Bangin Hangins

Jul 15, 2020

Bangin Hangins are a category unto themselves – who knew that somewhere between “wedding photographer” and “wedding stylist” there was a standalone category entitled “awesome majestic aerial shit from another dimension that hangs from the ceiling before eventually being whisked away and leaving you wondering how you’ll ever deal with the room being it’s regular dull self”. Etc.

Bangin Hangins make installations that are installed in (/on, with, either-or-and-the-other) the ceiling. Installed TO the ceiling. Take your pick. Whatever the correct terminology is, it results into your ceiling being morphed into some impossible colourful, textural playground.

I’ve been fortunate to see the handiwork of this maestro at three weddings now: an incredible at-home wedding with Sam and Paul (ft. One More Song Entertainment – see their piece here on how to plan your wedding music), Pepe and Sam at Melbourne wedding venue The Line in Footscray, and at a Tanglewood Estate elopement were we installed our futuristic neon arbours.

Enjoy this brief little peer into their founder Sarahs fireworks brain.

With Covid forcing us all indoors and all manner of brilliant doorstep portrait projects happening, I wanted to kickstart some convos with my local community and find out how the time and strange space is being used, as it’s never been more important to stay connected and sharing.

Bangin Hangins red streamers at wedding

So who the hell are you, what do your friends think you do, and what do you actually do?

Bangin Hangins red streamers covering house

I am Sarah. AKA Queen of the Bangers. I’m an events based installation artist. My mates generally get the concept, although a few call it Hangin Bangin instead of Bangin Hangins. Which has the potential to be completely misinterpreted. 

What excites you most about the culture of weddings in Melbourne?

Bangin Hangins

I like to think the kind of couple we attract are our kind of people. Its nice to work with like minded people who like something a bit left of centre. 

What do you feel separates Bangin Hangins from those around you in your line of work?

My take on colour / form / placement and proportion. All important when putting together a Bangin aerial installation. 

How have you kept Bangin Hangins healthy during Covid, and how might couples now benefit from it?

Red balloons red streamers wedding

We’ve been working on shoots and ideas for future pop ups once its safe. Once these shoots are released, couples might draw some inspo from these.

How do you see the future of celebrations in our city and what mark do you want to leave on it?

Modern wedding installation
See more from Sam and Paul’s Melbourne Gay wedding over here.

For the very near future, boutique. So forget inviting that second cousin and cling (at distance) to your favs and let loose. This is my kind of party covid or no covid. Much more fun. I hope we can help make it a Bangin memorable party. 

Find Bangin Hangins online

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Pepe and Sams wedding featured here: Hello May Wedding Photographer

I reckon Bangin Hangins would look bloody ripper draped all around The Deck at Circa.

Want photos as edgy as these installations? Check out what you can get on Kodak by heading here: film wedding photographer.

Modern wedding arbour

May 5, 2019

In 2018, I teamed up with one of the grooms I’d photographed (who is extraordinarily handy at building things without getting himself electrocuted – you can see his wedding to Kate here on Nouba), and together we came up with a proposition: “so, how about we make wedding arbours, that light-up” – and so came our spin on modern wedding arbours for wedding ceremonies.

Since then we’ve shipped our creations all over Australia in both a retail and a hire capacity, and enjoyed some incredible international press along the way.

Geometric wedding arbour

We sensed the whole neon arbour trend beginning to reach peak, and yet there was nothing really in the way of neon wedding arbors available that were progressive and modern.

Modern wedding arbour

What is a wedding arbour and do I need one?

A wedding arbour is simply a ceremonial statement piece that stands either behind you, above you, or around you at your wedding. A wedding arbour is simply a centrepiece that makes a statement.

Modern wedding arbour
Neon crucifix
Our crucifix installed at The Altar Electric

And so, we started The Arbourists – modern neon arbours for weddings.

Since beginning The Arbourists, not only have we been fortunate to be the backdrop behind so many couples beautiful wedding days and crazy parties, but we’ve been featured in New York Times award winning author Chris Guillebeau’s podcast, Side Hustle School, we were featured as part of a Xero PR campaign, and we somehow found our silly heads on the very front of the careers section of Australia’s largest newspaper.

But this is all fluff, as the most important thing is that some of the most forward-thinking couples have entrusted us to be involved in their big day, and our Arbours have inspired a shift in design thinking that we’ve seen across the entire wedding styling industry.

See our neon arbours in the hard sun of day at this beautiful Geelong wedding.

Modern wedding arbour

Modern Arbours for weddings: The problem

Over the years we’ve seen the most incredibly beautiful arbour installations, painstakingly setup and adorned with florals, only to be taken down not an hour later.

We figured: why aren’t the being used at the reception afterwards? While this is less about materials waste (although the beautiful florals themselves often get discarded immediately), this was more about the labour around it only serving the setup for such a short period of time.

Further, we realised there just weren’t any options out there available for evening ceremonies, as far as an arbour or centrepiece to the ceremony.

Neon Crucifix

Modern Wedding Arbours: The solution

We created geometric modern wedding arbours and chuppahs (and more), that are extraordinarily strong to withstand being fitted with florals, and are able to be portably powered.

Because of this, for any small weddings or elopements, our arbours are able to be set-up, installed, and used absolutely anywhere.

These are the worlds first portable-powered, neon, modern wedding arbours, and we’re super proud to have brought something just a little different to an industry with strong roots in tradition.

Neon Crucifix

We also have our reversible neon crucifixes permanently installed at the incredible Altar Electric in Collingwood, and couples all over Victoria have LOVED using them for their wedding portraits both during the day, and into the evening when the smoke machines and neon is turned on.

Neon Wedding Arbours: Built tough.

Our modern geometric neon wedding arbours are available as a set of triangles, and come in matte-black, gold, or white. Our neon chuppah is available in gold, and crosses in multiple colours.

All neon wedding arbors are able to support dense floral installations, and we’ve been thrilled to have some of our favourite florists, such as Flos Botanical and Babiana Botanic, load them up with their incredible work.

Geometric triangle wedding arbour

Hire The Arbourists modern wedding arbour for your wedding or elopement by making an enquiry here, and if you want someone to photograph you in front of them we might know a Melbourne wedding photographer who’s done a little bit of that.

See the wedding we worked on of Pepe and Sam featured here: Hello May Wedding Photographer