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The film Brave, set in the highlands of 10th century Scotland, follows a young princess named Merida who defies an age-old tradition of marriage. A skilled archer, Merida competes in an archery tournament for her own hand in marriage which causes chaos in her kingdom. For this shoot Merida (Jenny) finds her prince, her arrow choosing her future husband (Chris).

Inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros, or Cupid, the shoot was shot at a small park on the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay known as Cupid’s Span. A large bowstring drawn back, poised on the feathers of the arrow, points up to the sky behind the couple which ties into the archery theme in the film.

A dark, Gothic theatrical concept wedding shoot inspired by the film Snow White and The Huntsman paints a portrait of the Evil Queen on her wedding day. The castle inspired location, Dunvegan Keep, located in Austin, Texas is the perfect backdrop for its architecture lending itself to great photographs in a unique setting. The film is based on the German fairy tale version of  ”Snow White” compiled by the Brothers Grimm and stylist Jen of Jen Rios Design and the talented Leslie Spurlock Photography and Todd Stricker did a fantastic job of capturing that darkness from the Brothers Grimm version.

A unique take on the Harry Potter wedding theme this styled shoot even has a pumpkin butter beer wedding cake! Magically transporting your wedding to the Great Hall of Hogwarts is Michigan based photographer Jeffrey Lewis Bennet of JLBWeddingsWith some help from the event coordinators at TooFoot Creative along with Bill Hamilton DesignsSweet Heather AnneGourmet InvitationsAffordable Elegance and Sweet Distinction they did an amazing job transforming this Michigan Union Ballroom. 

The focus of this Harry Potter themed dessert table is the pumpkin butterbeer wedding cake by Sweet Heather Anne, surrounded by golden snitch macarons, sorting hat cupcakes and a Treade truffle tower.

It’s a full on themed wedding photo shoot war and photographer Casey Fatchett has thrown down the metaphorical gauntlet. Not to be outdone, Casey has not one but three amazingly geeky photo shoots inspired by The Hunger Games, True Blood and Game of Thrones.

“Remember when there were a whole bunch of Hunger Games themed wedding photo shoots right when the film came out? Brides, bloggers, and everyone in the wedding industry are always on the lookout for the next ‘big thing’, and pop culture plays a big part in that. But perhaps we should take a closer look at what is actually going on at the source. Here are three wedding ‘themes’ you may want to reconsider- The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and True Blood. This is a long blog post, so plant your tongue firmly in your cheek, strap yourselves in and…LET THE GAMES BEGIN!”

Hunger Games fans Carmen,of Carmen Santorelli Photography, and Stacie, of Stacie Shea Events brought to life their vision of a Hunger Games Wedding. Recreating the immensely popular book trilogy and movie by commissioning a Hunger Games themed styled wedding shoot.

You’ll find many elements of the books in this shoot from Katniss’ bow and arrows and iconic braid to Peeta’s baked breads and pies. Going with a yellow palette Lori of AvaFlora designed all the beautiful florals for the shoot. Jessica Haley Ink  created the menu, invitations, and all the fabulous paper items. All of the vintage goodies used throughout the shoot have been provided by Stacie’s Vintage Rental Company.

Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes based in Connecticut created all the cake and cupcakes. Pickles and Pies  created the little pies for the shoot.

Furniture stacked to the ceiling, worn books, golden treasures and wooden crates, you would think you had just walked onto the set for the warehouse scene from Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark. Instead, you’d find yourself in the Found Vintage Rentals Warehouse. Josh from Casa de Perrin had a vision of an Indiana Jones photo shoot collaborating with Photography Studio EMP, Honey & Poppies for the florals and Pitbulls & Posies for the paper details. I love the little details like the play off the quotes from the movie in the invitaions: “Snakes, why’d it have to be snakes?” and “‘X’ never, ever, marks the spot.”

If you grew up playing Super Mario Bros, like I did, then you’ll love this vintage Super Mario Bros inspired sweetheart table. Released in 1985, the characters and graphics of Super Mario Bros quickly became an iconic staple of 80′s pop culture.

In all the materials for this shoot cost me around $50. The wine glasses, napkins, table cloth, candles, placemats and plates were all purchase from a local thrift store. The flowers and moss I got from my local flower market and the mushrooms from the grocery store. The chargers are from Cost Plus.

The retro video game menus were provided by Hello Lucky. A specialty letterpress printer and design studio that has been creating wedding invitations and other stationary for over 8 years. These menus are part of their Pixel Perfection wedding collection that draws from classic video games.

A perfect inspiration for all you video game lovers out there – A Super Mario Bros themed photo shoot! Primary Petals who came up with the concept and styled the whole shoot brings to life the characters of Mario and Princess Peach.  

Samantha Santana & James Lively of Primary Petals specialize in floral design and event styling in any desired style. By using seasonal and local flowers and recycled and found pieces, customers can keep their event or wedding green whilst enhancing hipness.