Bride and groom under umbrella in wedding ceremony

Have you ever seen a wedding with the bride and groom having a ‘candy shower ceremony’? No, well you are about to, and it’s such a cool idea!

Jenny and Nick wanted to create a ‘Love is Weird’ theme for their wedding using an eclectic mix of things they love as their wedding decor. They created a light-hearted wedding which really focused on their love for each other and the things they love.

‘We are all a little bite weird and life is odd, so when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness, and call it love, true love.’

“My biggest inspiration for the day was less about how I wanted everything to look, more about the mood I wanted to create. I viewed the day as a time of immense joy and happiness and wanted to set the tone to fun, light-hearted, but still a little sentimental. That’s the compass I used for all of my judgement, “will this make my guests feel good inside?” From our music choices and our made up umbrella candy shower ceremony, to our pulp fiction inspired first dance, we wanted to keep it fun and a little weird.

“I decided on a ‘Love is Weird’ theme, not only because it suited our relationship, but also because I knew it would justify me basically throwing together things I liked for the decor. Nick and I met at the School of Filmmaking at North Carolina School of the Arts, and a lot of the items we used for the decor were actually set dressing I have left over from films I’ve art directed or designed.”

Bride having make-up done

Bride having make-up done

Woman's legs sitting on chair

Wedding dress hanging on door

Colourful bridal shoes on steps

Vintage bus

Man walking past bus

People in front of vintage bus

Colourful flowers in bottles

Bride walking down aisle

Back of bride

Outdoor wedding ceremony

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Love sign in light bulbs next to bride and groom - Picture by Theilen Photography

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Ian of Ian MacMichael Photography holding umbrella over bride

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Interview With: Ian MacMichael

Company Name: Ian MacMichael Photography

Website: www.ianmacmichael.co.uk

Location / Coverage: Liverpool, North West UK, National

How did the business get started and who works at Ian MacMichael Photography?

Like most photographers I guess, a camera has always been part of my life for as long as I can remember; from the days when my mum and dad gave me a Kodak all plastic Brownie with a big yellow button and 110 film!

I shot my mate’s weddings about 20 odd years ago and that was a good laugh, and I was then asked by a friend of my wife’s dad if I would shoot their wedding, and they would pay me! I was excited but then a bit nervous as the groom to be gave me 6 rolls of 36 exposure Ektar 100 which I then just handed back to him at the end of the day! I never heard anything for weeks and was fearing the worst, but then got a lovely letter saying the photographs were great and they were delighted with them – phew! I think I got £50 or something, and it was a lot of money then!

I was now at university reading applied chemistry, and photography was still around but not a big part of my life. I completed my degree and was accepted to do a PhD project for the Ministry of Defence. I completed this and began a career as a science teacher, and throughout this time I was always a keen amateur photographer, sold some prints and did a few favours here and there.

Bride with horses - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

My teaching was going well when a colleague asked me if I would consider photographing her best friend’s wedding where she was a bridesmaid. I wanted to pursue photography but I certainly wasn’t keen about doing weddings with all the stress, responsibility and hassle. However, the offer of a good payment (£700 I think) persuaded me and I agreed. Well, I really enjoyed the day, the images were good and the couple were delighted… in fact, we went on to shoot a further three weddings for the same family.

The rest, as they say, is history. Here I am now, shooting weddings with my wife Hazel, and very proud to be invited members of some of the world’s most exclusive wedding associations.

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

No, I always wanted to be a footballer

Bride - Picture by Ian MacMichael Photography

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

Probably around eight years old when I got that Brownie, and I shot the whole roll of film in our garden on Christmas day!

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We mainly shoot weddings around Liverpool and the North West of the UK, but we have shot weddings in Ireland and Carlisle, and we are getting more enquiries now from around the UK.

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Bride and groom pretending to eat wedding cake - Picture by Paola De Paola Photography

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Bride and groom in car with sparks coming off the wheels - Picture by Alex Beckett Photography

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Boho bride and groom in field - Picture by Christopher Currie Wedding Photography

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Bride and groom sitting down covering eyes - Picture by Philippa James Photography

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Bride and groom with harpist

We love a bit of old fashioned romance, and today’s shoot tells the story of just that. Photographed by Matthew Bishop Photography, this timeless bridal shoot ‘Victorian Love’ oozes elegance and romance, with an abundance of nostalgia. We love the styling details that help create this sophisticated look. We hope you enjoy the story these pictures tell…

“The Victorian style draws inspiration from nature, geometry, symbolism and nostalgia. The early years of the Victorian era were described as romantic or sentimental, and reflected the youth, courtship and marriage of the young queen, Victoria.

“Restraint was not part of Victorian decorating, and in the hands of the group of skilful and talented wedding suppliers, a refined, sophisticated, complex and warmly romantic atmosphere is created. Using elements of Victorian design, art and literature, I wanted to design a wedding style that is rich, not necessarily only in decoration, but also in atmosphere and sophistication.

Victorian teacup

Earrings

Necklace hanging from chest handle

Bracelet and rings

“Pink suggests romance, and by choosing a monochrome colour scheme and using a variety of shades and tints of pink a sophisticated romantic scheme was created. Making use of architectural rose border etching, the stunning design of the stationery looks very authentic, and the burgundy colour is gorgeous and perfect for this theme.

Pink Victorian style wedding stationery

Pink Victorian style wedding stationery

Pink Victorian style wedding stationery

Victorian style wedding menu

Victorian style wedding table number

“Pot roasted Chiltern Lamb shank, roasted quail, grilled chicory and butter glazed vegetables are some of the creative dishes served in little copper pans. The oven-fired vine cherry tomatoes and rosemary add lovely colour and texture to the ingenious dishes. Potted Test trout and Wye salmon, and whipped goats cheese with roasted garlic are presented in glass jars on a wood tray. A very rustic addition to a grand table setting provides a delightful contrast and is visually effective. A scrumptious Eton Mess, made with macaroons, Cotswold diary cream, red berries and crushed meringues, is a delightful pink sweet joy on the table.

Jars and pots of food

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Bride and groom kissing on steps - Picture by Willa J Photography

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Patryk of Patryk Stanisz Photography

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Interview with: Patryk Stanisz

Company Name: Patryk Stanisz Photography

Website: http://patrykstanisz.co.uk

Location / Coverage: London / UK and Europe

How did the business get started and who works at Patryk Stanisz Photography?

The business get started in 2009. When I finished my studies I decided to start my business and work for myself.

Bride and groom with two horses - Picture by Patryk Stanisz Photography

Had you always wanted to be a photographer?

Honestly, when I was young I wanted to be a basketball player or trainer, and after that I wanted to be a musician ( I used to play the trumpet ). I discovered photography in 2007-2008 when I bought my first camera for taking pictures in the last years of my education at University in Wroclaw. People liked my pictures and they wanted me for weddings, portraits and family shots, so I decided to be a photographer.

Can you remember how old you were when you took your first picture? What was it of?

I remember one day from my childhood when was 11-12 years old and I took pictures of my younger brother using my father’s camera; my brother was standing on a swing. It was probably the first time I took pictures.

One of first pictures by Patryk of Patryk Stanisz Photography

Which areas of the UK do you cover?

I cover the whole of the UK and I am always willing to travel. I love travel!

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