Original Stetson (they had the cheapest price I could find). I also opted for the black and white Spectator Shoe, since a similar style was seen in the movie as well.”
Finally, can I just share a lot of love for their amazing paper flowers! Inspired by a post they saw on Wire & Paper, the couple asked her to create the bouquet and boutineers and then they crafted their centrepieces based on her designs, from recycled paper. Just amazing!
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.
Aeroplanes, vintage clothes a food fight make for a pretty incredible engagement session. Kristen & Steve put a lot of thought and effort into their ideas for the shoot, and Kristen even went the full whack and wore a genuine vintage dress from the 1970’s that had belonged to her Mother.
“Kristen emailed me one day with the idea of a food fight and nonchalantly asked, “Do you think we could do that?” — Needless to say… I said hell to the yeah!” explained photographer Julian. “So after acquiring her Mothers original engagement party dress (Yup! The dress is 30 years old) – We decided to go vintage, vintage, vintage and finish with the food fight.”
“We hadn’t quite figured out WHERE we were going to shoot and when the day finally rolled around, we still didn’t have a “definite spot”. So while driving around the Coast, with me pointing out a few spots I’d scouted for them, I suddenly had an epiphany and asked, “Have you guys ever been to the Air Museum in Caloundra?” — We dropped everything, raced over to the Museum and started shooting. We shot practically all day long, then found a nice patch of grass to set-up a cute, quaint little picnic… with a twist.”
Kristen planned and organised the whole aestetic of the shoot and organised all the props. She baked her own cakes and everything.