Yes yes, I’m still bleating about EWE2 but c’mon. They had the BEST bespoke alternative wedding dresses I EVER SAW. If you’re wondering what EWE (Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza) is, you need to click to the EWE site, and then read my EWE blog post, and then ask yourself where the heck you’ve been for the last few months.
ANYWAY. During the day, I had no clue that we (er – I) would be photographing some of the dresses independently. There was a slight sense of panic when I realised what was happening. I was stuffing a portion of chips in my mouth as fast as possible before the fashion show and having a good natter with my brilliant buddy Claire Penn, when show organiser Jo announced it was time to start shooting. Have you ever forced a hot portion of chips and a freezing cold drink down your neck, at Fazeley Studios cafe, at high speed, all the while trying not to panic? Don’t. It’s not really possible. Or, it is possible, but it hurts.
Minutes to spare, I whizzed through a small number of the girls in the dresses they were already wearing, before the fashion show started. I was in for one HELLUVA treat. I love to photograph alternative stuff, something different, and WOAH. These alternative wedding dresses really were something different.
These dresses were designed and created by the amazing team at Rawhide Corsets, found in the Custard Factory (Digbeth, Birmingham).
Next up were these beauties. They’re wearing exclusive vintage dresses, designed and created by Luxe Bridal. They can also be found in the Custard Factory, Birmingham.
Almost immediately after the fashion show was the time to grab shots of the rest of the dresses. It was freezing outside (yeah, thanks, 1ft of snow, we appreciated that…) and there was no room inside as suppliers were EVERYWHERE. So I grabbed Claire, the models and my cameras, and hogged the main entrance to the building. Was totally worth it, because the light was gorgeous and the girls were ACE.
These next dresses are so bloody stunning. This first batch are the handywork of The Couture Company, bespoke designer bridal wedding gowns. (Don’t ever, EVER ask me to pick a favourite from these. Not possible.)
Next up, it’s Prior Engagement, bespoke historical wedding dresses. Is it wrong that I want to try on one of these and wear it around the house?
And then lastly, if you’re after simple yet VERY elegant alternative wedding dresses, then there’s Liliia, bespoke dresses and unique accessories. (Don’t even get me started on the ridonkulous red dress at the end. I WANTS IT.)
Big big BIG thank you to Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza for having me as the official photographer for the day *EEEP!* I absolutely loved it. Also thanks to all the models involved, Claire Penn (she’s damn good at helping me not lose my marbles when panic kicks in…) and to the dress suppliers for letting me loose with the dresses.