Upscale Rustic Photo Shoot | Dallas Wedding Coordinator

I am thrilled to share this photo shoot styled by myself in collaboration with Three and EE Photography!

ALSO, we are being featured TODAY on Ruffled! Look for the post sometime this afternoon!

We began the styling of this photo shoot with a Pearl Harbor theme in mind and gravitated towards an upscale rustic rehearsal dinner. We wanted to incorporate 1940’s fashion with a modern flare and incorporate that design into the tablescape, decor and invitation/sign design as well. The use of a fishing net, boat, poles and anchor helped to set the scene for a romantic dinner by the water. At the same time, we used a crisp white tablecloth and natural colors to create a simple and modern setting as well as hints of gold and silver to add a touch of opulence to an otherwise outdoor setting.

I found the succulents at Calloway’s for $5 a piece in plastic pots and wrapped the pots in rope from Walmart to better fit with the design of the table. I’d say those babies probably cost a total of $6 each…if that! They were so easy and inexpensive to make but added such personality to the place settings! Though I’m sure you could figure it out, I will post a step-by-step tutorial next week to show how I wrapped the pots.

In keeping with the 1940’s theme Three used typefaces with vintage flair and spiced them up with a unique color pallet. The pop of bright gold was used in the invitation and the signs to unify the set but also to make it stand out!

The hanging clear bottles were empty cream soda bottles used as vases for bunches of baby’s breath.

The benches around the table were handmade by my wonderful husband who used stumps as support for two old boards. He also cut slices of tree stumps so we could use them to create a chalkboard menu, direction signs and coasters for the table.

I looked everywhere for the perfect fishing net and found one in the most unexpected place! As my husband was gathering wood for to make the benches he discovered a large net lying in the field behind my aunt and uncle’s house. In the midst of creating a fort, we have speculated that one of my cousins somehow acquired and abandoned a batting cage net and thus we found our centerpiece!

As always, a HUGE thank to the vendors that made this photo shoot a success:

Event design: Events by Shelbi Rene
Photography: EE Photography
Paper Products, Custom Signs and Model Styling: Three by The Quill Pen
Dessert design: Kendra Heard of Skunk and Bee
Fishing Boat: Patrick Drew
Venue: The Five Chimney Inn
*A special thanks to Preston Rampy for cutting all the wood for our photo shoot. Also thank you to our models: Daniel Bynum, Ashton Lloyd, Preston Rampy, Morgan Watten, Kevin and Katy McKinney and the puppies, Patti and Selma.*

Patisserie Inspired Photo Shoot

Ruffled teamed up with Melissa of The Loveliest Day to design a patisserie inspired photo shoot that’s going to make you want to increase your collection of cake stands stat!

I told you so. Melissa desgined the shoot with Ladurée and other real French patisserie shops in mind. In fact, the ribbon backdrop was actually inspired by the gift packaging station at Ladurée. Melissa says, “Rolls of pastel ribbons cascaded down the wall, ready to be snipped off and used to tie up a gorgeous package of fresh macarons.” Umm…genius.

Melissa displayed the flowers to resemble street side flower shops in Paris. 
I’ll take them all please, thank you!
“Heure du thé” translates to tea time.
Tags that read “sucré” were attached to toothpicks and stuck into sugar cubes to stir into tea!
What a great idea for a sip and see…or any shower really! And if the visual inspiration isn’t already enough, Melody of My Sweet and Saucy includes a tutorial on how to ice that gorgeous pink cake AND Jane of Olivia Hue provided free printables for the favor boxes, guest cards, tea bags and flags! Both can be found on the originial post on Ruffled!
Event Design: Melissa of The Loveliest Day
Vintage Rentals: Jen of Found
Cakes and Pastries: Melody of My Sweet and Saucy
Paper Products: Jane of Olivia Hue
Photography: Ashley Rose of Ashley Rose Photography

Vintage Tea Party Photo Shoot

Remember this? Well, it is time to reveal the product of that sketch.

I am thrilled to share this vintage tea party I designed with the help of Taylor Jackson from Barefeet Photography and Cassie Henley from Twelve Twenty Photography (who is also the mastermind behind my blog design). There are so many pictures to share because I just couldn’t choose and Taylor shot a video as well so you are in for some serious eye candy! Cassie and Taylor’s nieces were our models and they are simply precious so you can imagine how difficult it was to narrow it down.

These first few photos are by Cassie

I love the girls’ faces in this picture.

And these are Taylor’s

look. at. those. eyes.
Thank you to all of our sweet models and their mommas!
 Taylor, me and Cassie!

When Taylor contacted me about designing the photo shoot, she knew she wanted a vintage, traditional touch to the classic tea party with pastels as our color scheme. My goal was to use props that I either already owned or could borrow to prove that ANY party can be done on a budget. At first I had assumed I would use a table but when I couldn’t find the perfect one I changed my plan to incorporate the porch swing hanging from the tree in a picnic style setting.

As for the props, here’s how we did it. The chandelier and sheer curtains were already in my collection as well as the pink china plates I had purchased from Anthropologie last year and the pillows some of which came from my bed, others of which were purchased at Walmart two years ago. A special thank you to sweet two-year-old Anna Grace for letting me borrow her table. She gave a little pouty face when I walked out her front door with her tea party table but hopefully I am forgiven as I returned it promptly! 🙂 The linens and vintage tea cups belonged to both mine and Taylor’s moms as well as the bird cage, tea set, vintage trunk and furry rug. It never ceases to amaze me how much you can do with what you already own and can you believe those pillows are from Walmart!?

Taylor designed the place cards and the banner and constructed both out of extra fabric, scrap booking paper, paint, and lace that she found around her house and printed the place cards on transparency paper she already had from her home printer. Next time you have extra scraps of paper or fabric you might just keep it for a future project!

Taylor also filmed a video for the shoot. Enjoy!

Contributing Vendors:
Event Design: Shelbi Rampy, Events by Shelbi Rene
Photography/Videography/Paper Products: Taylor Jackson, Barefeet Photography
Photography: Cassie Henley, Twelve Twenty Photography

And of course a special thank you to our darling models Kendyll, Carlie, Abby Kate, Avery, Mary Alice and Milla!

Vintage Valentine Photo Shoot

If you’re looking for winter wedding ideas look no further! Bethany Hway of b*spoke, Dena Swenson and Emily Steffen of Emily Steffen Photography collaborated for this charming vintage Valentine’s photo shoot that does not disappoint! I love their interpretation of the bride’s bouquet, especially since flowers aren’t too keen on winter weather and the paper products are simply perfect for this occasion. I could go on and on but here is what the photographer, Emily Steffen, had to say about the photo shoot via Style Me Pretty

We took our inspiration from the rustic barns that narrate the snowy Wisconsin country-side and combined it with the romantic event of Valentines day. With snowy trees, a romantic setting and a few vintage details…..this wedding would be described as vintage country romance.
Our color palette was a play off of the traditional colors seen around Valentine’s Day with a twist towards the muted and vintage. We used soft dusty rose, cream, and camel colors and combined it with a brighter red and teal to bring in a punch. The rustic barn was a perfect backdrop of browns and worn textures against these colors in the snowy WI setting.

Our tablescape was styled on an old barn-door that has been painted white and weathered for texture; a high-impact look for a very low price tag for the budget-friendly bride. We brought in elegance with the china and paired it with the vintage antique store find of the pink cups and saucers. Mason jars added interest to the sea of cream colored candles floating down the center of the table with a camel hued linen table runner. My favorite element on the table was the knitted hearts at each place setting that also served as a potpourri drawer freshener for each guest to take home. Our designer, Dena, styled each place setting with mini wine bottles highlighting the custom wine label for the bride and groom.

And a round of applause to all these vendors for their creative input…

Event Design: Bethany Hway
Photography: Emily Steffen Photography
Styled by: Bethany Hway, Dena Swenson and Emily Steffen
Paper Elements: Dena Swenson
Floral: Ginger Floral Design
Bouquets: Jillians Etsy Store
Bridal Attire and amazing fur shawl: Che Bella
Grooms attire: second hand/vintage
Hair and Makeup: Lindsay Schlotte

Valentine’s Photo Shoot by Styled Creative

I saw this shoot styled by Beka at Styled Creative on Style Me Pretty and just had to share in time for Valentine’s Day. I love the color scheme, I love the use of newspaper and I love the simplicity! This is just proof that you don’t need a thousand decorations to create something worth sharing. This would be an easy way to impress a few guests or even just to decorate for your kids on Valentine’s Day! Thanks to Marie Labbancz for these fantastic photos…

I’m not sure if these are little cakes or biscuits but either would be cute with the sugar letters on top!

To make the heart cake toppers, you can use a heart puncher to cut hearts out of white doilies.