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Succulent-Inspired, Romantic Red, Pink and Gold Styled Shoot

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August 25, 2017

Succulent-Inspired, Romantic Red, Pink and Gold Styled Shoot

You might think we are completely crazy for trying to pull off a full styled shoot in the middle of wedding season – and a few weeks ago, I would’ve probably agreed with you! – but friends, we did it. Yet it’s only because we partnered with an absolutely incredible team of vendors that we were able to pull off this total dream of a styled shoot last week… and we are so very excited to get to share this romantic red, pink and gold styled shoot with you all today!

A few months back, Luke and I started dreaming and chatting about what we wanted to create for a styled shoot this summer, and we kept coming back to the fact that more than anything, we desperately wanted to create something unique and different from the norm. We wanted a big & wild bouquet, a classic yet fresh wedding gown, a tablescape overflowing with color and florals, a naked cake with a twist, classic stationary with a twist, and some completely unexpected touches thrown in for good measure. (Please not the hanging floral arrangements from Pollen and Pastry, friends… oh my goodness!) we started creating a plan and a design with our dear friend Candice of Pollen and Pastry, we realized that a lot of what we wanted could be accomplished with the addition of succulents everywhere throughout the shoot, so we went with it… and we are obsessed with the results. (See if you can spot the cactus in the bouquet! We dare you to try.)

When Friday morning finally rolled around and we started assembling everything at Comlara Park, we could not help but become overcome with thankfulness… it was simply incredible to get to see how everyone’s hard work and efforts had come together into the reality of our dreams for this shoot. Plus, we had the very sweetest models of all time, Abbie and Cole, who made this morning a total BLAST. These guys were so kind, so funny, and totally up for anything… we can’t wait to grab dinner with you guys soon, you two! 😉 Plus, Abbie works at Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo, so finding a gown that was perfect for her was such a breeze!!

Vendors

We absolutely LOVED collaborating with the following amazing team of vendors to make this shoot a reality! We cannot say thank you enough to each of the vendors who came together to create something incredible. Thank you all so very much!

Venue: Comlara Park
Florals: Pollen and Pastry
Cake: Pollen and Pastry
Rentals: Spruce Wedding Company
Wedding Gown, Veil, & Jewelry: Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo
Groom’s Attire: Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo
Hair & Makeup: Timothy John Salon & Spa
Invitations: Fabulous Affairs
Photography: Caitlin and Luke Photography

Large wooden table filled with beautiful bouquets, candles, place settings, golden silverware, golden chairs in the forrest
A beautiful boquet popping with red and purple color on a painted white wood table

These florals, guys! Too good!!

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golden chairs with white seat cushions lined up against a white painted farm table
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Succulent-Inspired, Romantic Red, Pink and Gold Styled Shoot

Give us alllll the color!

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unique place setting with golden silverware, a red napkin, a flower on a plate and a golden chair
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Succulent-inspired cupcakes for the WIN! Pollen and Pastry killed it with these…

succulent themed cupcakes with red and green decorated frosting

Callie of Fabulous Affairs created exactly what we had envisioned for this entire stationery suite! It is the perfect blend of classic and bohemian… and we love the floral detailing on the inside of the envelopes! It’s the perfect touch.

floral stationary with lots of color resting on a round rustic white table
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We just have to point out the brush stroke naked cake Candice of Pollen and Pastry created! This is a trend we are totally hoping to see more of in the very near future! 🙂

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small cactus succulent with a yellow flower growing out of the top

Can you even handle these unique hanging arrangements by Pollen and Pastry?! We’ve never seen anything like these before! Can one of our brides please incorporate these into their wedding decor? 😉

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Succulent-Inspired, Romantic Red, Pink and Gold Styled Shoot

We adored the vintage white farm table, white armoire, gold chairs, and table settings courtesy of Spruce Wedding Company!

bride in a beautiful white dress holding a bouquet over flowing with color and flowers
Bride and groom dressed in wedding attire sitting at white farm table
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I think everyone involved in this shoot commented on those massive red flowers MULTIPLE times! Before you go Googling them, they are called “antherium,” and we’re officially obsessed. 🙂

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Succulent-Inspired, Romantic Red, Pink and Gold Styled Shoot

You guys KNOW we love a good veil shot… 😉 We love how long and elegant this veil is from Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo!

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Timothy John Salon & Spa did the most perfect job with Abbie’s hair and makeup! Thank you guys so much!!

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Groom portraits while wearing a dark grey suit with a back bowtie and a red boutonnière Groom in a dark grey suit with a black tie holding a lush wedding bouquet
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Still not over that bouquet, friends…

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Succulent-Inspired, Romantic Red, Pink and Gold Styled Shoot
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Succulent-Inspired, Romantic Red, Pink and Gold Styled Shoot

The lace detailing on the back of this gown from Michelle’s Bridal & Tuxedo is what dreams are made of! So elegant!!

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That train!!! Yes!

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Succulent-Inspired, Romantic Red, Pink and Gold Styled Shoot

These two… ahh! Too cute for words, guys!

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Total pros when it comes to twirling, aren’t they? 😉

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