LIRIODENDRON MANSION | TAYLOR SWIFT INSPIRED WEDDING | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

LIRIODENDRON MANSION | TAYLOR SWIFT INSPIRED WEDDING | MARYLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

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It was a long shot to invite my idol Taylor Swift to my wedding back in 2016, but I took the risk and mailed the invitation anyway. The envelope was completed with a custom liner showcasing the lyrics to a favorite song, “Ours.”

Unfortunately, despite my best effort and the strong Swiftie undertone of my wedding, Taylor must have been busy that day. There’s no bad blood.

BEGIN AGAIN

So, what does a super fan do to get the attention of one of America’s most famous Pop Stars?

It started on a piece of paper in a notebook. A simple list of ideas. One that kept finding its way to the bottom of the pile. It was a scrap sheet of parchment that I would dig out every now and again to add something new.

A full-on Taylor Swift inspired wedding was being planned.

On May 22nd last year, I filled the entire page. I took a photo of the report and I emailed it to an industry friend. She responded immediately that I needed to create a mood board and carry this out. While I was excited, it was extremely intimidating and I got overwhelmed. The list of ideas was sat aside, again.

NEW YEARS DAY

At the end of 2018, I started working with Jess Albins Events on a lot of projects. As we entered 2019, we decided to pick a few shoots we were really passionate about to ensure they were carried out. I took the time to revisit my “Secret Session I Do” notes, and Jess insisted it needed to be at the top of our list. Hence, we set a date and started recruiting the squad!

With a shooting date of June 9th, we gave ourself a few months to carry out planning. It was important to us to have a lot of time so our team could curate the best content possible. We were unprepared for what came next.

4.26

Jess and I began planning and design. We were deep diving through social media, watching music videos, listening to albums on loop, and studying live shows for anything we could incorporate. When we weren’t dealing with wheels in motion, we were Tay-lurking. As a result, it was a level of Taylor-Nation-know-all commitment that even I wasn’t used to.

Then, something crazy happened.

Taylor Swift emerged with a cryptic countdown. Her Instagram took a colorful turn. She was making tons of appearances in rainbow inspired dresses. It appeared new music was on the rise.

The best part?

It matched EVERYTHING we were planning.

ME!

The ME! video provided us with tons of ideas to incorporate TS7. Across the board, all of the vendors discussed changes that could be made to include this new era. Excitement was at an all-time high behind the scenes.

We took a cue from Taylor and began a mysterious countdown of our own. “6.9” was coming and we wanted everyone to be intrigued.

6.9

The day of the shoot was a whirlwind. We were at the venue for over 12 hours. It was the most intense and ambitious shoot I have ever been part of. We brought in breakfast and lunch for the team who worked tirelessly until after dinner. While we had a few hiccups, it was truly a blast to create. The weather was amazing, our crew was incredible (and so much fun!), and  models brought everything to life. I’m so elated to be sharing these photos with you today!

Are you ready for it?

Scroll down for a video, 13 fun facts, our Tay Day Giveaway details, a list of our marvelous squad members, and one last note from myself… but, first enjoy our passion project!

THIRTEEN FUN FACTS

I normally do a segment called “FIVE FUN FACTS.” Today, I thought it would be fitting to do thirteen.

  1. We knew out of the gate that we didn’t want to replicate Taylor Swift’s wedding day with the shoot, but the day of a couple who share the ultimate fandom.
  2. When ME! premiered, I took a huge leap of faith that the album would be called “LOVER” and commissioned a jacket to be made for the shoot. Daily Disco created the custom piece you’ll see in the photos, which is also conveniently my size. ;)
  3. Right after Kelsey Montague premiered the Taylor Swift butterfly mural, she came to Baltimore to paint one locally. My friend Kate (one of the bridesmaid models!) invited me to a private party to preview it and I got to meet Kelsey. I completely fan-girled and she generously answered all of my questions about Taylor and her mural in Nashville!
  4. On the morning of the shoot, we went to start the U-Haul that contained all of our rentals-the battery was dead! Luckily two of the gals knew exactly what to do and had us back up and running in a few minutes. Stress averted!
  5. Every single detail was chosen for a reason. Almost everything in the shoot will relate back to Taylor Swift. We’ve referenced everything from iconic moments to over a third of her discography. How many “Easter Eggs” can you find?
  6. During our shoot, we saw a real snake! While I’m not a huge fan being so close to slithery snakes, we all took it as a great omen for the shoot. You’ll see a photo of our friend below.
  7. A few of the styling pieces were keepsakes of my own from my real TS inspired wedding in September of 2016.
  8. For the shoot we used two u-hauls, three cats, five bridal outfits, seven pieces of acrylic for the mural, 13 pieces of luggage, 24 team members, 30 vendors, 50 paper planes, and almost 1,000 balloons.
  9. Crimson and Clover opted out of using any greenery by including candy colored foliage in pastel pinks and purple.
  10. The glitter fringe on the wedding cake MOVED in the wind.
  11. Amy Scripts lettered “his” and “hers” vows which I wrote from taking romantic snippets from every song of the “Fearless” album.
  12. The furthest item shipped to us to use for the shoot was from Crown and Glory of the UK.
  13. During the shoot, as people observed what we were doing, we were approached with the same question over and over. “Is Taylor Swift coming here?” We had to reply no, but we are hoping our paths cross soon.

GIVEAWAY

Since there is so much to celebrate today, we’ve raised the stakes even further by offering a giveaway!

1. Make sure you’re following me at @ashtonkelleyphotography!
2. Comment on this blog!
3. Share this blog post on your platform of choice!
4. Take a screenshot of your share!
5. Upload it to your IG stories and tag me @ashtonkelleyphotography to ensure your entry is counted!

Bonus-Tag @taylorswift and @taylornation to help us reach them! Turn on notifications so you don’t miss the giveaway winner on Friday, 7.5.

THE FINE PRINT: We don’t want bad blood. Instagram and Taylor Swift are not affiliated with this contest and has not sponsored, endorsed, or administered it. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on 7.4.19. Contest is open to US residents only. Winner must have followed all required stipulations to enter and win. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Failure to declare will result in forfeit of winnings. Void where prohibited.

 

BLANK SPACE

People always ask me what I would say to Taylor Swift if given the opportunity. The truth is, that’s one of the hardest questions for me. I know, for one, I’d be emotionally speechless in that moment. Secondly, what could I possibly say to her that could be anywhere as insightful as what she’s spoken to me through her music? Honestly, I just feel like anything I could say would be cliche or self-serving. I just really relate to her, her music, and I aspire to make others feel the way she’s made me feel. I am so inspired by her music.

This was honestly the styled project of a lifetime for me to plan. I got to share my love for Taylor Swift with so many people I appreciate and admire while creating something so beautiful. We had so much fun, on top of it all. Outside of spending this time with people who have fed my soul, I think my favorite piece was the guitar that Jess made to replicate the one used for Taylor’s TIME Gala performance. I’m most excited for everyone to see this and pick out their own favorites. I know there is a lot for fans to discover, and I hope they like it!

Is it cool that I said all that? :)

DREAM TEAM:

Photo + Concept // @ashtonkelleyphotography

Balloons, Planning, + Design // @jessalbinsevents

Venue // @theliriodendronmansion

Flowers // @crimsonandcloverfloral

Video // @jawstudios

Bridal // @jennifersbridal

Bridesmaids // @bellabridesmaids

Groomswear // @tuxedohouse

Jewelry // @nelsoncolemantowson

Cake // @bluelacecakes

Hair // @brushedbeautyllc_

Beauty // @hashtaghannah_pmu

Paper // @rockpapersis

Lettering // @amyscripts

Mural // @deardarlingweddings

Paw Patrol // @fureveralways

Bounce House // @prettylittleweddingco

Rentals // @whitegloverentals

Cotton Candy Cart // @bmorefluff

Jean Jacket // @daily_disco

Styling Goods // @brassandbumblebox

Neon Sign // @litbylo

Veils // @crownandglory_

Ties // @thetiebar

Floral Suit // @asos

Models // 

@_kateharley

@millenialmega

@kourtney.olivermays

@hannahbananagram

@deezub430

@rachelhiwiller

@jkmerriam

Squad // 

@hyeager_fitness

@omengagements

@iamlaurenmcmullen

@shoecoleman

@bmorefortherecord

@davewerk

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  1. Amanda Merrell

    July 1st, 2019 at 12:41 am

    I just love you for this. It makes me so happy to see someone genuinely enjoying the work they do and I feel it with everything you post. This is absolutely amazing!

  2. Alisha

    July 1st, 2019 at 12:48 am

    This. Is. Incredibllllleeeee!!!!! I am so glad that you made this dream a reality!! It is absolute perfection!!! LOOOVE it!!

  3. Raina

    July 1st, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Oh my goodness!! I love love love this so very much! (Especially those butterfly shoes.) It’s just all so perfect!!!

  4. Ambar Dilallo

    July 1st, 2019 at 1:30 am

    This is so perfect! I absolutely love it and I’m looking forward to treasure hunting for Easter Eggs 🥚Great job to you and your team!!

  5. Kellie

    July 1st, 2019 at 3:21 am

    What an incredible Passion Project! Congrats on making a dream into a fairytale. Everything about this is pure perfection!!!!

  6. Jeana

    July 1st, 2019 at 6:03 am

    I love love LOVE this!!! Aside from the colors and the outfits and the cats, I LOVE all the Taylor details! It’s so fun and so perfect!! And I can’t believe how much you were able to include from the new stuff, this is amazing!

  7. Nichole Svezzese

    July 1st, 2019 at 6:29 am

    O.M.G. Ashton! I suspected this was the big reveal but truly had NO idea just how magnificent this would be! I teared up as I scrolled through each vibrant photo. Each time I think, “wow she’s amazing!”, you surprise me with something else that completely captivates your viewer. The different colored ring boxes and those butterfly shoes!! My absolute favorite parts!
    Jess Albins and her balloon installations are outstanding!
    Great job team! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💖

  8. Brittni

    July 1st, 2019 at 6:30 am

    Absolute perfection! Shout out to you, the vendors, and the models! And I pray Taylor sees this! What an amazing job and a beautiful beautiful shoot!

  9. Tashamonique Puckey

    July 1st, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Literally crying over here. Ashton, this is so good! For the love of T-Swift… if this doesn’t get her attention! My goodness

  10. Kayla Maye

    July 1st, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I am Mindblown!!! Ashton, I am in tears I’m so proud of you and your passion! I have thought a million times to myself, “how on earth could I figure out a way for this girl to meet Taylor Swift?”…..there is no one more deserving of that opportunity while being showcased for her amazing work, talent and selflessness for others!!! I pray
    with allll my heart she sees this!!! I Love You!!!!

  11. Megan Weeden

    July 1st, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Ashton,
    I remember when you came to take my engagement photos and the entire time you and my now husband talked all about Taylor Swift and how much you both love her! Seeing you complete this project fills me with so much joy for you! Not only does your love for and inspiration from Taylor show here, but your amazing photographic style and talent are shining! Congrats on this and I can’t wait to see more from you! This is beautiful!

  12. Bridie

    July 1st, 2019 at 7:28 am

    OMG!!!! My swiftie heart is BURSTING! I absolutely love this shoot! You are so talented!

  13. Jamie

    July 1st, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! The bounce house pics were my absolute favorite! Bravo Ashton and team!

  14. Sydney Knower

    July 1st, 2019 at 7:36 am

    LOVE this!!!!! Such a fun and creative shoot! You rock 😘❤️

  15. Cat Granger

    July 1st, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Omg staaahp it!!! it just got better and better, and a bouncy house and cotton candy? I’m in!!! Love it ❤️

  16. Brittany Kinder

    July 1st, 2019 at 8:10 am

    This is awesome Ashton! You are amazing! ❤

  17. Amy

    July 1st, 2019 at 8:27 am

    This is so beautiful and tastefully done! What a creative & incredible way to honor your shared fandom & the delightful woman inspiring it all! Legit in awe ✨✨✨

  18. Samantha

    July 1st, 2019 at 8:36 am

    This is perfect! I’m obsessed with the outfit changes and the bounce house!! You killed it!!

  19. Brittany

    July 1st, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Your passion for your craft inspires me!

  20. Lisa

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Ayyyyeeee!!! You nailed IT!!! Beautifully done! I pray that she sees and responds to you! Congratulations to the creative team for a job well done!!! 💖💖💖

  21. Lora Stevenson

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:26 am

    This is so beautiful, I can’t handle it! 😍

  22. Tricia

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Giiiirrrlllll.

    YOUR new hashtag should be #dreamslayer

    This is honestly EVERYTHING. You have nailed everything that comes to mind when someone mentions Ashton! The bright beautiful colors, the Taylor-isque vibes, and all the little details most people would not even notice. You & your squad have truly outdone yourselves.

  23. Ashley Montgomery

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Every. SINGLE. Detail is perfect!!!!!! The wardrobe is gorgeous. Every photo from this shoot made me smile bigger and bigger :)

  24. Nichole McKeever

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:40 am

    So beautifully done Ashton!

  25. Rachel Graham

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:48 am

    ASHTON!!!!!!!!
    H. O. L. Y. C. R. A. P. !!!!! This is incredible!! My dream wedding, with all the colors!! 😍 Amazing job! I know she will see this and she won’t be able to resist reaching out!!!

  26. Brittany Fink

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:49 am

    This is hands down the best thing I have ever seen! Every detail is so perfectly and meticulously planned. As a Taylor fan, this is an amazing tribute! I kept picturing her in every scene. Fantastic work!!

  27. Brandi Engstrom

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:56 am

    As a HUGE fan of Taylor Swift and an even bigger fan of you, Ashton – this. is. AMAZING. I am so so proud of you for pulling off the ultimate shoot… This is beautiful & I am completely blown away by all the thoughtful references you’ve made. I sooo hope that this beatiful blogged event reaches Taylor so she could see how loved and respected and appreciated she is by her fans. <3 The more you love what you do, the more you will soar. Keep up the wonderful work – you're going big places!

  28. Brittany Fink

    July 1st, 2019 at 10:03 am

    This is hands down the best styled shoot I have ever seen. The details are planned so perfectly and meticulously! I have looked at these pictures countless times! I kept picturing Taylor Swift in all of these scenes. Honestly, I was speechless when I first looked through it all! You should be working for Taylor Swift’s team! Congrats to all on such an amazing piece of work!!

  29. Laura Hagood

    July 1st, 2019 at 10:03 am

    This is amazing and so beautiful!! I absolutely love Taylor Swift, we are the same age by only 6 days. I feel like I can relate to her too, being Sagittarius and personality-wise! You killed it, this whole idea and shoot came out so beautifully!!❤👌🦄

  30. Liana

    July 1st, 2019 at 10:24 am

    I can’t believe how perfectly Taylor this is. I am so in love with this creation and vision. This is absolutely amazing.

  31. Callie Lindsey

    July 1st, 2019 at 10:31 am

    This is incredible and awe-inspiring!!! The thoughtfulness of each image and detail is both breathtaking and heartwarming at the same time! You are amazing!

  32. Kayla George

    July 1st, 2019 at 10:32 am

    This is PERFECT! I love it! The creativity is so impressive and Taylor is my girl, too. 🤩

  33. Kayla George

    July 1st, 2019 at 10:35 am

    I’m obsessed. This is amazing! The creativity is perfect. Love TSwift! Best concert I’ve ever been to last year!!🤩

  34. Caterina

    July 1st, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I am literalllllly obsessed!!!! Omg! You guys nailed this! Every little detail is insanely spot on.

  35. Alyssa Fugate

    July 1st, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I love this!! It all turned out beautiful!

  36. Ashley Clayton

    July 1st, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Literally my favorite shoot ever!!! You killed this beyond belief! Shared, tagged, done it alllll!

  37. Trisha Mockapetris

    July 1st, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    This is amazing! Everything about this shoot is pawfect!! I want everything in this to be in my future wedding!! #swiftieforlife

  38. Lauren

    July 1st, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking! Every detail is absolutely exquisite, and I can tell that this was a labor of love. After all, you’re the only one of you (and baby that’s the fun of you)!

  39. Alexandra McDade

    July 1st, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Obsessed. Wish my hubs would’ve agreed to a 100% T.Swift wedding. This is amazing— especially when Furever and Fur Always is involved 💕

  40. Allison Kopanski

    July 1st, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    How STUNNING is this. The “bride and groom” look amazing. Her outfits are to die for. I need them all for my September wedding. I wish I had thought of a Taylor Swift theme earlier. I’m in love.

  41. Holly Bihm

    July 1st, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    In literal tears because this is so beautiful! Congrats on finding your eternal LOVER!

  42. Holly Bihm

    July 1st, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    My absolute favorite photo is the paper airplanes! Saving it to my gallery bc thats not weird or anything! 😂 The are actual pinterest goals!

  43. Lindsey Rennie

    July 1st, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    This is everything a lifelong T. Swift fan could ever imagine. You are so talented and I am in awe/ (super jealous!) 💕 🐍

  44. Ashley Adams

    July 1st, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again…. BLOWN AWAY! As someone who did photography, dabbles in crafts and fashion… this shoot was beyond incredible! Y’all killed it!!

  45. Jessica @ The Budget Savvy Bride

    July 2nd, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Just came here to say that this is amazing. As a fellow Swiftie, I am just beaming at the joy you’ve shared and all the detail you put into this. Incredible!!

  46. 𝓐𝓭𝓻𝓲𝓮𝓵

    July 2nd, 2019 at 5:42 am

    This is simply AH-amazing! My boyfriends Dad lives next door to T-Swifts ex-boyfriend from high school, “Drew” from her hit song “Teardrops on My Guitar” 🎸! We live on Nashville, and my boyfriend graduated at Taylor Swifts high school! Great work! We’re proud of your photoshoot and have shared it with the T-swift fan base here in Nashville! ✨ ✨✨✨✨𝓛𝓞𝓥𝓔 !

  47. KAYLA GOVENDER

    July 2nd, 2019 at 9:19 am

    THIS IS A LITERAL DREAM 💖 reading this blog makes me realize just how much of an impact that TAYLOR ALISON SWIFT has made in my life and the lives of so many other people around the world. Thank you for all your dedication and hardwork
    #WeStandWithTaylor #ProudSwiftie

  48. Val Mock

    July 2nd, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Beautiful shoot, lots of fun! Enjoyed the cats the most!!

  49. Trisha Mockapetris

    July 2nd, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    This is beyond pawfect!!! Being obsessed with Taylor Swift, Cats and weddings; I am over the moon that all of them were brought together in this amazing shoot! This is amazing and I want you to be my photographer in my wedding!

  50. Brienna

    July 2nd, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    This is just amazing! Love all of the details and especially that bounce house! Fabulous job!

  51. Sherri Wilson

    July 2nd, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I loved the pictures and the creativity. JAW Studios did a great video to capture the day. Enjoyed reading the blog and especially the 13 things.

  52. Vivian Nguyen

    July 3rd, 2019 at 2:37 am

    THE TIME GALA INSPIRED LOOK OH MY GOSH!!! also i love that haylor tease i see y’all…

  53. Crystal

    July 3rd, 2019 at 10:23 am

    I am completely OBSESSED with this shoot! I am a huge huge SWIFTIE and I only wish I woulda thought to do this first! This is beautiful 🌸🦋🦄💕
    @ceedombeck
    @heirloomdistrict

  54. Lindsay Kahler

    July 3rd, 2019 at 10:30 am

    This composition is absolutely perfection in all forms: color, energy, styling, authenticity, emotion… etc! As a bride-to-be and an event planning professional, this post has ‘all the feels’ of magic!! You rock!

  55. Brittany

    July 3rd, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    This is absolutely amazing!! This is what I would love for my wedding in September to look like. Great great great job! I really hope Taylor notices! I’m sure this will make her smile, especially right now. Amazing job! Definitely sharing :)

  56. Hillary

    July 3rd, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    OMG this is a stunning wedding! I love the Taylor level attention to detail. Have a great life together!

  57. Jennifer

    July 3rd, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Beautifully done! Love it!

  58. thien c nguyen

    July 3rd, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Reminds me of the good old TS days.

  59. Amanda

    July 3rd, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    THE MF DETAILS!!! This is ENCHANTING. So many Easter eggs! I’m in love and hella impressed. 💗 Amazing work Ashton!

  60. Casey

    July 4th, 2019 at 12:47 am

    THIS IS EVERYTHING. A total inspiration. I’m sure Taylor will see and give you a shout out at the very least! Congratulations on your marriage! 💕

  61. Nicole Tobias

    July 4th, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Wow, this is gorgeous!! So colorful, so happy, so fun! I truly hope T sees this at some point because I know she would love love love this. So many cute little details (shake it off shaker cup, butterfly shoes – SO CUTE!- custom made Lover Jean jacket with pins), it’s just too adorable to handle. What a beautiful shoot, you should be super proud of how it turned out! Gorgeous❤️

  62. Erin F.

    July 4th, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Oh my goodness. Your details are amazing! This is the cutest photo shoot and it’s clear how much hard work went into it. I love the butterfly heels and the snake ring making its debut. I hope Taylor sees this, and honestly she might have already. You know how our girl likes to lurk! So much love xoxo!

  63. Vanae

    July 4th, 2019 at 6:47 am

    This is hands down the most incredibly detailed Taylor Swift inspired shoot. Not to mention all the details of lyrics and the Gatsby invitations. I mean, it has all the touches of past, present, and future Taylor eras all in one setting! For sure Taylor would be proud of your work, attention to detail, and creating a symmetrical aesthetic that combines all the eras together. The love you have for Taylor and you craft really shows. Your talent is the definition of Starlight!

  64. CARIN

    July 4th, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Everything about this is so beautiful. I love that you recreated her new heart guitar!! And that denim jacket is awesome!! (I need one!!) I hope Taylor sees this so she knows how much hard work was put in to it! :)

  65. Caitie

    July 4th, 2019 at 10:41 am

    I am absolutely speechless! The colors, the Easter Eggs, the dress, the subtle little details, the calligraphy, the LOVE, the bounce house, & ME! dance, EVERYTHING!!! The list goes on and on and on! I’m so impressed with this shoot & I can only imagine the smile Taylor will have on her face when she sees this. 💗🦋

  66. Kassie Schreiber

    July 4th, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!! So happy for you and that all of this could come together the way it did 💗

  67. Sammi

    July 4th, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Love this so much. It looks like it was stunning.

  68. Taylenadeservesbetter

    July 4th, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Never in my wildest dreams have I seen a wedding so gorgeous and with style! I love the theme too well it’s so enchanted!

  69. Saniya Junejs

    July 5th, 2019 at 2:57 am

    I really love this theme !!! It’s so magical .. I can’t even imagine this❤️❤️❤️.
    I’m totally in love with it!!!

  70. Megan Fewer

    July 5th, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    OMG Absolute Amazing ! This is what I have been dreaming of something just like this for my 30th birthday. A BIG shout out to you, the vendors, and the models! I hope Taylor sees this! What an amazing job and a beautiful beautiful shoot!

  71. madeline

    July 5th, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    i love this soooo much!! 💗