Now that the holidays are over, the tree has been packed away, the new year is already a week old, and weddings are less frequent-I finally have time to get back to some of the projects I worked on recreationally last year. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be featuring some creative shoots I did. These will include stylized sessions as well as boudoir. Stay tuned!
For today, I’m sharing some of my favorites from the first AKP styled shoot we did in July of 2014. This was one part styled shoot and one part bridal event. I invited all of my WV local brides to attend a lunch with me and my support shooters. This gave us all a chance to mingle, talk about their upcoming weddings, and share stories about their planning experiences. I had a vision of a gorgeous Summer day, sharing in a picnic with these special ladies. Alas, the weather did not cooperate.
We planned the event for weeks, recruiting WV vendors to provide services including floral arrangements, vintage rental pieces, a cupcake bar, bridal gowns, a delicious lunch spread, and so on. Everyone, especially me, was excited for this to come together. Then, a storm rolled in. It started days before. It was too late to find another location during such a peek event season, and the schedule was too tight to postpone.
My team kicked into gear. We called Kanawha State Forrest and they supplied us a large shelter. I got help moving the large picnic tables so that we could maximize room. My father showed up and helped string lights from the ceiling to create a romantic ambiance. I purchased a large tent to extend the space and create an entrance. On the two shorter sides of the shelter, we hung miscellaneous floral sheets and quilts. As it came together, completely unlike what I had planned for or envisioned, I kept telling myself-“this is still going to work.”
Despite a lack of natural light, damp hems, and frizzy hair-we pulled off the event. In fact, we had a lot of fun. I recapped the event with the brides last year, but I never addressed the styled shoot. Here are some of my favorites from our rainy day styled shoot… the picnic that we stubbornly threw in spite of the rain.
Another big thank you to all the vendors who showed up and got soaking wet to enable this event to still happen. I had a blast, loved shooting these, and enjoyed the time I got to spend with each of you!
Photography | Ashton Kelley & Hallie McComas
Model | Amanda Foster
Hair & Make up | Rachael Summers
Paper Goods | EAlexDesigns
Dress | The Dressmaker’s Closet
Decor | Salvaged to Sassy: Rehab for Reclaimed Goods
Venue | Kanawha State Forest
Catering | The Gallery
Flowers | The Gallery
Cupcake Bar | Sara Lane