On a very warm, late summer day, the incredible vendor team listed below pulled together a gorgeous styled shoot. Styled shoots are an amazing way for vendors to meet & collaborate, as well as branch out and get our creative juices flowing. But I want them to be more than that. I want brides to not only be inspired but also know that this is something they can achieve for their special day. I want them to see the image and not just think, “That’s beautiful, but probably out of my budget.” So I decided to pose an idea to my fellow friend-ors on how to make this shoot stand out even more. All of the items we pulled together for this shoot are 100% attainable for the average budget in St Louis and we as vendors have also priced out each of the products/services that went into this project! Keep on reading!
In June, Sarah Harvey, of the newly re-branded Sarah Harvey Photo & Film (and founder of kelyn.), met with me to brainstorm. [Fun fact: Sarah was also a bride of mine back in April 2018!] She wanted bright whites and stunning imagery and I had recently been inspired by a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine. Full of rocky coastlines, amazing character, and ferns galore. So we set to work…
Venue: Sunflower Hill Farm
We thought that finding a setting in Missouri to mimic the feel of Maine would be difficult, but lo and behold, Sunflower Hill Farm offered everything and more! They have beautifully detailed buildings surrounded by lush greens and landscaped rocks all around the property. Down to the greys and whites of the venue, it was perfect.
Sunflower Hill Farm‘s pricing and packages vary based on season. Please inquire for customized proposals and go out and tour the venue to see the beauty for yourself!
The day of the shoot proved to be HOT (it was August after all) – but we, in all our sweaty glory, labored on and created something truly beautiful. I may be biased. But see for yourself…
Hair & Makeup: Mikki Weaver of Ravishing Bridal
Mikki is the BOMB. I’ve worked with her on multiple styled shoots and I just love her fun energy and unique ideas. She also has magical hands. Every look she creates is so stunning and flawless – and isn’t that what you want on your wedding day? She works with Ravishing Bridal so check them out!
Bridal Hair $85 / Traditional Bridal Makeup $65 / Airbrush Bridal Makeup $85
Bridal Gowns & Accessories: White Traditions Bridal House
Jess & her WTBH family are so adored by all of my brides and so many vendors in St Louis. I love just stopping in and smelling their signature candle and browsing beautiful gowns. They are located near Main Street in St Charles and also have a sister location, Cleo Bridal, in O’Fallon!
When I reached out to Jess & Carolann, they mentioned they had a new and exclusive designer entering their gorgeous store. How could I say no to using not just one but two of these dresses? Madi Lane is a newer designer to the market and I was floored when I started scrolling through their Instagram and website. Click the links to check them out for yourself. And make sure you stop in White Traditions to get your hands on a gown for your wedding day!
Groom’s Suit & Accessories: The Groomsman Suit
The Groomsman Suit is an online suit rental and concierge service. They are a perfect choice if your groomsmen are scattered across the world or want the convenience of at-home try ons. Check out their website to understand more about their services and process!
Stationery & Signage: Minted & Allyssa Elaine Events
I have had the pleasure of working alongside Minted with many of my couples to create their Save the Dates, Invitation Suites & now they even have custom signage!
I also spent time custom creating menus and a signature drink sign to add that extra level. They were both designed by myself and printed using Zazzle. I wanted to put a fun little touch to these paper goods because these are the aspects of your day that don’t have to be quite so formal! Our menu featured small illustrations to capture the foods and the signature drinks incorporated water color images.
Menus $0.50 per / Signature Drink Sign Print $8
Florals: SS Wedding Designs
Stefani, owner and creator at SS Wedding Designs, pulled together unique floral and greenery elements to create a one-of-a-kind bouquet for our model. She also created pieces to finish out our tablescapes (below). Including lots of different ferns and white blooms, she really captured the feel of coastal Maine.
Floral pricing varies based on season, desired flower blooms, and even economical factors. For instance, a few flowers are hard to order right now due to the political unrest in Ecuador. There are lots of things that come into play, so make sure you set up a consultation with Stefani to discuss all your options!
Bridal Bouquet $250 / Boutonniere $13
Tablescapes: Madeline Rentals, An Affair to Remember, Allyssa Elaine Events & SS Wedding Designs
This is one of my favorite setups to date (and there are a lot to choose from)! From the stark whites to the glimmery gold and pops of greenery. I’m a huge details person so I was so thrilled to find these gold fern napkin rings. I also love the way the glass chargers let the beauty of the farm table show through. All-in-all, I’d say these vendors knocked it out of the park!
Madeline Rentals: Farm Table Rental $100 per
SS Wedding Designs: Vintage Glass Vases $1.00 each to rent / Blooms & Greenery $75.00 (average of $6.25 per vase) / Vintage Brass Candlesticks $2.00 each to rent / Other smaller pieces start at $20.00 / Dessert Florals $35.00
Live Painting: Florelle Studio
We also had the fun treat of having Florelle Studio come out and do a live painting of Sunflower Hill Farm and our shoot! She is extremely talented and made a completely unique piece and she can do the same for your wedding!
Bride & Groom Portrait $1,000 / Detail Painting $600 / Post Wedding Portrait based on commission (inquire for a quote)
And last, but very not least….
Photography & Film: Sarah Harvey Photo & Film
Sarah and I have been through a lot together! To planning our weddings at the same time, pulling hers off to perfection, and all the things in between – she is a true gift to the wedding industry. I’m so excited for her and her newest business venture! She absolutely killed this styled shoot and I’m so excited to work alongside her for a few weddings we have booked in 2020 together! Everybody, a round of applause for Sarah!
Photo & Video packages starting at $3,500
Thank you to all of my fellow vendors that helped pull this off! So much love for these guys, xoxo
- Photography: Sarah Harvey Photo & Film
- Planning & Design / Stationery: Allyssa Elaine Events
- Venue: Sunflower Hill Farm
- Florals: SS Wedding Designs
- Bridal Gown: White Traditions Bridal House
- Designer: Madi Lane
- Suit & Shoes: The Groomsman Suit
- Hair & Makeup: Mikki Weaver with Ravishing Bridal
- Stationery: Minted
- Rentals: An Affair to Remember
- Farm Table: Madeline Rentals
- Live Painting: Florelle Studio
- Models: Jean Paul Light & Elizabeth Dopp