When I got a message in my inbox saying that the theme for a wedding was Drag, Horror, Party, Fabulous then I knew it was 100% my vibe. Terri-Sian and Stewart booked iconic Brighton Drag Queen, Lydia L’Scabies to conduct their wedding ceremony at The Duke Of Yorks Cinema on New Year’s Eve. The bride wore a gothic, sequin, black, couture gown and the groom wore a classic pinstripe suit. Their fur baby, a chihuahua called Harrison Ford was dressed as a shark. It was an absolute riot from beginning to end.
I’ve got this feelin’ that you’re going to stay, I never knew that it could happen this way. Before I met you I was fallin’ apart, But now at last I really know that we are TWO OF HEARTS, two hearts that beat as one
A Shoot for Chotronette Wedding Dresses for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. How about florals, says Erica. How about Final Fantasy, say I. Honestly, you should see how long the group chats are pulling these editorial shoots together for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. But we all utterly adore working on them and personally my favourite part is seeing how all our different input ends up translated into the final images. This time I think we can call this Final Floral Fantasy, am I right?
Each shoot is aimed at Kat’s readers who are never going to go for the straight white wedding option. They are pretty alternative but don’t always have a huge budget. So these frocks from designer Chotronette are right up their street and I know that so many brides went crazy on Kat’s Instagram when it was revealed that the dresses are priced between just £100-£850. (shoot credits below)
I’m excited to show you some images from this Minimony wedding in Brighton. What’s a Minimony? It’s a small wedding ceremony that you have before your big wedding celebration for various different reasons. This pair had the big wedding planned for New Year’s Eve with a Drag Queen as the celebrant so they still needed to do the ‘legal bit’. They decided to make it a small but special celebration and after their ceremony in the Registry Office at Brighton Town Hall with just very close family.
We took a little stroll around Brighton for their portrait session, finding interesting backgrounds that complimented their attire. Seriously though, we need to talk about how amazing their outfits were for this part of their wedding. They are both huge fans of Drag and the bride’s dress featured the legendary Divine. Oh my!
Thinking of having your own Minimony or Micro wedding in Brighton? I have a super useful list of possible venues over on this page that might be worth considering.
The dance floor photos at any wedding have to be some of my absolute favourites. When all the official business is done, those pesky speeches are over with – you can just kick back and party with your best people. They are also the most fun to edit, I never know quite what I’m going to get and I love seeing the layers to the action in post production.
Let’s sway, you could look into my eyes. Let’s sway, under THE MOONLIGHT, this serious moonlight…
If I’m there for your party, then expect to find me right in the middle of the action. It’s a little known fact that I was a club photographer for dance music magazines, so I’m very much used to dealing with the crazy lighting and people flinging their limbs about.
The lovely fellow wedding photographer, Rebecca Carpenter posted in our Facebook group that she was heading to Las Vegas with her husband to renew their wedding vows and was looking for a photographer. As chance would have it, I was going to be in LA at the same time and usually pop up to Vegas for a few days. So I put myself forward and luckily she liked the idea.
They had a drive through ceremony in a pink Cadillac at The Little White Chapel because Britney had got married there. ‘Elvis’ was on hand to serenade them and I cannot tell you how much fun it was. Teaching Elvis how to do boomies on his phone might just be a life highlight for me!
We did some shots around the chapel and then jumped in their convertible with no particular plan but then in the most serendipitous manner we found ourselves on the road that leads to the Seven Magic Mountains. It’s normally packed with selfie takers but we had it all to ourselves. It was all truly magical so thanks for agreeing to have me along Rebecca + Jon, you two lovers are the best!
When the lovely Holly and Simon first got in touch about their ‘festival/boho-y type wedding’ at Preston Court in Kent, I might have let out a small yelp in the office. I’d been wanting to shoot a wedding there forever. It’s such an insanely beautiful and fun wedding venue and one of the few in the UK that is currently licensed for an outdoor ceremony. I have to say it did not disappoint one little bit.
The grounds and the barns are super pretty, as is the tiny island that you get married on after you’ve crossed over a precious little bridge. But what’s really wow factor about Preston Court are the antique organs inside one of the barns. They are incredible backdrops for photos and then there’s a working Victorian Carousel that Holly and Simon led the way to after dinner so all guests could spin around on it. Someone please invite me back!
We move towards THE STARS, And all we touch becomes ours. Let’s keep warm until it’s day …