Emma Case – Wedding photographs without the cheese

I love weddings, but, let’s be honest, wedding photographs can be really cheesy! You have the bride and groom, arms entwined as they drink from champagne flutes. Or the ones with the happy faces superimposed onto conjoined wedding rings, and don’t even get me started on the wistful bride staring out of a window, looking for her handsome groom. These pictures can often make even the most romantic soul gag.

So we need to thank heaven for the wonderful work of photographer Emma Case.  Emma is a Birmingham based photographer, who looks to the ghosts of weddings past for vintage inspiration.  I was lucky enough to meet Emma ( and her beloved Pete…and there is a spooky story attached to this fact…but I won’t go into that…) at the Designer Vintage Wedding Show in Birmingham last Saturday. I am pleased to say that the girl is as warm and lovely as her photographs.

Emma discovered her talent for photography when Fiance Pete proposed. She started looking for photographers, and just couldn’t find any whose style she liked. Having  just had a new camera, Emma decided to have a go herself, and whilst messing around with the camera, found that she had a real talent for taking unusual and fascinating pictures. She was then asked to photography wedding backdrop of a close friend. This was a vintage style wedding that was featured on Kat Williams ‘Rock N’ Roll Bride’ blog. This was just the start for Emma. Vintage style weddings are now preferred ‘big day’ style for many brides-to-be, and Emma is inundated with bookings and requests, with her diary full until October.

 

Emma’s calling card and the Show booklet for the DVB Show, which Emma photographed.

Emma is influenced by old photographs, and this shows clearly in her work. She uses a range of vintage props in her wedding work, often provided by the happy couple themselves. Other props are found in charity shops and from Ebay. The beautiful vintage chest of drawers that featured in the photograph above was purchased for just £30 from a second-hand furniture shop.”These things get left behind, whilst Ikea style flat pack furniture gets snapped up…’ Emma mused to me.  1950s and 1960s furniture is another key influence on Emma’s photography, whilst music is also important. ‘..I love Johnny Cash, and I’m really into Imelda May at the moment’, Emma said, citing these icons as two further influences.

 

 

Emma’s DVB SHOW Props

 

 

Emma’s work fits into the vintage wedding vibe perfectly. The use of retro props and staging means that many pictures could actually be from your nan’s wedding in 1953. The pictures look unusual, and unique, with non of the superficial gloss that can be found in so many modern style photographs.  Emma Case believes that vintage style is so right for the moment, that brides and grooms now know the theme that they want, and are finally able to step away from the conventional and be true to themselves.

 

Emma Case – unique and original.

 

Check out more of Emma’s great work at http://www.rocknrollbride.com/

Find out more about Emma Case at http://emmacasephotography.blogspot.com/

 

 

Designer Vintage Bridal Show – Oh! To be a bride…Pt 3.

I was totally enthralled with the exhibitors at the Designer vintage wedding show – the beautiful dresses, exquisite flowers, amazing jewellery and millinery, so I now took a little bit of time to do some people watching. The glamorous brides-to-be had dressed up for the occasion with acres of vintage lace, corsages, glittering beaded headbands and pearls on display. There were 50s style polka dots and prints, 1940s era chintz floral prints, nipped in waistbands, fake fur coats and platform heeled shoes, all worn with the excited glow only a prospective bride can have.

There was the dulcet tones of Frank Sinatra drifting across the main hall. This sound was coming from the Dorothy Lloyd room, which had been transformed into the ‘Speakeasy’. The music was courtesy of ‘Its a wind up’ and the room had been described as a vintage chill out zone. This was also the place to meet real wedding experts, as this was where the wedding bloggers Kat Williams and Annabel Beeforth were residing. I had a quick chat with Annabel first. Annabel is the founder of the super stylish wedding blog ‘Love My Dress’. She started this in 2009, and it is now one of the most influential wedding blogs in the UK, giving stylish vintage inspiration to brides. Annabel, who resembles 1930s Hollywood star Constance Bennett told me she was having a wonderful time at the show. She praised the organisation, and said that she was getting lots of good feedback about the venue and exhibitors. Annabel looked beautiful in a Grace Kelly style strapless vintage wedding dress which reflected the vintage elegance of Love My Dress.

Annabel Beeforth of Love My Dress photo copyright Cat Hepple

Kat Williams’s Rock N’ Roll Bride is the UK’s most popular wedding blog.  The award-winning blog was launched in 2007 with a view to providing inspiration and a little bit of individuality in the wedding world. On meeting Kat I can tell you that SHE is the quintessential Rock N’ Roll bride. Resplendent from the top of her neon pink hair to the tips of her aged DM boots, Kat is every bit the gorgeous punk/rock n’ roll wedding princess. Warm. friendly and approachable, Kat told me that she was really enjoying her day, although people were far too polite to take the retro sweets she was providing on her table. This was probably due to wedding day diets, but as that doesn’t apply to Fashion-Mommy, I was more than happy to eat the pink shrimps! Kat showed me some of the articles that she produces for Photo Pro magazine and Wedding magazine, and also gave me advice about my own blog, which I was very grateful for.

Kat Williams - The original Rock N' Roll bride!

My next port of call was a chat and a quick drink with Bran Cook. Bran is the women behind PR company MOTHERbrown. Bran, who had organised the event with Clare Guest of the Wedding Club and Rachel Simpson of Rachel Simpson shoes,  had been working extremely hard behind the scenes in order to get the exhibitors and events together, and was bustling around on the day in order to check the smooth running of everything…and was enjoying every minute of it. I grabbed Bran to answer a few questions about the event.

Q. How did you put all this together?

Bran: Twitter! Twitter has the ability to form communities of like – minded individuals with the same interests. In this case it was the wedding/bridal community. People like Kat @ Rock N’ Roll Bride and Annabel from Love My Dress. I met vintage photographer Emma Case through Kat. You can just find the right people and exhibitors through the Twitter Community.

Q. Are you enjoying the day?

Bran: This is definitely my thing – the setting is absolutely stunning. I just love being here surrounded by these people! I’ve just tweeted that I’m sitting in a bar next to a football table listening to 78s being played on a gramophone. Its surreal and wonderful.

Q. This is the first Designer Vintage wedding Show, will there be more?

Bran: Definitely. Birmingham needed this, it is the right time. We are looking at the possibility of having it twice yearly, with maybe a second show in December with a mysterious new theme!

Bran Cook

After chats with the amazing photographer Emma Case and Sally Harper of Sharper Millinery(articles on both to follow so stay tuned!), It was time for a fashion show in the Drawing Room. This featured a range of dresses from Jenny Packham brides, Tobi Hannah and Lindsey Fleming amongst others, and also included pretty little flower girls wearing amazing neon pink tutus. I was happy to see the Lindsey Fleming flapper style dress I had so admired earlier being part of the show, especially as the model was clearly in sync with the dress, swinging her long pearls and dancing a mini Charleston.

And with that, it was time for Fashion-Mommy to go home to Baba, with the smell of fresh flowers, the touch of pure silk and the sounds of Glenn Miller still fresh in my mind…