Photography, Wedding Trends

‘Morning after the wedding’ photos. Will British newlyweds embrace the trend?

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on September 4th, 2012

We’ve all fallen in love with photo filter apps like Instragram, but will a new wedding photography trend which is shot with a 50 Shades of Grey filter be the next thing here in the UK?

Reports from the US tells us that more and more newlyweds are hiring professionals (photographers that is) to capture what happens after the cake-cutting, first kiss and bouquet toss is over: the morning after. And these are not photos the couple in their onesies sipping tea. These are sensual photos, snapped wherever the couple spent their first night together as a married couple. Yes, the photographer is invited into the most intimate of settings, to snap the married couple in various stages of intimacy and undress, the unmade bed, the couple on the unmade bed… You get the idea.

Already ahead of the trend were British supermodel Kate Moss and her rocker beau Jamie Hince, who invited photographer Terry Richardson into their honeymoon suite at the Ritz last year the day after their wedding.

We’re wondering if this nu-boudoir photography trend will hit the British Isles like a storm in the coming months. Not like you would put these photos on Facebook for everyone to see, or would you…

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Bridalwave Loves: Vanity Fair Italy Sicilian Wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 11th, 2011

Oh em gee! Have just come across these Sicilian Wedding photos that appeared in the July 2011 issue of Vanity Fair Italy. Shot by Signe Vilstrup these images are breathtakingly beautiful and you’ll have to look long and hard to find more well composed imagery – definitely Vanity Fair standard. Brava!

Title: Sicilian Wedding
Magazine: Vanity Fair Italy July 2011
Photographer: Signe Vilstrup
Models: Luisa Bianchin, Samuele Visentin
Stylist: Simone Guidarelli

Photography, Wedding Planning, Wedding Themes

Wedding inspiration: French elegance

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on November 10th, 2011

I know we go on a lot about Italian weddings and La Dolce Vita, but what about weddings with French elegance? If you don’t know where to start to get a certain je ne sais quoi for your wedding, check out the lovely images of SGA Events’ recent Marie Antoinette inspired photo shoot.

Set in the beautiful locations of Château de Dangu in France, the bride wore a stunning Vera Wang wedding dress as she was captured in feminine and glamorous surroundings.


Photography: Emilie Gerard, Amy Punky Photography
Wedding dress: Vera Wang, lent by Metal Flaque, Paris
Decorations: The Wedding Tea Room
Cupcakes: Synie’s Cupcakes
Model: Melissa Ladd

Feature, Gallery, Photography, Wedding Themes

Halloween wedding: The Anti-Bride [photos]

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 19th, 2011

If pretty white dresses, girly pink roses and sparkly confetti aren’t really your thing and you’d rather get married in a less ‘traditional’ way perhaps being an anti-bride is your calling. Just in time for Halloween the story of anti-bride Ophelia’s wedding landed on our desk this morning and – to our delight – there were images too!

What does the anti-bride need? A red dress, lots of black lace, gothic make-up, silver jewellery, blood red roses, a devilish chocolate wedding cake…

A result of the imagination of make-up artist Joyce Connor from Brides and Beauty, the photos convey her liking of Hammer House of Horror and B movies, Gothic, Edwardian and quirky, and tell the story of love and heartbreak. Joyce teamed up with Ruby Weddings and Choccywoccydoodah to make it come to life, and if you want to see the story unfold further you can see it on Choccywoccydoodah’s TV show on The Good Food Channel this Thursday, 20th October, at 9pm.

A tale of love and heartbreak

(If you want to see more check out the gallery at the end!)

The Anti-Bride

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Hair & Make-up: Brides & Beauty

Flowers: Paula Rooney Wedding & Events

Photography: Tino & Pip Photography

Bride’s dress: Veromia

Bridesmaids dresses: Fairy Godmother

Groom’s outfit: Angels The Costumiers

Fascinators/hats: Esemee Fascinators

Jewellery: Kloof & Kandy

Beauty - Hair & Makeup, Celebrity Weddings, Feature, Gallery, Gowns, News, Photography, wedding dresses

Kim Kardashian’s official wedding photos

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 26th, 2011

The official photos of Kim Kardashian have finally appeared in print! We’ve given you a preview Kim and Kris’ celebrity wedding, and here are the official wedding photographs that appear in this week’s People magazine.

Kim actually had no less than THREE wedding gowns designed by Vera Wang for her big day and her hair was inspired by Sophia Loren and Elizabeth Taylor.

When Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries in a lavish wedding ceremony last weekend she wore her hair in a classic chignon.

Her hair stylist Peter Savic has now revealed he wanted Kim to look like a glamorous film star of yesteryear – well it certainly went very well with the Old Hollywood wedding reception theme.

Savic said: “We wanted to make her an amazing movie star from the 40s, 50s or 60s like Sophia Loren or Ava Gardner or Elizabeth Taylor. She looked very polished. It was classic and tasteful yet exotic.”

Kim’s intricate chignon was also a one off and he had just created it that day. What, Kim had not tried the hairstyle before her actual wedding day?! And she didn’t go all Bridezilla on your ass? Impressive.

The reality TV star’s bridal look was completed by make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic who gave her a fresh-faced look for the evening wedding.

I guess Kim wanted to look like her photoshopped photos…

(Images via here)

Celebrity Weddings, Feature, Gallery, Photography

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince official wedding photos by Mario Testino

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on August 26th, 2011

Supermodel Kate Moss and Jamie Hince make a fantastic couple and look amazing in their official wedding photos, taken by photographer Mario Testino.

The pictures appear in the September issue of American Vogue and see Kate and Jamie recreate Mick and Bianca Jagger’s famous 1971 backseat wedding portrait, Kate wearing a Tom Ford velvet and fur coat while Jamie is in a red velvet jacket by the same designer.

And the picture of the newlyweds in the English forest is absolutely stunning: the colours, the setting… just everything.

Kate’s daughter Lila Grace is also a couple of the photos.

Photos by ©Mario Testino

Celebrity Weddings, News, Photography, Picture Wall, The Royal Wedding, The Royal Wedding Photos

Mario Testino official wedding photographer at Kate Moss wedding

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 31st, 2011

Photo: AP Photo/Thibault Camus

Kate Moss clearly doesn’t want her nuptials to Kills rocker fiancé Jamie Hince to be anything less than Kate Middleton’s wedding to Prince William.

The fashion royal has confirmed Mario Testino – who shot the now famous engagement photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – as her official wedding photographer when she ties the knot with Jamie in July.

Speaking to The Daily, Testino said he wants to “capture the happiness that Kate is going through at the moment.”

Having worked closely with Kate Moss for nearly 20 years, we’re sure Mario Testino will do brilliantly.

News, Photography, The Royal Wedding

The Royal Wedding watchers [photos]

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 28th, 2011

Not sure what Royal Wedding memorabilia you’ve wasted money on/invested in ahead of Kate Middleton and Prince William’s nuptials tomorrow. But one thing is certain; these royal events sure bring out some very colourful characters…

Photo: B Michael/Demotix/PA

Photo: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment/PA

Photo: Katie Collins/PA

Music, News, Photography, Royal weddings, The Royal Wedding

Ellie Goulding to perform at William and Catherine’s wedding reception

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 28th, 2011

With only 24 hours to go until the most anticipated wedding this year, more details about Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s nuptials are surfacing.

The official Royal Wedding programme – which will be sold at selected areas along the processional route – has been released electronically so that everyone can get a glimpse of what is to happen during tomorrow’s ceremony in Westminster Abbey (you can download it too if you wish). The programme reveals that the bride, Kate Middleton, will be walking down the aisle to Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry’s ‘I Was Glad’. The official programme also features a yet unseen photo of William and Kate taken by photographer Mario Testino.

Leaving the hymns behind in Westminster Abbey, music at the wedding reception will be performed by the likes of Ellie Goulding, who will provide some after-dinner entertainment at an intimate gathering for 300 people hosted by William’s father Prince Charles. Will we see Ellie serenade William and Catherine with the cover of ‘Your Song’ by Sir Elton John – who is attending the nuptials with his partner David Furnish?

Celebrity Weddings, News, Photography

Rankin would break no-weddings rule for Kate Moss

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 27th, 2011

Finding the perfect photographer for your wedding can be time consuming. Unless you know a world-class professional photographer chances are you have to filter through portfolio after portfolio to find the right one. For fashion darling Kate Moss things are a bit different. With rumours of ex Dior creative director and British designer John Galliano being in charge for her wedding dress, it appears that fashion photographer Rankin might be breaking his no-weddings rule for Kate.

Rankin has always refused to act as official photographer at weddings because he finds the pressure too great, but if close friend Kate Moss asks him to photograph her nuptials to Jamie Hince this July he would consider adding ‘wedding photography’ to his expertise. Then again, Kate Moss’ wedding is probably more likely to resemble a fashion catwalk than a simple wedding.

Rankin told “You don’t say no to Kate but she wouldn’t ask me – she’ll probably get Mario Testino. If she did ask though, I’d tell her to get back up as well as me. I’d be so nervous , and not just because it’s her – for anyone it’s a really special day. There’s too much pressure on it and so much stress seems to surround weddings. I always say no to photographing family weddings – I’ll always set up a studio on the day but I won’t take pictures all day. You don’t want to mess it up.”

We do wonder who Kate will go with in the end… Who do you think?

Photography, Wedding Answers

How to pick your wedding photographer and why it’s important to go for a professional

By Andrea Petrou on December 14th, 2009

Many people today are shunning professional photographers and using friends to take pictures of their special wedding day. We don’t blame them, after all wedding photographers can be an extra burden to the budget and, if you’re friend can do just as good a job then there isn’t a problem, right? Wrong. While we were researching hints and tips on how to ensure you get the best photographs for your wedding we spoke to a range of photographers (not all specifically wedding ones) who told us why it was better to get a professional in on your big day.

Photography, Design, Illustration and Film specialist John Rourke said: “All I can say is that the photography is massively understated, after talking to 160 brides in the last wedding fair I was shocked at how many have uncles, or friends doing it for nothing.

“I went to a wedding a few months ago, as a ‘friend of a guest’. They were relying on the friends to supply images as they were sure every one had digital cameras. Well they were gutted with the results lots of fuzzy images, or images that missed the moments they were capturing.

“The memories and the photos of the day are the only thing you will have to look back on. You will never remember all the tiny details, the moments, the faces, You will be so stressed and busy on the day that the day becomes a blur, so thats what we as photographers provide for you.”

We’ve therefore combined a range of hints and tips of what to look for when picking a photographer for your big day, with reasons why this should be an important part of your budget.

Photography tip one: Hunt around and be comfortable with who you choose
Like with any other aspect of your wedding it’s important to shop around when you’re looking for a photographer, after all you have to like their style and have some sort of connection with them. Photographer Damian Comans said: “Meet up with at least 2 photographers. That way you can see a wedding album in person to judge the quality, and you’ll also get to know the photographer which is really important. They’ll be spending a majority of one of the most important days of your lives with you, so would be great to feel comfortable with them and know that they’ll be nice to your grandma on the day.”

John Rourke also stresses the importance of feeling comfortable with your photographer.
“The bride needs to see the work the photographer shoots, its as simple as that. If you like their work, meet the photographer, get to know them, do you like them? do you gel? if you don’t get on, you’re awkward with them, or they with you, then the images will be bad.”

Photography tip two: Have an idea of the style you want.

Many people don’t know this, but there are a range of different styles you can pick for your day. These go from Traditional, which will pretty much reflect your parents’ album and include lots of posed photographs, all the way to reportage, which is random shots of you, and your groom as well your guests to really capture the mood of the big day. Of course there are many photographers that do certain types of shots, but according to John you need to find one that also has the same creative dream as you.

“You need to find [a photographer] who loves what they do, who will fire off you, inspire each other, go armed with lots of images from magazines you love.You are creating the dream together…your album and images will be your memory.”

And it’s also worth remembering that you can be greedy an opt for more than one style. Scott Lewis said: “It is very fashionable at the moment to go for a more informal, candid approach. This involves capturing the action as it happens. In reality, however, many couples who talk about wanting a more informal style actually still want the formal portrait shots of the bride and groom and group shots of family and friends as well. My advice would be to be clear about what YOU want. Be guided by your photographer but don’t let them set the agenda – it’s your big day after all.”

Photography tip three. What’s an acceptable price to pay
Although it may seem like a lot all three photographers say the average price you should expect to pay is around £1500- £4000. Damian says: “For someone who knows what they’re doing expect to pay around £1400+ for a local wedding with approx 8 hours coverage.” John also adds. “Never use a dump and run service.”

This is where someone turns up, takes your money and shoots some images leaving you with an unedited cd/dvd of pics.

“Be careful of anyone who will do it for under 600…these are just cowboys.”

Whatever you agree to pay you should always ask to look at a recent album from another wedding to ensure the photographer is still up to scratch.

Photography tip four: What should be included in the price?
According to John the photographs should be split into three parts for the day. This includes preshoot – as friends, the the day and post shoot – the couple, the bride, the intimate and personal.

Damian also advises to find out if an album is included in the price and if not how much extra this will be. Production costs on good quality albums are very high, but the difference is literally 2 different worlds. For a well designed story book album that’s been photographically printed and leather bound, expect to pay around £1000 for the initial book.

That may sound high but literally with all of the costs involved, there is actually very little margin on it. Subsequent copies of the book will be cheaper as the design is already done, which can then be scaled down for smaller parent size albums etc.

Announcements, Photography

Jay Rowden Wedding Photography offer diamond initial photo albums

By Andrea Petrou on December 1st, 2009


If your looking for something with an extra bit of sparkle for your wedding pictures then you’ll love this new range by Jay Rowden Wedding Photography.

The photographer has teamed up with designer jewellers EC One to offer bespoke, diamond encrusted initials that can be inset into the cover of your wedding album.

Each initial in the *luxe range is said to be hand crafted with ethical, conflict-free diamonds. They are set on solid 18 carat white gold letters and then mounted on the cover of the leather bound hard back albums. Each album is claimed to be individually designed by Jay Rowden, with each photograph mounted by hand in New Zealand.

We know it may not be to everyone’s taste but the blingtastic brides-to-be amongst us will love this.

For further information on Jay Rowden and his services, check out the website.


WIN an exclusive photoshoot from Tinywater photography with Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride

By AbiSilvester on June 23rd, 2009

tinywater.jpgBefore you get too excited at the prospect of this fabulous prize, I must point out one important piece of information: you’ll need to be able to travel to the Sacramento area of California in August or September in order to claim it. If that’s something you’re in a position to do (you lucky old sod, you) then read on, because this could be your opportunity for a free photoshoot with the quirky and very talented photography team Tinywater.

Specialising in romantic yet utterly original images, Tinywater are far from your average wedding photographers. To be in with a chance of winning, check out the competition details over on Rock ‘n’ Roll bride, who’ll soon be running a public vote to select a winner. Good luck!

Celebrity Weddings, Iconic Brides, Photography

The Obama wedding, in pictures

By AbiSilvester on June 11th, 2009

obama-wedding.jpgUtterly exhausted but clearly very happy, Barack and Michelle Obama posed for this charming photograph at the end of their wedding in October 1992. The pictures taken during the day offer a glimpse into a unique pairing that has been described by friends as “like putting hydrogen and oxygen together to create an unbelievable life force.” Often relaxed, the bride and groom are laid-back style personified in this fascinating set of images.

Read on over the jump for an insight into the wedding of the world’s most influential couple!

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Photography, Real Brides

Bridalwave wants your wedding photographs!

By AbiSilvester on June 1st, 2009

As a newlywed, you’re probably well accustomed to concocting every excuse under the sun to show everyone (willing or otherwise) the photos of your big day, but here at Bridalwave we can’t get enough of cake-cutting snaps or views of your dress from every angle. So today I’m giving you the chance to share your wedding snaps with the whole of the interested internet, for a future series of articles featuring real weddings.

So, if you’d like us write (nice, I promise!) things about your choice of husband dress, venue, cake or anything else weddingy, please feel free to send your pictures to us at [email protected] with a few words, including:

• who made your wedding dress (or other item of interest in the photo(s)
• why you chose it
• what (if anything) made your big day unusual or different.

And we’ll get in touch with you if any of your images are used. I look forward to seeing your pics! Here’s hoping they’re not as sinister as this one…

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