Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Artistic Wedding Photos by Fearless Photographers (Fearless Awards Round 10 Showcase)

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Photographers | 0 comments


If you would like breathtaking break-the-norm wedding photos you’ll be proud to hang in your new home, check out the work of the Fearless Wedding Photographers . I’ve already written about them before (here and here) and have featured weddings and shoots by many of them because I know that you, dear reader, want only the best quality photos on your most important day, am I right?

The Fearless Photographers are for brides and grooms who truly love photography so if you’re one of them, hang on tight because today I’m showcasing my favorite artistic wedding photos from Round 10 of the Fearless Awards. Hopefully these will inspire you to choose bold over safe and creative over simply pretty. 🙂

Marcin Rusniowski Fearless Photographers

Photo by Marcin Rusinowski

Andy Rogers Red Box Pictures

Photo by Andy Rogers

Virginia Gimeno

Photo by Virginia Gimeno

Ben Godkin

Photo by Ben Godkin

Carolina Rivera

Photo by Carolina Rivera

Fearless Photographer Citlalli Rico

Photo by Citlalli Rico (See our interview with Citla here!)

Fran Chelico

Photo by Fran Chelico

Fernando Garcia

Photo by Fernando Garcia

Photo by Nathan Welton

Photo by Nathan Welton

Todd Laffler

Photo by Todd Laffler (see our previous features photographed by Todd here)

Did you enjoy the showcase? Which one’s your favorite?

* See more Fearless Awards Round 10 Winners (June 2012)

* I made boards on Pinterest for Artistic Bride & Groom Wedding Photos and Creative E-session Portraits for your inspiration. I’ll keep adding to them so be sure to follow if you want to see more of this kind of wedding photography.

* See my previous features on the Fearless Photographers

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Behind the Lens: Yuji Katagiri of Giri Photo Works (Japan)

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Behind the Lens, Giri Photo Works, Photographers | 1 comment

Welcome to another Behind the Lens post where I interview a talented wedding photographer whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with. Every photographer has their own distinct style so the purpose of this series is to help you choose a photographer whose style best represents you. Thus I want you to meet them not as “vendors” but as potential friends who just so happen to have the skills to creatively chronicle your special day in pictures.

Japan wedding photographer Yuji Katagiri

Meet photographer Yuji Katagiri of Giri Photo Works Japan

You may remember the name Yuji Katagiri from Atsuko & Kenta’s Everyday-Fun-and-Play Engagement in Tsukuba, Japan which I featured a few weeks ago. Today I am delighted to introduce you to this talented wedding photojournalist and portrait photographer and once again I have my younger brother to thank for bridging the language gap for this feature.

As there are very few Japanese wedding sites in English, we are often exposed to only their traditional rites so it was quite a surprise to find out that a lot of Japanese couples tend to go all out and have fun at their engagement sessions, possibly since their wedding ceremonies are going to be formal anyway. Giri-san’s e-sessions particularly stood out for me because looking at his work, it’s easy to tell that he understands his subjects very well. He previously shared with us that the Japanese are very shy so he shoots “everyday boyfriend-girlfriend moments” that his clients can treasure and look back on once they’re married. He lets them be and shoots them while they go on doing what they usually do on a date, and this results in beautiful, natural-looking photos that show the couples’ genuine emotions and endearing quirks. For sure you will see what I’m talking about in a bit.

Giri-san is multi-awarded as well, having won many top prizes from the JWGP (Japan Wedding Photo Grand Prix) for consecutive years in a row and he also happens to be the President of Giri Photo Works Co., Ltd. based in Ibaraki-ken, Japan.  I’m excited to showcase his photos here and I hope you enjoy seeing his work. 🙂

* All photos on this page are copyright Yuji Katagiri / Giri Photo Works *

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

Hello Giri-san! Please tell us more about yourself and your wedding photography business.

It’s been 7 years since I first picked up a camera and Giri Photo Works is heading into our 2nd year since establishment. I’ve been shooting engagement photos since 2007.  As for my photographic style —  I get a feel of my subjects’ personalities first and then make sure the photos I take correspond to them without forcing anything expected of engagement pictures.  I think that is the style most suited for shy Japanese people.

Japan wedding photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

The quirkiest wedding you’ve photographed?

I once shot a wedding where the bride and groom wore a Batman and Catwoman costume respectively while the guests also wore different costumes. Each group of guests had a theme and they dressed as the characters according to their theme.

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

 

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

The most unusual or unexpected location you’ve shot a wedding at?

I’ve shot in a lot of quirky locations but I think the most unusual one was a race horse training center in Miho Village. Almost all the famous race horses have trained and are being trained here. It has a big gate and the security is tight but the groom himself is a horse trainer so we were given special permission to shoot there.

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

A wedding photography fad you will never follow?

I’ll never shoot tacky poses and photos that make no sense to the couple or to me just because they’re trendy. I also won’t shoot photos that use wide angle lenses just because it’s “cool” and will only do so if it makes sense to use them. I don’t like costume photos that don’t mean anything to the couple. I make it a point not to take tasteless photos just for the sake of grabbing people’s attention. There has to be meaning and a reason for everything.

Japan wedding photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan wedding photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

Which celebrity’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could (doesn’t matter if they’re already married or not!)

Cyndi Lauper, Jane Birkin, Japanese actor Ryuhei Matsuda

Japan wedding photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

Quick, name 5 favorite songs off the top of your head!

Cyndi Lauper — Time After Time, Keiko Lee — The Flame, Supercar — Cream Soda, Michael Jackson — Man In The Mirror, Billy Joel —  Honesty

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

A japanese manga / comic artist.

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

Japan engagement session photographer Yuji Katagiri

I hope you all enjoyed reading about Yuji Katagiri. The fun and adorably quirky images on this page are just a taste of what he can offer! If you want more info on this talented photographer, please visit the following pages:

Website: Giri Photo Works
Blog: Bitter Choco
Facebook: Giri Photo Works on Facebook

* See all our previously featured weddings & shoots by Giri Photo Works.
* Meet other featured photographers in our Behind the Lens interview series
* While you’re at it, do check out the site map to browse our real wedding/engagement/styled shoot features by photographer and by location.

Indie Wedding Music: This is Love by Self

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Indie Wedding Music | 0 comments

this is love by self I don’t know why I never blogged about SELF before because — next to Weezer, Fountains of Wayne, Sean Lennon, and Cibo Matto — their music was a huge part in the late ’90s to mid ‘0s bracket of my life’s soundtrack (pardon me for being overly dramatic here but it’s the truth). If you haven’t heard of SELF before, they are an alternative pop/rock band from Tennessee who had quite an underground following for their fun and funky electronica-grounded music, most of which they released totally for free on their now-defunct website Selfies.com.

This is Love is one of my absolute favorite SELF songs. It’s part of their 8th album, a B-side compilation titled Porno, Mint & Grime which was released as a completely for free internet-only album in 2005 (and, lucky for you, is still available on their site through the powers of the Wayback Machine.) The song is only 2 minutes & 18 seconds short. It’s sweet. It’s summery. It’s bubble-gummy-puppy-lovey oh I don’t know what to write anymore, you’ll just have to hear it for yourself.

Since the album is free, I’ve included all the lyrics so you can sing along to the video below (believe me you will WANT to sing along!).

Come away with me, it’s a surprise
Everything I see through your eyes
Is just as lovely as the day I first fell for you

And you can count on me
For each and every little thing
Hey love, you can hold me and mold me
But I’ll still be the same

On a distant sea far away from
The unimportant things, just the shoreline
And this love we feel
I can prove it
Can you prove it to me?

And I can count on you
For each and every thing that you do
Hey love, you can shake me or break me
But I’ll always be true

Cause this is love
This is love

Please please please give it a listen. Right. Now.

Like it? Can you imagine using it in your wedding? If you ask me, I think it makes a fantastic upbeat first dance song! 🙂 Download it for free here.

Certified Poptastic 28: Geek Chic Weddings + Sneak Peeks

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Certified Poptastic! | 0 comments

Happy Sunday and welcome to the regular roundup of funky wedding ideas gathered from all over the www!  With the new Spidey movie making waves all over the world and with the annual San Diego Comic Con opening on Wednesday, I thought of devoting this coming week to all that is geek chic, at least when it comes to weddings and engagement sessions. This is also partly because I received an influx of geektastic submissions over the last month and I want to finally showcase them in all their adorably nerdy glory!

BUT before that, I’d like to show you some pretty awesome geeky wedding and engagement inspiration I chanced upon in my online travels…

geek chic wedding shot

A beautiful geek chic wedding inspiration shoot inspired by the question “When a chemist and a botanist marry at a ranch, what would that look like?” Photographed by Rhee Bevere Photography, found on Glamour and Grace.

geek chic weddings

A cute geek chic scientist couple’s engagement session, found on Bridal Musings’ “Ultimate Geek Chic Wedding” blog post! (There’s LOTS of charming geeky inspiration on that link!)

geek chic love session

If you’d like to steam things up a little, check out this sexy geek chic love session photographed by Dottie Photography found on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings.

retro gamer wedding invitaton

Into retro gaming? Spring for this custom Mario Brothers-inspired Save the Date invite by Art Nerd For Hire  found on When Geeks Wed which happens to be a blog dedicated to geeky and alternative weddings!

Don’t forget that we’ve had our share of geeky wedding inspiration here on Poptastic Bride too! Here are some highlights:

retro gamer wedding

Kelly & Matt’s Bright Blue and Green Retro Video Game Wedding

geek chic wedding

Edie & Jeff’s Fun and Quirky DIY Wedding (with Geeky Touches)

… and many more in our geeky wedding themes section.

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geektastic wedding inspiration

Here are sneak peeks of the upcoming geektastic features you will see on this blog in the next few days. Stop by this week to see what the images are all about. 🙂

Behind the Lens: Melbourne Wedding Photographer Lakshal Perera

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Behind the Lens, Lakshal Perera, Photographers | 0 comments

Welcome to another Behind the Lens post where I interview a talented wedding photographer whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with. Every photographer has their own distinct style so the purpose of this series is to help you choose a photographer whose style best represents you. Thus I want you to meet them not as “vendors” but as potential friends who just so happen to have the skills to creatively chronicle your special day in pictures.

lakshal perera

Lakshal Perera as captured by his lovely wife Kristen

Meet Lakshal Perera, Melbourne Wedding Photographer

If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you probably already know photographer Lakshal Perera as my previous features on Carly & Jeff’s hip-meets-chic wedding and awesome paint war engagement, both of which he photographed, are among this blog’s most popular pages. Lakshal is based in Melbourne but he is open to traveling internationally. In fact he had just returned from photographing a wedding in India and will be heading to New York City sometime later this year.

Lakshal, also known by his nickname Lucky, wasn’t always a photographer. He actually has a PhD in Medical Radiation Physics (!) and was also a musician for five years before he bought a camera and “accidentally” became a photographer. I should say that we’re the lucky ones because if he hadn’t decided to switch careers, we wouldn’t be able to see the ridiculously stunning images that he can offer. 🙂

Needless to say I’m honored to be showcasing some of his work and thoughts today. Please enjoy reading about this hugely talented photographer!

* All photos on this page are copyright Lakshal Perera *

Photo by Lakshal Perera Melbourne Wedding Photographer

Hello Lucky! Please tell us more about yourself and your wedding photography business.

I’m a wedding photographer who lives in Melbourne but will gladly travel the world in search of the most rad weddings! In fact, most of my work is not in Melbourne, only 20% or so is local.

I’ve been a photographer for about 7 years and shot my first wedding a little over 5 years ago but I’ve only been full time for a little over 2 months now. Photography was a bit of an accident, I just bought a camera for fun and fell into it more and more seriously as time went along. I started out as a live music photographer and did a lot of studio/promo work for bands as well. My first wedding client was the bassist in a band I photographed and it all snowballed from there.

I’m not very good with labels for what I do but I imagine people having giant prints of their photos in their home. So maybe fine art wedding photography? It sounds a little pretentious which is probably why I try to avoid those words! 🙂  But I’m really conscious of trying to steer clear of formulaic photography and to ensure that every exposure is hopefully different to every other one I’ve made in the past. It’s not necessarily how it happens but the search for true originality is pretty exciting, if not sometimes inherently futile! 🙂

Photo by Lakshal Perera Melbourne Wedding Photographer

The quirkiest wedding you’ve photographed?

Hands down it has to be Rachel and Karl. These guys were so lovely and their wedding was truly about them, their families and a lifelong commitment to each other. So awesome!

Photo by Lakshal Perera Melbourne Wedding Photographer

The most unusual or unexpected location you’ve shot a wedding at?

Probably Eleanor and Richard‘s wedding at Richard’s sister’s husband’s family’s vineyard (HA!).  Eleanor and Richard also went to Richard’s parents house which is a 150 year old heritage listed house in the country that has been fully restored over the last 15 years. I’ve never been in a more amazing house than that one. Most people might think 150 years isn’t that old but you have to remember our country is only a little over 200 years old. 🙂

Photo by Lakshal Perera Melbourne Wedding Photographer

A wedding photography fad you will never follow?

I’m not really aware of a lot of fads at the moment but I think there’s a lot of things I’ve done in the past that I’ve learned from and will never follow again. I think things like using cross process filters in editing photos, strong vignettes and tilted horizons are things I definitely steer clear of now but it’s only though a period of self realisation and artistic refinement that I got to this point. Fads are fads for a reason, people can see the appeal in it so in a superficial way, there must obviously be *something* to it!  I probably wouldn’t dismiss anything outright unless it completely offended my aesthetic sensibilities! 🙂

Photo by Lakshal Perera Melbourne Wedding Photographer

Barring budget, logic or reality, what would your dream wedding (to shoot) be like?

Well it would need all the things I love. Some sort of dinosaur, zero gravity, lots of ice cream, live music, some cats, a healthy dose of pop culture and located somewhere in a city with wide streets but also filled with beautiful tall trees.

In reality, I honestly have no idea what my ideal wedding is. I’ve shot so many weddings that I’ve loved to be part of so it’s a bit difficult refining that down to a single example. But like I said, there are things that I love which could all be involved in some way to make it amazing (the zero-g thing might be hard thought…)! For me, I enjoy weddings when I feel connected to them and when it’s obvious the people involved have really thought about what they’re doing. I’m really big on having personalised celebrations so it’s always exciting to see the joy and love that people have for different elements that make up their day.

Photo by Lakshal Perera Melbourne Wedding Photographer

A book, movie or tv show you’d love to base a styled shoot on?

I think the 60s and 70s were the pinnacle of design and style, it’s never gotten any better than that. The men looked dashing and the women looked elegant. The cars were cool and the architecture and design timeless. I can’t think of anything better!

Which celebrity couple’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could (doesn’t matter if they’re already married or not!)

I honestly have no idea about this question! I don’t even know any celebrity couples outside of Posh and Becks and Brad and Angelina! I’m not much of a celebrity follower! 🙂

Photo by Lakshal Perera Melbourne Wedding Photographer

Quick, name 5 favorite songs off the top of your head!

Aaah, a much easier question. 🙂
– No Quarter – Led Zeppelin
– Dream Brother – Jeff Buckley
– Everything In Its Right Place – Radiohead
– re: Stacks – Bon Iver
– To Build A Home – The Cinematic Orchestra

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

Well I’ve been something else in the past already which is probably what I’d still be doing if it were not for photography. I was a research scientist focusing on the treatment and detection of cancer using radiation. I did that for a sizeable chunk of my life, as well as studying at university, but it slowly wore away at me and I realised that photography was something that never made me feel the way my other job did. Photography doesn’t even feel like work, it’s something I wake up and enjoy doing every day.

Photo by Lakshal Perera Melbourne Wedding Photographer

I hope you all enjoyed reading about Lakshal Perera. The spectacular images on this page are just a taste of what he can offer! If you want more info on this talented photographer, please visit the following pages:

website: www.lakshalperera.com
blog: www.lakshalperera.com/theblog
twitter: @lakshalperera
FB: www.facebook.com/lakshal.perera.wedding.photographer

* See all our previously featured weddings & shoots by Lakshal Perera.
* Meet other featured photographers in our Behind the Lens interview series
* While you’re at it, do check out the site map to browse our real wedding/engagement/styled shoot features by photographer and by location.