We’re Wildly In Love, Regardless…

Inclusive, diverse shoot showcasing four real couples and exquisite styling.

It feels very poignant to be posting this beautiful shoot. Each and every single day, across the world, people are struggling to live their lives in peace and harmony. There is a struggle occurring in every corner of this beautiful earth. Whether it be amongst people of colour or within the LGBTQ community, with those suffering with disabilities or those who don’t fit our outdated beauty standards; every day, people are fighting for the simplest of rights. The struggles are prevalent, real and strong.

Indeed, within the wedding industry, there is a huge disconnect. A disconnect between the typical bridal beauty standard which is quite literally everywhere in wedding media, and what actual, real live couples look like.

Here at Wed in The Wild, we show no prejudice. We want to show real people that they are catered for. We want to showcase diverse and inclusive weddings. Not just to tick a box to say, “yep, that’s covered’ but because real people need to feel inspired by people and models who don’t just appeal to one kind of bride.

When Amber from our beloved Rock & Stone Weddings got in touch this week, following the UK Bride fiasco, we knew we had to showcase this amazing display which celebrates diversity and showcases inclusivity. Amber explains the premise of the shoot:

“It all started back in April when I discovered that a local registry we’d paid to join, who claimed to help link people looking for a unique, modern and creative wedding, with vendors who match that aesthetic, had some dubious views about working with the LGBTQ+ community. In their words ‘we have members who choose not to and we completely respect that’. Not wanting to associate with a group who felt it was ok to respect that, I immediately left the directory and speaking about the experience on Instagram opened up a valuable discussion. Not just about the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in the wedding industry, but also anyone who isn’t white and a size 0 with long flowing locks! It seemed that actually, there were a whole lot of people feeling frustrated about a lack of representation. So many photographers said that they wanted to be able to show more diversity in their portfolios but they just didn’t have a very diverse client base contacting them.” Amber

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Amber knew a lot of photographers and vendors who wanted to showcase diversity in their portfolios and so she began planning a mass shootout. She wanted to bring together an epic and beautiful shoot which would allow photographers to come and capture tonnes of great content in order to diversify their portfolio and help them attract more of their ideal clients.

When Amber got in touch, we squealed. We had seen a couple of the images from the shootout floating around on social media, but hadn’t connected that it was a large-scale project with the four sets of beautiful couples. It was perfect timing, as we had been speaking out a lot on out Instagram about diversity and inclusivity in the wedding industry.

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Ambers’ concept for the shoot was based on the Mediterranean; four distinct areas that all played homage to different areas of the Med, which were all cohesive enough to work together…each area and palette feeling like an evolution of the one before.

The shootout was attended by multiple photographers but the images you see here were captured by one of our absolute faves, Kendra K. Kendra has an amazing eye and creates beautiful, flowing magic with her style of shooting. The perfect choice for this romantic and multi-faceted project.

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All that was missing, in Amber’s eyes, was a male/male couple…”we really wanted to find a male couple too but just no volunteers“. So if you’re reading this and either are, or know someone that might be interested in the future, then feel free to contact Amber if you are based in the states!

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We’re absolutely bowled over by the creativity and romantic elegance of this beautiful shootout. From the styling of the couples, all paying homage to their personalities, to the abundance of gorgeous florals, decor and venue styling. We love the transition from the beginning of the shoot…the step up in colour and vibrancy as the shoot takes shape, and the sheer magic in the photography.

What an amazing concept and with a heartfelt, authentic meaning behind it. We hope that the incredible work of Amber, Kendra and the rest of the team gives every day people who are planning their weddings the courage and the assurance that there is change afoot and there are vendors out there who respect and want to work with all couples regardless of their gender, size, age, sexuality, race or religion.

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Wild & Edgy Engagement Shoot

Our hearts are aching from the sheer coolness of this engagement shoot!

Yesterday, we posted on our Instagram about diversity and inclusivity in the wedding industry. Following a recent upsetting post from another wedding blog/directory about pre-wedding diets, we felt compelled to make a stand. Our Editor, Jenna, took to both her Wonderland Invites and Wed in The Wild platforms to make statements about how damaging ill-thought out statements can be to peoples mental health.

Here at Wed in The Wild, we want to be inclusive. We want to be diverse. We want to showcase love in all of its forms. Whatever your size, colour, religion, sexuality, gender, age…love IS love and we are here to celebrate it.

We welcome shoots, real weddings, elopements, engagement shoots and guest posts from everyone…the only stipulation we have is that the styling must be bohemian and feature an outdoor element or portion to the photography. There are no conditions placed on size, colour, religion, sexuality, gender or age (providing the subjects are of a legal age to marry of course!).

Right…moving on now that the housekeeping is out of the way!

Allow us to introduce you to Leslie and Justin; a couple who are so rad, our hearts are aching from the sheer coolness of their engagement shoot with the fantastic Kendra K.

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One of our faves, Amber of Rock and Stone Weddings submitted this quirky, outdoors engagement shoot to us and we are living for it. It’s a full on theatrical-esque setup, and is jam-packed full of beautiful, intrinsic details, beautiful fashion and a lot of honest, raw emotion.

“Justine and Leslie are one of our 2019 couples… when we first met for coffee earlier in the summer they described their ideal wedding as moody, baroque and a little bit punk and we were sold!” Amber

We are beyond sold too!

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The cut of Leslie’s dress is just phenomenal; showing off her beautiful curves and really throwing up some amazing sparkle. And we love that it shows off all of her tattoos; we are here for a tattooed bride. Justin’s velvet blazer is giving us super cool, modern Elvis vibes, and we love the shirt her chose to complement the texture. We can’t wait to see what they wear for their wedding day!

“With the wedding being a little alternative, it was no surprise that these two were looking for something extra special for their engagement session too. We were so excited to team up with our fave vendors a year before the wedding to give guests a little peek into what to expect from the big day itself.” Amber

Amber and the team utilised the colour palette from the wedding day, paired with a forest setting to create a mystical woodland vibe, with lots of candles, crystals and stunning florals from Villanelle.

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You may recognise the cake, too…it has gone a little viral on social media. Created by cake gurus Sift & Gather, it screams baroque with its decadent colour palette and black lace skirt. We especially love the arrow element – something we’ve never seen on a cake before!

The tablescape styling is pure drama, and combined with the epic floral tree installation, it gives the shoot a sultry, romantic vibe. We’re big fans of crystals here and we’re so pleased that Amber chose to include an abundance of them in various setups for the shoot.

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Smoke bombs, smoke bombs and more smoke bombs. Will they ever get old? We think not. We love the extra dimension and added drama the various coloured smoke bombs add to this shoot…from greens and blues to the dramatic orange you will see towards the end of the shoot, the colour pops are used so creatively and are a great frame to the shots they are used in.

Justin designed all the stationery elements, with a little help from his friends; Jane who helped with the handwritten calligraphy & Andrew care of the printing. Kraft brown paired with black isn’t a combination we see very often but it works so well for this indie couple. Justin also designed the patch & pins for Leslie’s jacket and the banner which was hung from trees.

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As a surprise for Justin, Leslie had had one of his favorite songs recorded by a mutual friend which the team played especially at the engagement shoot for him. Alayna Erhart, who provided the videography for the shoot included the song in the final video cut which you can see here.

We love a creative couple and a team which can take a vision and truly knock it out of the park…well done all involved as this engagement shoot is truly a work of art! Can’t wait for the wedding!

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