Arkansas Fashion Photographers – Design your own Dress

This whole idea for a shoot started when a company approached us about shooting their amazing headpieces on models for our mutual benefit.  (We would get the awesome props for our shoot, they would get awesome images to show off their products.)  Unfortunately, said company wanted a gazillion dollars in advance to use their super cool “fascinators”.  SO, that idea died.  BUT, the images in my head that I had envisioned for the shoot would not leave me alone!  I decided that I had to do the shoot just to get it out of my system! lol

I knew I needed an awesome dress, and that there was no way I was going to spend a ton of money on one – just for my personal work.  So, I thought about the amazing Sue Bryce and how she’s always talking about making her own dresses for shoots, and I thought…why not?

I had this vintage wedding gown I bought at a thrift store for a shoot last year ($35), and I decided that I could buy some tulle for a skirt and veil and dye them all together and make SOMETHING out them.  And that’s exactly what I did.  We tried to dye the dress GRAY, and it turned out purple.  BRIGHT WEIRD PURPLE. (see hideous picture below)  hahahaha  So, we decided to cut the outer layer off of the dress.  lol  Also, I haven’t mentioned this yet, but I do NOT sew.  I’m not sure I could even sew a pillowcase.  So, the skirt is sewn, but it is SAFETY PINNED onto the dress.  (You can see our initial attempt of pinning the dress onto my daughter because we don’t even have a cool mannequin thing.)  The belt is pinned to the dress as well, and the top is just tulle tied in the back.  (I thought about covering the back with lace, but I ended up liking the tied back. :)  So, this whole process (minus shopping) took about 5 hours.  It was totally worth it, but I thought for a few hours that I had completely lost my mind. ;)  Now that it’s done, I can’t wait to do it again!

dress


collage

tulle (JoAnne’s)- $13.50

jewelry (Plato’s Closet) -$12.00

accessories (Hobby Lobby) – $8.00

(We also added a corset on top of the dress and a cool necklace for a whole new look during the second part of the shoot.  We will post portraits soon!)

Of course, I can’t wrap up this blog post without mentioning my amazing model, Naomi.  We were introduced by her sister, and I am so glad because she absolutely brought the dress and my vision to life.  She was graceful, fun, easy to work with, and completely stunning from every angle.  Thank you so much Naomi, you were fabulous!!! :)

So, here it is…the first look!  Thanks for checking it out – hope you enjoy it and maybe even feel inspired to create a dress for your next creative shoot! :)

Vintage Tulle Dress - Wedding Gown - Gray - Purple - Model Arkansas Fashion Photography

Dallas Wedding Photographers – St. Thomas Aquinas – Chris and Michelle

Just a few years back we had the pleasure of shooting Michelle’s sister’s wedding in Altus, so we were super excited when Michelle emailed us about shooting hers!  We got to shoot her bridals at the Dallas Arboretum (check them out here: http://trinityridge.wordpress.com/tag/dallas-arboretum/).  Then we got to shoot their gorgeous wedding at St. Thomas Aquinas and their reception at the Old Red Museum.  We even had some fun time in between to shoot some wedding party and couple shots at a downtown park!! :)  Loved it!!  The day was absolutely perfect…would not have changed a single thing!

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel – Arkansas Wedding Photographers – T.J. and Rebecca

So, I just have to say that T.J. and Rebecca were the sweetest couple!!!  Both in the medical field, they just had the kindest most easy-going personalities.  We loved working with both of them and their families (which is great because we’re shooting Rebecca’s sister’s wedding later this year)!

We were blessed with a beautiful warm day that went from rain to sunshine and perfection.  Of course, no matter the weather, weddings at the Mildred B. Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, AR are BOUND to be gorgeous! ;)  And this was no exception.  I have to admit, though, that it helps when you have a STUNNING couple like T.J. and Rebecca!

Reception: Fred’s Hickory Inn

Wedding Cake: Rick’s Bakery

Wedding Planner:  Cindy Tignor

Buffalo River – Arkansas Wedding Photographers – Mike and Angie

Oh wow, there is so much I could say about Mike and Angie’s wedding.  I met them several months before the wedding and was so excited to hear that they were planning a Buffalo River wedding in Ponca, AR.  Ponca is one of my favorite places on the planet, and since I own land nearby, I feel like home there.  Dad and I often go on adventures out by the Buffalo, cameras in hand, like modern day explorers. ;)  So, I knew we would LOVE shooting this awesome couple’s wedding.  And we DID!!  It was a beautiful Fall wedding at a gorgeous lodge that backs up to a creek and the woods.  If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely check out the Cedar Crest Lodge.  It’s perfect for small weddings or family reunions! :)

Anyways, here are some of our favorite portraits from Mike and Angie’s special day.  Enjoy!!! :)

Little Rock Wedding – Central Arkansas Photographers – Eric and Laura

Eric and Laura were such an awesome couple!!  They came up from Texas to have their wedding at Laura’s parents’ house in Little Rock.  It was such a lovely Victorian home – it was the perfect venue for a small Fall wedding.  I have to say, I was in love with the details of this wedding.  The moss, the deer, the flowers – *sigh* – perfect!   After the ceremony, we headed to the Mark Twain Riverboat for a casual reception and short river tour.  Our groom is licensed to drive these awesome boats, so he got to steer for a while!  So cool! :)

St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable Wedding – Arkansas Photographers – Stephen and Ashley

*Sigh*…this wedding was so gorgeous.  It took place at the perfect time of day, during a beautiful time of year, at a stunning location, in to-die-for light. :)  Stephen and Ashley had their lovely tiny wedding ceremony at St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable in Fayetteville, AR.  Their informal reception followed at the Cedar Lodge in Bella Vista, AR.  The day was just so picturesque from start to finish.  If only all weddings were this easy! ;)  One of my favorite things from their wedding was the replica of the chapel Ashley’s grandfather made them as a wedding gift.  He made it by hand, and her mother painted it.  It brought tears to my eyes when they opened it!!

Enjoy!

Thorncrown Chapel Wedding – Eureka Springs Photographers – Bill and Nicole

We had such an amazing time photographing Bill and Nicole’s Fall wedding here in Eureka Springs, AR.  They were married at the always stunning Thorncrown Chapel and had a reception following at the Basin Park Hotel.  We LOVED everything about this wedding from Nicole’s GORGEOUS dress, to the blind-folded prayer before the ceremony, to the great band, to the lovely decor at the reception. :)  Here are a few of our favorite portraits from their special day!!  Enjoy!

Michelle’s Dallas Arboretum Bridal Session – Texas Wedding Photographers

A few years back, we had the privilege of shooting Michelle’s sister’s wedding in Altus, AR.  So, of course, when Michelle contacted me about shooting her wedding this winter, we were SUPER excited!!  Chris and Michelle live in Dallas, so naturally, the bridal session and wedding were held there as well.

We ended up shooting this beautiful session with Michelle at the end of December at the Dallas Arboretum.  It was a chilly 40 something degrees outside, but Michelle was a trooper!  We had so much fun wandering the grounds getting amazing shots of Michelle, who is absolutely STUNNING in every way.  We are so honored she and Chris chose us to capture these images as well as their special day. :)  We love our clients!

Here are a few of our favorites from our Dallas bridal session with Michelle.  Enjoy!! :)

Garvan Gardens Wedding – Hot Springs Wedding Photographers – Tom and Tingting

Is there really anyone on the planet who doesn’t love Garvan Gardens??  After Tom and Tingting’s wedding – the answer is probably not!  They had family from both sides of the globe come to Hot Springs’ Garvan Woodland Gardens for their beautiful wedding.  Afterwards, there was an elegant reception in the ballroom of the Arlington Hotel.  I have to say, Dad and I sincerely enjoyed this entire day.  Tom and Tingting were fun and easy to work with, even in the crazy August heat, and we loved meeting and photographing their wonderful families.  We are so blessed to have such great clients!

Here are a few of our favorites from their special day – Enjoy!! :)

Blue Springs – Eureka Springs Arkansas Wedding Photography – Ross and Gloria

I’m sure everyone already knows this, but Blue Springs Heritage Center in Eureka Springs, AR holds a special place in my heart. :)  I was married to the love of my life there 2 1/2 years ago!  So, of course, I was thrilled when Ross and Gloria hired us to photograph their elopement there towards the end of Summer. :)  It was an early morning wedding, and the weather was completely perfect.  I loved the bright Summer colors and how they made Gloria’s sweet red dress pop in all of the portraits.  The three of us had such a fun morning roaming the gardens.  Beautiful couple + perfect Summer day = happy wedding photographer. :)

Here are some of my favorites from their big day – enjoy!! :)

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