Throwback Thursday – Zoo Safari Wedding 2005

Earlier this week I posted on my social media feeds a link to something new to me – Flash Weddings. I’m a fan of nontraditional, offbeat wedding day celebrations that incorporate elements of the newlyweds’ interests, back story, and dreams into the day’s festivities. This wedding was the first such “offbeat” ceremony I photographed for a couple who brought together handmade fashion and floral creations, South African wedding traditions, and a safari exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. It was during my first full year of digital photography in 2005 – years before I had kids of my own to take to the zoo to see -and sometimes behave like- wild animals. Without further rambling, allow me to present a selection of my favorites from this South African safari themed wedding celebration for this Throwback Thursday. Enjoy! -eB

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Bride

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Faerie Flower Girls

Safari Wedding Fort Wayne Indiana Zoo Couple

Safari Wedding ring ribbon traditions

Safari Wedding flower girl bouquet

Safari Wedding shawl covering couple

Safari wedding newlyweds Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Safari Wedding South African drum performance at zoo

Safari Wedding reception dove release

Safari Wedding reception South African dance

Safari Wedding reception floral candle South African decorations

Safari themed wedding faerie flowergirls by pond

May The Fourth – Star Wars Wedding Details

As one of my favorite months begins, so does the countdown to International Star Wars Day, May 4th. To kick things off, here’s a handful of my favorite details from Kelli & Phil’s very memorable wedding day.

Enjoy, and May the Fourth be with you! -eB

Star Wars Wedding Details handmade DIY stationary bridal bouquet

Star Wars Wedding Details R2D2 tattoo

The bride’s R2D2 back tattoo

Star Wars Wedding Details ring set and handfasting cord

Handmade stationery bouquet, wedding rings with a braided handfasting ceremony cord.

Star Wars Wedding Details rings handfasting cord

Star Wars Wedding Details handmade DIY stationary bouquet

And what’s a Star Wars day celebration without some small, hard to understand, colorful characters stealing a few scenes? Yoda & Wicket joined in as ring bearer and flower Ewok. Too cute, they were.

Star Wars Wedding Details yoda cosplay ringbearer

Star Wars Wedding Details cosplay flowergirl Ewok Wicket

The ladies wore shoes adorned in decoupage of comics, superheroes, My Little Pony to go with Kelli’s pair of Star Trek Comicon.

Star Wars Wedding Details Bridesmaid Decoupage Shoes

Bonus – Kelli showing off her bridal R2D2 nail art

Star Wars Wedding Details bride R2D2 nail art

…and a bit of nail art from the groomsmen

Groomsmen shoe detail photo

For Whom the Bell Tolls – Brandi & Matt’s Metallica Wedding

And now for something completely different.

Punk goth rock wedding bridal party offbeat wedding photographer

I met Brandi and Matt through rock concerts so it’s no surprise their customized, personalized wedding was nothing shy of ROCKING too. Elements of Alice in Wonderland, goth, punk, vintage pin-up styles, rock shows graced their celebration at the theatrical auditorium in the Scottish Rite building in downtown South Bend, Indiana.

I got a special backstage passes to this rock show wedding and helped plan this extraordinary celebration.

Pinup punk goth bride red black hair tophat veil

Red and black were featured in everything from Brandi’s wedding dress, hairstyle, the gents’ tuxedos, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories.

Metallica’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” rang out and the bridal party paired up and made their way to the front. Brandi entered with her parents to join Matt.

Punk Goth Rock Red & Black Theater Wedding

The lush red velvet stage curtain and wooden tones fit Brandi’s ideas perfectly.

Goth metal rock boots wedding accessories

I’ve seen a variety of different shoes for weddings, and think the groom and guys should have a little fun with their tuxes too. Matt had the first pair or buckle boots I’ve seen at a wedding.

Black and red wedding dress, top hat and tux

Coffin wedding podium prop artwork - Offbeat wedding photographer

‘Til Death – Custom coffin podium by the Father of the Bride.

Goth rock offbeat wedding handfasting ceremony photographer

Handfasting Ceremony, black Unity candle with skeleton hands. Love it.

Skeleton black unity candle offbeat wedding photographer

Punk goth lolita bridesmaid dresses offbeat wedding photographer

Red and black ribbons, plaid, zippers, buckles, studded, heart patches… the bridesmaids styled them all. Great snap by JR.

Goth punk rock rockabilly metallica wedding groom in top hat

 

Easygoing snap of Matt greeting the guests, window light does the trick. Red podium uplight for a little more sinister look, devious was an easy expression.

Goth rock rockabilly Metallica wedding groom skeleton

 

Pinup Bride Hairstyle First Dance

First dance to Green Day’s “Last Night on Earth”

Custom red & black painted goth rock offbeat wedding cake topper

Personalized & painted wedding cake topper couple and blood red drip frosting. Delicious.

Offbeat nontraditional Wedding headbanging photographer

Groom and groomsmen headbanging to Metallica with the Father of the Bride: priceless. Rocking reception soundtrack!

Favorite quote of the day – “It really WAS a rock show – we had mic feedback, wardrobe malfunctions fixed with gaff tape, a big stage…” – and a rocking couple, I might add. Congrats newlyweds!

 

Whether it’s traditional or something a little different, I’d love to tell your story – drop me a line to see how I can tell your wedding story!

 

(PS, if you’re a fan on Facebook we’ve got more rockin’ wedding photos to enjoy! Come see!)