Back in December, while our great friends Amy and Jared were planning their wedding, we realized that the sun would be long gone by the time the ceremony was over, along with any potentials photos of the happy couple as newlyweds. We saw an opportunity to put together a creative Bride/Groom portrait session once they returned from their honeymoon to make up for the inability to capture these shots on their actual wedding day in the form of a “styled shoot.”
Nowadays in the photography world, these mystical “styled shoots” are the culmination of ideas from multiple vendors including florists, cake designers, dress retailers, photographers, and even caterers. For all intents and purposes, a styled shoot is a glorified mock-up wedding day to express potential themes and display vendor creativity that could be potentially applied to anyone’s wedding day! It’s pretty cool to set it all up and be amidst different wedding vendors celebrating their trade!
When we started speaking about this shoot, I knew I wouldn’t be able to pull it off alone, which is why I called a good friend and faithful mentor, Katie Pietrowski. When Katie and I sat down with Amy to brainstorm the details of the day, we started going over some of the details that Amy and Jared had on their wedding day. The two things that stuck out in our conversation were Amy’s grey wool shoes and Jared’s custom-knitted wool ties for him and his groomsmen. All of a sudden, our conversation exploded with the ideas we could bring to the table; yarn, wool, Christmas lights (also present on Amy and Jared’s day). We had our foundation, and now it was just pulling it all together.
We could NOT have pulled this off without the amazing people a part of the day; first, TreBella Florist out of Durham. These three Italian sisters are littering so many wedding blogs and magazines lately with their breathtaking bouquets and stylings, and to be honest, these three ladies are three of the most humble I’ve met, especially given their unbelievable success! The only thing Katie and I asked of them was to have FiddleHead Ferns a part of the floral arrangements, because we wanted to tie in the wool yarn shape into the plant life. The rest was totally up to them! They knocked it out of the park, as you can very well see!
Secondly, we need to thank Jamie Morehouse from Cakes to Envy for the super-unique cake she put together for the shoot. Again, we told her the theme, and away she went on her little sketchpad. By the end of our meeting, she had an idea for a three-layer cake with balls of yarn as accents.
Third, we could not have done it without the help of some dear friends of Amy’s who lent us their sheep farm to really set the mood. When we pulled up to the beautiful piece of land on the other side of Creedmoor, Katie, Ashley and I were floored! It looked like something out of a movie. There were free range chickens just clucking about as a backdrop of serenading sheep, goats and horses roamed their pasture with an orchestra of farm animal sounds. And due to an unfortunate incident with a horse’s hoof that left its tail as crooked as a lightning bolt, a single cat named Bolt boldly tampered with our lighting fixtures. Mr. & Mrs. Humphrey were beyond hospitable, catering to our slightest needs and desires, and freely offering their home to us to thaw from the chilly temperature. We thank you so much!
Lastly, we need to thank the incredible help we had from both Amy’s sister, Beka, and my beloved Ashley. Without their dedication to our cause that day, we’d probably still be out there packing it all up! Beka was responsible for Amy’s hair, and Ashley was killing it from the alternate angles (check out her “behind the scenes” shots of us putting this together on Blest’s Facebook Page). We couldn’t have done it without you two.
Without further ramblings, we hope you all enjoy!
You wanna talk about thrifty? Katie and I found all of the silver, plate and glassware at local antique shops or the ever-trusty, Durham Rescue Mission Thrift Store on 70! Not only did this cake LOOK great, but I tell you, it tasted out of this world! I think 3 other people managed to get a slice, and then I devoured the entire thing.Wait..is that a…a…a lamb?? Thank you again, Amy & Jared, for letting us throw this little shoot together for you! We are so thankful you two were willing to let us get creative on you. We wish you the best!!!