December 3, 2015

My First Styled Shoot

Posted in: 2015, Branding, More, Styled Session, Wedding

Leila and Matt toasting at a head table. Styled shoot set in Greenwich, Connecticut.

This year to help develop images specific to my brand and gain a deeper understanding for the wedding industry I put together my first styled shoot.  

Putting together this event was quite the learning experience and I definitely feel for all my couples planning their wedding!  I reached out to talented wedding creatives that I met while photographing Stephanie & John’s wedding during the summer.  Christine Turek was the hair artist, she has cut my hair (very, very talented – best hair cut I’ve had! I just wish her salon was closer to me, but was worth the hour and twenty minute drive!) and The Flower Box, creatives behind Stephanie’s beautiful summer bouquet and my beautiful fall/burgundy bouquet.

The biggest thing I learned was that it takes time to plan an event like this and I will allot more time for the next one.  When I set my mind to something I complete it though and have to thank Tom profusely for keeping me sane and focused!  This whole event cost me about $250 for the bouquet, hair, props, and printing.  I designed the stationary myself and picked a lot of the props up from Michaels (which I returned after the event because they were very gently used).

We chose Binney Park in Greenwich because of the scenery and a great pavilion with a fireplace that overlooked the lake.  The head table, chairs, and place settings were loaned to us from a wonderful company located near Hartford, Connecticut Rental Center.  I ordered the oversized round balloons and LED candles from Amazon. The dress and cake topper were supplied by the wonderful, beautiful Leila, my bride model.  Another previous bride and makeup hobbiest, Erica, did Leila’s makeup.  And since I was putting this all together I sprung to have a videographer, Shaina, come to document my interaction with Leila and Matt and the beautiful setup, as well as some personal touches.  She created a beautiful piece that I love!

Here are some of my favorites from the session:

Greenwich park lake and pavilion.Close up of the beautiful florals from the styled shoot.Wedding details; the Mr. & Mrs. place cards and menu card.Overview of the wedding invitations I created.
Close up of the gold flatware, invitation, and gold cake.Portrait of bride Leila.Bride Leila sitting on the bride, looking off to her husband Matt.Photos of Leila's hair and makeup.Photo of Matt kissing Leila with the twinkling lake in the background.Leila walking towards Matt, leaning in for a kiss.Leila and Matt leaning in for a kiss and Matt's holding the blush round balloons.Leila and Matt leaning in for a kiss and Matt's holding the blush round balloons.
Matt holding Leila by the waist.Detail photo of Leila's lace dress.Leila and Matt kissing with the lake and willow trees in the background.Portrait of Matt, the groom.Portrait of Leila.Leila and Matt holding hands walking towards the camera.Leila and Matt sitting at the head table. Matt has Leila's hand.Close up of Leila's stunning ring.Matt looking towards the camera as Leila laughs.Leila and Matt kissing and toasting at the head table.Leila and Matt toasting at the head table.Close up of the place setting. Gold rimmed plates, gold chargers, and red napkins.Close up of the place setting. Gold rimmed plates, gold chargers, and red napkins.Photo of the head table. Gold place settings, candles, and a floral garland.Photo of the head table. Gold place settings, candles, and a floral garland.Photo of the head table. Gold place settings, candles, and a floral garland.Leila and Matt walking hand in hand with the lake in the background.Leila and Matt sitting on a park bench and a close up of the florals.Leila and Matt sitting on a park bench looking towards the lake.Leila and Matt sitting on a park bench looking towards the lake.Leila and Matt sitting on a park bench looking towards the lake.Portraits of Leila's dress and bouquet.Leila and Matt toasting at a head table. Styled shoot set in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Special thank you to those that came through for me to make this styled shoot happen!!! I am such a lucky girl to have such wonderful and talented people in my life! <3

Models: Leila & Matt Burke
Hair: Christine Turek
Florals: The Flower Box
Rentals: Connecticut Rental Center
Makeup: Erica Prenderville
Photography: Jackelynn Noel Photography
Styling: Jackelynn Powers

Best and most handsome assistant in the world: Tom Lester

 

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