“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where -‘ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘- so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I adore weddings. I love photographing them, I love hearing about them, I love giving input when my brides ask for help with decisions for their own wedding day. I love it.
Weddings are about so many different things. They’re about family and tradition. They’re about non-tradition and trying something new. They’re about being who you are, unique and beautiful. They’re about honoring those people who you love, and celebrating with the people you hold dear.
I think it’s utterly amazing that one bride can fly off to Colorado and have a mountain top elopement while another bride wants to stay close to home. Committing to her marriage vows in the church she grew up in and celebrating with an elegant outdoor wedding reception in her parents back yard. I love how those two concepts can seem in total opposition but really it’s all the same, planning a beautiful wedding ceremony to reflect who you are and how you love. I’m so all in.
I told the story of when my husband and I recommitted our vows at 10 years of marriage, the things we focused on and why. If you missed it you can find it here. But I have to say, as much as I see wedding trends go by constantly and I’m always impressed with new wedding ideas my beautiful brides come up with, I loved what we did. It was simple and sweet… and it was us. I love weddings that when you leave you can say, that was just so THEM and nothing else.
In ode to all my wedding love ramblings, let me introduce these images. There were two main concepts in being ‘Lost in Wonderland’. One was a conversation of “who says the bride has to wear white?” Bridal gowns with color are a fun trend that has been around a while and that I personally love seeing. Not because I dislike a traditional white wedding gown at all but if a traditional white isn’t for you, don’t wear it. I love daring brides. I love brides that know who they are and embrace it wildly. A colored gown is NOT for everyone but if you are considering it, I will say there are so many ways to wear a little color. From small accents to bold statements. It doesn’t have to be nearly as dramatic as what we did here but we wanted to do something really different.
The other concept here was a “nod to Alice”. We all know I’m a literary biff, right? I’m the homeschool mom that makes her children study poetry in their schooling because the written word is a beautiful thing. (Please don’t clue them in that not all children are required to do this. 😉 ) This bridal inspired shoot was based on an Alice in Wonderland theme, and may or may not have been in my subconscious after reading it with my children recently. It was not, however, an Alice in Wonderland theme in a traditional sense. It was much more of a ‘nod to Alice’, as in I mean, you can see the charm of Alice in Wonderland come thru. The whimsy, the color, but not by any means the traditional, this is an Alice in Wonderland wedding kind of feel.
I cannot say enough about the beautiful vendors involved in this Alice adventure. It’s one of my absolute favorite things as a wedding photographer to know and have these wonderful friends who also happen to be fantastic wedding vendors. West Palm Beach has been truly kind to me and full of sweet community.
I’ll leave you with one last Alice in Wonderland quote, because, well… words are fantastic.
“I don’t think…” then you shouldn’t talk, said the Hatter.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
P.S. Amazing vendor love below, say hi to them all.