If this bride looks familiar to you it might be because you saw her modelling in Rock n Roll Bride magazine last year! When we met for that shoot, Martha told me all about her Thailand wedding plans so as you can imagine I’m totally thrilled to be sharing it with you today!
She and her fiance Kris decided that a big formal wedding wasn’t for them. Instead they wanted to fly to somewhere they’d never been before, taking eight of their friends and family members along for the ride. They also brought their besties, The Costa Sisters with them to do their epic wedding video. And epic really is the only way to describe what they produced.
You’re going to want to turn this UP!
They were married in February at Rocky’s Resort in Koh Samui. They spent five glorious days in the resort followed by travelling around Thailand for their honeymoon.
“Our wedding was chilled and tropical”, explained Martha. “We love to travel and Thailand was on our bucket list, so we thought why not combine the two? We spent three weeks travelling around Thailand before and after our wedding. We just wanted to do what WE really wanted. After all a wedding is about the two of you and how you want to celebrate your relationship. It was perfect for us.”
Today we’re sharing this fantastic shoot with a 1950s Havana is a theme that could inspire a hundred looks and ideas for your wedding day. It has heat and sultriness from its warm colour palette, and yet equally invites cooling greenery to temper that heat, and the gowns would naturally be the most skin-baring and flirtatious of numbers. Welcome to Cuba – your wedding day just got HOT.
Gretchen Dawley, who came up with the shoot to showcase her dresses, said of the collection, “Because of my fascination with history and love affair with nostalgia, I wanted to draw inspiration from influential time periods and places for my line. In order to communicate the inspiration of the concept for this shoot, I made a series of mood boards to share with each creative and told them to run with it. It was amazing to see how unified and cohesive all of the team members were without even speaking ahead of time. By the time of the shoot, it didn’t only embody how lively, vibrant, and untouched Havana is, but it had this old-world moody vibe, with all the pale hues and colour pops that scream Cuba. On top of the shoot inspiration, each gown tells the story of a different Cuban woman during that time who changed the world in her own bad ass way.”
Lauren, originally from the Cayman Islands, married Colin, from Huddersfield, in September. They met in Leeds when the bride was studying for her masters and the groom was working in IT. After being together for two and a half years Lauren was offered a job back home in Cayman so Colin moved with her and they got engaged!
The wedding was held at Kaibo Restaurant, Beach Bar and Marina which has the most gorgeous beach backdrop. “Our wedding theme was ‘Tropical Glam’”, said Lauren. “The inspiration for our wedding was actually a piece of fabric. I saw this gorgeous turquoise fabric with monstera leaves on Google images and thought, ‘Oooh that would make a lovely table runner’, and the whole thing spun out from there. We knew that we wanted our wedding to have a tropical vibe, but as we were already having it on a beach we didn’t want to go too kitschy. Instead of seashells we decided to go for bright tropical flowers and beachy greenery with décor in shades of turquoise (reminiscent of the ocean) with metallic gold for a hint of glam.”