I’ve been hearing about this Style Dictionary shoot for quite some time because it was put together by a group of local wedding pros here in Tampa. This shoot was styled around the location- an inspiring old house being restored. Upon seeing the house, Matthew R Photo and Ashton Events knew exactly which styles they wanted to use for their shoot- romantic and unique of course, but more than anything, exposed and vintage. I’m going to let Laura of Ashton Events take over with explaining…
We sketched four different shots (2 ceremony and 2 reception), playing into each room’s best features. We drew from raw materials, a neutral color palette, and a variety of textures in designing our look for the day. We didn’t want the shoot to feel lifeless, but instead to capture a very raw, almost undone state.
The first look for the ceremony was simple & romantic. We draped a single sheet of gauze from the ceiling and strung garlands of star anise down the front. We hung a custom-made chandelier in front of it, which gave off the most incredible reflections throughout the room. Talk about dreamy.
A Fine Press, created stationery for the shoot, using engraved acrylic with a faux wood grain. Look closely at the back of the invitation for the chickenwire blind impression. A true “where’s waldo” treat!
The second look for the ceremony was a more exposed look. We double draped torn neutral toned fabric garlands to create a soft background for the exposed lighting fixture (that the photographer made!!). We loved the complete difference between the two looks, and how the atmosphere changed for both.
My favorite ceremony setup is the second one. There’s something about things that hang… ;) There are SO many awesome photos from this shoot- I HAD to split it up, so Part 2 is coming right up!
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