Southern Vintage Style Wedding Shoot

Planning a Southern Vintage Style Wedding Photo Shoot in One Week

By: Meredith Corning with Meredith Events

Organizing a styled photo shoot can be a daunting task.  I will admit that at the onset of planning a shoot, my heart skips a beat for a second as I am thinking about all the pieces I’ll be putting together.  There are always hiccups along the way and fires that need to be put out, so in addition to the meticulous planning, I become a troubleshooter armed with only my wits, cell phone and contact list of fabulous people that help me along the way.

When Liz with Elizabeth Hayden Photography contacted me about a Southern Vintage Style Wedding Shoot while I was in town for a wedding, it sounded like a fun idea and I was excited to work with her.

We literally had about a week to throw something together.  My original model cancelled last minute (and after I had already picked up wedding gowns in her size), so Liz and I went to work on a back-up plan.  We both each ended up finding a model and I had pulled enough dresses to style two models, so we rolled with our lovely models, Audrey and Bailee.

Southern Vintage Styled Wedding

Liz knew a makeup artist who was excited to participate and I asked my friend Jessie with Arkansas Wedding Cinematography to come film and play with us.

Our original location was a beautiful spot in the woods where a small waterfall existed.  As we were watching the weather, Liz and I both became concerned it may rain and I certainly did not want to get Tess with Midsouth Wedding Gown Sales and Rentals’ gowns dirty.  I reached out to Mark, the owner at The Abbe House Inn, and told him our dilemma (this was two days before the shoot!) and luckily he said we could work there.  I had only met Mark once, so it was super sweet of him to oblige. This gave us an alternative indoor space in case it did rain, which it did not and we ended up shooting outside The Abbe House Inn on his gorgeous property.

Before the shoot, I went by my friend Debbye’s house with Vintage Tablescapes to source some vintage china to use for our table design.  Debbye has a serious collection of china she and two of her friends have been scouting over the years from vintage markets and estate sales across the south. I found several items that were perfect and spotted a small selection of brass candlestick holders as well.

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On my way to The Abbe House Inn, I stopped quickly at Walmart (of all places, I know!) and picked up the cupcakes, coconut cake and cake pops in our color palette.  It was a last minute thought since I did have a glass cake platter and a vintage cupcake stand from Debbye.  It definitely added a touch of whimsy and I am so happy we had them.  Since this was literally “design on a dime,” and I did not pay the models, I sent them home with cupcakes and cake pops instead.  Mark at The Abbe House Inn, who is a chef extraordinaire, even made them dinner before they left!

Liz was kind enough to run by Deidra’s shop with Deidra’s Neighborhood Florist & Gifts on the way to The Abbe House Inn to pick up a centerpiece, bouquet and floral hair accessory she created in our color palette.

Our friend, Maria, with Wedding Paper Love sent us a beautifully designed invitation suite to match our theme and Liz styled the images with a vintage tray, greenery and an antique perfume bottle. Maria even got them printed to feature The Abbe House Inn as “the venue.”  This last detail really completed our overall look and feel.

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Although this Southern Vintage Style Wedding Shoot was assembled in one week, the team put their hearts and souls into it.  It helps to have some really amazing friends in the industry that come through for you at the drop of a hat.  In the end, that is truly what southern vintage is all about – friendship and lending a hand to your neighbors when they are in need…southern hospitality at its finest indeed.

Enjoy the lovely Video and Photos From This Exquisite Shoot

Southern Vintage Style Wedding Shoot

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Southern Vintage Style Wedding Shoot Southern Vintage Style Wedding Shoot

Please see Glam Team for this Southern Vintage Style Wedding Shoot below:

Photography: Elizabeth Hayden Photography
Creative Direction: Meredith Events (Meredith Corning)
Videography: Arkansas Wedding Cinema (Jessie Swaffer Cinematography)
Invitations WeddingPaperLove
Flowers: Deidra’s Neighborhood Florist & Gifts
China: Vintage Tablescapes
Makeup: Kaitlynn Swanson
Gowns: Midsouth Wedding Gown Sales & Rentals
Models: Audrey Francine and Baylee Chantell Barden
Venue: The Abbè House Inn

 

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{Review} Light Your Event or Space with Bright Endeavors Candles

Reviewed by Elaine Biss (WedMePretty  Review Panel Head)

Candles are by far, one of my favorites ways to keep my studio beautifully lit and smelling fresh. We recently got to try the yummiest candles from Bright Endeavors. Their chic packaging was a plus to their lovely scents and romantic flame.

Lavender Sprig Candle

Lavender Sprig Candle

Bright Endeavors is a candle company with a mission. They help moms and their kids, with on the job paid training program. This training allows young moms achieve success with future employment opportunities.

With a great variety of candle signature scents, Bright Endeavors can brighten up an event, light up a party swag bag or warm up a studio space. Some of their signature scents are Water Lily, Lemon Tea, and Vanilla Honey. The scents are delicate and the packaging is ready for gift-giving. The candles come in a chic tin or pretty little boxes.

Water Lily Candle

Water Lily Candle

We loved Bright Endeavors` commitment to reusing the candle`s glassware. The candle rental program allows purchasers to return glassware. In turn, Bright Endeavors makes more candles. They reclaim, clean & reuse the glassware, redirecting thousands of glasses from landfills every year. Bright Endeavors is part of the Green Wedding Alliance, Salvage One, and Greenhouse Loft.

Bright Endeavors is very proud of each your mom they train. The company transforms the lives of young moms by teaching these strong women to craft premium soy candles in a supportive, professional environment. Through a paid job training program, they provide the guidance and job skills young moms need to secure quality employment and begin on a path towards professional success.

Bright Endeavors would love to be part of your special day! The candles make great wedding favors and your guests will get to take home something meaningful. They offer a promotion of 25% off candle
quantities ranging 50-100 and 50% off for candles quantities of 100 or more.

Here at our studio, we are hooked on Bright Endeavors! They came packaged well and we love the scents. We can’t wait for you to try them too!

Disclosure: No monetary funds were accepted for the review. The products were received as gift samples in exchange of an honest review.

Beautiful Garden Party Wedding Inspirations

To exchange your vows encompassed by the beautiful scenery of nature in a vibrant garden wedding must be the most unforgettable thing a bride can do. Here are some superb ideas to help you create a beautiful  garden wedding you and your guests will remember for a long time.

Floral Wedding Invitations

Every element of your wedding from stationery, floral arrangements, your outfit, your bridesmaids’ outfits to wedding favors, flower girls attire, groom boutonniere,  should all complement each other and be inspired by your wedding theme. So what your wedding invitations look like do matter.

Set the tone of your wedding with your wedding invitations. For a garden party theme wedding, you can opt for watercolor floral designs. The flower colors can be coordinated to bridesmaid dresses or the overall color scheme of wedding Or you can go for floral bouquet design in soft or bright colors.

Lilac purple watercolor floral wedding invitations

Lilac purple watercolor floral wedding invitations

 

Floral Wedding Dresses
Go for a wedding dress adorned with a stunning three-dimensional floral design within the same fabric as the dress. Traditional brides will love vintage organza dresses of the 50s- decorated with fabric flowers in their full skirts (think Oscar de la Renta). A modern bride is sure to go for an elegant wedding dress with beautiful flowers cascading over her shoulder, or a lovely silk organza dress with exquisite pearl bridal jewellery.

ELSA WEDDING DRESS BY MIRA ZWILLINGER

ELSA WEDDING DRESS BY MIRA ZWILLINGER

VIOLANTE by ATELIER EMÉ

VIOLANTE by ATELIER EMÉ

The bridal hair accessories can be designed in the shape of little pearl flowers to add glamour to the bridal look.

Silk Base Wigs

floral bridal hair accessories

Centerpieces

When making a centrepiece for a garden wedding, make sure to go for vessels that highlight your garden wedding theme. For a more sophisticated event, well-designed garden urns filled with fresh flowers and greens are perfect for centrepieces and decorations of the ceremony. You can also go for a more informal taste with galvanized buckets or colorful enamel tin can centrepieces

Floral Urn Wedding Centerpiece

Floral Urn Wedding Centerpiece

Table Number Garden Planters

Table Number Garden Planters

Corrugated Zinc Vases

Corrugated Zinc Vases

Garden Wedding Altar

Another great idea for your garden wedding is to have the event altar in a gazebo. This classic garden feature can be rented if there is none in your wedding venue. Of course, the perfect decoration for the gazebo is lots of beautiful flowers. Another solution is to create a ceremony place under a tree and hang long flower chains from the tree to mark the spot for the couple. This creates a beautiful background for the wedding ceremony and photographs.

Beautiful Gazebo Altar

Beautiful Gazebo Altar

arbor canopy with curly willow branches, baby's breath, blush roses, lavender rosemary, and other greenery

arbor canopy with willow branches, baby’s breath, blush roses, lavender rosemary, and greenery

 

Garden Wedding Cakes

Barrel flower pot cake

Barrel flower pot cake

Amy Swann's Floral Wedding Cake

Amy Swann’s Floral Wedding Cake

Garden Wedding Favors

Incorporate your wedding theme into your favor of choice by presenting your guests with garden related gifts. Example of such gifts includes mini watering cans and small vases of fresh flowers. These beautiful favors will make for a perfect finish for your vibrant garden party wedding.

miniature watering can

miniature watering can

miniature porcelain vases

miniature porcelain vases

In Bloom Botanical Frame

In Bloom Botanical Frame

Should you rent your wedding dress?

A question that every budget-conscious modern bride has asked herself in the past. Spending so much on something that you’ll only wear once and have it hang in the closet gathering dust doesn’t make much sense, but on the other hand, the most special day of your life is meant to be unique and tailored to fit you.

So today, we’ll be weighing the pros and cons of the phenomenon of the borrowed wedding dress!

 

A rented wedding dress is much cheaper than a bought one.

This is true when in comparison to the selling price in most boutiques, it may seem that the rent price of a wedding gown will have you saving, but in reality, a wedding dress  from many reputable online vendors,  is tailored to fit you and could be even cheaper than a rented one!

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gorgeous wedding dress under $1k

gorgeous wedding dress under $1k

 

But when I buy a wedding dress, I’ll only wear it once in my life

Not true at all, in fact, check any Pinterest board ever. There are hundreds of ways to refashion your wedding dress after the big day. All of the memories and all of the practical!

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Size-wise

When it comes to sizing, rented wedding dresses are often tailored to the standard size, and allow little room for alterations since you have to give it back. On the other hand, there are many online designer wedding dress shops which truly make your gown from scratch exactly to your measurements!

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lace Bolero Wedding Dress

lace Bolero Wedding Dress


Unique styles and designs

As previously mentioned, the cookie-cutter origin of rented wedding dresses doesn’t only affect their sizes, but also the designs. Not to mention the fact that you’re wearing a dress some other bride already got married in.

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delicate wedding gown

delicate wedding gown


Our verdict:

Buy your wedding gown!

But I want something customized yet affordable!
Sounds too good to be true? Actually it is true, I came across this wedding dress place online called DevotionDresses that will make your one-of-a-kind wedding gown from scratch for the boutique rental price if not less.

How wonderful is that!

Any tips or spring wedding inspirations to share with us? leave a comment :)

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