Happy June! Today, I am blogging a tidbit about a shoot I planned and styled back in February for Cottage Hill Magazine. I was so thrilled when editor, Katie, emailed me and explained that she is originally from Mobile (no way!) and was hoping to tie in our lovely little dot on the map in the latest publication. Of course, I said YES! I wanted to include some of our coast's most talented vendors and really create a shoot that cut out all the fuss, and focused on a woman's beauty. I didn't want to make this all about the "bride" despite the industry I work in. To me, the best part about my job is meeting so many talented and kind entrepreneurs, and in most cases, they are women. The wedding industry is full of girl bosses, and it's not an easy industry! Just ask Forbes, they put Event Coordinator in the top 10 most stressful jobs in 2015. Yikes. Anyways, I wanted to celebrate women, old and young, near and far. I hoped that with pulling the right vendors, we could have a laid-back day capturing just that. And keeping the "look" timeless and simple.
Ashley Upchurch Photography captured everything perfectly and she was beyond easy to work with! Our model, Paige Reaux (also a kick ass photographer on the Gulf), killed it all day in the freezing cold! I couldn't have done it without these two! Paige is so naturally beautiful, I knew she would be perfect for the gig. She reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. Southern Calligraphy calligraphed beautiful "letters to myself" that complimented our color scheme, with shades of ivory and gold. I loved how they turned out and brought some more "realness" to our shoot.
Absolutely love how these images turned out! And after a super busy Spring, they really bring me back to focus! See the full feature and editorial in Cottage Hill Magazine (The Captivated Issue) in Barnes and Noble stores! We have a special BTS video from Lifehouse Wedding Films to share soon too!
Ashley Upchurch Photography, Model: Paige Reaux, Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy, Venue: Bellingrath Gardens, Videography: Cheree Givens, Lifehouse Wedding Films, Hair: Kathy Stringer, Salon Bella, Gown: Sarah Seven via Ivory and White
Planning, Styling and Florals: Victoria Austin Designs