While all weddings are of course unique in their own way, there are a few themes here at Rock n Roll Bride that, behind the scenes, we’ve been calling nu-trad; you know, like nu-metal, but for weddings. The Limp Bizkit of matrimony, if you will. ‘Festival weddings’ being one of them. There’s a very good reason that things become popular – certain styles, like dusky foliage, painted leather jackets and dainty flower-crowns look beautiful together, so by all means there’s no harm rocking these things if you think they represent you.
However, after a while, when something that was once alternative gets repeated over and over, it can start to look a little same same but different. What was once super authentic to one couple gets diluted down to its own version of cookie cutter. So, if you’re considering a festival-style wedding but want something beyond the hay-bales and tipis, look no further than this styled shoot for some truly eye-catching inspo!
Wedding photographer April Grogan had a vision of the kind of couple she’d really love to shoot, so instead of waiting for them to come to her, she went to them! She met Hanno in a clothing store in Kansas City and approached her about modelling for this simple editorial.
“I had this idea for a floral headpiece that wasn’t quite a flower crown, almost like a headband”, April explained. “I knew I wanted it on a model with short hair and a very simple wedding dress. I came across Hanno at a clothing store in Kansas City and just fell IN LOVE with her look. Once I Instagram stalked her a little bit (ha!) I saw pictures of her partner Orin and asked them to model for me immediately.”
This is a bit of a different kind of feature for us, but one I really hope you find inspiring and helpful. We were submitted this photo shoot by wedding photographer Emmy Gaines of Searching for the Light. She wanted to shoot a real couple and to show that even if someone has a disability they can still live their life to the fullest. So often, less able-bodied people are ignored by the wedding industry (thankfully this is slowly changing!) but on Rock n Roll Bride we want to champion the fact that EVERY BODY deserves to get married, to have the same wonderful experience and to be treated respectfully by their suppliers and vendors.
“I was inspired to do this shoot inspired because I face similar disabilities as the model, and we brainstormed together what work best to capture their relationship and her disabilities”, writes Emmy. “The inspiration was to create a scene that showed disabled or other chronically ill brides, that despite the challenges they face that they too can have their dream wedding. Being a photographer that loves adventure, I wanted to show that just because a bride or groom faces disabilities doesn’t mean that a couple has to sacrifice their dreams.”
As well as publishing their gorgeous images, I wanted to talk to the couple, Mairead and Lawshaw, about their experience too.
Hi guys! How did you meet?
Lashaw and I met in college in 2013. We had never crossed paths at school before our computer music class, which was a prerequisite for graduation. In this class we hit it off, and always tried to sit next to each other. Pretty soon after this, Lashaw asked me to study for an upcoming exam and we found that we had a great connection. I think it was unexpected for both of us, but we just went for it and our relationship has ended up being the greatest gift I could ask for! We have been together for 5 and a half years now and hope to get married in the next few years when we both complete graduate school.
What accessibility issues have you faced when planning your wedding and what would be your advice for others with limited mobility doing the same?
While we have not started planning our wedding yet, there are many potential accessibility issues that we will have to navigate. One of my most obvious concerns is finding a venue that is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. This is important both for me and for the community of other chronically ill friends I will be inviting. Our dream location would be a beautiful outdoor location by water, we will have to get creative to make that workable! Another potential barrier I see is my extremely limited diet and food allergies. We will have to find a catering company that can be careful of cross contamination and make a meal that works for me and also pleases our guests.