Van Lawson and her fiance Josh Morden, both from Parry Sound, Ontario, have a great sense of humor - albeit a sick one. For their engagement, instead of posing for clichéed, gooey-eyed, cheesy photos, they posed for a series of 26 photos taken by professional Toronto photographer Brandon Michael Gray, that emulate a Friday the 13th horror film. Van even painted the Crystal Lake sign herself.
Here are all 26 photos, in order, of course:
Now, theirs is one wedding I'd like to attend.
Photography by Brandon Gray
Assisted by Oceana Jordan
Jason Voorhees played by JP Borchardt
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above: Quang and Ellie captured in their on-site reception photo booth, one of over 800 pictures by which they now have to remember the special occasion (courtesy of Quang Dinh's facebook page)
Like most newlyweds, the lovely Ellie Koning and handsome Quang Dinh wanted to capture the afterparty of their Aug. 11th nuptials on video. Unlike most couples, they used small Seattle-based production company Super Frog Saves Tokyo to do the job. (On the company's official facebook page, the folks at SFST they say they made this video for their "boss.")
The video was shot at the reception site Sodo Park in Seattle Washington in a photo booth, a now popular trend at weddings. The result is a recorded total of 4 minutes and 27 seconds of sweet jubilation unlike most painfully tacky wedding videos.
above: one of the photobooth still images from their wedding
It's been featured on MSN, Glamour.com, Jezebel and more and is rapidly turning Ellie and Quang into social media stars.
above: a still from the video
Shot at super high speed on the RED Epic camera, this 160 frame per second video unfolds in slow motion to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” and captures the guests with simple wedding favor props like confetti, bubbles, poppers and silly string in a photo booth.
The joyful and ebullient energy conveyed is so much better and more touching than drunken statements made to camera or master shots of a dark room full of spastic dancers.
Congratulation to the happy couple, shown below in a more subdued and romantic photo from their wedding (photo courtesy of Ellie's facebook page):
Contact Super Frog Saves Tokyo to do your wedding video, or any other cool storytelling video you may need at firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter-pressing and Loteria Cards in Cedar Boxes Make For Stunning Wedding Invitations by Konnect Design.
Branding and design company Konnect Design, took the bride and groom's backgrounds and the the event venue into consideration when designing these beautiful and unique wedding invitations which include letter-pressing, elegant typography, loteria cards, reply cards and vintage stamps, packaged in a cedar box.
Union at the Union
She’s from East LA. He’s a gringo from the South Bay. When their worlds united it was truly meant to be, which made for an appropriate theme surrounding this couple’s big day.
Her Latin roots inspired the use of Loteria (Spanish Bingo) cards, as well as cedar boxes that Konnect Design of Santa Monica had custom made and shipped from the Dominican Republic. The boxes housed the letterpress invitation and reply cards (complete with vintage postage stamps) and also served as a nod to the cigar roller who would be entertaining the guests at the wedding reception.
The letter-pressed menus at the wedding were also designed by Konnect in keeping with the look of the invitations:
Since the couple was to be wed at the historic Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, it seemed more than fitting to title the piece, Union at the Union.
all original images (they have been composited for this post) and descriptions courtesy of konnectdesign.com
The bride and groom are as beautiful as their invitations. Here they are in Argentina on their Honeymoon:
above image from Facebook
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Last week the blogosphere was buzzing about Couture Jeweler Azature's Black Diamond Nail Polish, now the world's most expensive at $250,000 for the one bottle. But real diamonds are not the only luxury Azature is creating.
Azature fine chocolates began as a thank-you gift to his jewelry clients and can now, for the first time, be enjoyed by chocolate lovers around the world. Much like his jewelry designs, Azature’s fine chocolates are handcrafted from one of the rarest materials in their class - the Wild Treasure cocoa bean of the Bolivian Amazon. These gems are gathered straight from the source by the natives of a few small settlements at the cocoa harvest before being transformed into these decadent treats in Europe.
Now available in eight different flavor formulations, the chocolates have much in common with his signature AZATURE black-diamond pieces. Take the “Black Diamond - Wild Treasure Cocoa” for example, like its black diamond counterpart, it is inspired by its exclusivity. The chocolate begins with the rare “Wild Treasure” cocoa bean that grows in the Amazon basin of Bolivia to create a luxurious chocolate base for all of the confections. The infused flavors and delicate recipes are applied with care and creativity to create fresh taste all while applying the signature AZATURE gem design.
Available as three different boxed sets (four, nine and sixteen), the chocolates are shaped like a diamond (what else would they be?) and come in the following exotic blends of flavors.
Wild Treasure Cocoa. This praline pays homage to the cocoa bean that began Azature’s love affair with chocolate, the Wild Treasure, by spotlighting it in its purest chocolate form.
Blue Diamond - Cafe Machiato:
Arabica coffee highlights the subtle sweetness of Belgian dark chocolate in this praline, made with only the finest cocoa, coffee beans, and coffee liquor available.
Pink Diamond - Almond/Hazelnut Nougat:
Roasted hazelnuts and almond gianduja cream are gently folded into sugar, egg whites, and honey to create the nougat in this light, yet deeply flavored, dark chocolate praline
Champagne Diamond - Champagne:
This classically luxurious pairing marries the rich, earthy cocoa flavor of European dark chocolate with the brightness of bubbly for a truly lavish taste experience.
Canary Diamond - Almond Crunch:
A study in contrasts, the velvety texture of Belgian dark chocolate is accented by the satisfying crunch of almond in this praline.
Green Diamond - Poire William:
Melding the eau-de-vie aperitif Poire William with the sweet smokiness of caramel adds a surprising depth and complexity to the pear notes of this dark-chocolate praline. The perfect after-dinner indulgence.
Silky Belgium White Chocolate with Crispy Wafers. This decadent praline combines the smooth, mellow flavor of white chocolate with the subtle crunch of crispy wafers for a uniquely satisfying taste and texture profile.
These chocolate creations are ideal for weddings, and celebrating the one you love on any occasion. AZATURE chocolate confections can be packaged as party favors or dessert trays for other catered events. Please contact them at email@example.com for details.
Like fine jewelry, these chocolates are a luxurious indulgence that demand taking the time to truly savor.
Box Set of 4 = $36.00
Box Set of 9 = $81.00
Box Set of 16 = $144.00
Azature Fine Chocolates