Some of my favorite work as a photographer has come from working in styled shoots. Having the freedom to experiment with different angles and techniques allows for time for me to grow in my craft, and furthermore, give my clients a more enhanced and refined experience. Recently, I had the privilege of working with an extremely talented group of people to create, what I believe to be, something nearly heaven-sent. This particular shoot was full of so much detail and precision, and together, we really brought this art to life. Let’s take a closer look.
As with any major collaboration, it’s important to have a great planner and designer. Sara Skinner from Scarlet Plan and Design was the perfect stylist for this session, and really worked with us to put our best work forward, and create something truly spectacular. She has such a clear vision, and direct sense of leadership. Her company specializes in “non traditional” weddings, and it’s clear to see that her talent shines through all of her work. This beautiful, practically angelic session could not have happened without her elegant and clean style.
In order to tell a story, it’s important to have the perfect backdrop. The Parsonage, located in Charleston, South Carolina, was the perfect setting for our bridal story. Complete with lush, gorgeous greenery, an English garden, piazzas, and a timeless interior, this beautiful estate is the perfect choice for any bride’s classic southern wedding. The calming, pastel pink architecture and clean, white accents were the perfect combination of sophisticated and vintage, which really helped to instill our theme throughout the entire shoot. Having the opportunity to work in such a beautiful venue is one of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer, and I consider myself blessed to get to observe different types of art in this way.
When it comes to wedding planning, one of the most highly anticipated and well received details of the day is the wedding dress. In this particular shoot, we had a multitude of gowns featured, all of which were graciously provided by Garnish & Frill via Fabulous Frocks. While each of these dresses had their own special styles and flairs, they all seemed to blend flawlessly with each other, and really helped to create that perfect vintage feeling, without feeling outdated. From lace detailing and embroidery, to crystal and pearl accents, every detail was perfectly executed, and truly made for a beautiful scene. And of course, the hair and makeup on our beautiful models was done by Wedding Hair by Charlotte. Her eye for detail and precision really helped to enhance our models’ natural beauty, and established that light, effortless aesthetic that we were going for.
One of my personal favorite aspects of this session was the wedding cake. This gorgeous cake was created by Vintage Soul Cakes, and it’s safe to say that it was one of the highlights of the day. Clean, delicate petals with crisp gold edges made up the body of the cake, with the center of the flower featured near the top of the cake. When I first saw the cake, I couldn’t believe that it was actually edible! This cake is my personal definition of “too stunning to eat”. The utter skill and craftsmanship required to make this cake is far beyond anything I could imagine, and was even more impressive in person. For those brides who are in the market for a unique cake, look no further than this bakery!
As we move through the beauty of this shoot, you can’t help but stop and smell the roses, literally. In order to keep true to the airy, heavenly aesthetic of this session, we needed the perfect floral arrangements. Wildflowers Inc truly outdid themselves, and created an assortment of arrangements to go with each of our scenes. From soft, warm, red rose arrangements, to delicate, pastel bouquets, each and every arrangement was crafted to perfection. Put it on Paper Stationary crafted the perfect invitations to showcase our theme, and even complemented the flowers on display to a tee! These delicate, sweet details were really the perfect complements to our session.
Last, but certainly not least, every great styled shoot wouldn’t be complete without its props. Soft, tufted couches, light wooden dining tables, and delicate, pastel china made up the reception areas, and set the scene for the perfect, timeless dining experience. Light, rose gold utensils and crisp champagne flutes accented our china, and sat perfectly with the floral arrangements above. A huge thank you to Event Works, The French Eclectic, and Paper and Pine for your talents and assistance with our props and set.
This particular styled shoot was truly a showcase of the talent and hard work of each and every one of these amazing vendors and artists. I always leave these sessions feeling so inspired and encouraged from the work I was able to capture. Every single person involved was such an important part of the overall session, and we could not have done this amazing styled shoot without every single vendor.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed looking through the Parsonage Styled Shoot, and leave feeling inspired. If you are interested in putting together your own styled shoot, check out our blog on how to get started here: https://vitor-lindo.com/putting-together-a-styled-shoot-for-the-beginner-wedding-photographer/.
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