woodland valentines’ styled shoot | geoffrey & desiree

We’re SO excited to share these images from our Woodland Valentines’ styled shoot today, in honor of the fast-approaching February 14th holiday this weekend! This shoot was such a blast to design and execute, from the pinterest-ing, to the DIY-ing, to the actual shooting, we really did have a lot of fun putting our hearts (pun) into these images.

Love is a lot of things: it can be fun, exciting, a rush… but it can also be scary! To set out to find one’s soul-mate is to learn that love’s journey is not always warm and safe. Sometime’s it is wild and unpredictable. Learning how to grow alongside and accept another person for their strengths and faults is an adventure. But it’s an adventure worth embarking on.

When we photographed Geoffrey and Desiree’s actual wedding day back in 2011, none of the four of us had any idea of the transformations that would take over either of our marriages and families. But if there was ever a couple who set an amazing example of what it looks like to embrace life’s challenges and changes with grace and godliness, and grow together beautifully in the midst of it all, it is these two! We’re so thankful to have them in our lives, and that they agrees to be our models for this shoot. Enjoy our favorites from our styled Woodland Valentines’ shoot, and see more info at the bottom of this post for vendor info and credits <3

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ProjectLifePhoto_Valentine_0002Per our usual tendencies, our genius idea for a styled Valentines’ themed shoot popped up only a little over 2.5 weeks before Valentines’ Day! It was definitely a labor of love, not only because of the choppy time-table, but also because just about all of the details were DIY-ed by yours-trulies Because we were pulling all of this together so soon before Valentines’ Day, we felt uncomfortable asking a florist to put together a bouquet, boutonnieres, a flower-crown and a centerpiece, or a baker to whip up desserts on such short-notice. So we’re not too embarrassed to claim responsibility for all of the florals on this shoot, because they did turn out decently. We also made and crudely-frosted a few cupcakes ourselves and dipped a few strawberries! We DO, however, hold to our original belief that wedding professionals should always be hired to handle the delicacies of someone’s one and only wedding day!!! Those floral details specifically were no joke to put together. It was super time-consuming and exhausting to make them look the way we wanted, and we’re more than confident that a professional could’ve produced a much higher quality product in much less time, and probably for much less money

We came across this wedding gown at a thrift store a month or so ago and knew we had to snag it! For $14, the simple lines and intricate illusion neckline were absolutely beautiful, making this dress a steal! We just knew we could use it somehow. We were so blessed to have sweet Linsey, one of our very favorite past brides, offer to lend us her beautiful three-tiered cathedral veil! Groom’s attire and all accessories came from all over the place- most of it from our stock-pile of wardrobe, set aside specifically for photo-shoots. The bow-ties, however, we must mention are from The Cordial Churchman, our very favorite haberdashery, right here near us in our very own downtown Rock Hill!

All of the vintage china and table-scape accessories were provided by The Gracious Table! It is truly amazing how much elegance can be added to your wedding-day decor by utilizing real china. The colors and patters can compliment just about any color-scheme… and gosh darn it, it’s just so fancy and pretty!

Gown | thrift-store find

Cathedral Veil | Treasures Formal & Bridal (Atlanta, GA)

Hair & Makeup | Desiree Bernard

Cameo Necklace | Forever 21

Blush Pashmina | Etsy

Pink & Purple Pashmina | Target

Men’s Pink Checkered Button-Down | Target

Men’s Cardigan | Forever 21

Men’s Wool Jacket | thrift-store find

Tweed & Plum Bow Ties | The Cordial Churchman

Bouquet & Flower Crown | D.I.Y. (not recommended)

Boutonnieres | D.I.Y.

China & Linens | The Gracious Table

Tree-Stump Cake-Stand | The Gracious Table

Gold-Rimmed Martini Glasses | Crate & Barrel Hungary

Desserts | D.I.Y. (not recommended)

Cupcake Holders | Valerie Bertinelli

Antlers | World Market

Cupcake Banner | D.I.Y.

 

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Melissa Butler - February 11, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Breathtaking. I can’t believe that you pulled all of this together in 2 weeks! Im glad that you posted where you found that bowtie ~ I love anything local ~ and have been looking for a bowtie for my son.

chilly old-town bridals | britny

When we took Britny’s bridal portraits back in November for her January wedding, it had been getting colder and colder by the day and most of the fall foliage was gone for the winter! Where do you go for a lovely bridal session when the weather is harsh and nature is less-than-picturesque? Find beauty in architecture! Luckily, we have the loveliest little historic district, right here in Rock Hill near our home. And with Britny having gown up in Rock Hill, it was the perfect choice. It worked out beautifully to have a more off-the-beaten-path type of setting for this session, since Britny’s personality is very down-to-earth and her dress is on the non-traditional side. We selected a time for the session when we knew we could catch some glowy sunset light at certain points during the shoot. The images turned out just the way Britny had envisioned them and we are so excited to share the images now that she’s finally made her walk down the aisle and become Mrs. Leal! Enjoy a few of our favorites from Britny’s bridal portrait session!

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