I’ve been so excited to share this shoot with you guys. You don’t even know. When Candice submitted it, I sort of leapt (a word?) out of my chair and spasmed a bit in a fit of glee (contrary to what you may be thinking, it wasn’t pretty).
Candice Benjamin is friggin’ awesome, super funny, has great ideas aaaaand takes a pretty ridiculously good photograph. She’s also pretty well-spoken, so listen up as she walks us through this massive shoot better than I could ever do. Hope you love, peeps!
P.S. – After checking out this shoot, we’d love to hear your own cost-saving ideas for a lovely wedding at an even lovelier cost!
About a month ago, I randomly sent out a message to about 6 other photographers that I could call friends. I wanted to get together before the wedding season started and have a fun day doing what we do best – taking photos. 10 million emails later… I realized I was styling/putting together a really large shoot.
While I was styling this shoot, I tried my hardest to find cute things that could inspire, but not cost a lot. It just takes a little thinking outside of the box to create something unique. And lots of goodwill shopping. Lots.
Instead of having paper table numbers (which are hard to photograph btw), maybe try wooden numbers? I found the #2 at Michael’s, and just spray painted it the color I wanted. Same thing with the wooden bird. For $1 it adds a little character to the table and ties in the teal birdcages (which I also found for a dollar at Michael’s).
Ever think of having your bouquet be a part of your table arrangement?
Ok. I love this cupcake stand. When I was gathering ideas I saw a cupcake stand just like this on Esty and fell in love. Luckily, Kym Vitar took it upon herself to make one. You can actually buy this cupcake stand here.
The lace fabric I bought for a $1 a yard in downtown la.
For the shoes below, I just added pink shoe-clips. Now those fab shoes have a little pop of color. The suitcases? Some are borrowed, others I found at goodwill for $6-9.
Ok, how inspiring is all that?!! Aren’t these pretty cool ideas when you’re working within a budget? Aren’t these great ideas IN GENERAL?
Also, do you have a favorite part of this massive out of control shoot that I love so much?
xoxo! - Alison
Photography: Candice Benjamin / Makeup: Amy Clarke / Hair: Dianna Lopez / Wardrobe Stylist: Tashina Hunter / Florist: Rebecca Castilo of Bonne Fleur / Hair Accessories: Tessa Kim / Video: Jakfoto Productions / Cupcakes: Swurlz Cupcakes