Cozy Industrial Winter-Inspired Styled Shoot

Slow season for me this year was the end of December, January and February and I've enjoyed having some extra time to work on projects that don't usually take priority during busy seasons, one of those being my first ever styled shoot! I had been wanting to organize a styled shoot for a while now, but I was so scared! What if no other vendors want to work with me or trust me to make the visions come to life? What if it doesn't get featured on a big name wedding blog? They seem like a lot of work, am I cut out for that? These questions filled my head for a few weeks until I finally told myself, "No! I'm not going to NOT do something just because it's going to be a lot of work and there's a risk that it could fail. I don't want to shy away from a challenge and I don't want to pass up on a great learning opportunity because I'm focused on what could go wrong!" That's not the kind of business owner and person I want to be. So I gave myself a pep talk and got to work. I remember sitting at my desktop, about to send out my first email to a vendor asking for her collaboration, scared to death! I hovered my mouse over the send button as those thoughts of doubt started to creep in. I gave myself another pep talk and forced myself to just press the button. As I did this over and over again, some vendors agreeing to work with me and others having to turn me away, it got a little easier every time. (I'll be writing a blog post on the planning experience for those of you interested in planning a shoot of your own, so stay tuned for that!)

Eventually, I had my team and we had set a date! I was so excited! We were going to be shooting outdoors in the woods at my parent's house, since the whole theme was woodland-inspired. Then, the week of the shoot, the biggest ice storm of the season was predicted to hit that weekend. UGH! The weathermen were ruining all my plans! I won't try to hide the fact that I had a minor anxiety attack the week before the shoot and almost broke down in tears as I watched all my hard work start to crumble in front of me. I told myself that I wasn't going to back away from a challenge and boy was God giving me exactly what I wished for! I scrambled to find a suitable indoor location last minute and had come up with multiple back up plans to make this shoot happen! I was dedicated and it was going to happen, no matter how much the odds were against me! 

I was able to find the most perfect indoor space at The Hudson. The folks there were so kind to let us in last minute and use their venue! We were out of the nasty weather and their aesthetic fit perfectly with the vision! I am so thankful for each and every vendor who committed to making the shoot happen as well! Everyone was so kind and patient to work with the weather and the problems that it brought up. I got to work with the kindest and most down to earth people, Walker + Sydney, who modeled for me, and I cannot thank them enough for their dedication to the shoot! It's such a breath of fresh air to have friends you can truly count on and Walk and Sydney proved they have hearts of gold and I am forever thankful for them! 

I had so much fun bringing the vision to life and watching it exceed my expectations throughout the day! Not only did I photograph and organize the shoot, but I also provided the florals for my first time ever and had so much fun putting all of that together! My mom came out and helped me with it all and we had a great time being creative and building the beautiful table scape, creating the bouquet, and putting it all together! 

I told myself that I wouldn't put my value as an artist, the success of the shoot, or my personal confidence in whether or not the shoot would be featured or not. The experience and result alone are enough to genuinely feel proud of myself and everyone involved! We created something beautiful and I made the best connections with other creatives in my industry and learned a lot about myself in the process. It was a lot of hard work, but I am proud of the end result and I am proud that I didn't let the weather, the voices of doubt, or those that thought I couldn't do it get in my way. WE DID IT AND IT WAS AWESOME! That being said, I am so thrilled to announce that this shoot will also be featured on Bridal Musings in April! That's just the icing on the cinnamon roll cake ;) 

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the amazing team of vendors who believed in my vision and who collaborated with me to make this shoot happen! 

Venue: The Hudson
Dress: Lillian West from Prescott Bridal
Florals: Kelcy Leigh (yours truly!)
Hair & Makeup: Conlee Arpin
Furniture + Decor: Endless Treasures Rentals
Calligraphy + Stationary: Oh Honey Paper Co. 

I am so obsessed with winter weddings, they've always been so dreamy to me! I was inspired by woodsy colors and textures and wanted to portray a cozy, yet industrial feel. I think the bitter weather outside just inspired me all the more during the shoot to create a romantic, winter-y feel to everything! From the dripping candlesticks, cinnamon roll cake, and whiskey+cigar bar to the fur shawl and long sleeved wedding dress, I was in love with every detail and amazed at how it all came together to fit the vision! So, here it is, my first ever styled shoot! :)