I usually hate the word sexy but today’s elopement shoot is unapologetically sexy, and gloriously so. Concepted by photographer extraordinaire Buffet Froid, it’s dreamy elopement inspiration with two bad ass beauties who serve up true Rock n Roll Bride spirit.
In short, we love it!
“For me, elopements are ‘une ode à l’amour’ as we say in French – an ode to love,” Buffet says. “I am totally crazy about them, because they can revolutionise the way we celebrate love and weddings – they allow you to be totally free. It’s completely up to you! As a photographer, these are really special, because you end up shooting a precious instance at every single moment. I wanted to showcase this in a new and exciting way, so chose to do a shoot inspired by my love of metal – I like the boldness, and the free and wild state of mind that this music allows for.’.
What struck us most about the beauty of this styled shoot is just how rare it is to see pregnant brides featured in mainstream bridal media – for the most part we’re still being served these virginal images of slim brides dressed in white, and obviously, at Rock n Roll Bride, we ain’t down with that.
Planned or unplanned, finding out you’re going to be pregnant on your wedding day – albeit super exciting! – can also add a whole new level of stresses and emotions to the proceedings, which can only be exasperated when you’re searching for inspiration and finding zilch that’ll fit your circumstances. What will my dress fit like? Should I try to make myself look ‘less pregnant’? do I have to act differently?!
This shoot takes place in one of my favourite places in the world, Iceland, the home to some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ve ever seen. They don’t call it the Land of Ice and Fire for nothing, do they? In fact, the über-creative photography duo Lina + Tom looked to this nickname as inspiration for this styled shoot.
“We’ve visited Iceland a number of times,” Lina and Tom explain, “and even got engaged under the northern lights there! So we wanted to celebrate the beauty of the country our way. We know it’s become very fashionable to shoot in Iceland in the last few years, yet every time we see a wedding or elopement shoot there, they all seem to have that muted, dark tone to them, and many look the same. There’s nothing wrong with that look, but this isn’t our Iceland: in our Iceland, the sky is so blue on a crisp winter’s day, the snow is so bright, an the sun so warm on your face. We wanted to create a shoot in Iceland that reflected the vibrancy we see, combined with our love for alternative wedding style.”
To showcase the best of the gorgeous country, Lina and Tom styled three different ‘looks’ over two days in Southern Iceland, including Kleifarvatn, Stokkseyri, Skogafoss and Vik, with Vigdís at Lux Weddings Iceland helping to ensure they weren’t encroaching anywhere that they shouldn’t be.
Their first look, inspired by ice, featured gorgeous Bowen-Dryden separates (including a DIVINE violet skirt which required its own suitcase – and rightly so) and a suit from The Vintage Suit Hire Co. Leah Stocker and Abbi Beaumont from Belles Beauty highlighted this icy feel with a kickass white eyeliner (I will be trying this immediately) and a messy ponytail, accessorised with a gorgeous Love From Becky headpiece.