Mandy and Kevin gave us the opportunity to do something SO fun – a day before session! We got to wander around Eureka Springs and take our time creating some beautiful portraits for them. Loved it! :) The next day they had their wedding at the Thorncrown Chapel, and their reception at the Barn in Holiday Island. Couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful couple, or a more beautiful day. :)
Florist: Holiday Island Flowers
Cake Artist: Jennifer at Sunfest Market
Caterer: Island’s Pizza & Pub
Reid and Lindsay had a beautiful late Summer wedding at The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The ceremony took place in the Fountain Garden, and the reception followed in the Conservatory. What a gorgeous event! We were so honored to be a part of it! :)
Florist: Michelle Burks – Eureka Flowers
DJ: Mike Hodgson – All Around Sound
We absolutely loved shooting Andrew and Meg’s wedding at Hunt Chapel in Rogers, AR and their reception which was held at St. Anthony’s on the Creek in Lowell. We had the privilege of shooting Meg’s sister’s wedding the year before, and we loved working with their family. :) We are so amazed by our clients – they are always such wonderful people!!!
Shawnna and Eric had a GORGEOUS wedding at The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR. It was a gorgeous summer day, and this outside wedding was accented by the beautiful pink and white color scheme – so romantic. And I have to say that Shawwna and Eric were a totally darling and sweet couple – they definitely made our jobs easy! Their reception was immediately following the ceremony, and was held in the Crescent Hotel’s Crystal Dining Room. Loved the beautiful simple decor, and LOVED the oyster shots! ;) Congrats you two!!!
I have to admit, Dad and I were SO EXCITED to get the opportunity to shoot a wedding near Santa Fe, New Mexico! Isaac and Jessi are such an awesome couple. :) I, personally, have known Jessi since we were in the 6th grade. So, what could be more fun that shooting a wedding for my “oldest” friend?! Nothing! :) Her wedding was held at the beautiful Hacienda Dona Andrea. It was a perfect hot summer day, nothing but blue skies and sunshine! Can’t wait to see where our next destination wedding takes us!
Ahhhhh….Jennifer and Jehon’s Crystal Bridges wedding was so dreamy. :) ( Funny enough, it was actually on my own wedding anniversary!) It was a beautiful summer day in Bentonville, AR and we enjoyed every minute of it. Crystal Bridges is such a fabulous venue for weddings and receptions. We definitely recommend it! Enjoy!
First, let me just say, that I ADORE this couple. :) I don’t get to spend as much time getting to know most of my couples as I would like, so it’s always exciting when I get to shoot for a couple like Micah and Anastacia. I’m friends with some people in Anastacia’s circle, so I’ve had the opportunity to shoot portrait sessions with her in the past and I’ve even shot a wedding for a friend of hers. So, I was SUPER excited when she told me she was engaged and asked us to do the wedding!
We shot the wedding in Kansas City, MO at The Mustard Seed Church, and the reception was held at The W Banquet Hall. What a fun day!!
Samuel and Amanda were married on a gorgeous sunny day at Thorncrown Chapel here in Eureka Springs, AR. They were such a sweet couple! We loved the fact that they gave us some extra time after the wedding to drive around town and shoot some beautiful shots of just the two of them. :) Enjoy!
Wow, guys, this wedding was SO COOL. It was just Matthew and Tahnya and they had the gorgeous Thorncrown Chapel all to themselves!! PLUS, (and this is a big plus), it was STORMING. A huge storm was blowing in, and it caught us with a downpour after about 5 minutes of shooting outside after the ceremony. It was AWESOME!!!
In addition to all that, I have to say, I LOVED Tahnya’s pink dress! The world should have more pink wedding dresses. :) That is all.
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!
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! :)