I am elated to finally share this photo shoot with you all today. The final product is much more than I could have ever asked for, and I am so thankful for all of the folks that helped this come to life. I know I've been spouting off about our vendors a lot, but I cannot thank them enough. Each and every one of them brought something unique to the table, and helped us create something really, really beautiful. It's hard to find words to pair with the images below- I am so enamored with each one of them. Each detail and contribution was better than I envisioned- to the point where I got choked up multiple times while we were on-site that day. I know that may seem a little silly, but it could not be helped. I built a freaking table runner out of books, for goodness sake, and we stuffed those books full of peonies and hanging amaranthus! I can't think of anything dreamier.
Normally when I am asked to participate in a photo shoot, there is already a preexisting theme or inspiration behind it. I make a list of all of my client's "must-haves," and run with it from there. This particular photo shoot was a little different. My partner in crime, Nikki of Nikki Santerre Photography, and I were able to build the inspiration of this shoot from the ground up, and mold it into whatever we wanted it to be. After seeing the photo shoot challenge prompt on Burnett's Boards, we quickly decided that we wanted to focus our shoot around ink- specifically literature and calligraphy. The rest of the details just seemed to flow.
Tears flooded my eyes when Nikki sent the images to me, and I have looked at them often since then. They feel romantic, a little lush. The images speak of a classic love- an enduring, sure romance. And that's what we wanted to make. I think I can call our work on this shoot a success because of the way it makes me feel.
Without further ado (and more rambling,) I'd love for you to take a look at the images below. You'll see a mixture of film photography and digital images- all of which I know you're going to really love. Please don't forget to take a peek at the end of the post and give our fabulous vendors love!
Vendors: Photography and Creative Direction: Nikki Santerre Photography Creative Direction and Styling: Amanda Burnette Flowers: Anthomanic | Furniture Rentals: Paisley and Jade Calligraphy: Letters of Grace Calligraphy | Cake and Petit Fours: Sweet Fix Venue: Virginia Center for Architecture | Hair and make up: Emily Hudspeth Dress: Ava Laurenne | Models: Kimberly Barkley and Andrew Denn