Who is the fairest one of them all? One of the most iconic Disney movies that almost anyone on the street can recite. Don't you agree?
Today's post is a behind the scenes look into the world of styled shoots for weddings and events. A few years ago, I had the privilege to work alongside some amazing industry professionals on my first (yes, you heard me correctly) my very first styled shoot. Oh the nerves! My dear friend, Maggie Nolan with Living Radiant Photography was the brains behind the shoot. She had the idea to create a Disney princess themed look for the modern day Bride. Let's dive into my contributions for the shoot and how the team as a whole achieved some breathtaking results.
The first thing to mention is the location. The Elkridge Furnace Inn was the perfect setting to recreate our own version of Snow White's cottage. Tall oaks surrounding the property with a rich history that you could immediately sense when taking foot on the grounds. Though it was quaint and quite it had a regalness to it that left the impression a princess was in your presence. Fun fact about The Elkridge Furnace Inn...that was my wedding venue 10 years ago! #swoon <3
So now lets get to some of the sweet stuff...as a contributor to the shoo,t I knew I wanted to incorporate the iconic apple from the movie but with a Fall twist. We had agreed to incorporate rich Fall tones and so I knew the classic caramel apple would be the perfect fit. Giving a sense of comfort and woodsy feeling all in one.
White Glove Rentals had the perfect delicate cart (as pictured below) that gave off the vintage rustic vibe I was going for yet, it still had some elegance to it. I remember when I first saw it, I definitely didn't want to cover the intricate details of the cart but instead, showcase all the curves and details it had. With the help of Mimoza Florals the cart felt like it was meant to be outside in the woods all along.
I opted to use glassware that had some gold detailing to it in order to elevate the look of the bar cart. I mean after all, it was for a princess. My friends over at Flavor Cupcakery came through with the most spot on colored French Macarons. I told them I needed a neutral option and a deep red option and boy did they deliver. I added some gold sugar to the bottom of all the glassware and cake stand to add in some texture.
Our model had the perfect "Snow White" skin and rich dark hair. Not to mention the most flawless complexation you could imagine. It didn't take long for her to completely transform into the modern day yet timeless Disney princess we were after.
With tones of deep red and gold the idea to elevate Snow White's look to a more glamorous feel was easily achieved, even when she's outside in the woods. Every vendor brought their A game and the cottage look came together seamlessly. No detail was missed.
For being my first experience on a styled shoot I have to admit it was unbelievable. I had the most incredible time collaborating with other vendors and creating this imaginary world for a day. It not only sparked new ideas and inspiration but new friendships within the industry as well. It makes you appreciate each others talents so much more when working side by side with them on a shared idea. The phrase team work makes the dream work really rings true during an experience like this. Needless to say I'm always game for a styled shoot session with my fellow creatives, they got me hooked!
For more details on each contributing vendor make sure you check out the list of creatives below. Each and every one of them deserves some love, they are beyond talented!
Photography: Living Radiant Photography
Venue: The Elkridge Furnace Inn
Coordinator: Rose Gold Events
Hair & Makeup: Something Blu Beauty
Wedding Dress: Bridal Boutique
Groom Attire: Capital Custom Clothiers
Florals: Mimoza Designs
Rentals & Props: White Glove Rentals
Wood Dining Table: Barnes Farm Tables
Props: Lighthouse Lazer
Stationary: Allison Barnhill
French Macarons: Flavor Cupcakery
Candy Apples: Truly Scrumptious Candy & Dessert Bars
Linens: Gala Cloths