Friday, November 11, 2011

Bohemian Beach Styled Shoot

I can finally share with you the much anticipated styled shoot I have been working on with many talented Savannah area vendors! We set up on the north end of Tybee by the lighthouse and it was such a gorgeous day to be shooting. We all worked very hard to pull it together and I am so happy with the results. Here are the list of vendors who helped to put this shoot together.
Photography: Alexis Sweet Photography
Styling and Flowers: 
All the Little Details Designs
Models: Nicole and Bobby
Hair and Makeup: Color Boxx
Dress: Nicole Miller by BleuBelle Bridal
Stationary: 1420 DeZigns
Dove Release: Lowcountry Lovebirds
Hair Piece: Makebelieven


It has been featured on two wedding blogs the bridal detective and  the oceanside bride!!!

What started as a tiny idea....what if we used a Moroccan rug on a beach to create a beautifully styled beach wedding scene....soon turned into a full size beach wedding shoot!! Alexis and I planned this shoot from the very beginning, going back and forth sharing ideas, inspirations, concepts, which culminated into our concept of the Boho Beach Theme. Once the theme was decided, off I went brainstorming how to style the shoot and of course I had so much fun shopping for all the details! Krissy of Make Believe'N creates beautifully handmade custom bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, sashes, belts, fascinators, but I thought, why not make a headband, and voila! Krissy made one just to our liking! She was wonderful to work with and listened to exactly what I was envisioning to match the dress, sea shell necklaces and shell tablescape sweetheart table.
Next came the idea of a flowing ribbon ceremony scene, which was created by different materials from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores, shell necklaces that were attached into one long chain, and wood poles from a hardware store. Very simple DIY that I created, which can be even more elaborate if you choose to buy more ribbon, shear fabric and have a good amount of patience. To finish off this amazing "wedding ceremony" why not add some love birds!!?? I had my fingers crossed that Tina of Lowcountry Lovebirds would say yes to letting us use her beautiful doves for our shoot-and she said YES! You may remember my post about how to honor loved ones at your wedding, doves can be a symbolic gesture for remembrance of a family member who has passed. The coolest part that I found out about the doves, was that after their release they are instinctively drawn to go back home to their mates and offspring, they will circle the area, figure out where they are, then head home, and go right back into their cages!! The doves are able to fly home from several hundred miles away!!!
My husband also had a hand in helping out with this shoot too. He actually spray painted, hand stenciled the letters and aged the "Shoes Optional" sign. When having a beach wedding, it's always fun to go barefoot! Valerie of 1420 DeZigns, LLC A Custom Stationery Studio created beautiful invitations, program fans, and little tags for the oyster knives guest favors.   
Something you would be surprised to know is that Nicole, my assistant and Bobby are just friends. A huge thank you to Nicole's boyfriend who was ok with us doing this shoot and being a good sport!! Also to Allie Morris, Alexis' assistant/2nd shooter, who volunteered her time to help us trek through the sand shlepping all the items needed for the shoot and help where needed. She also supplied those killer Ray Bans.






On to the sweetheart table!!! This was super fun for me to design and shop for the details. All the shells were from my house which have been collected over the years or bought at beach surf shops. The glass jars were recycled and the upside down wine glass idea with flower and candle was an inspiration from a post on http://emmalinebride.com/.
Last scene was the GRAND FINALE! As the sun was setting we rushed to set up the Moroccan rug gorgeous champagne toast filled with pillows, delicious food platter, and accoutrements, that came out AMAZING!!! All of our hard work can really be seen in this last shot of Nicole and Bobby lounging on the rug. Pure exhaustion set in!! The images of the flowers I worked hard to create for the bouquet, boutonniere, and small arrangements with the pomegranate, star fruit, figs, grapes, pears, etc fruit platter and Cupcake Vineyard champagne are probably my favorite pictures! I had a vision of pearls, feathers, flowers and shells in my mind while putting together the flowers and LOVE how they turned out. Big thank you to Carlstedt wholesale florist located on 515 Barnard Street in Savannah, GA where I purchased the beautiful flowers from, BleuBelle Bridal for letting us borrow the wedding gown, and ColorBoxx for doing the makeup and hair!



5 comments

  1. This is beautiful - I love the beach wedding theme, the first shot is fab!

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  2. You and your shoot team did an amazing job. Loved the vibe and all the details.

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  3. Well done – it makes a nice change to read something that makes sense. Pleasing on the eye too. You have a real nice site!…

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