Between myself and Brandi, a fellow photographer from Alexis June Weddings, working to set up our first styled shoot for our “Everything but the Bride” series (and my first styled shoot ever), I was so happy everything was falling into place perfectly. Until the Wednesday before when Brandi’s chat message popped up, “It’s supposed to rain.”
The forecast will change, I thought. And it did…to snow. Did I mention the shoot revolved around the rooftop of Brandi’s Queens apartment building, complete with skyline view of Manhattan?
Here it was, mid-March, we had a fabulous Spring shoot planned in a fabulous location. Last year, we had 80 degree weather. If only…
Despite Mother Nature, we pulled it all off. It’s even hard to tell the girls’ squeals aren’t from delight but from the cold wind gusting around them…kudos to their light-hearted spirit despite it all! And even though you can’t see the sparkling lights of Manhattan in the distance, like Oz it is always there somewhere…
About the shoot:
We wanted it to be a little bit modern, mixed with a little bit of quirk and a whole lot of romance in styling this shoot. We also wanted to highlight a growing trend of brides choosing to use only younger members of their families in the wedding party. We outfitted our four junior bridesmaids and flower girl in coordinating ensembles of peach, ivory and of course tulle! It’s the perfect look for a summer garden wedding, and the pieces are things the girls can take home and wear everyday, so there’s a practicality moms will love!
We added hints of emerald, which is turning out to be the hottest color this wedding season. It’s the perfect color complement to the pastel peach tones and just sparkles in sunlight, if only we’d had sunlight!
Special thanks to Trish from Karma Flowers and Trunk Vintage Rentals, who drove over an hour to add all the extra touches to make this day look so special. I just love the emerald cocktail glasses she sourced just for the occasion, and the edible flower ice cubes were her flash of brilliance! I’ve had the honor to work with her since and she is just incredible!
Secret confession time: I don’t care how old I get, I will always have a fondness for helium balloons! They are just so whimsical and carefree :)
A few days before the shoot, Trish contacted me, asking if I could source some flowers from a local Manhattan bodega and freeze the blooms for the cocktail table. Being my mother’s daughter and wanting to make sure they were perfect, I looked up how to make them ala Martha Stewart and even picked up some square ice cube trays from Sur La Table. Stay tuned, I’ll be doing a blog post on them in the near future!
One Sweet Slice, you know the Salt Lake City based winner of Cupcake Wars, provided these delicious peach and gold flake cake pops. I’ve never been so happy to have a shoot end so we could dig in to them!
A wedding is not complete without favors! Whether it’s for guests, or just a special thank you for bridesmaids, these handmade soaps from Madison Avenue Soaps are pretty AND practical!
And for some behind-the-scenes action, we couldn’t thank Krystle Rodriguez and Shavon Calderon enough for their fantastic (and speedy!) work on hair and makeup:
A huge thank you to all of the fabulous ladies involved on this endeavor! Brandi and I could not have done it without you and we appreciate all the hard work! It also paid off, this shoot was just picked up and featured on Every Last Detail!!! Needless to say, I am more than a little excited. I see champagne in my near future :)
Flowers: Karma Flowers
Props: Trunk Vintage Rentals
Makeup: Shavon Calderon
Hair: Krystle Rodriguez
Fashion: Stephanie Groves
Hair Accessories: Hushed Commotion
Soaps: Madison Avenue Soaps
Stationery: Jessica Bishop Paperie
Desserts: One Sweet Slice