I know it’s Tuesday, but I’m so excited to finally share these photos that I just couldn’t wait any longer! This was my first time organizing a styled shoot, and it was quite the learning experience. I’ll share some tips from what I learned another day, but one of the most important things for the success of this afternoon was the wonderful team of vendors I had! I couldn’t have done any of this without them! I’ll share vendor credits at the end🙂
Putting together a styled shoot is something I’ve been wanting to do since I first launched this business, but I’ve always been too scared. I would see the ones that other photographers that I look up to have put together, and I would think to myself “There’s no way mine will ever be that pretty.” Self-doubt can be such a dream killer. After some encouragement from my sweet husband, I finally decided to take the leap this past winter. I started planning everything…and then ended up with an upper respiratory infection that I just couldn’t kick, so I had to cancel.
This worked out in my favor though, because it gave me more time to curate the vision of this shoot, and to find a wonderful team to work with to create it. I started thinking back to my own wedding, and wondered what I might do differently today if we had to do it over again. One of the big things was that I wanted to include more of our faith through the wedding. This was something we struggled with being able to include in new and creative ways, and I wanted to include some ideas in this shoot. I also thought about the fact that we had a typical “barn wedding”- complete with burlap and mason jars. Now, this is totally ok if it’s something you love! I just wanted brides to see that you can still get married in a beautiful barn without having to include those elements. So we got a little creative, and after some thought, we decided on a gorgeous watercolor theme!
I had such a great time exploring the grounds of The Vintage Inn, and getting to know Tracy, the wedding coordinator on site. Amanda, my new friend and wedding coordinator did an amazing job of helping to style everything, and prevented me from doing anything too crazy at 32 weeks pregnant🙂 I can’t wait to do this again soon!
That bouquet! Michelle you’re amazing!
One of the ways we included the Lord creatively in this shoot was through a God’s Knot. Seth and I tied one of these during our own ceremony in lieu of a unity candle. The knot is based on Ecclesiastes 4:12- “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” I made the one for this shoot, but you can also buy one and learn more about it here.
Aren’t these two the cutest!? I loved how go with the flow Kathryn and Nate were- especially since it got cold fast!
Kathryn you’re gorgeous!
We also got creative by including a foot washing ceremony🙂 I’ve always loved seeing these included in ceremonies and the symbolism of having a humble, servant heart towards your spouse.
Venue | The Vintager Inn
Calligraphy & Stationary | Capital Calligraphy
Florals | One Sweet Day In May
Props and Rentals | Paisley & Jade
Cake | Sorby Sweets
Event Planner | Southern Charm Events & Planning
Dress | Tiffany’s Bridal