Taking inspiration from Heather’s white polka dot wedding dress with a cute yellow petticoat, we created an album that was minimal in design, but full of character. They had a self portrait guestbook which went down a storm! Pawel’s sister drew a gorgeous fashionesque drawing of Heather – well we completely fell in love with it and asked her to draw one of Pawel too for the cover of the album! What do you think? Cute right?!
Susa&Pete had a brightly coloured, pom-pom filled, vintage inspired Brighton wedding. Susa’s dress was genuine vintage from Hope and Harlequin in Brighton, and it was just perfect for her.
She made her own feather and pom-pom hair comb and a pair of corsages to match for her mum and sister. We just loved the blend of elegant vintage, with vibrant and fun details!
The ultimate photo bombers: Susa&Pete’s cats are destined for stardom, at least in their own eyes. They spent a lot of time stealing into our shots – they just couldn’t upstage Susa though, however much they tried!
Martin arrived a little early at The Hotel Pelirocco where Pete was getting ready – so early that Pete hadn’t even hit the shower yet! No complaints though – 10 minutes with Hotel Pelirocco’s deliciously decked out lounge area left us with some rather peachy ring shots.
Of course, no matter how well you plan everything, some detail of the day will not go quite as planned – Pete’s best man had a lack-of-tie-and-handkerchief issue, so we had a rather fun run around some of Brighton’s shopping areas trying to find suitable attire. No problem!
They were married at Brighton Town Hall, followed by a simple, informal pub reception at The Brunswick in Hove, which they decked out with pom poms in decoupaged plant pots… very cute!
The sun-splashed garden was just the perfect place for Susa&Pete’s guests to catch up, and indulge in some al fresco dining!
Ivory?! Pah! Red, black and leopard print made for a stunning, personality rich wedding and subsequently a unique, statement alternative wedding album! Emily&Phil made their own wedding stationery. Their invites were red cards with a square of faux leopard fur, each topped with handmade Fimo ‘sailor tattoo’ style heart and scroll, onto which Phil hand painted their names in traditional tattoo font. So we photographed it and with a little photoshopping, it sat beautifully on their album cover!
A sneaky little camera phone photo of the big reveal! Ahh!
When we first met Emily&Phil, we were invited into their home to talk weddings and photos. The hand painted zebra print walls in the hall and 50s pin-ups decoupaged all over the bedroom, gave us an insight into how effing awesome their wedding was destined to be! They were planning a wedding that incorporated a mish-mash of stuff they’d always loved; leopard print, Star Wars, Goth, Rock ‘N’ Roll… they wanted what they’d like to see at someone else’s wedding if they were guests. Needless to say, we got on like a house on fire, and we left that evening, super-excited about photographing their wedding!
Converse All-Stars in red and leopard print from Converse.com’s design-your-own section! Swoon! Emily just wanted comfortable shoes for dancing, and figuring that they’d be hidden by her dress, simply chose something that she liked and could wear after the wedding. Of course the shoes were a massive hit amongst the guests, and us obviously… they featured quite a lot in our photos!
Apparently, understated is not a word in Emily’s vocabulary. She’s always liked to dress up, and her Goth roots have lead to her alternative, quirky style. She wore a huge, gorgeous, red wedding dress by Hollywood Dreams in Wales. Would you believe it was reduced from £2,900 to £350 to clear as it had been in the shop unsold for years?! I guess this is the upside to liking unusual things!
Emily’s collar and cuffs were from Lula Lupin. We were actually admiring their designs when we were positioned opposite them at Belle’s Bridal Bazaar and it was actually that very fair where Emily&Phil found them! The flower detail was made from off-cuts of the dress after it was altered – perfect! Emily’s divine red head-dress was from Pearls & Swine, and really completed her stunning, dramatic Gothic look.
Emily’s wedding ring was actually her Grandmother’s. It had a worn flower design on it which was smoothed out by Phil’s Step-sister, who is rather handily, a jewellery-maker. The design on Phil’s wedding ring was their names and wedding date written in Aurebesh – a fictional Star Wars language! It doesn’t get more unique than that right?! It was made by RING of Brighton. The ‘ring box’ was an R2D2 mint tin that was perfect for the job – genius!
Emily was delivered to the venue by a privately chartered steam train… what else?! What a photo opp! High Rocks actually has it’s own train station!
‘The Throne Room Theme’ from Star Wars, played as she made her entrance – the bit at the end when the heroes are all receiving their medals from Princess Leia. Musically, it’s actually not a million miles away from the wedding march – brilliant!
Like us, Emily&Phil wrote their own vows – after all this is the fundamental part of a wedding is it not, and it needs to be done right. It should be meaningful and personal to you as a couple. They told us that they were completely lost in the moment at this point in the ceremony, and I have to say, I was completely sucked in too… I almost forgot to take pictures for a minute!
“All the fun stuff was for our guests, but our vows were for us.”
They decided early on not to have real flowers. They felt that, as beautiful as they are, they’re expensive, need caring for, and won’t last forever! I was bowled over when Emily’s mum unwrapped the bouquets immaculately handcrafted by Emily&Phil themselves! They looked so professional! Emily made the flowers from red, black and leopard print fabric and the centres were various buttons, brooches and beads. Phil made the bouquet’s frames using wire, ribbon and foam florist’s balls – clever! The men’s buttonholes were the same but each had a personalised centre (Star Wars designs for Phil and the best man, a Cornish flag for Em’s Stepdad and a Millwall badge for Em’s brother).
Emily&Phil really enjoyed sneaking off for their couple shots… so we did so twice! They said it was great to have alone time to breath and soak up the reality of being married! And how’s this for a spectacular location to set off Emily’s statement wedding dress?!
Having a great party atmosphere at the wedding was really important to Emily&Phil. We had mentioned to them that we had noticed that the dancefloor fills up much more when there’s live music on offer, and taking that on board, they hired a band Emily loved when she was at uni in Brighton; The Bikini Beach Band. They do a great choice of covers, both modern and classic, all delivered in a ‘surf-noir’ Pulp Fiction style. And what great costumes!
Star Wars has been a huge part of Emily&Phil’s lives. In fact they met in a Star Wars costuming club, called the UK Garrison, that raises money for charities through geeky replica costume-wearing – Phil used to be a Stormtrooper! So naturally, Darth Vader, an admiral and a pair of Stormtroopers were top of the guest list!
All the venue staff from other rooms rushed in to watch Phil’s surprise breakdance routine he performed with his best man Steve and old school friend Gary, (overlooked by Stormtroopers)! It certainly took us by surprise – an awesome surprise! I can’t stress enough how wonderful touches like this make a wedding exiting and memorable! Their guests were beside themselves!
♥ ”The main reason we chose Tino&Pip was simply the style and quality of the photos we saw blew us away. The fact that they are a lovely couple, who are friendly and put you at ease, is a bonus.
We came to realise that not only was it worth the extra money for their technical ability and their artistic eye and style, which was exactly what we had been looking for, but we were also getting two photographers for the price of one. This means ‘moments’ get covered from both angles, the most obvious moment being the first time the groom sees the bride.
Tino&Pip were a joy to have with us for the day, and were unobtrusive and at times invisible when they needed to be. We have great photos of moments when we thought they were nowhere around! The end result was a bucketload of beautiful, artistic (but not poncy), well-balanced photos that made us look good and more importantly have imprisoned the magical moments and emotions for us to keep forever. There are some shots that make us cry just looking at them, as it takes us straight back to the moment! And there are many, many shots that are stunning enough to want to be printed big and hung on the wall. We’re going to need lots more walls!”
Emily&Phil made their own wedding stationery. Their Invites were red cards with a square of faux leopard fur, each topped with handmade Fimo ‘sailor tattoo’ style heart and scroll, onto which Phil hand painted their names in traditional tattoo font. Perfect for their album cover right?!…
Louise&Ryan’s cheeky little French Bulldog almost upstaged them on their engagement shoot, but they seemed plenty prepared for her antics – she’s so adorable you just can’t help but let her get away with a few things here and there! Once they had time to themselves though, they really relaxed and showed how utterly cute they are as a couple – just utterly natural with each other and great fun to photograph!