Aloha!! October was definitely Photo Booth month for us over at The Unreal Bride. We had two different booths to set up in a span of three days. To make sure we had everything in order, we started working on them way in advance, which is quite the achievement for us because we are known for our procrastinating ways. Many lists were made and many hours spent on Pinterest. We managed to make very comprehensive checklists for the two photo booths and without them; we might not have been so organized.
Let’s talk about the Hawaiian Photo Booth we set up first. It’s so great to know people are stretching their imaginations and having themed bachelorette parties and going all out to make them a fun night! The Hawaiian Bride (as she will be called here on now) got in touch with us many MANY months in advance and said whatever happens, she wants us to set up a photo booth at her bachelorette! We couldn’t be more excited- it had been a while since we had done one(remember our first Love photo booth?) and we couldn’t have asked for a more fun theme. It also meant a lot of prep work. So onto our favourite site we went- PINTEREST! So many great ideas in one place! This is what our inspiration board looked like-
All these photos were found via Pinterest
The must haves on our list for the Hawaiian photo booth looked something like this-
-A bright colour backdrop
-Strings of flowers for the backdrop
-Umbrella Wreath (this one was a MUST! I absolutely loved it when I saw it first on Pinterest)
-Flower wreaths for the head and arms
-Tiki Man (of course!)
Now, we found all our reference images and put them down on our list. That was all very well till we realized we live in a place where props like these don’t come by easily! Which meant only thing- lots of DIY projects!
We love DIY projects but when I say we have limited supplies-I don’t lie. Modgepodge is unheard of, grass skirts need to be specially ordered and coconut bras- no way!!! What we would do for a Michaels or a supply store like that! Not that the unavailability of the raw materials would deter us. We tackled one problem at a time.
April’s mum always comes out a rock star- she has a boutique where she churns out the most fabulous designs and clothes, which we occasionally use for Unreal Bride projects. This being one of them. We just told her of our woes and she solved some of our bigger problems! Like what? Like, she made our grass skirts out of this special kind of cloth which looked more like grass than cloth, covered bra pads with brown cloth and used some rope to make the most believable coconut bras. Of course, our bright green backdrop came from her too! She stuck the fruit on the fruit hat which became the most popular item at the Hawaiian photo booth as well as the photo booth we had the next day (but that is another story). How cool is she!
Mother and daughter hard at work!! While I take a few photos with my trusty iphone !
We thought and thought and even tried to make our umbrella wreaths but whatever we thought/tried failed miserably. Finally we had to outsource this project to a florist who made the most perfect wreaths!
We saw the tiki man on this blog(I am trying to locate the link for the blog where we saw it but I can’t find it!!!AAH!) and thought there was no way the booth would be complete without him. April used her painting skills to make him and what a cutey he was! The Hawaiian Bride had got some props of her own- like the flower wreaths which added the perfect touch!
April loved the tiki man. A bit too much I think.
Our added bonus to the booth was our pink flamingo! Not very Hawaiian, I reckon (or is it?!) but he was a real hit with the girls at the party. Everyone loved him. Almost as much as we love him. Pinkie has come all the way from San Francisco- he was won at a fete! Isn’t he adorable!?
He even got to wear the ‘bachelorette’ crown for a bit!
With all our props ready, we were all set to hit the party and it was a complete blast! There were about 20 girls at the bachelorette and I think they spent most of their time at the booth.
Here you can see April and the DJ at the party in their awesome grass skirts!
Unfortunately, we can’t share the photos from the party (all I can say is that it got pretty WILD!) but we are sharing some shots of the empty booth and some self shots which we love so much!
We partied till the wee hours of the morning and drove straight home (we were in a city two hours away) and then woke up SO early in the morning the next day to set up our next photo booth. That was a two daylong affair and we came away not only with awesome tans but also with a lot of new friends (and photos)! But that is another story!
Photo Booth Styled, Conceptualised and Photographed by The Unreal Bride