OK! I heard you loud and clear. Many of you think inspiration shoots are pointless at best and misleading at worst. I disagree. This is what's called a styled shoot. It's a small, highly curated photo shoot typically styled by wedding pros (planner/stylist, baker, bridal boutique, hair/makeup artist, photographer, etc.) to highlight their creativity and skills. This is not a real bride, nor is it a real wedding. It is meant for inspiration, and I promise you, you can glean so many fabulous ideas from such shoots. You don;t have to copy it; just take ideas that make sense to you.
However, if your thinking of copying this style shoot exactly:
- Limit your guest list. This look is easiest to achieved with fewer than 50 guests.
- Do this for a bridal shower instead of a wedding.
- Invite your bridesmaids over for a tea party to ask them to stand up for you
Inspiration for your wedding:
- Consider a dessert bar instead of wedding cake. Add cupcakes, pies, and your favorite candies.
- Use vintage tea cups, found at thrift stores and flea markets, to add a touch of romance and whimsy to your dessert or cupcake table.
- Offer guests gourmet tea bags as favors. This is especially lovely if it means something to you, i.e. you're an avid tea drinker. Explain your selection on a little note card.
- Those are Red Velvet cupcakes, a popular flavor in the Southern US. Does your region or season have a signature flavor? How about chili chocolate cupcakes with chili chocolate ganache for a southwestern wedding, or pumpkin spiced cupcakes for a fall wedding.
- Look at that lovely short dress! For outdoor weddings opt for a casual or tea length wedding dress.
- Paper flowers can be a whimsical and inexpensive alternative for real flowers. They make great bouquets, centerpieces, hairpieces, and boutonnieres. You can also have real flowers in some places and paper ones in others. For outdoor weddings, line your aisle with pinwheels and paper flowers.
- Start collecting vintage tea cups early–at least eight months before your wedding date, especially if you live in an isolated mountain community.
- Check out these resources for paper flowers
- Rolled Paper Flower Tutorial: Jones Design Company
- 50 Paper Flower Tutorials: TipNut.com
- Start making paper flowers early and do a few at a time. When I made my own tissue paper flowers, I made 3 or 4 at a time while watching TV with D.
- Photographer: ZipporahK Photography