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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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