Non traditional Wedding Ideas
It was almost one year ago, shooting a non traditional wedding in St. Thomas, that we here at Selah said to each other, "Wouldn't it be great to shoot another wedding with these people?" As luck and referrals from friends would have it, we were blessed to live that very experience recently with Charles and Tara, a really cool couple that happens to share a lot of the same friend group of the Virgin Island gang. Charles and Tara, an Austin based couple, chose their wedding location to be Steamboat Springs, which was equally as breathtaking and unique, but for different reasons.
Starting off the getting ready photos in a rented house near the mountain base made way for some great shots of the bride and groom getting put together. Charles, with his custom vintage suit, looked like the picture of a an understanding and loving father as he stood with his son on the balcony under a thin cloud cover photographers hope for but rarely find. Tara, upstairs, surrounded by loving family and oversized mirrors, was slowly transforming from her normal down-to-earth self into one of the most genuinely unique yet classy brides we have ever photographed.
The standard, white wedding gown, was just one of the typical wedding traditions forfeited for the sake of authenticity. Tara was calling it her wedding outfit which featured pleated pants made by her mother in law and a lace cropped top. The icing on her outfit, was made my the bride's mother. Her rings and earrings were embedded with special jewels to honor the people who were most special.
We topped off the evening with some fantastic art shots featuring the couple and all of Steamboat Springs in the background, then headed downtown for a night of eating, drinking, and being married. The party was wonderful and the people were loving it. Your assigned photographers were once again saying to themselves, "wouldn't it be great to shoot another wedding with these people?"
If you've found this post by searching for nontraditional wedding ideas, let this couple impact you with the best advice you will find. Charles and Tara were not interested in recreating other peoples' weddings; they wanted their own. Many brides and grooms don't consider the meaning or the purpose of the ingredients that make a typical wedding, but these two did and it was a welcome change resulting in one of the more personal and memorable weddings to date.