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Styling for Blooms by the Box

Last Spring, I received an email from a PR company for Blooms by the Box, an international wholesale flower distributor, about styling a shoot for them. Of course I said yes! I’m proud to say this shoot was recently featured on Strictly Weddings. I worked closely with Marin Poelman, the PR representative to connect with several vendors from the area to create this lovely styled shoot. Enjoy!

Credit to these talented vendors!

Photography: Lindsay Steele Photography

Venue: Miss Mary’s Place

Flowers: Blooms by the Box

Flower Styling: La Bella Blooms

Rentals: Pursuing Eden Rentals

Cakes: Calavera Cakery

Gowns: Fabulous Frocks Bridal | Shreveport

Stationary: Ellie Bee’s

Hair & Makeup: Kylie Event Glam

Bride Model: Sara Rash

Groom Model: Daniel Biggs

Produced By: Rayce PR

Events, Photoshoots

Styling Job for Weddings with Style Magazine

Several months ago, editor Fayline Bass of Weddings with Style Magazine contacted me about an opportunity to collaborate with her and our vendor team in the development of her fresh and new vision for the magazine. I was honored to step in and assist with the creative direction and styling of the upcoming shoots, which would fill the pages of the magazine, providing a unified theme and story line for each issue. The best part of this opportunity is working with some of the very best vendors in the area. We’ve all worked together to create three magazine shoots so far, and today I’m excited to blog about the very first one, released in the Summer of 2016.

Fayline brought some inspiration photos and a vision for what she was looking for, and we worked together to bring it to life! I was so proud of everyone’s hard work, and wasn’t surprised a bit when the positive feedback came rolling in! The best part of these shoots is knowing that our local brides can achieve polished, perfect events by using local vendors -that they can actually have this magazine-worthy look and hire these top notch vendors here in East Texas and West Louisiana.

Photography: Jennifer Robison Photography

Venue: Cedar Croft Plantation

Rentals: Pursuing Eden

Gown: Fabulous Frocks Bridal

Floral Design: Mandy Cathey Weddings

Cake & Cookies: Social Bites of Ruston

Hair & Makeup: Fete La Femme

Calligraphy: Selah Grace Designs

Table Numbers: Fine Line Supply Co

Model: Cherish Roberts

Events, Photoshoots

Bright and Bohemian | Stone Oak Ranch

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stoneoak-6Lavender, coral, red, blush, tangerine, gray and navy… this color palette is full and vibrant, and I love it!  Using layers of color in your florals can build richness and depth.  And who doesn’t want that?  La Bella Blooms took what was in my mind and ROCKED IT.  Photography by Gema captured it wonderfully, and without a doubt, Stone Oak Ranch’s new pond ceremony cite made this shoot complete.  Many of the elements that made this shoot so detailed and perfect are from Pursuing Eden Rentals.  Working with a talented team makes all the difference in the event industry!stoneoak-50

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For the tables I made DIY concrete votives to add a natural yet modern element.  My conclusion… a messy but inexpensive project!  They took about 24 hours from the start until they were dry and ready to come out of their molds.  I used recycled water bottles and cups for an assortment of sizes and styles.

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Venue: Stone Oak Ranch

Photographer: Photography by Gema

Florals: La Bella Blooms

Rentals: Pursuing Eden Rentals

Models: Lauren and Nathan Nichols

Styling: me

Events, Photoshoots

The Truth About Why I Split

A question for the dreamers out there- How often do things go exactly the way you envisioned?  Never?  Then to you I say, Congratulations!  I’ve determined one sign of a successful small business is to stay flexible and leave room for growth and change.  Some aspects may be just as you predicted, but usually the areas that end up evolving can be one of your biggest strengths as a business.  In November of last year I launched Kristal Childs as a separate business and focus from Pursuing Eden.  With some direction from friends in the wedding industry, lots of prayer and deep thought I knew it was time.  But I’ve never really told you why… so now you’re about to be in on the truth.

First, you must know I love Pursuing Eden Rentals.  I enjoy meeting a need in my community for specialty rentals, and I enjoy providing a unique collection to inspire local brides and party throwers.  Notice my two key words here- community and local.  Rental companies are made to serve their area, and serve them well!  But after five years, I saw two holes in my business.

1.  I was personally being asked to design weddings, events and photoshoots in non-local areas.  I struggled with how to physically get a truck and trailer of rentals to an event many hours away without the delivery and labor charge getting terribly high.  Pursuing Eden is a very small business and we must charge for hotels for the tear down team, gas for the big rigs, labor expenses for the team’s drive time, wedding wait time, food, and the list goes on.  There is no way around the fact that the farther the PE team travels, the higher these expenses get.  So how do I personally serve interested clients with a local only rental business?

2.  Not every event needs Pursuing Eden Rentals.  I know, you’re thinking, “Wait, did she just admit that?”  But, it’s true!  Pursuing Eden is a SPECIALTY rental company.  We do not carry everything.  We do not want to carry everything.  I couldn’t figure out a way to serve clients who came to me for design help, but who didn’t need what Pursuing Eden carries.  Also, through Pursuing Eden, there wasn’t a logical way for me to schedule one-on-one consults with each client and help them compile a list of regular rental needs outside of Pursuing Eden, like tents, plastic tables, regular linens etc.  How do I personally help those who have needs outside of Pursuing Eden?

So my business, simply titled Kristal Childs, was created.  Now, when I am contacted by non-local clients I can easily use rental companies from their area in my design for their event.  No Pursuing Eden Rentals required.  Separating my event styling services from Pursuing Eden Rentals means I can travel anywhere in the US (and beyond!) to style an event.  All of my local brides who have hired me for my styling services are wanting to use Pursuing Eden Rentals, and that’s great!  But my goal is to use any vendors needed to create the absolute best event.  As a separate styling business, I can offer more suggestions and assistance with the design from beginning to end.

Also, when I am personally involved in photoshoots and events, I can now be tagged as a separate business on social media, so potential clients understand they have options.  We want everyone to know that renting with Pursuing Eden can be as simple as choosing whatever rentals they want, picking them up and returning them.  Or they can hire me for design direction, separately, if needed.

Another plus!  When I launched Kristal Childs, I was able to start offering interior styling as a separate service also.  Now, I can easily serve customers from Pursuing Eden Home (a unique and fresh local home decor store) who request my interior styling services.  In the same way as the rentals, I use Pursuing Eden Home pieces as well as other finds from various sources to create a functional and complete, yet personal and unique space.

Now lets talk about this gorgeous shoot at The White Sparrow Barn with some of the best vendors out there, recently featured on Wedding Sparrow!  I’ll let the images speak for themselves…

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Take a look at the list of amazing vendors below:

Photography: Brandi Smyth

Flowers: Mandy Cathey

Rental Props: Pursuing Eden

Cake: Social Bites

Rings: Lollars

MUAH: Meka Bennett

Stationary/Calligraphy: Paper Glaze

Events, Photoshoots

5 Ways to Create a Refined Outdoor Event

The great outdoors can provide a backdrop that no venue or rental collection can compete with; however, the venue and rentals you choose matter beyond measure.  Your venue and rentals can complete (or ruin) the effect of that lovely landscape.  Outdoor events do not have to be low quality or cheesy, but it does take a clear and direct design approach to make an outdoor event feel polished and stylized.

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Here are 5 simple ways to create a refined outdoor event:

1.  Lighting!  Hire a professional to hang chandeliers and cafe style string lights.  If possible, choose these types of lighting over generic Christmas lights.  This detail really matters in the overall feel.  Also, when it’s dark, the guests are gone and it’s time to tear down, you will be so glad you’re not tripping on tree roots and beer bottles.

2.  Use real dishes and glassware.  I know, paper plates make a ton of sense when you’re outside.  And they are less expensive!  But they look less expensive, and do nothing to help you create a refined, elegant wedding.  Counteract the outdoors with formal tableware.  I promise the effect will be worth it!

3.  Let your venue work for you!  Find the best walls or areas of impact at your venue and make those be your backdrops for the important spots, like your cake display, sweetheart table and Just Married photos.  Too many times, I’ve seen cakes set up with the DJ in the background, or a sweetheart table with a big red fire extinguisher directly behind the couple.  Y’all, the background is what creates a frame for each space… it is so important that what’s behind looks great!

4.  Layer.  Tone-on-tone neutrals and metallics currently have my heart, so obviously I’m going to advise you to use neutrals and metallics when choosing your linens, chargers, floral containers,  flatware, dishes and all of those fun details.  And when I say neutrals, a washed-out sandy peach or faded gray-blue counts.  But mix it up!  If you’re using an organic natural linen, add a metal floral container.  Now, please don’t be afraid to use bright, rich colors as accents.   But know if all you have is an overabundance of strong accent colors, they lose their effectiveness and your eyes won’t know where to rest.

5.  Let’s talk flowers.  Simply put, you get what you pay for.  But good news, even the most experienced professionals aren’t as expensive as what you may assume.  Call them up and book them!  Outdoor events = heat and humidity = wilting flowers by amatures = ugly bouquet and centerpieces = crying bride = this is not you, because you hired a florist to create and install your lovely blooms.

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Ok, surprise No 6. Hire me as your stylist.

Styling this shoot was a wonderful experience!  Wondering who else to hire?  Check out these amazing vendors.

Photography: Brandi Smyth

Rentals: Pursuing Eden Specialty Rentals

Venue: CedarCroft Plantation

Cake: Cakes by Carrie

MUAH: Kendall Morehart

Florals: Brianna Belton Design LLC

Dress: Fabulous Frocks of Charleston

Also seen on Style Me Pretty!!

Photoshoots

3 Reasons You Should Hire a Photoshoot Stylist

I know, you are a very creative and talented photographer, and you may be thinking, “I’d never hire a photoshoot stylist- I know how to design!”  This post may be for you.

Three reasons you really should hire a stylist:

1.  Two heads are better than one.  A good stylist will listen to your vision and merge them with their own creativity to produce an outstanding shoot.  Remember, a stylist’s job is to make the photographer look better!  Your ideas are great, I’m sure!  Why don’t you combine them with the ideas of other experienced professionals to create a shoot that sets your work apart?

2.  Wedding blogs and magazines want to feature photographers who connect with other vendors.  They see enough submitted posts by DIY photographers… I suggest you work with and credit a stylist to help you appear even more experienced and legit, and to make your submission stand out.

3.  On the photoshoot day, your job should just be taking pictures.  Leave setup and staging to a stylist!  After shoots I style, I repeatedly hear how stress-free and focused the photographer felt.  They were able to focus on the art of photography, imagine that!  On the other hand, I also hear many regrets when a stylist isn’t brought on board, including: I thought I had enough product but the scale was off, it looked good in my head but something was missing when I set it all up,  or I ran out of time to do all I had envisioned.

These photos are from a shoot I styled a couple years ago that were published in Smitten Magazine, Style Me Pretty and more.   Brandi Smyth, photographer,  and I worked together planning this,  and the results were loved by thousands!

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You can find some some great stylists out there.  I urge you to connect with one for your next shoot.  Curious to see how I can help?  Shoot me an email- I’d love to work with you!

KC

Photography: Brandi Smyth 

Gold Sheer Dress: Handmade by MDSewingAtelier

Grey Chiffon Dress: Paolo Sebastian from Nearly Newlywed

Hair Piece: Cristina Vine by Jannie Baltzer

Hair & Makeup: Bel Viso Makeup Artisty

Groom’s Attire: Tallia, courtesy of John Pickens

Cakes: Silver Palate Cakery 

Rentals: Pursuing Eden Rentals

Floral Design: Mandy Cathey

Paper Goods: Chez Rivage

Styling: Me

Photoshoots

Sandra Bianco Shoot | Dallas, Tx

The Caporin family is absolutely precious.  When I began working with Heather, the mom of this darling family, I knew this photoshoot was going to be one you would just love.  They flew in from Maryland for this session, and got to experience Texas for a bit while they were here!  I fell in love with their sweet children and can’t wait to work with them again.  And being able to style for Sandra Bianco… simply a dream.  The rain forced me to do some improvising with locations and backdrop details, but I think it all turned out wonderfully.  Of course no gypsy shoot is complete without a donkey, and our four-legged guest, Honey, couldn’t have been more perfect.

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Look for more images coming soon, friends!

 

Photographer: Sandra Bianco

Props: Pursuing Eden Rentals

Florals: La Bella Blooms

Hair and Makeup:  Meka Bennett

Styling: Me