Styled. Shoots. Are. So. Fun.

Especially when its my idea, my vision, and I get to hand-pick the whole team and fill it up with all of my friends who I love hanging out with. That’s what happened with this one!! I felt like there wasn’t enough diversity in what I was seeing as far as wedding inspiration goes in terms of options for a bride and groom who maybe aren’t as traditional. What happens if you just don’t like wearing white?! What if your favorite color is black (LIKE ME) and you just wanna wear a kick ass black dress for your wedding because it makes you feel good?

The entire inspiration for this shoot came from the dress. I randomly stumbled on it at Express one day, and tried it on and it was one of those perfect shopping moments where the dress zips up, and it looks and feels like it was tailor made for your body. I had to have it. It was drastically on sale, but there was no conceivable reason I needed a dramatic, puffed-sleeve, lace ball gown at any time in the near future…but that didn’t stop me.

We styled a sweetheart table with luscious fruits, gorgeous blooms, and lots of moody elements. The rentals from Modernly Events were the perfect modern accent, and can we please just take a moment for that cane shelf for the cake display?! And those freaking tarts from Whisk and Crumb? My mouth is watering.

We went with a really wild looking bouquet, with deep wines and lots of unruly greenery. Our shoot location was actually at the photographer’s parents home and they had this beautiful fern garden that was the inspiration behind all of my florals. I made a few wearables for our models – including the grooms simple anemone bout and a Queen Anne’s Lace live ring for the bride!

We were fortunate enough to snag some beautiful jewelry from local Detroit makers Pebble and Stone (rings) and Fate + Coincidence (earrings). They added the perfect non-conventional touch to our shoot. And our stylist did a messy braid with GOLD FLAKES IN IT OKURRRR. (Sara, the stylist, is actually my personal hair stylist. So you know she good.)

Our paper goods were a collaborative effort from Two If By Sea with paper goods and styling and hand-lettering from Annabel Reese. (Name choices by me <<LOST fans?? You dig?>>)

And if you’re astute, you’ll notice that the gorgeous video that is my home page is from this shoot!! We had Jamie with 3rd Street Films work on it, and I must say, I think its my favorite part of this creative endeavor. Link below for the full video with music! Jaime was actually my wedding videographer back in 2010, and he’s a creative force to be reckoned with, and one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with.

Photography: Kerby Lou Photography

Rentals: Modernly Events and Event Source

Stationary: Two If By Seas Studios and Annabel Reese

Videography: 3rd Street Films

Models: Nat and Drew Daniels

Rings: Pebble and Stone

Earrings: Fate + Coincidence

HMU: Sara Landis Style

Sweets: Whisk and Crumb