About a week ago I helped a good friend of mine, Kir of Kir2Ben, in a styled shoot which she set up. I created two glass dinner menus and one glass cocktail menu, and she also asked if I'd be interested in helping with styling and modeling as a bridesmaid - and of course I said yes! Her style of photography is one of my favorites. Her visuals are distinct and refreshingly natural. One thing you'll notice about her work is her shoots are well thought out. Because the shoot was set to be styled, you're given even more creative freedom from a visual perspective. I was excited to join, to say the least.
It was a Friday afternoon a few hours before the storm hit and I pulled up on a dirt road in Stevensburg, VA to a quaint old building from the mid 1700s, know as Salubria. The venue was stunning. The pale grey walls were accented with slate blue trimmings which were kept in shape but the paint had started chipping just slightly. It was close to 100 degrees outside and with no air conditioning inside the venue, it felt over 100 for sure. After the set up was complete and everyone was dressed, we got right into it. The bride and groom, @briandwesphotography, were to die for. Their love for one another is so apparent and watching them do this shoot together left me feeling like I was watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. Obsessed. While I was absolutely thrilled to create glass menus for the shoot, I was also excited to be assisting in styling and modeling as a bridesmaid. The gowns made us drenched in sweat, but thankfully it wasn't evident in the final product. We posed in many of the rooms in the venue and the final shots were taken outside at a flower hoop created by the bloom goddess, Emily of Love Blooms. The timing could not have been more perfect because the clouds had started to roll in and a breeze had started giving us the perfect overcast lighting and a moment to cool off. After the shoot was over we all packed up and left. Kir and I went to Uncle Julio's and downed some delicious pulled chicken tacos. The day was absolutely perfect. All of it.
Kir knows exactly what she's looking for in a shoot and gives great direction. It's seriously so easy and so much fun working with her. I hope we can collaborate on more future projects!
But, guys. Can we just take a moment...I am seriously SO OBSESSED with the way the photos turned out. Creating the glass menus was so much fun and I'm happy to be adding them to my inventory! Maybe you're thinking, 'Wow! The menu sounds delicious...And the drinks! Give me all of them. I wonder where Cecillia got the menu items...?' Well, guess what? I definitely put them together according to my own taste and I definitely would want all of that at my wedding! Maybe add a make-your-own taco bar in there somewhere too? The same went for the bar menu. Yes, a patron margarita (no salt rim for me personally) would be my signature cocktail. But of course if there's anything anyone could tell you about me, I love a good margarita.
What do you guys think on the turnout of these photos?
Blooms: Love Blooms
Models: Bri & Wes Photography
Invitations & Calligraphy: Alchemy Calligraphy
Rentals: Bella Villa Shop
Menus & Styling: postskript
Cake: The Red Bandana Bakery
Beauty: Transformation Artistry
Dress: Betsy Robinsons Bridal
Skirt & Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN
Assistant: Maddy Williams Photography
Coordinating: Bella Giornata Events