This gorgeous styled bridal shoot started way back in September when Melissa of approached me about collaborating with her. Honestly I had no idea exactly what I was getting myself into. As someone who obsesses over weddings, I consistently read wedding blogs and drool over styled shoots all the time, but looking at photos and making a shoot come to life are completely different things.
Melissa and I began to meet and discuss a vision for the shoot. We wanted to take the style of Art Nouveau and bring it into the present day. As we looked at the work of Alphonse Mucha and William Morris as well as pre raphaelite paintings, we were inspired by the flower crowns, the draping vines and the women framed by intricate designs. One of our goals was to create a shoot that had the influences from this time, but was unique from the many 1920s shoots that are popping up all over the place. We wanted our shoot to stand out.
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As Melissa and I began to contact vendors, we realized the size of the task that we had taken on. Many vendors were not wiling to work with us, either because we had never been published before, or simply because they didn’t understand the benefits that this shoot would bring to them. The most difficult vendors to find were the venue and a dress designer. We stumbled upon the Berkeley Faculty Club, and immediately knew that it would fit our needs perfectly. It even had a perfect arch reminiscent of the halos that Mucha would paint around women in his advertisements. As for a dress designer, we eventually gave up looking for a bridal dress and ended up purchasing from Nordstrom. This was one of our best decisions of the entire shoot. This gorgeous dress by Adrianna Papell brought in a unique twist and looked absolutely stunning on our model.
As the planning continued, Melissa brought in her friend to help us with the styling as well as some of the projects. I had found this photo on pinterest and loved how it perfectly created the effect of cascading flowers. We asked Heaven to design a similar piece using paper flowers.
She was amazing and worked really hard to design a beautiful floral backdrop that would be perfect for any wedding. Here is a peak at the finished product.
Melissa, Heaven and I wanted this shoot to be filled with handmade, unique items. In addition to creating all the paper flowers for the installation, we spent hours applying golf leaf to various fruits, hand dying a photo booth backdrop, photo booth props, a guest book box, place cards, a table number and nature decor.
When the day of the shoot arrived, Melissa and I loaded up with all of our gathered and handmade decor and headed to the venue, filled with excitement. There, we met Heaven as well as the other vendors.
Honestly, I felt so intimidated. Here I was, this brand new wedding planner without a single shoot under my belt. Everyone else was so experienced and yet they were looking to me for direction and relying on me to make their hard work look good enough to get published.
It was a day of intense focus. We had a lot to accomplish in a relatively short amount of time. After dealing with a little hiccup with our venue, we started working. Heaven and I would set up one vignette such as the dining table while Melissa would photograph the vignette we set up prior. Creative adrenaline ran high and the hours passed quickly. The entire time, I just kept thinking “this is it. this is what I want to wake up and do every working day of my life”.
I feel so honored and blessed to have been a part of this styled shoot with so many talented people. It was a wonderful learning experience, and even with the difficulties and frustrations, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I can’t wait to share the finished product with you next week! Also, the fabulous wedding blog, Wedding Chicks published our shoot a few weeks ago.