The forest floor mid-fall- is there anything more enchanting?
As some of you may know, Gabriel and I were in a near-fatal car crash this past summer. One of the worst things about the physical aftermath of the event was not being able to shoot the weddings I had lined up for fall. As a small business owner, literally 80% of what I do is behind the scenes admin work. About 15% is editing. But the 5% that is the actual shooting- getting out with my camera and CREATING something that didn’t exist before the sound of the click- that’s the part that sustains me, the part that fuels me enough to keep me going. Having that most important bit taken away from me, while still having to manage the other 95% that I do because I must, has been frustrating and depressing.
Which is why I’m so grateful to my friends and industry peers for allowing me the opportunity to get out and CREATE this week. A most heartfelt thank you to my wonderfully supportive friends: Bonnie, who encouraged me and let me know it was ok to start small, Rylie, for being a gorgeous model and a fantastic friend, Shawna, my amazing client-turned friend, who woke up at the crack of dawn on her day off to go location scouting, and then spent her afternoon assisting at the shoot, and my better half, Gabriel for always saying “You can do this!” and pushing me to go after the things I want in life.
My ankle feels like death from prancing around in the woods, but here are a few images from the shoot that I hope will inspire you.
For the concept of this shoot, I was inspired by the forest floor and by all things wild and free. Perfectly befitting the woodsy, bohemian feel of the editorial, Morgan from Petals & Hedges created what is most certainly the most beautiful, unusual bouquet any of us present had ever seen. Mushrooms, figs, wild berries and amethyst geodes adorned this delightful foraged masterpiece. I’ll be dreaming of this bouquet for days! Dark, moody, and romantic, raw and polished all at once. If you are a bride-to-be who wants to don a leather jacket with her veil on the big day, and maybe even say your vows in the woods, call me! I’m your gal!
The beautiful save the date frame and place cards were made by the very talented Jessica Barbee from Paper Thin & Fancy, calligrapher extraordinaire. Rylie’s engagement ring is a raw citrine slice encased in brass- perfect for the non-traditional bride inspired by nature.
Vendors: Photography & Concept: One Summer Day / Floral Design: Petals & Hedges / Calligraphy: Paper Thin & Fancy / Dress: Free People / Veil: PishPoshes / Venue: Somewhere in the woods, Alexandria, VA.