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!”
As the brand new issue is now available for pre-order, I thought today would be the perfect time to share this photo shoot, which was originally featured in the September/October edition the magazine. Creating the fashion editorials for the magazine is one of my favourite parts of my job. I have a fantastic team of incredible talented babes behind me and we have SO MUCH FUN doing them.
I’ve wanted to do an all-black, gothic bridal shoot for a while, but one that avoided cliches and anything airing on the side of tackiness. I wanted it to feel high end yet achievable, glamorous and gorgeous yet featuring clothing that a real Rock n Roll bride might want to wear. I love how it turned out so I really hope you love it too!
With print of course we can’t always share as many images as I might like (damn not having unlimited pages to play with!) so I’m really happy to be able to share some shots that I really loved, but didn’t quite make the cut.
If you love lace, skulls and black nail polish… If you have a penchant for the dramatic… If you would rather wear a studded choker than pearls and diamonds… If you’d never be seen dead in a white wedding dress…. Then it’s time for you to embrace your inner goth and paint it black!
Just because you’re walking down the aisle, doesn’t mean you have to abandon your gothic heart. A dark, dramatic colour palette can be just as romantic and stunning as a pretty, pale one.
Dress: Lesley de Freitas
Dress: Sophia Kah
Dress: Sophia Kah
Halloween is just around the corner so I couldn’t resist sharing this seriously spooky, actually quite scary, Halloween inspired skeleton shoot. It’s not massively bridal but I think that’s why I love it! Halloween weddings aren’t about conforming to tradition are they!?
The shoot took place on a dry lake bed in Nevada, and real couple Jackie and Pablo acted as the models. “I knew I wanted to do a shoot for Halloween but I also wanted it to be about love”, said photographer Jenna. “I came up with the idea of skeletons to portray a love that is more than skin deep, a love that’s embedded in your bones.”