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St. Louis Wedding – 60s Mod

May 01, 2017

Today would have been the 50 Year wedding anniversary for Elvis & Priscilla…

…so in honor of that, we are proud to present photos of a St. Louis wedding styled shoot we did at this year’s Shutterfest (the most kick-ass photography conference on the planet)! www.shutterfest.com

I absolutely LOVE doing styled shoots!

Putting them together helps get some creative ideas out of my head and into the camera.  They let me stretch my creative legs and they give me a good chance to practice lighting and posing (so that I’m not doing that at my client’s weddings).

When I was first starting out, styled shoots helped me build my portfolio, build relationships with vendors, and helped my SEO by getting published (inbound links, woop!).

The idea for this shoot has been in my brain for several years now, and finally got the chance to make it happen for my class “Rock Your Styled Shoots”.  I wanted to give my students something they could use in their own portfolios by putting together all (or most) of the elements you would see on a wedding day, in a really cool way.

We live by the phrase, “Go big, or go home!”…

Putting together a styled shoot in another city where no one knows me was a little bit challenging.  I had to “sell” the idea to work with me and do it for free, and promise my vendors that it would be worth their while.  It’s not an easy thing to do!  Thankfully, these professionals are just that and we made it all come together – this shoot wouldn’t be half as cool if it weren’t for them, and for that I am so grateful for their help!

From invitations to a tablescape, and all the details in between, I’m stoked to present my “60’s mod” themed shoot!  I love rock n roll (my daughter was named after The King), and big hair & makeup from that era.

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The Story

My favorite part of putting together a shoot is the story.  Johnny and Presley ran off and got married at the Court House.  They’re so in love and happy to be with each other that all that other stuff didn’t matter.  They then threw a reception so their friends and family could celebrate with them…

We about died when we found this design on Pinterest, and decided to use it as inspo.  We tried to incorporate different things from Elvis such as the hashtag #lovemetender – the wedding website foolsrushin.com – the Sun Records label – and some of the wording throughout the invitation suite.

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Gaaaah!  Aren’t the gorgeous?!

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I must have told them 100 times, “You guys are so cute!”

Working with professional models makes a WORLD of difference!  Stephanie & Josh (a real couple to boot) were absolutely fantastic.  Their communication before the shoot was spot on, always getting right back to me, and being very involved with getting the right details together on their end.  Models have a reputation for being “flaky”, or unreliable.  NOT the case with these two… professionalism goes a long way!  Not to mention that they were absolutely ADORABLE together…

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We were on a time crunch (since the first set of models never got back to me), so I didn’t have time to get Josh a suit.  He happened to have his own navy suit and bought a yell0w tie to match the details of the shoot!  I found the perfect little record cuff links on Etsy tying in the rock-n-roll aspect.

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We listened to my Elvis playlist while getting ready for the shoot!

Stephanie’s dress came from Denver with me from one of my most favorite shops, Little White Dress.   Covered in pearls and tea length, it was absolutely perfect. We added some yellow “pop” with a petticoat found on Etsy, and her shoes were found at Target for $10!  Her earrings and necklace were my Grandmother’s that she got in Hawaii in the 60’s.  I love how the yellow center of the plumeria works for this shoot!  I also wanted to do something more authentic and different than what you see in today’s weddings (pearls or rhinestones).  Her hair & makeup was done by me…big hair & big lashes…

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…had they left it unattended, I might have made off with it!

I LOVE old cars, in fact I’m a total sucker for them, and try to incorporate one every chance I get.  So of course I HAD to have one for this and found a white 1957 Lincoln at Motoexotica in St. Louis.  My friends down there were fantastic to work with and they were so professional and excited to help us out!  The car was beyond perfect and absolutely gorgeous

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Being that I’m in Denver, obviously I am not able to fly with a table, chairs, etc. to St. Louis.  Thankfully, I found An Affair To Remember to help with all the tablescape details.  They helped me last year, so of course they were my first stop.  Blakely and I brainstormed through Pinterest and came up with some really cool ideas.  I loved the thought of using milk glass, and Blakely already had a ton of it, including a cake stand! The linen she chose reminds me of the velvet wall paper from the 60’s!

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Speaking of cake, my new friends over at the award-winning bakery, The Sweet Divine made a perfect little cake for the shoot, which looked adorable on the milk glass cake stand!  We used two little glass “birds of happiness” bought at an antique shop for the cake toppers…

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Their choice in flowers made everything look so sweet and cute!!

Tying everything together flawlessly were the flowers!  Artistry Florist & Event Design put together the bouquet, boutanniere, and centerpiece.  Using daisies and those little round balls (don’t know what they’re called), they were beyond perfect.

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I put the other details together from stuff I already had (the cute blue suitcase for cards), or found at thrift stores and antique shops, or made my me (invitations, signage).

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#lovemetender – adorable right?

Even though I am ALL FOR unplugged weddings, so many couples are incorporating unique hashtags as a way to collect all those iphone photos…so why not us!?

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The “guest book” vinyl was found on Etsy at American Vinyl Co., and we had the students in the class sign it (the names of the Bride & Groom are actually my kids’ names!).

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Venue:  Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO  |  Dress:  Little White Dress  |  Formal wear:  Model’s own  |  Tablescape:  An Affair To Remember  |  Florals:  Artistry Florist & Event Design  |  Chair Rentals:  Weinhardt’s  |  Cake:  The Sweet Divine  |  Guest Book:  American Vinyl Co.  |  Vehicle:  Motoexotica  |   Hair & Makeup:  Jewels Gray  |  Shout out to my friend who took a load of stuff I couldn’t fit in my suitcase:  Vinessa Olp |  Special THANK YOU to my lovely Assistant Sharon!!  |  Special SPECIAL THANK YOU to my girl Chelsea for being my wheels while in town xo


Destination Wedding in Hawaii | Rachel & Matt

April 04, 2017

Rachel & Matt’s Hawaiian destination wedding was the trip of a lifetime!

One of our awesome friend’s and colleagues invited us to join them in Hawaii to shoot her sister’s wedding on the North Shore.  Amanda is one of our amazing photographers, so when she wanted us to shoot Rachel’s wedding, we were stoked and honored!

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Rachel & Matt met when Amanda ran into him at a bar.  He was a tall, scruffy-looking thing, freshly back in the city from a geology rock-hunting trip.  Knowing her sister loves nerdy geology stuff like that, she forced her sister to meet them at the bar, and the rest is history.  They’re both super laid-back people who seem to have not a care in the world.

Our home for the week was one of the houses reserved for the pro-surfers during competition season, right on the beach.  We spent a week on the North Shore drinking beer, playing in the waves, and stuffing our faces with chocolate haupia pie from a local’s favorite spot, Ted’s Bakery.

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Rachel got her dress from one of our favorite shops in Denver, Little White Dress

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The intimate ceremony was held at the Haliewa Alii State Park on the North Shore

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Their friend George performed the ceremony and it was blessed with sea turtles swimming by…

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Rachel’s ring held stones that Matt found on one of his gemstone hunts in the Rocky Mountains.  His band was handmade by the talented Jessica Robin Thomas at Crow Jane Jewelry (she does custom pieces too)!!  See more of her work here:  crowjanejewelry.com

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On the way back to the beach house, we stopped in the Waimea Valley Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.  The lighting was AMAZING at that time of day, and the trees were magical.

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(One of the best photos we took all week – Amanda & Brad – thanks for such a killer trip!)

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Thanks to all the vendors that helped to make this wedding unforgettable:

Threshold Catering  |  Little White Dress  |  Hair & Makeup by Jewels*  |  Ted’s Bakery  |  Crow Jane Jewelry  |  Hawaii Eco Weddings

Urban Denver Wedding | Magnolia Hotel | Lacy & Chris

March 16, 2017

Lacy & Chris |  Magnolia Hotel | Denver.CO

This was an urban Denver wedding in the heart of Downtown.  It was perfect for Lacy & Chris!  They’re both so easy-going but also super cool and badass.

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“The Magnolia Hotel provides a unique wedding venue in Denver that combines a rich history with modern boutique decor.

The Magnolia Ballroom is located adjacent to the hotel in a historic bank building, the ballroom is renowned for its amazing glass atrium ceiling. Formerly the lobby of the United States National Bank building, the space is the only street-level ballroom in Denver, with its amazing history and a spectacular style that was completely renovated in March 2009. The ballroom is nothing short of magnificent. The Magnolia Ballroom is a superb Denver wedding venue that accommodates up to 180 guests for a seated affair, and 250 for a cocktail reception.

The Magnolia Lounge is a delightful venue for ceremonies and receptions with a lush rock formation and water backdrop. A distinctive Denver weddings venue, The Lounge can accommodate 140 for receptions, 180 for ceremonies.”

For more information, CLICK HERE

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Chariese & Clayton | Arrowhead Colorado Wedding

December 04, 2016

Chariese & Clayton’s Colorado Wedding at Arrowhead Golf Club was full of symobolism…

The number 4 was always special to them, so it made sense to have their wedding on December 4th.  They both worked at Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton, so it also made sense that they would host their wedding at this gorgeous venue.  With a backdrop of sandstone flatirons, Clayton {officially} proposed to Chariese before the ceremony, surrounded by their best friends and family.

As a widow, Chariese wanted to wear a black dress for the ceremony, then changed to a white wedding dress before the reception to symbolize her change from widow to wife.  Her high-heeled Chuck Taylor’s were my favorite!  As a non-traditional couple, Clayton also did the opposite of most couples and wore a white tux.

The lingering snow inhibited our adventurous spirits for photos, but we still pushed the limits of the golf carts.  Just as the sun hit that perfect warm spot in the sky, we made some incredible imagery for them.

Arrowhead Golf Club is nestled in the striking flat irons of Roxborough Park and the foothill views are one-of-a-kind. This venue offers a striking, majestic Colorado backdrop that makes our events a step above the rest! Arrowhead is one of America’s most photographed golf courses. The accessible mountain property is surrounded by extreme elevation changes, dramatic vistas and thousands of feet of ancient red sandstone rocks.

Arrowhead Golf Club is a full-service meeting and special event facility providing private meeting rooms and full on-site catering. From weddings, business meetings to holiday parties to company socials, Arrowhead Golf Club offers a memorable experience for all guests.”

For more information, visit their website here: http://www.arrowheadcolorado.com/-weddings-and-events 

Enjoy a few of our favorites from this sweet Colorado wedding, and Happy First Anniversary to one of our favorite couples…

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