My good friend Mary is a Photographer. She does wedding, portraits, family portraits and all sort of good stuff. If you remember, In December, she gave me a free printable for you to download. Mary is busy expanding her business and she decided to do a stylized shoot. A stylized shoot is where a photographer sets up parts of a wedding reception and ceremony and stages in order to photograph elements of a wedding. It allows customers to see what she can do as she showcases a wedding.
Many of the photographs you see in a wedding magazines are staged weddings. There are some that are actual weddings, but advertisements and some features are staged wedding with models. What does all this have to do with me? Well, part of setting up a stylized shoot is you recruit vendor’s to help you. It is an opportunity for a vendor to get to showcase their talents and gain more customers. I am not a vendor, but I have decorated a few weddings so Mary asked me to do the staging. Mary knew what theme she wanted and she is relying on me to create that vision for her. For about a month I started putting together mood boards and pinning things to a private mood board. I gave Mary a few options and once she decided on one it was “Ready, Set, Go” to find all of things that we needed to make it happen. Once the style board was in place we were able to go to the vendors to present the theme. The fun thing, is they get to use their creativity to fit our plan!
The Theme: 1920′s Great Gatsby-Esque Wedding
I am not going to tell you which one we are doing, but here are the three options I send to Mary:
Source: Fabric for tablecloth (background) fabric.com (background); Dinner Plates: RubyLane.com; Camera’s: Lack Luster; Gold Votive’s: Candle Select; Crystal votive: Rubylane.com; Trumpet Vase: Candleabrasforweddings.com; Feathers: Eventwholesale.com; Vintage Glasses: Vintage Rhino, Etsy Napkin: Napkinfoldingguide.com; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design Etsy (recolored by me); Flowers: Ruffled Blog Chair: Pinterest
Source: Fabric for tablecloth (background) fabric.com; Dinner Plates: RubyLane.com; Camera’s: Lack Luster Gold Votive’s: Koyal Wholesale Crystal votive: Rubylane.com; Trumpet Vase: Candleabrasforweddings.com; Feathers: Eventwholesale.com; Vintage Glasses: Vintage Rhino, Etsy Napkin: Napkinfoldingguide.com; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design Etsy (recolored by me) Flower: Ruffled Blog Chair: Pinterest
Source: Fabric for tablecloth (background) fabric.com (background) fabric.com; Dinner Plates:RubyLane.com; Camera’s: Lack Luster Gold Votive’s: Candle Select Crystal votive: Rubylane.com; Trumpet Vase:Candleabrasforweddings.com; Feathers:Eventwholesale.com; Vintage Glasses: Machomachisimovintagephotostream Napkin: Napkinfoldingguide.com; Menu: Purple Sapphire Design, Etsy (recolored by me); Flower: Red Dahlia; Chair: Pinterest (re-colored by me)
She was really excited about one of them so I am running with it. Here is a hint:
You probably think you know which one we picked, but I may be having these re-upholstered or painting the upholstery them to fit the grey option. I still can’t believe I found these 1920′s appropriate fan chairs.
Here is what I am in charge of getting ready:
- Reception Table – I will do everything but the flowers. We shared with them what we wanted and there is a vendor providing those.
- Entry Table
- Dessert Table – I do everything but the food. We have a vendor providing a cake and other goodies
- Odds and ends for props of certain shots
I don’t want to share too much but here are a few things to look for:
- We are shooting at a train station
- We are shooting at a massive lakeside estate
- We are shooting during the day
- We are shooting at night
- A bridal shop is allowing us to borrow a vintage wedding dress
- We have models
- We are looking for a hair dresser. (If you are in the Branson Area and you want to show off your talent…hopefully to be published in Wedding Online and Print Publications…email me)
What does this mean for you?
I have learned stylized shoots you go all out to create a theme. I shows what you can do, elements of and it inspires elements for readers. Of course, I am the DIY queen so I will have some DIY tutorials for all of you who are looking for wedding centerpieces. These could be used for weddings, showers, or even fun party events. Soon after the reveal post, I will share how you can create the look we have on a budget. Are you excited? Okay, you don’t have to be, but I am.
The 1920s…they are coming back in style almost 100 years later. Isn’t that crazy? Thinking of how everything comes back around, I feel the need to get on my knees and pray. Soon the 1980′s wedding with tinsel backdrops and poofy wedding dress sleeves will return. Hopefully, we will all have the creativity to rehab it.
Have a Great Monday,