Urban DIY Wedding Inspiration Shoot in a Paper Recycling Center


urban diy wedding inspiration

If you’re an alternative bride who prefers a punk rock edge to your wedding styling, I wanted to share with you this stylized wedding shoot that unexpectedly mixes the “hard” grit of an industrialized environment with the “soft” girly prettiness of wedding elements. Stacey Cecere of Simply Couture Photogaphy has the back story for this inspiration session:

Amanda is a recent bride who wanted to do a fun and creative stylized session with DIY paper items that she hand crafted herself. Weeks before our shoot, Amanda crafted until the wee hours of the morning. She created paper garland, paper flowers and lots of other amazing DIY touches. With permission from the business, we setup our shoot in front of a paper recycling center with amazing urban details in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

Since then, Amanda has now opened her own store on Etsy creating beautiful paper flower bouquets for other brides who don’t have the time to create such lavish DIY projects. You can view her recent creations at Manda Girl Designs.

urban diy wedding inspiration

The lovely model is crafty bride Amanda herself. Here she is to tell us more about the shoot:

The theme of this shoot is hard and soft extreme.  It’s the dirty nitty gritty of an industrialized environment with the mix of wedding mushy gushy, love, soft dress, pretty elements, etc.  The goal was to use the warehouse environment and allow it to guide and inspire us.  We brought our props and pretty stuff with us and went from there.  I knew I wanted to wear a soft and lace style vintage dress with a little edge, but then styled around the dress, i.e. the hair, makeup, and shoes, to be rock n’ roll hard and a bit dirty.

urban diy wedding inspiration

urban diy wedding inspiration

I cannot say what precisely inspired me, but I knew that Stacey and I wanted to do a stylized shoot together so I was toying with ideas.  I knew I wanted it to be edgy, not necessarily modern, and I was playing with the idea of soft vs. hard.  Satin vs. rock n’ roll.  The road I took was not initially industrial.  It began in my head with more of a biker element.  My initial goal was to think classy biker wedding.  To be frank, I couldn’t find anything out there like that.  If you Google variations of “biker weddings” there isn’t much out there where the leather and bad are still involved but yet the elements are still pretty and soft (like the bride’s dress).  Then the idea of shooting at the recycling facility hit me.  And it suddenly seemed the perfect place because I work primarily with paper in my detail designing.

urban diy wedding inspiration

urban diy wedding inspiration

urban diy wedding inspiration

urban diy wedding inspiration

urban diy wedding inspiration

urban diy wedding inspiration

My husband works for the recycling facility and I knew before I arrived that the furniture and pallets they had on hand were going to serve me well.  I was happy to have the older ware house office style chairs that have been collected over the years.  The dinner table chairs were pulled straight from their break room.  The pallets were pulled from the warehouse.  All the vehicles and trains are on the premises.  The place was amazing for our purposes and I don’t think anyone has ever approached the owners to have a photo shoot there.  That is a shame!  We had fun.

urban diy wedding inspiration

urban diy wedding inspiration

Thank you Stacey for sending this unique inspiration shoot my way!

Photographer: Simply Couture Photography
Hair Stylist: Hair’s Perfection by Nickole
Event Designer: Manda Girl Designs
Bakery: Sassy Cakes-Gourmet Cupcakes by Alicia & Krista
Fashion Designer: Kata Banko Couture

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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