A Retro 1950’s Bowling Alley Engagement Shoot

I’ll freely admit it, there was a time when I felt like styled e-shoots were a little contrived. Oh, how times have changed.

Now I just can’t get enough of them and I am just loving the trouble that couples are going to, to style the shoot with their beloved. Props, locations, costumes, getting the look right…. if you’re creatively inclined it’s a whole lot of fun and it’s a chance for you to really express your fun side, particularly if thats quite the opposite setting to your wedding.

If for example, you’re a young urban couple living the high life, working long hours, fast living, glam nights out, but you opt for a romantic rural rustic wedding to indulge a whimsical dream, then the Engagement shoot is a way to show the real you… or just another side to your personalities.

Sometimes people don’t quite have the confidence to style something themselves though and there are more and more teams, planners and directors ready to solve that problem for you, (if you can’t find enough inspiration right here!) That’s where todays inspiration came from. Thaoski is an art director who specialises in engagement shoots and when I saw the fun embedded in everyone of the images here, I knew we just had to share it on Rock My Wedding

“As an art director and photographic storyteller dedicated to engagement shoots, one of the things I really enjoy doing (and I try to do this with most couples) is going through their wardrobe. I love seeing how different clothes light my couple up and it was no exception with Star. She tried on a bunch of clothes from her wardrobe and as crazy as it sounds, her face lit up the most when she wore her super high waisted jeans.

I could tell she absolutely LOVED them and she became all fun and girly when she wore them. It actually made her a bit flirtatious and as soon she put them on she reminded me of Sandy from Greese. She had this gorgeous 1950s / 1960s feel about her and I knew immediately that would be the foundation of her outfit (the beautiful red shirt actually came afterward!). Sometimes the most basic clothing works because it makes the couple feel alive.

Because Star reminded me of the movie Greese, I had a deep desire to do the shoot in a retro bowling ally. Kane had access to an All Stars shirt and we constructed a whole romantic love story around Kane working at the bowling ally and Star falling in love with him at first sight… I imagined, back in the 1950s many couples would have met and fallen in love at bowling ally’s and this became the basis of the shoot and story.

In reality, Kane and Star were best friends first and lovers second. They radiate love when they’re together and this whole shoot is about the innocence of young flirtatious love. You can find out more about Kane & Star’s personalities here


Sweethearts: Kane & Star

Photographer: Darren Wong (website currently being upgraded)

Art Director: Thaoski

Fashion Stylist and Accessories by: Madame Moi

MUA: Tammi Nguyen

Location: All Stars Bowling Ally

As part of Rock My Wedding I’ve also really learnt to appreciate the telling of a story through the images and the details. Years ago the detail shots I so love now were such a mystery to me, pretty, but irrelevant. Now I can’t take photos of a day without them to detail the feel and the background. And this shoot combines the best of everything. The look, the feel, the love and the story. There’s something to olde world romance about freezing an image in time.

I’m really hoping this shoot is one of many to come, both from Thaoski and our readers, as we all get ever more creative.

So, which of you are planning a styled shoot for your e-shoot and what’s the theme?

Yours Truly,


Author: Becky Sappor
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.

22 thoughts on “A Retro 1950’s Bowling Alley Engagement Shoot

  1. It’s wonderfully styled, but I can’t help wondering – why isn’t she wearing an engagement ring in this engagement shoot?!

  2. What an amazing e-shoot-it’s like something straight out of a movie! The styling is fab-and love the fact it all started by rummaging through the wardrobe of the bride-to-be!! Would love to see more of these please 

    Perfect start to the end of the week…


  3. how much do I love the fun of this shoot?


    What are the chances I would get mr r.now to do anything like this?

    slim to none!

    (and yes, I know I’m already married but i’m thinking anniversary shoot since our e-shoot got rained off!)

  4. I don’t like engagement shoots. There I said if. Sorry.

    As engagement shoots go, this is ace. I love the styling. But unless the couple met at All Star or work there or own it, is it them? I don’t obviously know them and they might be champion bowlers!

    I know the spin, to get you comfortable infront of the camera and to get to know the photographer etc but really? Engagement shoots are relatively new to the industry and i’ve not seen any difference in photos in my older relatives wedding mags than after the engagement shoot.

    I read something in a magazine about a girl who had a make up trial and her fiancée didn’t like it. She was protesting about how it looked better on camera. Until she remembered it’s a marriage and a wedding (in that order) not a photoshoot.

    They call them props!!! A wedding is not a stage show. Can we think of another name than props please?

  5. I love this, I think it’s fun and cool and I enjoyed looking at the images and styling.

    Just like having your wedding “your way” the same applies to your engagement shoot surely, have it where you want, not just because you met there or own the building!

    Now I want to go bowling 🙂

  6. I love this styling and I love All Star Lanes. We always dress “retro” when we go, get on the mint juleps and have so much fun. It’s also always a good fall back option for clients, who seem to lose their inhibitions the minute we walk through the door and start fighting each other for the karaoke mike! So I can see why it was a great setting for an engagement shoot!!

    Cheered me up on this dreadful morning!! 🙂

  7. I seriously have a major desire to watch Grease now….can’t see the rest of the people around me loving it if I burst into song though… I’ll save it for the pub later! 🙂

    I think we would want a really natural, just us as we are, mucking about in our usual way kinda shoot. I can’t see the other half being overjoyed at being asked to, errr, role play (!?) in even a remotely public place. But then I guess that is just who we are and what suits our personalities!

    And I am very glad Kane and Star decided to go with a story telling option because it is so fantastic. Really gorgeous photos!

    Loving a little retro on a Friday!


  8. Thanks to the Grease reference (which is coincidentally the first thing I thought of when I saw this), I now have the bowling alley song from Grease 2 running through my head “Score Tonight”.

    Yes, I have watched Grease 2 and loved it. Its a cult classic and I shall defend it till the end!

    But this is seriously cool, as are those high-waisted jeans!


  9. @Mahj – I also feel the love for Grease 2. So I am your second in command in the defence!!! Anything slighly retro with a musical twist and I am all over it. xox

  10. Oooo love this shoot! What a cute couple. Love the styling and the details. I’m going to rethink my engagement shoot now…


  11. Thanks so much Charlotte & Rebecca for featuring this shoot. I’m glad it’s bringing a smile to people’s faces!

    Rebecca – Kane did work at All Stars for while and they use to hang out there (not any more though) but that’s how the idea came about.

    mrsrecyclenow – You’d be surprised that most of my enquiries come from men! It’s usually the guy’s that want to do the shoot. But they generally prefer not to smile in them (it’s quite funny!) … so I often do romantic non-smiling photos 🙂 Weird I know 🙂

  12. Okay well I’m third in command @Mahj @Lyndsey-loo. I love Grease 2!! “I’m gonna scooooorrre tonight…!” Cult Classic indeed!!

    Loved this shoot – I think engagement shoots are a great time to get creative. This is so fun – love all the styling!

    Whose for a RMW outing to All Star Lanes??! Hands up!!

  13. @Lyndsey-Loo @Rachie, hooray for you both! I told Martin there were other people in the world (more than likely women) that also loved Grease 2 and you two are living proof! Ha!

    “We’re gonna rock, we’re gonna roll, we’re gonna bop, we’re gonna bowl…..”


  14. Grease 2!!!! I LOVE Grease 2 ( so much better than Grease 1 in my humble opinion!)

    I wanted to be Michelle Pfeiffer in her leathers singling “Cool Rider”…..

    I want a C O O L, R I D E R ….

    @Mahj @Rachie @Mrs R.now , what a fabulous idea!

    Charlotte xxx

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