When it comes to a couple’s big day, there’s no shortage of avenues from which to garner inspo. We’ve seen it all, from Coachella-inspired Bachelorette parties to the Breakfast at Tiffany’s-based wedding dresses Reem Acra just launched, proving sparks of wedding creativity can come from just about anywhere.
Take Karen Rainier, for instance. The Maryland-based photographer got the notion for her latest (now-viral) wedding photoshoot while simply watching an episode of her favorite TV show. Admittedly “obsessed” with NBC’s This Is Us, Rainier explained that she knew she wanted to recreate lead character Jack and Rebecca’s special moment at first sight. “It hit me right then and there that I had to do it,” she wrote on her blog.
It was a welcome change for Rainier, who was tired of the same old, same old. “It seems like a lot of the wedding blogs have been publishing the same styles over and over again, so instead of drawing inspiration from colors or popular trends, I decided to look outside my industry,” she told Entertainment Weekly.
While she says it was harder to put together than, say, a Harry Potter-themed wedding shoot, where the details are overtly obvious, Rainier turned to other significant moments from the show to make up what she lacked. “I decided it was okay to include details from different times in their relationship” — the tiny muffin cake Rebecca gave to Jack in lieu of a belated birthday cake, for instance.
Swathing the “bride” in a dress by Kite & Butterfly and keeping the accessories simple (Rainier focused on two gold bands with a Layered and Long moon necklace), she added further references in the form of the couple’s wedding vows and RSVP card, reading, “Believe me when I say only good things are going to happen today.”
In a word? Girl NAILED it. With a lookalike couple and an empty apartment at her disposal to boot, the results were nothing short of magic. Even the RL Rebecca, Mandy Moore, was impressed: The actress featured the photoshoot in a recent Instagram story — no doubt a dream for the super-fan photog.
Check out her shoot in full here!
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