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Thursday
May052011

fishing rehearsal | stylized dress rehearsal | dallas wedding photographer

Oh I'm so excited to share this stylized shoot with you all! When I showed up to photograph this mock dress rehearsal, I was THRILLED about all this eye candy! I'll let Shelbi and Chandra share with you the details and inspiration of how this came about:

We began the styling of this photo shoot with a Pearl Harbor theme in mind and gravitated towards an upscale rustic rehearsal dinner. We wanted to incorporate 1940's fashion with a modern flare and incorporate that design into the tablescape, decor and invitation/sign design as well. The use of a fishing net, boat, poles and anchor helped to set the scene for a romantic dinner by the water. At the same time, we used a crisp white tablecloth and natural colors to create a simple and modern setting as well as hints of gold and silver to add a touch of opulence to an otherwise outdoor setting.
 
In keeping with the 1940's theme we used typefaces with vintage flair and spiced them up with a unique color pallets. The pop of bright gold was used in the invitation and the signs to unify the event but also to make it stand out. I found the succulents at Calloway's for $5 a piece in plastic pots and wrapped the pots in rope from Walmart to better fit with the design of the table. These were so easy and inexpensive to make but added such personality to the place settings! I included a step-by-step photo tutorial to show how I wrapped the pots. The hanging clear bottles were empty cream soda bottles used as vases for bunches of baby's breath.

The benches around the table were handmade by my husband who used stumps as support for two old boards. We also used slices of tree stumps to create a chalkboard menu, direction signs and coasters for the table.

I looked everywhere for the perfect fishing net and found one in the most unexpected place! As my husband was gathering wood for to make the benches he discovered a large net lying in the field behind my aunt and uncle's house. In the midst of creating a fort, we have speculated that one of my cousins somehow acquired and later abandoned a batting cage net and thus we found our centerpiece!

 

Yayy!!
Vendors:
Event Design: Shelbi Rampy of Events by Shelbi Rene
Paper Products, Custom signs, and Styling: Three by The Quill Pen
Photography: Erin Woolsey of EE Photography
Dessert Design: Kendra Heard of Skunk and Bee
Fishing Boat: Patrick Drew
 
A special thanks to Preston Rampy for cutting all the wood for our photo shoot. Also thank you to our models: Daniel Bynum, Ashton Lloyd, Preston Rampy, Morgan Watten, Kevin and Katy McKinney and the puppies, Patti and Selma.

 
Clothing vendors:
Antropologie:
- Curved Road Shades in Dark Grey
 
Urban Outfitters:
- Woman's High Waist Navy Shorts
- Urban Renewal Vintage Menswear Suit Vest (actual vintage vests so they change with each store)
 
Nordstrom:
And now DIY time for those adorable place holders!
 
Materials needed:
 
Succulent plant in plastic pot
Rope
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
 
Instructions:
 
Hot glue the rope around plastic pot starting at the top and making your way toward the base (see figures 1 and 2). It is easier to keep the plant inside the pot as it helps the pot maintain its shape. Be sure to push each layer of rope as close as possible to the preceding layer. Glue one layer at a time rather than trying to glue the entire pot at once. When you have finished wrapping cut off the excess rope.

 

Wednesday
Mar302011

bow ties and ruffled featured | etsy | blog featured

Oh such happy news!
First off, a while back we did a spectacular Thanksgiving fun shoot with the ladies over at Events by Shelbi Rene and Three by the Quill Pen, and today their amazing little DIY S'More Wedding Favors is being featured!!! 
And second, I've recently taken up sewing a couple bow ties on my day off :D. At first it was to avoid paying $65 for a bow tie for our Umbrella fun shoot back in February. Then I realized they look pretty good! We opened a modest Etsy store called, Nerds of a Feather, and wa-la! Adorable cotton bow ties for sale. 

 
With that said, there are some new ones in the little store! Thanks to Brad for being my model :)