VINTAGE 60′s CARNIVAL SHOOT | Plus, a trick to achieve a 1960′s bouffant look | By Ivan Apfel Photography

Happy Friday afternoon, you guys.  First off, an update!  We went to a couple more shows as part of bridal market, and it’s official: we’re closing out this bridal market with a BANG.  I can’t wait for you to see our pictures from these shows!  You’re going to vomit over how beautiful they are.  You won’t be able to keep your food down.  I’m not being hyperbolic; I literally told someone I want to come to back to try some of them on for my own wedding.  Scout’s honor.  Next week!!!!

For fun, here’s a little sneak peek if you weren’t following my tweets last night…

We’ll have runway and backstage sweetness to share with you soon!

Ok, NOW!  On to the main event… I must say you guys, these two are just DARLING.  They’re the sweetest couple ever, and they stayed true to a concept that they personally loved.  At first they were embarrassed to be the only two around not wearing 2012 duds, but once they got comfortable – and with the help of the sensational Ivan Apfel of Ivan Apfel Photography, these two rocked it out, and had some serious fun.  And you guys, just wait until you see Katie’s style.  Ivan tells me she was born in the wrong era, and I have to agree.

Here’s the rundown from the beautiful bride, Katie:

We were really happy with the carnival idea because it allowed us to keep things playful, but still have that vintage flare. I thought it’d be embarrassing to shoot in a crowded place, but in some ways it loosened us up. The best part was when Ryan and I kissed on the chairlift only to be followed by a loud “EW!” by a nearby kid. Where else can you get that comedic relief?

I found the dress on from a vendor who sells vintage dresses from the 1960′s (it definitely beat the price of a Betsy Johnson dress). I wasn’t completely authentic though–the pearls and the shoes were my grandmother’s…from the 1980′s. My “1960′s” sunglasses were also from Etsy, and are actually from the 90′s (that explained the $10 price tag). If you’re going to go vintage, remember that those items already have wear and tear. Right before the shoot, I made a gaping hole in my dress that I had to cover with a bow, and the rubber tips of my heels were worn down to the nails by the end of the day. No need to freak out, though. The end result are awesome photos.

Also, Bump-It’s totally work. If you can’t find anyone to do your hair (like me), they make it really easy to recreate the 1960′s bouffant look.

And here’ s a bit from Ivan, their fab photographer (and all around great guy):

Every now and then you get one of those sessions you are really excited about. This was one of them. I met Katie and Ryan about 18 months ago when I shot the wedding of friends of her families. So I was really excited when she called me eight months later about shooting she and Ryan’s wedding. We had met a couple of times to discuss their engagement sessions (that’s right, plural). Katie is a huge fan of anything early ’60′s. So much so that their wedding will have a definite ’60′s edge to it from the cake to the guest gifts. They really wanted to choose locations for their sessions that would fit with this subtle theme. Right off the bat I was like, “County Fair”. Normally this might be an issue seeing that the Dade County Fair is not till the middle of March and a little warm. And the Broward County Fair is not till November which is well after the wedding. Well, good news, The South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach just happened to be in the middle of January which is the perfect shooting weather.

Originally I expected to have security and vendors give us a hard time and Katie expected to feel embarrassed in her ’60′s dress. But we were both pleasantly surprised when security never said a word and the game and ride vendors were eager to help out. As for Katie and her dress? It was a hit. The older women looked at her with a smile of nostalgia, the younger women came up and told her how much they loved her dress and the little girls said she looked like a princess. And Ryan? As any good fiancé would, he just went with the flow and enjoyed himself.

BONUS TIME!  They did another shoot, too.  And it’s a whole different concept.  :)

How cute is she!!!!

So, tell me…

1) How sweet are these two?

2) Would YOU feel comfortable doing a shoot in a very public place?

3) What do you think of themed shoots?  Would you want to do one yourself?

xoxo!  - Alison

Friday’s Inspirational Quote of the Day

And now… I’m starting something new for Fridays… I’m calling it Friday’s Inspirational Quote of the Day.  I know; I may have gotten too creative with the titling.  Anyway, here goes — the inaugural quote, via Pinterest, which helps to remind us that anything is possible… well, within reason, but still :)

Ivan Apfel Photography is a member of Vendor Love.  Explore more of his work here, in our guide.

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  1. Cassie | Meet Mrs. B on April 20, 2012

    Omg. The second shoot literally makes my heart stop. I’m so in love!

  2. Dana on April 20, 2012

    I cannot describe in words how much I am down with this styling. I can’t believe she did it all herself! Great job!

    I just wish I could get my man to go along with such a themed approach!! :)

  3. Lena on April 20, 2012

    2 shoots, 2 concepts?! I love it! We’d definitely be down for something like this–in fact, I feel like it’s much more us than those (gorgeous) photos in a field or against a gritty urban backdrop. That said, I still love the idea of boudoir engagement photos. Always will, I think, thanks to you.

    And I’m officially getting ready to SQUEAL over your shots of Bridal Market.

  4. chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on April 21, 2012

    gorgeous! in love with it.

  5. Ashley on April 21, 2012

    Wowza – this has got to be the most fabulous e-sesh I have ever seen!! An absolutely gorgeous couple.

    Oh, and I totally want her kick-ass sunglasses :)

  6. francine on April 21, 2012

    this is all amazing! she hit the nail on the head with both of her looks!

  7. bridal girl on April 22, 2012

    The couple is so lovely! I love the engagement shoot. They look so perfect together!

  8. Rhiannon on April 23, 2012

    I’d like a canvas of the shot with the couple kissing and the pale seafoam blue chairs on either side, please. And I’d love a tattoo on my forehead of that quote above, too please. Well maybe not on my forehead but I really like it :)

  9. Tessie on April 24, 2012

    These pictures are absolutely stunning. I love the vintage clothing and the different locations used to capture such amazing photos. They took me back to a more innocent and simplistic time. Katie looks gorgeous, and they look so in love. A match made in heaven! God bless them both.

  10. Denver Wedding Planners on April 30, 2012

    Love the second part of the shoot with the train! Great job!

  11. Damien on May 2, 2012

    Love the tilt shift aerial shots of the carnival, and would have loved to see the photographer riding backwards on some of those rides to get those pictures!

  12. Meagan on June 5, 2012

    Ok, so I have been lurking on TKB for a few days now, and I AM IN LOVE!!! Just wanted to put that out there. This blog is what I have been looking for, useful, practical, down to earth information, rather than the “you don’t have $10 million dollars to spend on a hideous make you wanna gag wedding? what do you mean you don’t want a hideous make you wanna gag fufu wedding?”.

    Anyway, photoshoot – super great! My engagement photos, we did like, a weekend of photos (there were almost 1000 shots). I am lucky enough to have an amature photographer in my family so it worked out great, but we did 7 different “shoots” I think? It all ran together. A couple of ours were public though, and it was SUPER ackward, and, sadly I ended up not being happy with most of those pictures which sucks cause I was pretty pumped about the idea (cheese dept of our fav grocery store, we are cheese snobs, and a breakfast photo shoot at our fav restaurant).

    Also I love her dress in the train photo shoot, smashing :)

  13. south coast beach wedding on July 10, 2012

    Fun wedding shoots like this are just awesome. Great work guys.


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