I’ve seen a few do-it-yourself, crafty brides in my 12 years of photographing weddings. But
I’ll be honest with you, most often do-it-yourself projects can be spotted a mile away
because they look the part. Or at least that was my general opinion until I shot Arlene and
Tricky’s wedding at Riu Ocho Rios in Jamaica.
Coming into the wedding, I had worked extensively with the couple as I had been coordinating
travel for their group and was going to be their photographer (and as a result the couple had
to pay me next to nothing for my services), so I had gotten to know them pretty well and knew
they tended to have rather creative minds.
But when I arrived in Jamaica and began photographing their wedding accessories, it never
crossed my mind that the welcome bags for the guests were handmade, stitched with custom
hashtag tags on the inside, hand-painted on the outside; the bowties that served as party
gifts were hand-sewn; Arlene had designed her own dress; and the couple even had their own
customized logo Incorporated in many ways.
I didn’t recognize any of these things as do-it-yourself projects because, quite frankly, they looked amazing! It didn’t hit me until I was having a conversation with Arlene and she told me about how a friend was supposed to bring her cake topper from the states, but was unable to come thru, and that left her scrambling for a new one while already at the resort! She told me how she just started thinking about the items she had readily available at the resort and was able to put something together last minute so they wouldn’t have an empty cake top. Running around the resort, she was able to pick up enough random items and put together a cake topper that really looked pretty great, and was uniquely Arlene and Tricky.
Where many people would simply give up, Arlene and Tricky had creative solutions for any issues that came their way.
After seeing how creative these two were, and how good of a job they did in putting together the details of their beautiful wedding, I knew I ought to encourage them to share their expertise with others. Now, I’m so happy to see that their blog and store is up and running and they are helping other couples save money and providing truly unique touches to other people’s weddings as well!
And a special shout out to the awesome video team at <a href=”http://www.happykamperfilms.com”>Happy Kamper Films</a> photographed with me, Arlene & Tricky above who put together this great video for the couple as well: