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A Wedding Inspired by the Ocean

The inspiration behind this beautiful Californian wedding, sent over to me by Jerry Yoon Photography, was the ocean. The couple, who met through a mutual friend in Philadelphia and them moved to California, had visited The Monterey Bay Aquarium during their first year living together. “I loved it,” the bride told me ” the intense blues and greens when you looked down in the water, to the contrasting sand and beaten rocks. I love the ocean and anything relating to it. During that visit, I took a bunch of Polaroid photos at the museum and our walks around Monterey and Pacific Grove. Years later, when we were looking for a location for our wedding, I came across those original Polaroids of Lovers Point Park, and I instantly knew this is where we were getting married.”

The couple decided on a small intimate wedding with a guest list of just 50 people. “Although it sounds very small, it was a lot of work to hand make custom Save the Dates and invitations,” the bride continued. “It was definitely fun and keeping it intimate, we were able to give a lot of attention to each guest. We really didn’t have a conventional beach-y theme with shells, but more so a play of the colors. We held our ceremony under the large cypress tree at Lovers Point Park, and that too played into the theme of our wedding.”

The colours of the sand and ocean played a major role in the influence of the bride’s wedding dress and the groom’s suit. The bride’s dress was custom made by Wai Ching and the groom’s seersucker suit came from Black Fleece. “Inititally, I didn’t think the dress mattered all that much and ended up buying a cheap-o dress without much thought. Afterwards, I found a blog post featuring a dress by Wai Ching (Chrissy Leung). I immediately fell in love with the dress (and the hastily-purchased dress was promptly returned). I emailed her immediately and collaborated with her to create the true dress of my dreams. Everything was done via email: measurements, tons of photos for inspiration and descriptions. I finally flew up to Seattle for one final fitting, made some adjustments and it was a done deal. I love the dress. I still break it out every now and then and wear it around the house! It’s such a fun dress.”

“I assumed my husband wouldn’t care much about what he would wear for the wedding but he proved every every bit involved and wanted to look special. He had no idea what my dress looked like aside from some decidedly vague color descriptions by yours truly. After many stores, we finally found this suit at Black Fleece. After he tried it on, I turned to him and said, ‘We are going to look great!’ He had to take my word of course, as he wouldn’t see my dress until the day of our wedding.”

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Alison’s Alice in Wonderland Trash the Dress

“My inspiration for this shoot came from the bride her name is Alison and she has a pet bunny as well as a cupcake tattoo on her wrist,” photographer Tab McCausland told me. “So when I started to plan doing my first trash the dress photography class I didn’t want it to be just a boring setting.  Sooooo we went all out cake, hats, tea pots, a little tuxedo for the bunny, little caterpillar, table set up the works!  I think the theme was perfect for the bride and since she had pink and purple hair already it just all came together nicely.”

…And so the idea for an Alice in Wonderland themed trash the dress was born. Although this theme is really popular with brides at the moment (even a year after the movie…can you believe it’s been a year already!?) what I love about this adaptation is the fact that it was based around what the bride loved the most…and of course the bunny rabbit, who could resist him?

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Sarah & Justin’s Modern Vintage, New York Wedding

I put a little teaser shot from Sarah & Justin’s beautiful wedding on my facebook fan page a few weeks ago, and within about 3 minutes it had received about 40 ‘likes’ which pretty much convinced me (like I didn’t know already) that you guys are going to totally heart this one.

The elegant New York wedding took place at Bridgewaters Restaurant, New York. The theme for the wedding was an evolving one, and one that really reflected what the bride & groom loved in their daily lives, as well as being complementary to the scenery around them.

“I started out wanting a vintage New York feel but then it began to get more modern,” Sarah explained. “We played off the nautical feeling of the venue (it had row boats hanging from the ceiling) and also the location which was in New York’s South Street Seaport area and had these amazing ships docked nearby. That is why my table number cards had a shell motif in them and our invitations were a drawing of the vantage point from our wedding venue.”

“Overall I wanted everything to be simple, clean yet classy. My dress was light and airy, the flowers were simple white hydrangeas, we had white lanterns and tons of candles. I wanted it to be about the people that were there and about Justin and I, not about what my favors were or what types of flowers we had. I wanted to simplify the whole wedding planning process that has turned so many brides into bridezillas.”

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Mary & Sam’s Private Bay Wedding

Mary & Sam were married in a private bay in Picton, New Zealand. Their biggest challenge for their wedding was that they lovingly (and painstakingly) restored a 70 foot boat to transport their guests from the ceremony site to their reception at Herzog Winery!

“Working to restore a non-functioning 70-foot launch so we could transport our guests was… well, it was Rock n Roll in fact that we had no sleep, too much to do, and had to call in our amazing family to bail us out! We tried to forget about the industry noise around weddings and instead focused on the fact it’s just the thing that happens before you’re married, so let’s have a party focused on love instead.”

It was all worth it though, especially the magical moment when a pod of Dolphins followed the boat on the journey to the ceremony. Wow.

The couple DIYed the majority of their wedding and used wedding blogs as inspiration, “I can’t speak highly enough about the great wedding blogs out there (my favourites were Rock n Roll Bride, The Wedding Chicks, Ruffled and Green Weddings Shoes)” Mary explained. “They tutored me through making tote bags, our own centrepieces, invitations, fixing jewellery, all sorts of things that made the wedding of our dreams accessible provided we threw in a little blood sweat and I-can’t-believe-super-glue-won’t-stick-to-this-metal-but-my-fingers-are-stuck-together-tears.”

Mary wore a stunning lace pre-loved dress by Allure Bridal (style number 8634) and shoes that she customised herself from an old pair of shoes, some fabric swatches and lots of super glue!

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Rachel’s Punk Rock Wilderness Trash the Dress Shoot

A bride willing to get her gown crazy-muddy for a trash the dress shoot probably isn’t anything new to a lot of your seasoned Rock n Roll Bride readers, but something about Rachel’s shoot really did make me go ‘wow’.

“Rachel contacted me for her trash the dress session desiring to get down & dirty, even muddy if possible,” photographer Gabrielle Foxtold me. “She said to think wilderness with a punk rock edge to it. I thought of an awesome location, a muddy lake near San Diego, and it ended up being the perfect setting! The photos definitely had a Rock n Roll feel to them, mixed with some Marilyn Monroe bombshell.”

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Lori & Nick’s Boundary-Breaking Day After Sesh.

Lori & Nick were married in Hawaii in November and weren’t 100% happy with their professional photographs. While they were lovely, they didn’t have any pictures of Lori getting ready, and very few pictures that broke any boundaries.

Lori loved her dress, and she really wanted to have some more shots taken that she could really treasure,  “That’s when they found me,” explained photographer Sarah Maren. “We got together at the lovely Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento where Lori and her Mom had spent a girls night.”

“We were able to get pictures of Lori’s Mom helping her get dressed (something she missed out on doing at the actual wedding because she was busy setting up the ceremony space.) We then braved the cold and rain and rocked out an incredible portrait session of this beautiful couple.  We ended things under the freeway with Lori lying next to a drainage grate.  It was perfect!”

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Lisa & Theis’ Intimate Malibu Pier Wedding

I am a huge Feather Love Photography fan…HUGE. So when photographer Noa emailed me last week asking if I’d like to feature her newest wedding – I didn’t even have to look at the images to know that I would. Then, when she informed me that this intimate waterside wedding included a bride wearing an incredible vintage hat…complete with birds AND a vintage  green veil – well as you can imagine, I practically squealed with excitement.

Lisa & Theis were married in November on Malibu Pier, CA by followed by a small, informal dinner at Beachcomber Restaurant. “Our officiant was our dear friend Bill Handley, who is a literature professor at the University of Southern California,” expalined Lisa. “Bill sponsored Theis to come to the US (he is originally from Denmark) as a visiting scholar in 2009 and has been an important mentor to me in my academic career.”

Lisa wore a dress from J Crew which she had altered to add straps and of course that awesome bird hat! It was custom-made especially for Lisa by Brenda Waites Bolling, a milliner with a store at the Plaza Shops in New York City. She also added a unique green veil, which her Mother had found on eBay. It was dated back to 1831 and originally belonged to a woman named Elizabeth Litchfield, who received it as a gift from her “Aunt Ret,” according to the message inside the box that it came in.

“Theis and I met on Labor Day 2009 at a friend’s bbq,” Lisa told me. “We had both just moved to Los Angeles: I was beginning my PhD in Creative Writing and English Literature at USC, and Theis was a visiting scholar, at USC for six months to do research for his master’s thesis in Comparative Literature. I am originally from Chicago, but I had spent the previous six years in New York City; Theis is from northern Denmark, but had lived in Copenhagen for the previous six years. We fell deeply in love almost immediately, and became engaged in December 2009; Theis came home with me for Christmas and proposed to me in my childhood bedroom.”

“Theis’ visa ended in January, and he had to return to Denmark. For the next nine months, we conducted our love affair at a transatlantic long distance. We Skyped twice a day, at 9 AM and midnight California time, to cope with the nine-hour time difference. We also began the lengthy  process of bringing Theis back to the United States legally. I was lucky enough to be able to visit Denmark twice, in March and July, and meet Theis’s wonderful family and friends. Despite growing up very far from each other, Theis and I have found we have a remarkable number of things in common, and we attribute some of our similarity to how alike north Denmark and the upper American Midwest are. Both places have long, cold winters, beautiful vibrant summers, and a strong emphasis on family and community. We also share a great love of literature, cinema and music, and a devoted belief in the other’s talents.”

“In October 2010, Theis was finally able to return to the US on a fiance visa. We wanted our wedding to be intimate and beautiful, a relaxing day on which we could celebrate our greatest dream  coming true: being together. We had initially planned to have the ceremony in Griffith Park, but our desire to have dinner at Saddle Peak Lodge (saddlepeaklodge.com) made us decide to change the location to the Malibu Pier, a beautiful place that Theis and I had visited together several times in the first few months of our relationship. It turned out to be the perfect setting, very calm on the day before Thanksgiving. In the company of my parents and sister and our friend Bill Handley, we were married on the pier. We read the Walt Whitman poem “To A Stranger” to each other as vows.”

“Afterwards we had oysters and champagne with my family at the great  Beachcomber Restaurant on the pier. It was a beautiful day.”

Sarah & Matt’s Red & Black, Gothic Wedding

Gloomy and grey weather doesn’t have to spell disaster for your wedding day – and in actual fact I think the darker atmosphere and evening-only event worked perfectly for Sarah & Matt’s gothic-inspired wedding!

The wedding took place at Riverlife, an outdoor activity centre in Brisbane which also has a number of gorgeous venues, perfect for a wedding! The evening event started with pre-ceremony drinks and canapes for the guests. “We’ve been told that our absence at the start really added to the atmosphere, especially with our DIY decorations adorning the venue,” said Sarah when I asked about their idea behind this. “Neither of us were at the venue when the event started. We arrived after the guests had an hour of canapes. While the guests were awaiting our arrival, the decorations served as a talking point, and since they could see that we’d gone to so much effort on the tables, it added to their anticipation to see our outfits and everything else that was to follow.”

The couple chose to DIY a lot of the wedding, not necessarily to save money but to make it personal. “It’s important to be able to look back at what you did for your wedding proudly and without regret,” Sarah told me. “What really sticks out for us is that the event really reflected our personalities and our relationship. And that’s mainly due to the DIY elements.”

The couple made each other’s rings. Sarah also made her own fascinator and all the flowers, boutonnières, favours, centrepiece and stationary. They also chose to omit things they didn’t feel were important to them, for example the transport (they got the ferry!) a videographer and the cake, “We didn’t feel we needed one – a dessert option available with our meal appealed to us enough. It was Death by Chocolate!”

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Messing About on the River with Joanne Fleming Designs

I wanted to start this sunny and bright Monday morning with a bit of dress ‘porn’ for you all. Who doesn’t adore looking at pastel colours, short hems and gorgeous attention to detail – all perfectly modelled by a stunning rockabilly-esque model? Exactly.

The dresses are all designed and made by Brighton based, Rock n Roll Bride favourite Joanne Fleming. They are (in order of appearance) Clothilde, Audrey and Pieretta. Joanne also made the pretty damn stunning headpiece to go with the Pieretta dress. I am a particular fan of this dress in fact – made from metallic silk organza, it has the wonderful quality of tarnishing slightly over time, so the dress starts to look properly vintage very quickly.

Joanne put the model in shoes by New Look which we found for just £20 and customised with swarovski crystals and the shoot took place on a friend’s house boat.

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Kestrin Pantera, The Wizard of Oz, A Painted Mountain & The Salton Sea

You might recognise the utterly gorgeous singer and actress Kestrin Pantera from her ‘Three Dresses & The Wedding of the Century’ (part 2 here) wedding which exploded all over blog land a in May. Well how lucky am I? It turns out she’s a Rock n Roll Bride fan and so sent me this totally awesome and slightly crazy photo shoot that she did recently.

“Andreanna (the photographer) and I had both always wanted to shoot at the Salton Sea, which is out in the middle of the southern California desert” she told me. “Once she suggested it, I remembered a national treasure right next door: Salvation Mountain, a 50 foot high and 150 foot wide mountain, made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint.”

“The artist/creator of the mountain (who lives on-site, alone, in his truck), is a 79 year old man named Leonard, who has worked on it for the last 20+ years and continues to today. He invited us to take as many pictures as we liked and to stay as long as we wanted, giving us a tour mid-shoot, and bottles of water. We conceived of a Wizard-of-Oz-esque scene (with all of Leonard’s vibrant colors and existing yellow brick road), and since my dog, Batgirl was with us, she played the part of Toto. The dresses were designed by the talented Giuliana Mayo who made the pink dress specifically for my MTV Canada debut in June 2010. Giuliana is kind and brilliant, and has worked with Johnny Depp, Prince, Stephen Tyler, Britney Spears, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, among many other legends. It was an honor to wear her gorgeous designs.”

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Under the Sea – An Aquarium Wedding

I may not have seen anything so gloroius in a long time. This venue is STUNNING. What a unusual and spectacular place for a wedding.

Jen & Lou chose Adventure Aquarium to play host to their wedding reception. With the sea life swimming all around them all evening, teamed with their subtle beach theme, the scene was most certainly set for a very different wedding. Jen also chose a very floaty/flowing gown by Kleinfeld Bridal whcih almost looked like crashing waves around her. A-mazing!

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Vintage, Eclectic & Fun – Your Style, Your Way

I love a good promotional photo shoot (we all know that don’t we!) I think they are not only really good fun, but really amazing tools to showcase what you really can do – and therefore hopefully get the clients that you want. Ohio photographer Nikita Gross decided to set up this shoot to show the world what she loves to shoot – kick ass, alternative couples of course! The ‘bride’ Ashley, who owns Pinnokios Salon in Northside, did her own hair and makeup. She and her ‘groom’ Jeremy raided their own closets for these vintage and one-off pieces and the results are just so fun and eclectic. Jeremy’s American Apparel boots and vintage jacket are particularly sexy! I love.

Eeek….look at all these tattoos too!

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