Here's To The Fools Who Dream
I’ve said it a million times throughout my site- I LOVE telling stories. It’s one of the many joys of working with couples during their happiest season of life. However, it is rare that I get to be the one writing the story- and this is why I just love getting to work on styled shoots. This particular one was inspired on themes of art deco, celestial, and an overall richness to the aesthetic. An elopement session centered around a couple that loves history and has a refined taste. Deep jewel tones, a touch of glam, and a hint of eclectic charm formed the vision for this shoot, and was tailor made to fit that couple that values the details and luxury, along with craving intimacy in the most special moments of life.
One of the joys of living in Savannah is seeing the amazing renovations that take place in beautiful, historic buildings around town. Recently, Savannah Spirits Group opened up the Savannah Spirits Speakeasy and Chop House, located down on Broughton and Whitaker, which was renovated to the nines. Striking brick interior, rich teal hues, beautiful wall paper, and food and cocktails that taste even better than it looks; I knew I had to reach out and start my story there.
Throughout the venue are art pieces that reflect an refined art deco aesthetic that really spoke to me, and I wanted to take this and incorporate it throughout the shoot. From this point, I reached out to Modern Trousseau Savannah, who was gracious enough to let me play dress up with out gorgeous model, Madi Brandli, and customize our very own two-piece mix. The top was full of crystal detail that creates the most stunning art deco inspired pattern, which we paired with a sleek, clean fitted bottom with a train you could just die for. We paired the dress with a vintage ring borrowed from a local friend and jewelry expert.
My incredible vendor team really helped to bring this story to life, and I couldn’t have done this without them! Jess Belfry of Hustle and Blow Dry Bar absolutely blew me away and was able to decipher the jumbled mess in my head and turn it into the perfect hair and makeup look for our bride. She was so enthusiastic and proactive in finding the best trends and ideas to fit our vision! Our dashing groom was dressed by J Parker Ltd, which has locations on Broughton and in midtown on Abercorn. We loved the unique feather bowtie that really elevated his timeless look! Calley Sholder at The Topiary was our glowing cake artist, and she was so creative and innovative throughout the design process. I also had the pleasure of working with John Davis Florist, who was so so helpful in developing a floral plan to compliment the vision. I had a great experience collaborating with their team who really helped me more than they know. Arguably one of my favorite parts of the shoot was the stationary, which was designed by Hello Shannon. She is actually a former bride from our photographer, and completely nailed the designs. I believe the invitations and stationary set the tone for the day, since they are your first impression, and she completely captured our essence. Rounding out this incredible vendor team was Mackensey Alexander Photography, the mastermind behind our beautiful imagery. I knew I wanted a specific look in the way this shoot was photographed, and Mackensey was the perfect choice for capturing this story. She has a way of capturing people and things so beautifully- it feels raw and real and out of the box- something I really wanted to be portrayed in this shoot. I'm very fortunate that she joined and was a huge help to me in the planning process, as I'm always learning more and more about the industry.
I’m so so happy with the results of this collaboration, and feel so blessed to live in a city that thrives on collaboration! We recently were featured on Genteel and Bard, a local Savannah blog, for this shoot, and would love to have you take a look at that feature as well. A HUGE thank you to everyone involved, including our striking couple, Madi Brandli and Zac Wirth, for creating magic with me!!
All my love,