Happy Friday afternoon, you guys. First off, an update! We went to a couple more shows as part of bridal market, and it’s official: we’re closing out this bridal market with a BANG. I can’t wait for you to see our pictures from these shows! You’re going to vomit over how beautiful they are. You won’t be able to keep your food down. I’m not being hyperbolic; I literally told someone I want to come to back to try some of them on for my own wedding. Scout’s honor. Next week!!!!
For fun, here’s a little sneak peek if you weren’t following my tweets last night…
We’ll have runway and backstage sweetness to share with you soon!
Ok, NOW! On to the main event… I must say you guys, these two are just DARLING. They’re the sweetest couple ever, and they stayed true to a concept that they personally loved. At first they were embarrassed to be the only two around not wearing 2012 duds, but once they got comfortable – and with the help of the sensational Ivan Apfel of Ivan Apfel Photography, these two rocked it out, and had some serious fun. And you guys, just wait until you see Katie’s style. Ivan tells me she was born in the wrong era, and I have to agree.
Here’s the rundown from the beautiful bride, Katie:
We were really happy with the carnival idea because it allowed us to keep things playful, but still have that vintage flare. I thought it’d be embarrassing to shoot in a crowded place, but in some ways it loosened us up. The best part was when Ryan and I kissed on the chairlift only to be followed by a loud “EW!” by a nearby kid. Where else can you get that comedic relief?
I found the dress on Etsy.com from a vendor who sells vintage dresses from the 1960′s (it definitely beat the price of a Betsy Johnson dress). I wasn’t completely authentic though–the pearls and the shoes were my grandmother’s…from the 1980′s. My “1960′s” sunglasses were also from Etsy, and are actually from the 90′s (that explained the $10 price tag). If you’re going to go vintage, remember that those items already have wear and tear. Right before the shoot, I made a gaping hole in my dress that I had to cover with a bow, and the rubber tips of my heels were worn down to the nails by the end of the day. No need to freak out, though. The end result are awesome photos.
Also, Bump-It’s totally work. If you can’t find anyone to do your hair (like me), they make it really easy to recreate the 1960′s bouffant look.
And here’ s a bit from Ivan, their fab photographer (and all around great guy):
Every now and then you get one of those sessions you are really excited about. This was one of them. I met Katie and Ryan about 18 months ago when I shot the wedding of friends of her families. So I was really excited when she called me eight months later about shooting she and Ryan’s wedding. We had met a couple of times to discuss their engagement sessions (that’s right, plural). Katie is a huge fan of anything early ’60′s. So much so that their wedding will have a definite ’60′s edge to it from the cake to the guest gifts. They really wanted to choose locations for their sessions that would fit with this subtle theme. Right off the bat I was like, “County Fair”. Normally this might be an issue seeing that the Dade County Fair is not till the middle of March and a little warm. And the Broward County Fair is not till November which is well after the wedding. Well, good news, The South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach just happened to be in the middle of January which is the perfect shooting weather.
Originally I expected to have security and vendors give us a hard time and Katie expected to feel embarrassed in her ’60′s dress. But we were both pleasantly surprised when security never said a word and the game and ride vendors were eager to help out. As for Katie and her dress? It was a hit. The older women looked at her with a smile of nostalgia, the younger women came up and told her how much they loved her dress and the little girls said she looked like a princess. And Ryan? As any good fiancé would, he just went with the flow and enjoyed himself.
BONUS TIME! They did another shoot, too. And it’s a whole different concept. :)
How cute is she!!!!
So, tell me…
1) How sweet are these two?
2) Would YOU feel comfortable doing a shoot in a very public place?
3) What do you think of themed shoots? Would you want to do one yourself?
xoxo! - Alison
Friday’s Inspirational Quote of the Day
And now… I’m starting something new for Fridays… I’m calling it Friday’s Inspirational Quote of the Day. I know; I may have gotten too creative with the titling. Anyway, here goes — the inaugural quote, via Pinterest, which helps to remind us that anything is possible… well, within reason, but still :)