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Badass Brides: Wedding Photography that Shatters the Mold, by Mike Allebach

Philadelphia Allebach Photographer

If you type Wedding Photography into Google’s Image Search, you’ll be greeted by a flood of Pin-able fairytale wedding photographs for the traditional bride who wants the traditional white wedding where everything is perfect and there are no sitcom clap tracks.

But what if you’re not the typical couple who wants the typical wedding? What if the best term to describe you is “badass” or simply “different”? Well, that’s when you call Allebach Photography, a studio specializing in wedding photography the likes of which you won’t see in ye olde bridal magazine… although you will see it in many a tattoo publication.

Mike Allebach got in touch with us a few weeks back, and his opening sentence immediately caught our eye: “I photograph tattooed brides. My work has been featured in Skip Cohen University, Rebel Ink Magazine, Best Ink TV on Oxygen Network … but sadly not here.” Sadly indeed! And what better day to remedy that situation than Valentine’s Day?

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Allebach is as unique a wedding photographer as you’re ever likely to run across. For one, his journey into photographing brides started as a guitarist in a punk rock band who also photographed the underground music scene. Knowing that, it’s not hard to understand why the man described as “the Original Tattooed Bride Photographer” by Rock n Roll Bride is so good at relating to the ‘offbeat’ couples he photographs.

In his bio, Allebach explains why he specializes in ‘Tattooed Weddings, Bookworms and Party Animals.’ For him, it’s about telling stories that might otherwise go untold:

In the end, what I do isn’t about photography, photos or tattooed brides … it’s a passion to show everyone their story is important. I don’t pretend to run a normal wedding photography business or think that this is normal.

Some people apologize for not being cool enough or for not having tattoos. Then I realize they are my kind of person. All I ask is that you show your true colors.

Your story matters. Your story is worth telling. So let’s take some photos…

Here’s a look at some of the best of Allebach Photography:

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“In my heart I’m instinctively inclusive… I think that everyone deserves to love, be loved and we should all live a story worth telling full of tragedy, failure, love and grace,” says Allebach. “And dammit I’m tired of wedding magazines telling people to cover up their tattoos.”

Hear, hear! To see more of Mike’s phenomenal offbeat wedding photography, or if you’d like to find out how you can hire the man for your own upcoming nuptials, head over to the Allebach Photography website by clicking here.


Image credits: All photographs by Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography and used with permission.