Styled Shoots

/ December 19, 2016

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from the photographer… “What do women like Kate Middleton, Audrey Hepburn, & Grace Kelly all have in common? They are women whose beauty, both inward and outward, shines bright on the world. They remain poised at all times in flawless fashion. They are women of refined elegance which will continue to transcend fleeting trends. They are also women whose wedding style has shaped trends for generations. And as the wedding industry grows increasingly saturated with bad color schemes, fake flowers, and tacky themes, I wanted to bring us back to the basics of beauty and style and show brides how simple it is to be mindful of selecting elegant details. For this styled Bridal Collection, we drew our inspiration from the quote, “I’ve never seen elegance go out of style.” The shoot was styled with classic, feminine elegance paired with simple details and color. Our color scheme was very clean and white with highlights of dusty blue and lavender. These colors, I feel, are timeless and can be paired with details that are seasonally appropriate. I chose very practical, yet elegant details that all brides could use like The Mrs. Box, the Casablanca Bridal gown, the ring by Susie Saltzman, and the shoes from Aldo.”

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“Choosing the model was an important decision, as well. I wanted a woman who held all of the similar characteristics of the ones mentioned above. She had to be poised, fashionable, and hold herself with grace. On the day of the shoot, I knew I had chosen the right woman for the job. Not only was it the coldest day in April I’ve ever experience, but also the windiest! Our bride Shasta was freezing the entire time, but you would never know from that brilliant smile and her sparkling attitude. She held herself so well the entire time, despite the 40mph gusts and wind chill bringing the temperature down in the 30s. This just goes to show that regardless of what happens on your special day, an elegant bride always maintains an air of confidence and poise. She has that bridal glow all day as she greets her guests, spins on the dance floor in her new husbands arms, and waves goodbye as she makes her grand exit. I chose to steer away from the standard a-line, all lace gown you’ve seen on every bride for the last 5 years, and use this Casablanca dress with light and flowing tulle and detailed beading. This gown highlighted our bride’s movement and she appeared to almost float across the yard. A very special thanks to Sealed with a Kiss Bridal in Richmond, VA for allowing us to use such a gorgeous dress.”

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Tuckahoe Plantation was the perfect backdrop for our shoot and I truly believe a great venue can set the mood for the day. The gardens and grounds are so well manicured and it is one of those venues that has timeless, historical appeal and will remain attract people of all ages for many years to come. Our Floral Designer, Emily Harmon of Love Blooms DC, created the most elegant overgrown bouquet. Again, we stuck with a simple colors scheme and I love that she was able to pull from her knowledge of flora to choose such a lovely array of colors and textures. The pieces she created included Peonies, Roses, Clematis, Lavender, Tweedia, Eucalyptus, Spray Roses, Succulents, and Amaranths. For our table, we chose mix-matched table settings highlighted with gold chargers and gold cutlery, all provided by Nathaniel’s Unique Events in Richmond, VA. The overgrown centerpiece by Love Blooms DC branched out into the cascading greenery that draped along the sides of the table and the candlesticks added a touch of elegant refinement. To top off the look, we added menus designed by Jenn Heller Design Co. that matched the exquisite invitation suite she created for our shoot.”

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