Funky Wedding Ideas & Inspiration

Behind the Lens: Jason & Sara Martin of Concept Photography

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Behind the Lens, Concept Photography, Photographers | 5 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.

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography’s Jason and Sara photographed by Dave Thomas

Meet Jason & Sara Martin of Orlando FL-based Concept Photography

First of all, how cute are they??  My love affair with Concept Photography’s Sara & Jason Martin’s gorgeous work began the moment they sent me Toni & Troy’s Eclectic Vintage DIY Backyard Wedding last year. Even now, several months (and real wedding / e-session features) later, I always get a thrill whenever I receive a submission from them because I’m 100% — no, make that 200% sure that I will love it. Their skillfully-framed photographs have a cheerful, dreamy quality reminiscent of summer love & warm memories, and as you’ll see in a bit they are simply brilliant at capturing real love and naturally whimsical moments.

I’m honored to have them among this site’s featured photographers (and you can be sure that you’ll be seeing more of their beautiful work on here in the coming weeks). Please enjoy the interview and photos.

* All photos on this page are copyright Concept Photography (except where indicated) *

Hello Jason & Sara! Please tell us more about your wedding photography business.

We are Jason + Sara Martin of Concept Photography, a husband and wife team who travels the world in search of amazing weddings and awesome clientele! We are in love with photography, our dogs, and each other. We have been married for 5 years and shooting together for 6. We work out of our home office and focus predominantly on wedding and engagement photography. We would describe our shooting style as creative photojournalism. :)

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

The quirkiest wedding you’ve photographed?

If you mean quirky in a very good way – that would be Toni + Troy’s wedding at their home in Daytona Beach last year (our first feature on this very blog if memory serves!). To start, the groom and best man had their “getting ready” pictures taken at McDonald’s (which came out so cool!) The couple’s vintage décor details were all DIY, found at local thrift shops, and the cake topper (a family of penguins) was handmade by the groom. The bride had these amazing needlepoint shoes that said “home sweet home”!

eclectic vintage wedding

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

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

Early on in our career, we got lucky enough to photograph a wedding at a castle in Germany, Schloss Neuberg. We dressed in lederhosen and dirndls for the Bavarian themed rehearsal dinner and watch as the soon-to-be-groom tapped a keg with a huge mallet!. We captured the most beautiful images of an amazingly gorgeous couple in a breath-taking location – a photographer’s dream.

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

A wedding photography fad you will never follow?

Selective coloring is something we have never done (even when asked) and will never do.

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Can you tell us what your wedding was like?

Our wedding was casual awesomeness. We rented beach houses on St. George Island in Florida’s panhandle, and put up family and friends for 4 days of sun and fun. We had about 40 guests total, many of which contributed in some way to the set-up! We were barefoot in the sand for the ceremony, surrounded by the people we love most in the world, and we couldn’t stop smiling. The only tropical storm of 2007 hit that day, but stopped just in time to get everything set up outside and give us the most amazingly beautiful sky!

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

* Jason & Sara’s wedding photos were taken by their friend David Robinson

Barring budget, logic or reality, what would your dream wedding be like? 

We have always dreamed of shooting an intimate wedding on a white cliff overlooking the incredibly blue ocean in Santorini, Greece.

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Please name at least 5 songs off your dream wedding / reception playlist:

Shake Your Tailfeather by The Five Du-Tones, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond, This Kind of Love by Sister Hazel, Red Solo Cup by Toby Keith, and Bust a Move by Young M.C.

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

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

The Princess Bride

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Which celebrity or fictional couple’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could?

Kermit + Miss. Piggy

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

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

Jason would be a fire fighter (which he is), and Sara would be a chiropractor (which I am – just not practicing).

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

Concept Photography - Orlando, Florida

I hope you all enjoyed meeting Sara and Jason Martin of Concept Photography! The gorgeous images on this page are just a taste of what they can offer!
If you want more info on the talented husband and wife photo team, please visit the following pages:

Website: www.cptphotography.com
Blog: www.conceptphotographyblog.com
FB: /Concept-Photography/
Pinterest: /conceptphoto
Twitter: @concept_photo

* See all our previously featured weddings & shoots by Concept Photography
* 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.

How to rock the galaxy print trend at your wedding: outfit & decor ideas and DIY tutorials

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Certified Poptastic!, Hip Wedding Fashion | 1 comment


Here’s a trend I’ve been seeing on all the hip kids for a while now — the photo-realistic universe / nebula / planetary / starry night / galaxy print. If you’re a couple of stargazers or astrology nuts — or perhaps you just love them heavenly bodies — this motif is perfect for you! And if you’ve already been wearing the quirky cosmic pattern in your everyday life, why not take it to another level and rock it at your wedding?

galaxy print wedding outfit ideas

Ideas on how to incorporate the trendy galaxy print motif into your wedding attire:

1. For the bride: wear an assymetric flowy gown and have galaxy print leggings or tights peek out teasingly from underneath.

links: galaxy bow tie / Wedded to Looking Wonderful dress / bright starry fabric leggings / handpainted galaxy tiegalactic print Doc Martens

2. For the groom and groomsmen: have the groom wear a cosmic print bowtie; the rest of the guys can wear galaxy print neckties and / or DIY-ed galaxy print Doc Martens (or Converse Sneakers).

galaxy print bridesmaid outfit ideas

3. For the bridesmaids: They can wear a dress with an all-over galaxy print + black tights. Another option is to wear a white tee or tank top with flowy galactic print high-low or maxi skirts as in the photo.

links: galaxy printed shift dress / starry night print asymmetric skirt / starry print maxi skirt / 2B mesh back white tee / 2b stud neck tank top

galaxy print wedding ideas

4. You and your bridesmaids can also sport galaxy print nail art for added flair.

5. Remember those milky way marbles you played with as a child? They can be put to good use as decor elements at your galaxy-themed wedding. Another idea would be to run wire through the balls and form them into a bouquet of sorts.

6. Glow jars make for out-of-this-world luminaries in an evening wedding.

7. Decorate your treats in line with the motif just like these space-themed cupcakes.

For even better control and personalization, you can DIY the galaxy print onto your clothing and practically anything else (tablecloths, reception decor elements, etc). Here are tutorials I dug up from around the web:


This video tutorial shows how to make a galaxy print using black clothes, bleach, fabric dye, spray bottles, white fabric paint, and paintbrushes.

- how to make a galaxy top with bleach and acrylic paint
- how to make a hipster galaxy graphic tee
- how to make a Christopher Kane-inspired galaxy top
- galaxy nails: nail art tutorial
- more DIY tutorials: galaxy Vans / galaxy heels / galaxy Doc Martens

What do you think of the galactic pattern motif? Is it something you will consider for your wedding?

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Mason Jar & Fireflies Wedding Invitation Set + Free Printable Gift Tags!

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Funky Wedding Invites, Giveaways | 0 comments

mason jar and fireflies wedding invitations

Our latest invitation suite features a lovingly hand-drawn mason jar filled with glowing fireflies — perfect for summer afternoon and evening wedding celebrations! And yes I was thinking of Van Gogh’s Starry Starry Night while working on this design. :)

The set comes with an invitation, an rsvp card, a save the date, table numbers, favor and envelope seals, and postage.

Check out the complete Mason Jar and Fireflies wedding invitation set at the store.

Annnnnnnd as per usual, I have a freebie for you. Matching gift tags!

free mason jar and fireflies gift tags

Grab your printables from the freebies page!

Behind the Lens: Karina Picache of OhKarina Photography

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Behind the Lens, OhKarina Photography, 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.

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Photo by Photography By KLC

Meet Karina Picache of New England-based OhKarina Photography

I’ve only known the lovely Karina a few months but even without meeting her offline (yet) I already know that she’s a friendly and overall fun person to be around judging by our correspondence, the fact that she has (had?) purple hair, and her delightfully quirky wedding and couple photography! You’ve definitely seen her work around here — remember Dagny and Andrew’s ice cream engagement session + their DIY eco-friendly backyard wedding? Recently, you also saw Amelia & Mike’s Spirals, Ribbons, and Hot Sauce-themed DIY Wedding. A quick look at all of them and you’ll find lots of fantastic photos that show the bride & groom reeeally having fun without being afraid to look adorably silly in front of the camera… and that says a lot about Karina’s photographic style. Yup, she’s awesome at capturing genuine fun and crazy moments, beautifully at that!

If you’re quirky and fun-loving (and I know a lot of you readers are!), I think you’ll find your match in OhKarina. Please enjoy the interview and photos!

* All photos on this page are copyright OhKarina Photography (except where indicated) *

Hello Karina! Please tell us a little bit about your photography business.

I’m a wedding and portrait photographer based in New England – I bounce back and forth between Boston and NYC frequently. My style is pretty photojournalistic with a lot of candid portraiture thrown in. I love catching moments as they happen, as opposed to staging them, though I can direct when the situation calls for it. I started out in editorial portraiture and picked up journalism, and really, weddings was the best way to incorporate both. Plus, I love to have fun, and weddings are pretty much always fun. At least, the brides who choose me are always fun, haha.

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Can you tell us about the quirkiest wedding or engagement shoot you’ve photographed?

I’ve had some interesting couples – I love creative, quirky, colorful couples so I think I tend to attract them. Most of my weddings are pretty quirky, mostly because, they’re so THEM. All my couples infuse so much life and color and fun into their day. If I had to choose the quirkiest ENGAGEMENT I’ve shot it’d probably be my food related ones. I had a couple who built ice cream sundaes and fed them to each other, that turned into a big whipped cream war in the backyard (hooray!). I also had a couple who gave away homemade bottles of hot sauce for their wedding, and so we did their engagement shoot during one of their cooking sessions – lots of colorful food and spices. Plus, it led to pepper mustaches and cooking pot hats.

Dagny and Andrew

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

How about the most unusual or unexpected location you’ve shot a wedding at?

I had a guerrilla wedding last year, where the couple pretty much flash mobbed a lake with 30 people, did their ceremony, and scattered, which was pretty fun. I also shot a couple at their uncle’s house in the Berkshires, which ended up being an incredible mansion that they later turned into a venue for weddings and parties.

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

A wedding photography fad you will never follow?

The really retro-faded looking post-processing – and probably over post processing in general, which I feel is getting more and more common. I’m very much truly photojournalistic.

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

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

Oh man, the possibilities are endless. Really, I think I don’t have a dream wedding I’d love to shoot. As long as the couple made it super them, and the couple themselves are totally my speed, then I’m very much a happy camper. Though I never say no to things like balloons, Chucks, tutus, bunny ears, all that colorful stuff. Throw in a couple burlesque dancers, a ribbon dancer, lots of great uplighting, maybe a pretty circus tent, and I think we’d have a good show.

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Please name at least 5 songs off your dream wedding / reception playlist

Haha, this is embarrassing. My music taste is kinda poppy and cheesy. Let’s see… “Sweet Child of Mine” for the first dance, ANYTHING except “Here Comes the Bride” for the processional, and then for the reception, literally anything I can jam out to, But throw in “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae and “Your Love is My Drug” by Ke$ha for kicks and giggles :)

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

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

The Night Circus. I know that fad has come and gone, but I just love that book, it’s beautifully written, and the imagery is so evocative, I would just love to do a styled shoot based on it. Especially with the room with the Ice Garden in it – setting that up and shooting it would just be amazing.

ice cream engagement session

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Which celebrity or fictional couple’s wedding do you think would be a blast to photograph if you could?

Oh gosh, I’m not even sure. I don’t follow a lot of media. I’m pretty in love with Zooey Deschanel, so I’d love to photograph hers, and she can really quirk it up. There’s a couple model/artist couples out there that I follow too who’d I love to get close to, but I don’t want to seem stalkerish, haha.

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

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

An illustrator probably. Or a crazy girl with a camera running around the globe and pestering people, trying to find stories.

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

Behind the Lens - OhKarina Photography

I hope you all enjoyed meeting Karina Picache of OhKarina Photography! The fun and quirky images on this page are just a taste of what she can offer!
If you want more info on this talented lady, please visit the following pages:

Website: www.ohkarina.com
blog: blog.ohkarina.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ohkarinaphoto
Instagram: @ohkarinaphoto

* See all our previously featured weddings & shoots by OhKarina Photography
* 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.

Bridesmaid Fashion: Graphic Tees and Maxi Skirts! 3 Ways – Pleats, Polka Dots, and Sequins

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Certified Poptastic!, Hip Wedding Fashion | 1 comment

I know the graphic tee and maxi skirt look isn’t at all new but have you funky brides considered the combination as bridal party attire? A gazillion bridesmaids have already donned Chucks, why not go all out with a full-on alternative  / rock and roll ensemble, right? Styled and accessorized accordingly, the combo can look dressy, tasteful and even elegant enough for yes, such an important celebration. Here are a few inspiration boards I put together to help you re-imagine the skirt and tee look for your own wedding. (These looks are great for wedding guests too!)

graphic t-shirt and maxi skirt for bridesmaids

(Photo on right via Fashion Viking)

You can dress up the t-shirt-and-maxi look by choosing a skirt with sheen or fancy detailing such as electric pleating. Add pops of color with accessories to add a dash of fun!

Graphic Tee: Purr, Yes, Purr Tee from ModCloth, $27.99
Maxi Skirt: Sanctuary – Milla Maxi Skirt (Griege) from 6PM, $94.99
Necklace: Catch a Glint Necklace from ModCloth, $29.99
Bag: Big Buddha Fanton from 6PM, $47.99
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman – Notap (Atoani Atoll Aniline) from 6PM, $161.99

graphic tee and long skirt for bridesmaids

(Photo on the right via Threadsence)

For more casual celebrations — like a backyard barbecue perhaps? — a vintage tee with a cute print + a shorter skirt with a fun pattern like polka-dots is an adorable ensemble for your bridal party. For cooler months, just add a cardigan and choose thicker tights.

Graphic Tee: That Yarn Cat Retro Tee from ModCloth, $29.99
Maxi Skirt: Just Dandy Skirt in Navy Dots from ModCloth, $39.99
Necklace: Impatiens are a Virtue in Red from ModCloth, $22.99
Shoes: Kudos Were The Days Heel from ModCloth, $69.99 <— Hurry, 5 pairs left as of this writing!!!
Tights: Tights for Every Occasion in Navy from ModCloth, $14.99

graphic tee and sequin maxi skirt

(Photo on right via Raw Kiss)

The sequin maxi + graphic tank top combination gives the illusion of a sleek and elegant evening gown with a punk rock edge. A word of caution — if you don’t want to be upstaged by your sparkly bridesmaids, wear a sequinned bridal dress too!

Graphic sleeveless tee: Great Cityscape Top from ModCloth, $74.99
Sequin maxi skirt: Calvin Klein – Sequin Maxi Skirt (Deep Sea) from 6PM, $76.99
Necklace: Femme Fatale Necklace from Stella & Dot, $118
Bracelet: Tempest Bracelet from Stella & Dot, $98
Shoes: Calvin Klein – Adella (Black) from 6PM, $114.99

What do you think? Are you willing to let your bridesmaids rock the maxi + graphic tee combination? I’d love to hear your comments!

 

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