Publishing real weddings is my favourite. I love to read their stories, hear all about their celebration and swoon over their creative ideas! So, when I first found out this was a shoot, and not a real elopement, I was a tad disappointed. However it turns out that models Aida and Ismeal are a real couple, and the emotions you see in these INCREDIBLE pictures are 100% real… even if they didn’t officially get hitched. Good enough for me!
These photos, by the super talented French photographic duo Beatrice and Jeremie aka The Quirky, are out-of-this-world stunning. Of course we had to publish them!!
The shoot took part in Fort Bravo, a Western-styled theme park in the Almeria desert in the south of Spain. Built in the early 1970s is still retains that authentic, retro atmosphere. “We wanted to mix a rock style with a twist of Spanish spirit”, wrote Beatrice. “We wanted it to be alternative and modern but also warm. Fort Bravo is famous for its 70s western decor and is where a lot of movies were filmed. So, it was the perfect place to find an old school Spanish hacienda.”
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.”