This past summer, we had the opportunity to work on a styled shoot with a few of our colleagues in the wedding business. Tonia from Aribella Events was creating a Rainbow Wedding shoot that would use basic whites and accent them with an assortment of colors (i.e. “rainbow). What she came up with as a whole was amazing to say the least, Lindsay Docherty captured the images in her always-amazing fashion, and we were quite proud of the items we designed for the shoot. The shoot took place at Duportail House, an awesome historical property in Suburban Philadelphia (Chesterbrook/King of Prussia).
So, what IS a styled shoot? A styled shoot is basically a photo shoot scheduled ahead of time, where various professionals come together to create a themed, inspirational setting. That setting is then photographed, and typically is shared with customers, family, friends, other professionals, magazines, and websites, to provide ideas that can be used in real life (like your wedding, mitzvah, party, etc). Whether or not you take the inspiration in full or in part, styled shoots are a major part of how trends are started. The saying “it takes a village” rings true in a styled shoot – it is not unusual to see anywhere from 5-15 professionals involved in order to make a styled shoot happen!
Now, onto the shoot…
Duportail just got finished a renovation of their barn on their property, and it served as the setting for the shoot. Our friends at Eventions Productions hung some gorgeous chandeliers from the rafters, and they were then draped with simple ribbon. The look, accompanied by chiavari chairs with rainbow tulle ties, created a dramatic contrast to the natural wood of the barn interior. The Wedding Pavilion at VanCleve provided the gorgeous bridal dress. The shoes are a bright yellow Christian Louboutin creation.
You know we love a good photo shoot, but let’s be honest…stationery is our favorite – the way it brings everything together is why we do what we do! This shoot is a particularly great example of how stationery can truly define your event.
The escort cards were created from small envelopes of different colors, and we penned white calligraphy on to each one. We also created the “This Way to the Reception” sign that was on the escort card table (actually, a rustic wood bench which is a permanent fixture at Duportail). “This Way to the Ceremony” sign is modeled here with the flower girl.
The invitation itself was classic white, accented with ribbon to match the theme. Overall simple in design, but unique.
Last, but of course, not least, was the candy table. We could go for an afternoon snack table that looked just like this!
This shoot is inspirational as we are in the middle of winter here in Philadelphia. We’re looking forward to spring and when we can host an event at the office that uses so much of this goodness!
The Philadelphia area wedding professionals on the shoot were:
Photographer: Lindsay Docherty Photography (Lindsay Docherty)
Event Designer & Flowers: Aribella Events (Tonia Adleta Lowe)
Venue: Duportail House (Kate Frey)
Stationery and Place Card Calligraphy: Paper Rock Scissors (Christina Carnevale)
Bridal Salon: Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion (Abby or Annmarie)
Cake: Bredenbeck’s Bakery (Lauren or Karen)
Lighting: Eventions (Matt Blank or Rian Winther)
Makeup: Ruthie’s Eyes
Hair: Christy McCaffrey Hair Styling
Shoe Designer: Christian Louboutin
Furniture Rentals: South Jersey Party Rentals
Table Runner & Ceremony Drape Calligraphy: Neither Snow