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
Bridal showers and baby showers… just about every gal out there has helped host one, right? And just about every gal out there has thoughts on how to do it best. Or at least they think their way is best… am I riiiight? Below are a few ideas on how to keep everyone happy while also keeping the design simple and cohesive. Take notes from one of my past clients out of Tyler – she had the right idea!
1. Have something memorable as a sign in area. Writing words of wisdom, highlighting scripture, or notes to open at a later date are all easy and meaningful ways to make the bride or mom-to-be feel the love of her family and friends.
2. Focus on backdrops, which will enhance the food station and gift opening area. This is where the photos are taken, so you don’t want random family photos, a kitchen sink or clashing home decor in the background of every photo. And those backdrops can be simple! Too busy and they become the focal point instead of the bride or mom-to-be.
3. Just say no to cheesy themed decor. Keep the fake flower arrangements and plastic heart confetti in the attic, and hire a local florist (such as Moss, for this shower) to make some fresh greenery garland and a large floral arrangement focal piece. Also remember, renting backdrops and other linens and cake stands (from a place like Pursuing Eden Rentals, like this client did) is an easy way to create a high end feel without spending the big bucks.
4. For large events with many guests, hiring a stylist is an easy way to give you the thing you need most: time. Time to mingle, connect with and love on the guests and bride or mom-to-be, while the stylist works to get it all perfect.
Rentals: Pursuing Eden Rentals