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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!