This vintage styled photo shoot was born from my desire to do some re-branding for our wedding floral business. I think because I have been a gardener for so long I am drawn to the natural, lush garden style bouquets that are becoming so popular. A styled-shoot was a good way to try out this vision, get some photos as well as work on getting published. I didn’t need to look far for a photographer as I had worked with Lauren on a shoot last fall and knew first hand what a talented photographer she is.
Because both Adore Bridal Specialty and Spruce Wedding Rentals (formerly Something old Event Rentals) had agreed to partner with us we realized the shoot would best take place close to the Washington/Morton area. As we scouted around, we were delighted with what we found – in a Washington park this arching branched tree to decorate as a backdrop and the Danforth House with it’s lovely large porch which we initially chose as a rain back-up plan.
The vision for the wedding flowers was pastel, romantic blooms like Quicksand, White O’hara and Upper Secret roses with soft green helleborus to create a soft blend of color. We added some contrasting darker blooms like black scabiosa, burgundy peonies and blue clematis tucked in for depth and a touch of mystery. Ferny white nigella added great texture and the addition of white sweet peas and cascading green foliage finished it into a lush garden style bouquet. Mixing these luscious blooms together was like putting together ingredients for a yummy desert!!
Andrea from Adore Bridal was so nice and helpful. We sent her our inspiration board and described the vintage feel we wanted for our shoot. We fell in love with the first gown she brought out for us to view! Altar Ego Spalon did the girls hair and make-up for a beautiful effect.
Lauren had a great experience with Bremer Jewelry and Spruce Wedding Rentals from her last photo shoot so we were happy they partnered with us again. The table and mismatched chairs are part of Spruce Wedding Rentals extensive collection.
East To West Studio custom created this lovely one-of-a-kind stationary just for us.
Thank you so much to our models who endured the 90 degree heat and did such a great job! Our bride and groom Jeni & Stan got to practice for their real wedding which will happen in September. Emily (blue gown) got married on New Years Eve last year and Lauren (mauve gown) took time from her own wedding planning to help. She was married just a few weeks after the photo shoot. All of the models are/were our future/past clients.
The blue and mauve bridesmaid gowns caught our eye in the window of Adore Bridal and were exactly the soft colors and filmy fabric we had envisioned for our vintage, romantic styled shoot. The bridal bouquets photographed beautifully against these gorgeous gowns and they went perfectly with flowing hand-dyed silk ribbons adorning the bridal bouquets.
Tessa Herr of Bojeannies created this beautiful gilded wedding cake and the gold bar cart from Spruce Wedding Rentals was perfect to display and serve from.
We had a beautiful rain-free day for our photo shoot and didn’t really need our rain back-up plan, but who could pass up the opportunity to take photos at the beautiful Danforth House which the Martin’s so graciously extended to us . The porch and wicker furniture also made the perfect backdrop to photograph the vintage carrom board game.
Doesn’t this look enticing to have time to sit on this beautiful porch and play games – so reminiscent of simpler times.
The carrom board was my grandmother’s and the vintage croquet set as well as the vintage glassware was handed down from my husband’s family. It was a great opportunity to pull these old items out of storage and put them to use!
Who can resist a game of croquet on the lawn??
Every side of the Danforth House had another pleasant surprise and photo opportunity to photograph the models with their bridal bouquets.
The grande finale came when Mr. Martin offered to start up one of his vintage cars and bring it around for a fantastic get-away-car photo!! How could it get any better? It was like the icing on the cake!!
The whole evening was a magical experience for us and we had great fun. Thanks again to our vendor team, models, and our support helpers, Kendra & Laine Fehr and Betsy Zimmerman – everyone did such a great job!!
Vendor credits : Photography: Lauren f.otography, Jewelry: Bremer Jewelry, Gowns/Tux: Adore Bridal, Furniture: Spruce Wedding Rentals, Hair/Make-up: Altar Ego Spalon, Flowers: Fancy Florals By Nancy, Cake: Bojeannies, Stationary: East To West Studio