As though I need to say it, I am truly excited to share this shoot with you! A mega thank you to Ruffled to featuring this shoot on their amazing blog yesterday. If you missed it you can see it HERE. I approach editorial shoots the same way that I do weddings, with editorial flair, and emotionally captivating images that allow people and details to be illuminated. I shoot images that I think will appeal to the couple and tell their story.
Whenever I shoot, it is important to me that everything has a cohesive feel. I want the story of the day to flow, and beautifully. This is the story of Seneca and Tristan who first met years ago at camp. Once the Seneca said "Yes!" planning ensued and the love birds mutually agreed that holding the wedding at that same camp would make the day even more meaningful. They combined contemporary elements with an homage to camping to create a magical, fun and whimsical evening. And so our story begins...
Holly Chapple made Mother Nature proud with this hair wreath. With wind in her hair, Seneca's flowing tendrils mimic the light and breezy feel of her gorgeous dress.
The invitations by Paper Zest, in a very understated manner communicated that this wedding was going to be organic, beautiful and laid back. The design choices of invitations, the font, the colors, the envelopes, all communicate so much more than words could.
The teepee, by House in Habitat is the ultimate lounge area. Set up with cushions and draped in that stunning red amaranthus (which one usually sees used in green) it feels completely cozy and inviting.
This bouquet is amazing. I love the different sizes of florals. Notice the really tight, small clustered florals and the large sunflower setting off the color scheme. Notice the thick tendrils of red amaranthus and the loops of twine! This is the work of a floral artist and master.
This was a rare and magical moment. We spotted a cicada breaking out of its shell to make its ascent into a tree and become an adult. This electric mint color lasts for a few minutes before the bug quickly becomes brown again. Such an appropriate metaphor for a wedding! Breaking away from one's single past to start a new life in matrimony.
This is one of my favorite shots from the day. When I see an animal skull, I can't help myself! They are so beautiful in their own way and perfectly complimented the rustic bouquet.
I love the calligraphy on this card. The loose loops, the color, the flower, all support the theme of the wedding story. Those utensils...just perfect.
When I first saw this table and these unique wooden chairs I thought "Surely this must be an heirloom from some lucky devil's Grandmother." I was so wrong. DC Rentals just has an amazing array of possibilities!
The abundance of the table flowers were so welcoming, so vibrant. Just looking at the table scape feels like a big hug.
Flower petals in the water! What a beautiful, elegant touch to make even the water become a special element of the dinner. Notice the feather handles for the butter and cheese knives!
An ice cream station to lure guests. Featuring local organic fruit and vanilla bean ice cream, even the dessert supports the feel of the event. The colors also look marvelous.
The ladies are engaging in a time-honored tradition of "warming the ring." The ring is passed along a string from one bridesmaid to the next, "warming" it. So sweet.
Laura Ritchie of Events in The City actually made this feathered leather hair piece. Events in The City, by the way, has a reputation of going above and beyond! The twine and floral necklace was made by Holly Chapple. I was left wondering if there is anything that these ladies can't do!?
This gorgeous dress is from Twinkle by Wenlan at Loehmann's. It stole the show. I loved how the pattern was sparse enough to still show a lot of white
The grounds of Weather Lea Farm in Leesburg, Virginia are gorgeous. There are animals, rolling fields, barns and more gorgeous trees and plants than you can shake a stick at.
Is this not the cutest idea for a favor? Not only is it the perfect touch for a camp-bohemian styled wedding, but it is delicious! Each bundle by Studio DIY holds a kit for s'mores, a bar of chocolate, a brick of homemade marshmallow and grahams.
Shoot Location: Washington, DC / Event Design & Styling, Tassels, and Headbands: Events In The City / Venue: Weather Lea Farm / Paper Goods: Paper Zest / Wedding Flowers: Holly Chapple Flowers / Wedding Dress: Twinkle by Wenlan from Loehmann’s / Hair and Makeup: Claudine Fay / Rentals: DC Rental / Tee Pee: House in Habit / Bridesmaids Dresses, Throw Pillows, Bath Rug, and Table Items: Anthropologie / Vintage Sugar Sack, Berry Picker, Ice Cream Tub: The Cottage / Antique Handkerchief Favors: Studio DIY