I don’t think I really need to explain why I love this one to you do I?
Happy Sunday everyone!
I was drawn to one thing when Ian & Reisa’s Vancouver wedding landed in my inbox last week…can you guess what?!
Oh yes the bride’s incredible Allure Bridal dress. Holy pink ruffles Batman! It reminds me a lot of Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress (which was my dream dress when I was planning my wedding back in 2007/2008.)
The couple were actually legally wed in March in Costa Rica but wanted a big party for all their friends who couldn’t attend. The party was held in a furniture store that they own together, The Living Lab.
“I was extremely honoured and excited to photograph this lovely couple once again at their ring ceremony,” explained photographer Melissa. “The last time I photographed these two was for their engagement and at that time, it was February, it was cold and it was also just before they jetted off to Costa Rica for their Wedding. This time around it was June, and although it hasn’t looked like summer, here in Vancouver, it was a pretty hot evening to be wearing a suit!”
“Since not everyone could make it to Costa Rica for their vows, the couple had a delightfully bright and elegant Ring Ceremony here in Vancouver to celebrate with those who weren’t able to attend. It seemed like the perfect extension to their Costa Rican celebration, as photos from their wedding holiday were hung in beautiful gold frames around the reception. So, even if you weren’t there, you were able to catch a glimpse of their wedding day.”
Issy’s ‘Love your Dress’ shoot took place in Raphael Park, Gidea Park in Essex. Her dress was by designer Ugo Zaldi and her hairband was actually found at BHS!
Issy has a love of the 1960’s and has a really classic look from that era with her cute pixie crop hair, so the whole styling of the shoot, from Issy’s dress to the props, was set around this vibe.
Contain yourselves people, I have an pretty damn awesome wedding to share today! Rachel & Brandon, a Mormon couple, are definitely Rock n Roll – just check out that bride’s style! Rachel’s Mum made her dress (OMG!) inspired by Alexander McQueen and Project Runway!
“I got the idea from a dress by the late Alexander McQueen (loved him) and Project Runway” Rachel told me. “I think it was season 5…Kenley was the contestant’s name and she totally ripped of McQueen, but her rip off gave me the idea for MY rip off and the idea for my dress was born. When I got engaged (like a year after that season aired), I emailed my mom some pictures of the dresses and asked if she could make one like that for me. She, being the amazing mom that she is, told me she would try. So we spent the next few months finding fabric and combining patterns. My dad helped with the skirt-he is a mechanical engineer-so he helped us figure out how to tier the fabric so it wouldn’t collapse on itself due to the weight of the feathers. And we ordered the feathers, which were ostrich I believe, from some craft place in the south, I think they were from Louisiana or something. The dress is actually 3 pieces-there’s the bodice with a tulle skirt attached, then an underskirt that is more or less a hoop skirt, and then the feather skirt that goes over the top and attaches with some buttons and a hook & eye.”
Rachel teamed her amazing dress with shoes from ebay and a hairpiece that her husband made for her (seriously OMG how adorable are these two!?) He glued a brooch Rachel had found in a bridal store to a feather, then added some ribbon and pearls and put it all onto a clear comb. Ta da!
Oh holy beautiful imagery! Kristen & Steven are flippin’ gorgeous and Kristen’s Mum made her dress! Can you believe that? I just totally love this location too. Is the grass actually greener in America? They really do look like their floating around this field.
This fabulous shoot was set up to promote the Rock n Roll wedding planners, DandyLion Events and their new alternative bridal sessions. “A dandyBride is independent, interesting and fearless. she knows what she likes and her wedding reflects that! she wants people to know who she is instead of hiding behind traditional conventions” they say.
It’s that time of immense excitement for me again, when I finally get to share with you a ‘lil project I’ve been busying myself with behind the scenes. Unbelievably this shoot has been in the pipeline for over a year but it’s only now that I’ve had the time to get it all organised properly!
I first met Eliza Claire just over a year ago at the very first ‘Rock n Roll Bride meet’. We met in a teeny cocktail bar in central London. We drank cosmopolitans and mojitos and talked way into the night about business, photography and changing the face of the UK wedding industry…and look how far we’ve come in only a year! At this first meeting we talked about doing a photo shoot together and would you believe it’s actually taken this long to get it together. However, as always, the wait was so worth it as within the past 12 months we’ve got to know so many more amazing people in the industry, a few of which we asked along to join in the fun.
Rhys & Alana’s engagement shoot reminds me of Top Gun… you gotta love those aviators. Alana’s H&M dress is super cute (I know this because I have the exact same one!) too.
Maura & John’s slightly damp, slightly vintage and more than slightly gorgeous engagement session is totally inspiring! I love how they incorporated the things they love into the shoot – they collect old schwinn bikes, love going for bike rides and are crazy about all things vintage/retro/antique so they used some antique china for a mini picnic setting. Cuteness.
Lee & Rose got married in Liverpool in a super duper stylish way. Rose’s outfit is literally off-the-hook! Have you ever seen a bride look so damn funky? Plus (and you’re going to love this) it is all from the British high street! Be sure to check out the full list of where each item was found after the photographic goodness. I am just mad about those tights…
“There was no real theme as such, but the sort of couple we are means that we wanted something relaxed, informal and fun” Lee , the groom, told me “We wanted a simple wedding, we wanted to wear the outfits we wanted, we wanted to pay for everything ourselves, and more importantly, we wanted our friends and family to come and have a good time, not feel like they had to behave in a manner they normally wouldn’t, i.e. no strict seating arrangements, not worrying about which knife to use to cut the bread roll, etc. We’re not show-offs, and we’re not millionaires, and we have our own sense of style, so we couldn’t see the point in all this so-called ‘traditional’ excess that means the marriage starts off with £30,000 worth of debt! It just wouldn’t be us.”
This isn’t the usual feature I’d post, but when I came across this stunning Kay Unger (from Saks Fifth Avenue) dress, worn so beautifully by this bridesmaid, I had to share it with you. The wedding, shot by Elizabeth Messina can be seen on her blog Kiss the Groom.