I was so thrilled when I received a message in my inbox from Diana Lupu Photography a few months ago. Diana wrote the sweetest e-mail dishing compliments and expressing her enthusiasm to create an Inspirational Photo Shoot with non-other than Moi! I was so flattered and excited even before I got a chance to check out her work and meet her, then when I did, I was, well over the moon! We met at a Starbucks to get the ball rolling and from there the ideas started flowing. We collaborated on the theme by sharing our Pinterest inspirational boards to create the look of our “Birds of a Feather” Inspirational Shoot. I was so inspired by this shoot and had such a blast collaborating with new friends and fabulous South Florida Vendors. Our shoot was featured on STYLE ME PRETTY FLORIDA and it couldn’t have been more of an exciting start to a new year!Feathers seem to be popping up everywhere these days… in our hair, hanging from our earrings and dangling from our necklaces. I was so inspired and excited by this trend that I couldn’t help myself but to bring them into a wedding setting. I also wanted to create an inspirational wedding in a South Florida setting with some Northern woodsy appeal so we brought in some antlers! I was more than fortunate to team up with a group of amazing South Florida Vendors to make my vision come to life and to create this “Birds Of A Feather Flock Together” inspirational shoot.It all started with the fabulous hairpieces provided by HairFeather. We dressed the Bride in a beautiful headpiece with feathers hanging from the back in lieu of a typical veil. She was simply stunning and the veil like feather hairpiece truly created that ohh-ahh bridal moment. We also played around with a couple other hair accessories throughout the shoot to showcase the versatility of incorporating feathers into the Bride’s look during different settings. I didn’t think it was possible to make our Bride, Aniela more beautiful, but Kristin Brown did just that. We wanted free flowing curls to play with the hanging feathers and her makeup was just perfect and oh so sweet.Christine from Ink Lemonade nailed it with our Invitation Suite. She incorporated feathers into the invitation and r.s.v.p. and antlers into the save the date with lots of whimsy and lettering styles throughout. To exude the warmth and texture of crackling logs in a fire, she used charcoal as the main design medium and the envelope was hand painted with a custom-mixed turquoise gouache. It was perfect. The Paper Nickel just topped it off with their amazing collection of vintage stamps. It was such a treat to receive them and an undeniable addition to the already amazing hand painted envelope.The floral arrangements designed by Xquisite Events brought the pop of color and whimsy I could have only hoped for. From the gorgeous fuchsia peonies to the bright yellow ranunculus and hot pink roses, they were beautiful! The tablescape was created on a good ol’ picnic table. It was eclectic, not cluttered, but clean, incorporating the antlers, glass bulbs, feathers, and mercury glass, amber glassware, clear plates, and twisted silverware, yarn and glitter burlap napkins. It was created to be simple yet stunning and I think the floral arrangements helped it to be just that.The Ceremony setting was Holiday-esque as the inspirational wedding was to take place in late December and by incorporating Christmas glass bulbs we wanted to pay a little homage to the Holiday season. We also created a dessert display with varying holiday inspired treats to bring forth emotions from holiday foods and times spent with family and friends. For example, the Thanksgiving evoking pumpkin and praline pies, the Halloween inspired caramel corn popcorn balls, Santa’s favorite chocolate chip cookies and milk, the forever fun Forth of July s’mores on a stick and who goes camping with family and friends without some good old trail mix?!The photo booth was a blast to make and was created by using craft paper and handmade sweet potato stamps shaped to resemble feathers. A special thanks to Little Retreats for supplying all the amazing handcrafted fun on a stick pieces. From the bow-tie to the antlers, we had such a great time playing with their designs.Lastly, but most certainly not least, a special thanks to Timotei Jinar Films and Diana Lupu Photography for capturing all the unbelievable moments of creating this shoot and for making my vision come through their lenses so beautifully. I’m sure they could make anything look good, but it was such a joy to work with them both personally and I’m so thankful. Also, a special thank you to Diana’s assistant Jewel, for assisting with, well just about everything! I hope you all enjoyed this shoot and most importantly that it evoked some inspiration. I had the time of my life creating this shoot and it will forever be cherished. Enjoy!
Styling + Coordination: Kasey D Weddings
Photography: Diana Lupu
Videography: Timotei Jinar Films
Florals: Xquisite Events
Hair + Makeup: Kristin Brown
Hair Accessories: HairFeather
Paper Suite: Ink Lemonade
Stamps: The Paper Nickel Stamp Co.
Place Settings: Panache
Photo Booth Props: Little Retreats
Models: Aniela & Paul