Not to toot my own horn, but this was my first ever styled wedding photoshoot and goodness am I proud of it. Of course, I lucked out with getting to work alongside the best of the best - local wedding vendors who are true artists of their craft! But planning and executing a little fake wedding is no joke... I am fortunate to have had a team who totally backed the vision and that everything seamlessly came together.
The era of The Great Depression inspired both the styling and thought process of this winter wedding styled photoshoot. Each collaborator took on an air of ingenuity when creating their pieces, and because of such, the theme of “reusing” was carried throughout the styling. From the salvaged antique furniture, to the mismatched silverware and bottles as candleholders, the resourcefulness of the shoot rang true to the era inspiration. Each floral arrangement, created by Leaf Hopper Designs, was thoughtfully crafted utilizing dried and foraged plant material and flora recycled from previous events. The stationery pieces, created by Judith Browne Calligraphy, featured handmade cotton paper, and naturally hand-died ribbon made from recycled saris sourced from a village in India. The earrings from the bride’s first look were even crafted by hand specifically for the occasion by G.G. Wyant Jewelry!
Another large focal point of this styled photoshoot were elements of contrast. It was central for us to showcase this beautiful wedding scene against an unexpected backdrop. The skeleton of an old farm shed worked as the home for the couple’s sweetheart table. And though an almost snow-less day (we did have some lingering snow on the stones of the shed), elements of cranberry reds popped against the winter setting and our fair bride. Crystal accents were mixed with dried fruit garland, and we even incorporated buttercream His and Her cakes that played with components of femininity and masculinity. The couple wore two looks – the first, a more romantic vibe and the second, more bold. With both looks, our bride donned a grand textured skirt from Blanc de Blanc Bridal that was contrastingly paired with a sweater - who wouldn’t want to wear their favorite sweater on their wedding day?
Again, none of this would've been possible without the help of the awesome vendors listed below. If you enjoyed this styled photoshoot, make sure to show these collaborators some love:
- Event Styling + Coordinating: Victoria Stipcak (me!)
- Lead Photographer: Victoria Stipcak of Victoria Irene Photography (me!)
- Additional Photography: Jon Blanchard of Sparks Ignite Photography
- Floral Design: Leaf Hopper Designs
- Stationery + Calligraphy: Judith Browne Calligraphy
- Hair Artist: Kristen Donalson of La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans
- Makeup Artist: Louise Pittavino of La Pomponnee Beauty Artisans
- Jewelry: G.G. Wyant Jewelry
- Dessert Chef: Zoe Peckich + Molly Coen
- Bride Model: Kaylee Wilson
- Groom Model: Cameron Breze
- Bridal Boutique: Blanc de Blanc Bridal
- Menswear: The 700 Shop
- Paper Products: Fabulous Fancy Pants
- Hair/Makeup Products: Aveda
- Bride Look 1 Top: XOXO
- Bride Look 2 Top: Ralph Lauren
- Bride Skirt: Florence Skirt by Alyssa Kristin
- Groom Look Two Sweater: Nautica
- Groom Shoes: Dockers