Working in the wedding industry, as today’s bride does, you get to see so many cool venues. But this one, a distillery, was a hidden gem. Photographer Chantal of The Gibsons told me, “Kristin is the creative behind Struve Photography, and after seeing wedding after wedding she realised that she just wanted to make the day how they would want their day to go. So they got ready together and did a first look then on our way to Glengoyne Distillery we stopped off at locations which had meaning to them both. Kristin was pregnant with their son at the time so this was very convenient for her as well.
“The wedding was small and heartfelt filled with their favourite people. The guests got a whiskey tour while we snapped some more photos of the two of them around the distillery.
“Tables had an outdoorsy forest theme also involving their two beloved cats Pepper and Fidel. There was no dancing in the evening. Just the enjoyment of conversing at the table with each other which was so lovely!”
As you know, I love a bit of futuristic wedding styling, so featuring this stunning shoot was always going to happen. Add in that it’s same-sex, well just come right in already…
It further illustrates that you don’t have to wear a dress, that it doesn’t have to be white, that you can adorn yourself with general fashion not only bridal fashion, and that you can wear whatever the hell you want to on your own wedding day.
The shoot was actually put together for Catalyst magazine’s photo contest with the theme ‘Moving Forward.’
Vanessa from Bridal Marché explains, “we shot at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed City Hall in Marin County, which basically took the look to a whole new level. I envisioned a ’60s futuristic vibe with modern touches. To take it one step further, I also wanted to play around with colour and light to create a modern yet hazy feel.”
You had me at the words ‘glitter’ and ‘styled shoot’. I mean, come on!! How perfect is this!! Stunningly editorial, which hits me square in the heart for starters, but also completely transferable to real life. Some of the things I love, as you know, dance in the realm of dreams and fantasy and you have to pick elements out for the more everyday context, but this here is that perfect harmony of ‘next level’ styling and doable. You will love this.
Set in and around the streets of Kuala Lumpur, this is an editorial that walks a line between grunge and glamour. The urban setting, with its grit and grime, adds an edgy energy to the contemporary styling. The sequins and silks in particular are fabulous against this backdrop, with the sequins glinting light into the darkness, and the satin lending its softness to the hard concrete greys.
As we know, and lament, the wedding industry still predominantly leaves behind people of colour and focuses mainly on white-skinned brides and grooms. It is a complete puzzle to me as to why. Like, honestly WTF?!
Luckily, we have awesome challengers in the form of Nova Reid of Nu Bride and Joyce Connor, a leading make-up artist, who are absolutely not taking this sitting down. Frustrated with a shortfall of make-up artists confident with darker skin tones even within the industry, they’ve devised a masterclass filled to the brim with expertise, amazing tips and training, ready to share with industry colleagues.
Here’s Nova with how it came about!
“Can you recommend a make up artist that can work with black and Asian skin tones?”
At first I thought this was a bit of a contrived question to ask.
After all, one would assume that all professional make-up artists have the skillset and also the toolkit to work with an array of skin tones, wouldn’t you think? I did, and learned very quickly that this was not the case.
As an editor, I’m approached by industry, brides, and indeed grooms, to recommend make-up artists who can work with black, Asian and darker skin tones, on a regular basis. Readers often come to me, either after having had a bad experience, or feeling concerned because they find it exceptionally difficult to find inclusive wedding make-up artists online and at wedding shows. Others have had make-up trials and ended up looking embalmed. They frequently discover make-up artists who, for whatever reason, do not have experience or evidence that they can work with different skin tones, because a diverse body of work is not being demonstrated in their portfolio.