Our Amazing Styled Shoot!
Updated: Aug 8, 2019
We pulled off one heck of a styled shoot this month.
A lot of my friends and family have asked me, "What do you mean, styled shoot? These people didn't actually get married??" To which I say, you got it!
It was a "styled shoot" in that everything was completely planned, staged, and executed down to the last little details, from our models to our head table to our location to our food. Every single thing you see in these photos was planned. We collaborated with over ten different vendors to make this shoot happen, and it was so much fun and SO much more work than I originally expected (of course though, right?).
I had so much help with this you guys. I had an assistant photographer who worked his butt off and even stepped in as a "groomsman" for a round of photos. I had two assistants (my husband, and the wife of my assistant photographer) who did everything from run to the store to buy an extension cord and more strawberries to shooting confetti into the air (AND picking it all up off the ground after).
I had an event planner who helped bring the vision to its completion. I had a friend of mine model as the bride, AND talk her co-worker into modeling as the groom (yes - they knew each other, no - they are not actually in love!, yes - they nailed it!).
I had a makeup artist + her assistant, a florist, an artisan jeweler, another florist, two winemakers, a calligrapher, a bridal boutique, a macrame artist, a musician, an AirBnB owner, and a bakery collab with me on this. I did the photography, the videography, and got to bust out my first two meter grazing table as I also own a grazing table company.
I borrowed a rug from my mother, bought a million things from Amazon, had a laundry list of items to bring from home (a lighter, safety pins, command hooks, cake stand, vases, VALIUM (just kidding), the list went on for two Microsoft word pages). Our little crossover SUV was so full you couldn't see out the back.
We started at 7am and finished the shoot in its entirety at 7pm. That is more hours than I put in on an actual WEDDING day. It was INSANE. Would I do it again? Sure, as a vendor! Never in a million years as the planner and executor. But I say this now. Ask me again next year when I have a different vision.
Lastly, before we get to the photos, the vision itself. My whole vision for this was to encapsulate trending wedding items, as to inspire any brides and grooms who are currently planning their own big days. Some of the items we tried to feature that we've heard on the streets are "up and coming" for 2019 wedding trends are: AirBnB weddings, velvet, two different bridal dresses (one for the ceremony, one for the reception), two different bridal bouquets (one for the ceremony, one for the reception), gold/metallics, charcuterie and grazing tables, bridal hats, simple, naked cakes, and a bit of a boho vibe.
Without further ado. Vendor credits at the bottom if you need to hire any of these amazing people (and you should)!
And the link to the day's highlight video is here.
A million bazillion thanks to everyone who helped pull this shoot off. You are all my beautiful angels and it was a delight to work with all of you!
Photography: Kendall Ring Photography
Videography: Oleta Lane Films
Ceremony Dress: New Beginnings Bridal
Reception Dress: Lulus
Engagement Ring: Honed by Claire Kinder
Makeup: Sweet P Beauty
Cake: Despi Delite Bakery
Winery: Lord Lion Winery
Grazing Table: The Hollow Sloth
Calligrapher: My Lovely Letters
Florist (Ceremony Bouquet): Flora Blume Design
Florist (Reception Bouquet & Succulents): Urban Sprouts
Event Planning: BK Coordination
Musician: Shaudi Vahdat
Bride: Desiree Jones
Groom: Matt Haggerty
Bridesmaid: Erynn Pain
Groomsman/Assistant Photographer: Jared McDonald
Assistants: Patrick Parton & Emma Huey