Maine Inspired Styled Shoot

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…

Mood Board

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!

Sunflower Hill Farm

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!

Ceremony Look: Madi Lane Haven Gown $1,899 / Veil $255 / Earrings $247 // Modeled by the gorgeous Elizabeth Dopp

Haven

Reception Look: Madi Lane India Gown $1,899 / Hairpiece 6781 $147 / Vera Wang Nude Pumps $70 // Modeled by the gorgeous Elizabeth Dopp

India

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!

Brilliant Blue Suit $194 / Taupe Slim Tie $15 / Graham Cognac Shoes $75 // Modeled by the dapper Jean Paul Light

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!

Falling Branch Suite [in cotton] $767 total, includes: Invitation $234 / RSVP Card $147 / Direction Insert $163 / Reception Card $163 / Belly Band $60 *based on an order of 100*

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

Blueberry Mojito & Bar Harbor Bourbon

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

An Affair to Remember: Gold Beaded Chargers $5 per / Cream Matte Satin Napkins $0.75 per / White Lanterns $10 per / Gold Rimmed Mady Votives $3.25-$4.25 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

Personally Acquired Items: Gold Flatware $22.95 for a set of 4 / Napkin Rings $24.99 for a set of 12

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

Mountain Inspired Surprise Proposal

I was so thrilled when Allison Slater Photography reached out to me about helping her with a styled shoot. Cameron had approached her about doing a photoshoot with his girlfriend, but he was keeping one detail from Mikayla…..a proposal!
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Setting up for this styled shoot was so much fun! It was just Allison and I in the middle of Pine Trail at Busch Wildlife and we were both so nervous and excited about what was about to take place. It was an unusually warm day for a fall-themed shoot, but you can’t even tell from the pictures and the smiles. We were nestled in our own little haven for a romantic, mountain inspired shoot with a picnic for two.

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Allison and I recruited the help of Sigalit of The Flower Bar StL for the gorgeous bouquet that you see in the photos. The florals really tied together all of the different elements for a stunning fall feel.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography188.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography137.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography185.jpgThe time came and Cameron arrived with Mikayla who started walking up the path, unassuming and completely unaware. We let them settle into their roles, warm up to the camera, and have a little fun.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography207.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography216.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography192.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography221.jpgThen Allison directed them to start dancing with each other.. After a few twirls and some swaying, Cameron stepped back and looking Mikayla in the eyes, told her he loved her and wanted to spend his life with her. He then got down on his knee and held out the sparkling ring. Mikayla’s shock and utter surprise was something I’m so happy Allison was able to capture on camera. Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography227.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography368.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography231.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography234.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography238.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography243.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography244.jpgThe love in their eyes…the joy I saw was so incredible. Being able to be part of these moments…these big, important, life-changing moments…is something I am so blessed by. To be able to witness and share in someone’s engagement, a first dance as husband and wife, their families celebrating…these are the occasions I live for and cherish. I thank God every single day that he has provided me with the opportunity to be part of these magical moments.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography258.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography253.jpgThe rest of the shoot was a cozy little engagement session and their look of love was completely unparalleled. I’ve been swooning over these photos for days and nights on end. 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It will always have a piece of my heart. Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography425.jpg

Photography: Allison Slater Photography

Florals: The Flower Bar StL

Planning & Design: Allyssa Elaine Events