Most engaged couples will agree that finding the right photographer is one of the most important wedding planning decision. We believe that this is because photography has an ability to capture and immortalize moments in time like no other medium, uniquely memorializing emotion and motion. At Once Wed, we feel that film photography has a distinct ability to do all of the above and more, adding a distinct character of art to each and every image created.
Today we’re thrilled to showcase the art of film photography from Canadian photographer Lauren Kurc, from a recent one-on-one workshop with Ginny Au. This non-traditional boudoir session does amazing work of highlighting the contrast of shadow and light, capturing the curves and movement of the body, and emphasizing the beauty in ordinary, every-day places and places.
We’ll let Lauren explain further.
I am always looking for new ways to capture something intimate without it being overly provocative or what one might expect from boudoir, which is how this shoot came about.
As a creative, I was starting to feel like my work was becoming repetitive. I was also feeling pressure to fit into a box determined by trends in our industry – but this has never been me. I come from an editorial background and I wanted to refresh and open my eyes to a new way of story telling, a new way of executing a vision, and creating art that makes you feel something; that the viewer connects with. Ginny pushed me to think about all of the components that make up the story, everything from movement to the environment we are in.
Using movement and Ginny’s process of fluid motion in this work has pushed me to document moments that are authentic to the natural rhythm of how a body moves or how a story unfolds. My eyes are open in a whole new way when it comes to composition, movement and storytelling now. I feel inspired and armed with new tools to push myself and make work that is connective, intimate and authentic.
When it comes to consultations with clients, Creative Director Ginny Au says learning a couple’s back story is what she finds the most interesting and informative part of the process.
“You want to understand not just their vision for the wedding but also about their relationship, home, family, friends and lifestyle,” she said.
“Try to get to know your clients beyond the world of their wedding. How do they celebrate? Are there any cultural or familial traditions that are important to them? What are some of their most treasured memories?”
During their planning, Katty and Chris knew that the focus of their garden wedding in Oklahoma would be the experience of their guests. With a guest list of over 400 people and a bridal party of 34, it’s easy to imagine that any sense of personality or intimacy would be overlooked, but this was far from the case for their wedding. Katty hired creative director Ginny Au to create a day that allowed the newlyweds to celebrate in sophisticated style, at the same time as creating a welcoming atmosphere.
Despite the extensive guest list, the reception managed to feel intimate, with no detail overlooked. An inspiring space was designed, incorporating textured linen, plenty of candlelight, and fresh fruit mixed into the tablescapes…and, individual buttercream frosted cakes for each guest’s dessert.
The palette of Katty’s bouquet alone is just breathtaking: summery hues of pink, peach, and coral added to rich foliage and pale blue silk ribbon brings such a sense of life and vibrancy.
The couple were living in London while planning their wedding, so Italy was the obvious choice for their intimate destination wedding. After a search of several months for the perfect venue, the bride found this renovated, 200-year old farm house where they could host the wedding and have all their guests staying nearby. The groom’s family loves to host beautiful meals to celebrate special occasions, and the couple knew that they wanted their wedding day to fall in line with that tradition: “Our aim was for the wedding day to feel more like a fabulous dinner party, rather than a wedding. We were very conscious not to have it evolve into something larger than we had originally wanted, so we kept it to 30ish people.”
The rural location provided many opportunities for guests to explore areas not familiar to tourists, enjoying local produce, truffle hunting, and frequenting tiny restaurants. On the wedding day, guests were able to enjoy “dinner-as-theatre,” as the bride describes it: the venue’s open kitchen allowed guests to view and smell their dishes being prepared.
Working with Ginny Au and Lesley Lau meant the bride didn’t need to worry about any of the logistical or aesthetic details. In keeping with the venue’s minimalist renovation, the event designers helped the couple to achieve that “fabulous dinner party” atmosphere, while bringing in chic design elements that would be expected at a wedding. Thick, textured paper with striking black calligraphy, simple olive branch arrangements and installations, and gauzy table linens elevated the aesthetic from the ordinary dinner to one that won’t soon be forgotten.