This '90s Hip Hop Wedding Shoot Is The Bomb!

Written by Melissa Woods

Photography by Chloé Lapeyssonnie

One of the best things about starting this blog is connecting with so many AMAZING photographers from around the world. When French photographer Chloé Lapeyssonnie sent me this 90's hip hop inspired wedding shoot, I could not believe my eyes! 

This vibrant shoot was brought together by Chloe's kick-ass collective 'Kiss & The Gang' who have a joint vision of breaking breaking away from the 'expected' but still keeping things real... just what The Un-Wedding is all about.

The shoot features one of my favourite babes, French bridal designer Violette Tannenbaum, as the ultimate hip hop bride. Violette's personality exudes romance, elegance and fun, so she really is perfect in this role.

So achingly authentic and full of awesome details... be prepared to be inspired in a million different ways.

''At Kiss & The Gang, we're all in our 30s and we felt it was time to indulge ourselves in a little "old school" 90s trip.... And what's more '90s than the 'hip hop y'don't stop' vibe to resuscitate this beloved decade?!'' 

'' We also wanted to send out the message to future brides and grooms who felt that the overwhelming "shabby chic" trend was not for them, that there is another way to get married in style!

Violette and her husband Abdou, a former hip hop singer; were an obvious choice to embody the urban, stylish and fun couple we had in mind for this hip hop wedding.''

''We added all the typical 90s hip hop wedding markers... a neon arch... a dance battle at the end of the ceremony... some double dutch during cocktail hours...''

One of my personal favourite features of this shoot has to be the cassette tape wall for guests to sign in place of the traditional guest book... such a cool idea for this hip hop wedding and definitely one that could be incorporated into a modern DIY wedding.

I guess when you pick a theme that you are passionate about then the possibilities of what you can do, become endless.

Kiss & The Gang have definitely ticked all of hip hop's boxes when it comes to attention to detail. How 'bout these graffiti invites and mix tape favours for an added layer of authenticity and originality?

All in all this shoot not only captures the essence of an era, but also of a bloody good wedding... style, music, dancing, cocktails and one hell of a cute couple! 

See the full gallery below! 

Event/Wedding designer: Mel - Never Too much ( 

Wedding dress designer: Marie - La Belle Bobine (  

Stationery: Jess - My Dear Paper (   

DJ: Vincent - Dance Police (  

Photographer: Chloé Lapeyssonnie ( 

Videographer: Greg - Vidéo Partner (  

Venue: Pavillon du Docteur Pierre – Nanterre (thanks to Clément, form the Soukmachines collective)

Models: Violette Tannebaum, and her husband Abdou, Alain Mbouche photographer, Lili, Emilie et Bastien

MUA: Mathilde Le Texier

Double Dutch:  Jeu 2 Cordes

Breakdance: Thomas Bueno & Gaël Zebut “Arts2Corps” 

Graffiti: Fabien Courmont

Anyone else planning a 90s hip hop wedding?... or any other era? I'd love to hear more in the comments below! As always, please like and share this with any modern couples looking for some un-wedding inspiration! 

Love Forever



The New Aesthetic In Wedding Photography

Written by Melissa Woods

images courtesy of Yun Smith


'' Hey, I'm Yun Smith and I'm a photographer who unites in 'fashion' and 'wedding' '' image by BubbleRock

A few months ago, I stumbled upon a French photographer with a fresh approach to wedding photography - Yun Smith of The Dandy Smiths.

Yun managed to sum it up perfectly as:

''A new and unique aesthetic where 'Fashion' and 'Wedding' photography can merge together.''

FINALLY!... Someone who was able to articulate the direction that modern wedding photography is going in. 

Naturally, I was hooked, not least because this sums up the essence of THE UN-WEDDING - breaking the traditional mould carved out by the 'wedding industry' and redefining the rules in order to come up with something beautiful and up-to-date.

Suffice to say, we hit it off as a result of our mutual quest of 'not being the same'. I spoke to Yun about his journey so far and his new unique wedding photography movement - The Dandy Smiths.

Who are The Dandy Smiths?

TDS is the fusion of a former designer, dancer and professional photographer, mixed together to create an explosive cocktail!

Blending the boundaries that exist between art, fashion and music is what inspired me to create The Dandy Smiths.

There is a huge gap in wedding photography between what was happening 15 years ago and what is happening now. Every good wedding photographer wants to create real stories and capture real emotion. This can't be done through frozen poses, forced smiles and the repetitive compositions that we see time and time again.

What sets you apart from other photographers?

For my part, I like to create a new gender... something raw, crazy, free, sensual.... still with that all important touch of elegance.

I like to mix medias. I love using my film camera to get that grain and those colours... be wild and free.

I work with the awesome Carmencita Film Lab. The lab was founded by photographers for photographers and I know with these guys, I will get the best results.

What are your favourite techniques?

I open the back of my camera for barely a second to let the daylight in, thus creating a light leak.

I also like a double exposure, but I try not to over do it with any one technique as it can get boring.

For me, the more simple the better... a camera, a lens, some film and a couple... see what happens.

The Dandy Smiths, 'light leak'

I'm dying to know who or what influences you the most?

If I had to mention one photographer I'd say, Tim Walker, Story Teller.

His images are crazy, poetic and insane in every sense. I love his creative process, cutting images from books and magazines and drawings in a notebook before translating it through his lens. A story from start to finish.

Tim Walker

Other influences include movies, cartoons, music videos.... I could talk about this for hours over dinner or a drink!... the framing, the movement, the sounds...

I love the old movies from Wong Kar-wai when he teamed up with Christopher Doyle, an old photography director. You have all his colours, his moods and neon lights on the face... WOW... This atmosphere is what I try to channel through my pictures.

What has been your most exciting venture to date?

Establishing The Dandy Smiths.

In between traveling and shooting I have been lucky enough to meet the most awesome people in so many awesome places. I love the human aspect of it all. It's a true reflection of me.

Yun Smith, image by Yann Audic

As a photographer, what advice do you have for modern couples who want to achieve unique images?

Firstly, come and have a drink with me so we can discuss this...

... seriously, for those of you who are crazy and free, don't like to follow trends or traditions, find someone who will let you be 'you'. That's all you need.

I'm ready ;-)

The Dandy Smiths

Find out more about The Dandy Smiths or get in touch with Yun directly here!

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Love Forever