Category Archives: Styled Photo Shoots

Macabre Edgar Allen Poe Inspired Bridal Shoot

As a long time fan of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, photographer Vicki Moyer of Garnet Dahlia Photography used his work as the inspiration for this bridal shoot with a difference. “We’ve brought his macabre and visual romanticism to life with a dark and sultry colour palette,” she said.

Vicki wanted to create inspiration that completely strays from the idea of what makes a ‘normal’ wedding; something centred around darkness and passion. The shoot took place in Pennsylvania, USA, with its focal location being the cemetery to really capture the eeriness of the theme.

Black feathers with names written in calligraphy for the place settings are a nod to Poe’s classic tale The Raven. The monochrome cake by Ciao! Bakery with its cemetery gates, murder of crows, and looming full moon even bring to mind a little Tim Burton element, but the top belongs firmly to Poe with that anatomical ‘tell-tale heart’ bleeding ominously down the sides. Gothic motifs to the max here.

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Modern Havana Bridal Style

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.”

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Ritual Union: A Wedding Shoot With A Difference

I think we can agree that this styled shoot is what the word ‘fierce’ was always destined for. From the bodycon lacy red dress worn with golden spiked crown, to the hot shower scene, to the flaming ring of fire drawn around the couple in the ceremony shots!! Photographer Jamie Allio wanted to shake things up a bit in the world of weddings when she devised this photo session.

“Essentially, the wedding industry can sometimes rub me up the wrong way, and rarely does ‘traditional’ or ‘normal’ inspire me”, she explained. “More then that, I really just want to see more people following their hearts when they’re planning their wedding day. I think it should be a representation of who they TRULY are, not whatever is trending at the moment.”

Enter ‘Ritual Union’: The shoot that delivered Jamie’s wish and then some! “We have the couple getting ready together in a shower filled with flowers, a wedding party made up of a fortune teller, a witch doctor and a high priestess, and of course a ritual in place of a traditional ceremony with a ring of fire around the couple. Fire was the very first thing on the drawing board, and everything else was created around that. The symbolism of the couple creating that ring around themselves, followed by the man crowning his bride was very powerful.”

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Vibrant & Colourful Hull City Wedding Shoot

As city backdrops go, I have to say Hull is killing it. The colours and street art painted on its walls along Humber Street here wake you up and shake you up, and there is a Killers lyric graffitied in hot pink – I am in love. It’s perfect for urbanites wanting something edgy and contemporary for their wedding or engagement photos. Colour, culture, and plenty of buzz – it has it all.

The shoot is also ticking a lot of wedding style boxes by having a customised denim jacket, a pinky blush veil and dress with the biggest, cutest bow on the back, all complementing the pink trousers and on-trend claret velvet jacket combo that makes up the second outfit. Rather than being lost in the noise and colour of the full-on backdrops, these softer colours and shades really shine alongside it all. The message? Colour is your friend and you should never be afraid to use as much of it as you want on your big day.

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Body Positive Bridal Shoot with Sparkles, Glitter & Irregular Choice

It’s nearly New Year’s Eve, so let’s get into the alternative party spirit by injecting glitter, sparkles, rainbows and a bit of kawaii into your life with this head-turning shoot. And get your wish lists at the ready because you’ll be adding to them with no delay after seeing this.

The shoot’s first twinkle formed in the mind of Jo from The Couture Company after walking past the Irregular Choice store in Birmingham at least once a week. The shop has frosted pink glittery walls, flower installation, and a carousel (OMG!). They also did a few shots at Cereal Killer Café,

“This season, about nine out of ten brides arrived to their fittings carrying a box of goodness from Irregular Choice, so I thought it would be wonderful to collaborate on a shoot with them as they’re such a perfect complement to our crazy ass dresses and our brides’ quirky style. I met with manager Megan, who was a total babe, and she inspired me so much that I decided to invite the girls who work in the shop to be the models. Megan was a total star and totally rocked the shoot with her rainbow hair and badass curves. Lauren was so cute and curvy, with her cherubic face and blonde curls, making her perfect for our ‘Fleur’ and ‘Kawaii’ dresses. Then there was lovely Lily, who was our fiery fairy, and Claire the gorgeous brunette who rocked our ‘Poppy’ and ‘Nova’ star designs.”

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A 1950s Rock n Roll Christmassy Wedding

At first glance, this is a gorgeous wedding full of all the details that Rock n Roll Bride readers go nuts for. But this is actually a styled shoot! And it has a beautiful story behind it…

Vanessa (‘Vanny’) and Martin are very close friends of photographers Anna and Johannes. When they were all children, Anna’s little sister brought her friend Vanny home from school. Vanny’s father had died of cancer and her mum had a new boyfriend and so was almost never home. Vanny was mostly living off pizza and soft drinks, said Anna. “Since my family is very sociable (and crazy), we kind of adopted Vanny and so she spent a lot of time with us during those years, and we went through a lot together. Johannes and I had a styled shoot planned, and we asked Vanny and her boyfriend Martin to be the models. What they didn’t tell us was that not only they were freshly engaged, but they were also expecting a baby! Our shoot then turned out to be half styled and half real wedding, with me doing a speech in church, everybody crying, and our friends playing the parts of the bridal party!”

This was going to turn out to be something so special for Vanny because, said Anna, “During the preparations, she told me that they are really short on money (what with looking for a bigger apartment now the baby was on the way), and that she was so happy I’d asked her to model because now she would have the wedding she feared she would never be able to afford. So we decided to go all out with the styling and ended up with crazy happy bridesmaids, groomsmen, and me doing a speech behind the altar and crying myself while telling everyone how happy I was that Vanny and Martin got their happy ending together!”

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