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Casually Elegant Styled Shoot

May 13, 2021

Part One

I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to put together my own styled shoot! This all began when another photographer and I agreed to second shoot for each other! I thought it was a good idea for us to work together before a real wedding and it would give us additional portfolio work. From the beginning, I wanted a casually elegant styled shoot and I searched Pinterest endlessly for ideas!

My Group

I think Katie at Katherine Beliveau Photography had no idea what she was agreeing to when I told her my idea! LOL! My sister and Mom didn’t either and all three went along with my insatiable quest to put this together! I asked a few other vendors to participate, Gerri Russell at Pretty Petals, Pam Davis at PD’s Genuine Beauties, and Shannon Childress at Bogue Sound Distillery! These terrific vendors provided me with their services and products!

The Planning

I spent months on the phone with my sister (aka DIY Queen) and my mom planning. I could never have created this without the two of them. Every idea was met with both of them listening to my vision and making it happen! My sister, Shara is incredible! Not only was she my cake artist, but she also did hair for both of the brides, help me put together tablescapes, hemmed wedding dresses, you name it, she did it! My mom was also listening and then out shopping for the things I said I needed. She bought fabric, napkins, beads, and anything else I requested and spent hours polishing silver! And when I say hours, I mean hours were spent polishing silver goblets and candlesticks that had 25 years of tarnish on them!! The results were incredible! Thanks Mom!

Two of Everything

And the models, well it really helped that both my niece and nephew were recently engaged and all four agreed to be my models. Yes, that’s right, I wasn’t putting together a styled shoot with one couple, one vision, and one color palette, I decided to go big and put together two of everything. Two couples, two color palettes, two sets of bridal attire, two cakes, and two sets of tablescapes! It was crazy but I was trying to allow lots of options and variety for Katie and I.

The Location

The location for the styled shoot was always my issue! I toyed with so many ideas and couldn’t make up my mind. We had to do this on a Saturday as my family was driving up from NC and Katie was coming from West Virginia. I knew asking everyone to take off from work wasn’t an option. And I knew wedding venues would already be hosting weddings and would not be available. For all the time spent planning, I just couldn’t iron out where to do this.

The couples were staying at a local resort and my idea all along was to use that as our location but the day before Shara and I realized it just wouldn’t work. So at the last minute, I asked my neighbors, Chuck and Laura to use their property. These two love to garden and their yard is beautiful! They are the best neighbors and when I asked them, they immediately said “Whatever you need!” I was doing my happy dance in my head as I walked back home!! And if you need a veil tosser, Laura is AMAZING! I have the best veil toss pictures EVER!

First up, Salim and Ian! Next week will be Wendi and Sage and after that will be vendor highlights! So be on the lookout for more posts from this Casually Elegant Styled Shoot! Enjoy!!

Want to see a recent wedding, click here: Kayla and Chris – Married!

wedding dress on antique bed
wedding dress details
buttons on wedding dress
wedding dress on bride hanger
wedding bouquet, bridal shoes, bracelet, earrings & boutonniere
wedding earrings - styled shoot
wedding rings - styled shoot
wedding dress details
wedding dress
flat lay with invitation for styled shoot
wedding buttons details on dress
boutonniere for styled shoot
groom's ring at styled shoot
bridal hair
wedding dress details
bride applying mascara
pink, white and green wedding bouquet standing in chair
wedding rings
bride getting ready
flaty lay with invitation suite for styled shoot
bridal portrait
bridal fingering her veil
groom prepping for first look
groom getting ready for first look
bride with veil for styled shoot
pink, green silver colors palette for sweetheart table
white wedding cake with pink flowers and greenery
bride's chair decor for sweetheart table
white roses in floral arrangement for styled shoot
cake table for styled shoot
pink flowers and cupcakes for cake table at styled shoot
Reception tablescape for styled shoot
floral arrangement for styled shoot
place setting for wedding tablescape
bride and groom chair decor for sweetheart table
silver toasting goblets for bride and groom
Signature cocktail table for styled shoot
floral arrangement for styled shoot with silver candlesticks
pink flowers from wedding florals
Mrs sign on bride's chair at sweetheart table
tablescape for sweetheart table at styled shoot
place setting with florals for sweetheart tablescape
white rose in wedding florals for styled shoot
white wedding cake with pink flowers and greenery and silver candlestick
wedding cupcakes
signature drink signage and banana split martini for styled shoot - Bogue Sound Distillery
signature drink signage and mixed drinks for styled shoot - Bogue Sound Distillery
bombshell gin from Bogue Sound Distillery and The Salty Dog mixed drink
white rose from wedding florals
John A. P. Conoley Salted Caramel Whiskey and signature drink signage - Bogue Sound Distillery
Tablescape for signature drinks
pink flower from wedding florals
bride and groom cutting the cake for styled shoot
bride and groom cutting wedding cake
bride and groom kissing while cutting wedding cake
bride and groom smearing icing on each others nose after cutting cake
bride and groom with their signature cocktails
bride and groom with signature cocktails
bride and grooms holding Salted Caramel Ice Tea and The Salty Dog signature cocktails

Florals: Gerri Russell at Pretty Petals

Cake Artist: Shara Childress

Makeup Consultant: Pam Davis at PD’s Genuine Beauties

Hair: Shara Childress

Signature Cocktails: Shannon Childress at Bogue Sound Distillery

  1. Kiersten Critzer says:

    These turned out great! My FAVORITE detail shot is the blush chair! Fantastic job!

    • Diane Southard says:

      ~ F a b u l o u s ✨
      I loved reading how your ideas & “your people” weaved the details together to bring your vision to life ♥️
      Having been in the event and catering industry I am vastly familiar with the layers of planning, creativity and work that goes into the presentation . . . Brava!

    • Kimberly Forbes says:

      Thank you!

  2. Courtney says:

    Great job! Styled shoots can be tough to execute by yourself but looks like you nailed it!

  3. Every little detail is so stunning. Her ring is gorgeous and the small details make it seem like a vintage wedding.

  4. Theresa says:

    I’m so impressed with how you were able to plan and execute this shoot with such a great team! I love those goblets and your portraits are really beautiful!

  5. Ashley says:

    I love all of your detail shots !

  6. Chinling says:

    Wow! Beautiful photos! It’s not easy to organize a styled shoot and you nailed it!! Congratulations 🎊!

  7. Sayer says:

    these are breathtaking!! I love that cover photo too! You do an awesome job! Love seeing these blog posts!

  8. Erin says:

    This is a lovely styled shoot! It takes so much work to put one of those together but you did a great job!

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