For my first styled shoot, I really wanted to incorporate everything that I love and am passionate about and bring it all to one place.
I wanted a small, industrial space that I could turn into an intimate wedding for only about 25 people. Something that looked and could feel like a wedding in your home. And I don't know about you but an industrial loft in downtown Portland is like.... my dream home.
I chose Opal 28 for this shoot because of the gorgeous cement wall and exposed brick in their space. Plus, they are the nicest venue owners - ever.
I wanted everything in this shoot to feel organic and homemade. Basically like anyone could put this together just out of things around their house or with old heirlooms that have been passed down. I love antique hunting so the plates, glassware and cutlery are all items I have found and bought over time at random spots. The candle sticks are made from plumbing piping and I had my amazing boyfriend make them for me. (Which he did extraordinarily I might add and they are now available to buy or rent for your own wedding or home) and the napkins are raw linen that I cut and dyed myself with indigo.
All the other rentals were hand picked and donated from Vintage Meets Modern here in Portland. Beautiful rugs, a handmade farm table and a variety of different chairs gives the whole space a very unique and cozy feel. We put blankets and pillows all over the place to make it feel even more relaxed and at-home.
When Heather Smith, owner of Work/Shop.PDX told me she would love to collaborate on some projects in the future, I instantly asked her to be a part of this shoot. I knew after our first chat that we could see each others visions perfectly and together we could come up with a beautiful backdrop. We went back and forth on some ideas for an asymmetrical cut with florals and different textures until we finished with me saying "I trust you....here's what the floral will look like, do whatever you want". And she came up with one of the most beautiful macrame pieces I've seen.
I chose to do a 3 tiered donut stand instead of your traditional cake. Donuts have become all the range in Portland and I wanted to highlight that so we picked the most unique donuts we could find from Coco Donuts and stacked them high. We used Vintage Meets Modern's rustic bar cart for the desert table AND the drink table. I also put together a "whiskey and beer pairing" station because again, here in Portland we looooove our beer and whiskey.
Lastly, I chose a couple boho dresses from the Show Me Your Mumu line at Nordstrom for my bridesmaids and a two piece gown from the Dessy Collection. We backcombed all of our hair (for the "rolled out of bed look") and added small flowers and twigs. Finished off the look with a bold brow and soft lips done by the amazing Melissa Pope.
Everything was perfectly and beautifully captured by Jessica Heron Images and I could not be happier that she was willing to do this shoot for me.
In the end... Everything came out even better than I had planned and it really just make me want to do about 4,000 more of these. So stay tuned cause they're coming.