I’ve always loved behind-the-scenes features. It lifts the veil on the magic that happens at styled shoots and shows some of the amazing creativity from the wedding pros involved.
When Chelsea of Bit of Ivory Photography and Orchestrated Stylized Shoots and I dreamed up this shoot in Hawaii – I really had no idea what I was getting into. It’s no secret that Burnett’s Boards is all about the inspiration and vendors behind it but to actually be involved in a series of shoots was a dream come true.
Since so many vendors were connected to the three shoots, and all three shoots had a distinct personality and style, it was important for the vision to be communicated accurately. We used an inspiration board and pin board to refer everyone too and honestly I can’t believe how well each and every one of them nailed the look.
The topiaries from Curate Décor + Design for the ceremony were 100% not what I expected (clearly I did not know what ‘topiary’ meant), but 110% better than I could imagine! They brought that cultured, Downton Abbey style to the event perfectly.
Another happy accident was the wedding dress from Chaviano Couture. The dress we had originally requested arrived, and it was fabulous, but Annette had told me she packed up a couple of extras and as soon as I pulled the Ginny Gown out of its garment bag (at the risk of sounding clichéd) – Chelsea and I knew it was the one.
We had planned to use Ever After Events’ vintage lawn games for the wedding shoot, but decided last-minute to use them in the engagement inspiration shoot instead. It gave Jose & Nick the chance to loosen up in front of the camera (because while one photographer is intimidating enough, there were 6 at each of these shoots!), and it added a sweet lifestyle component to the entire session.
Shilhi of Passion Roots is a true artist. When I called her the day before the bridal session and asked what the plan was she told me that she wanted to ‘free hand a haku lei’ (Hawaiian style floral crown – like a lei for your head) – so frankly I had absolutely no idea what that would come out looking like. And I assumed that since she had gone above and beyond with the stunning floral designs for the wedding inspiration shoot, that this one would be more subdued. I was so wrong!
We arrived at the Passion Roots studio, which is nestled up against the jaw-dropping Ko’olau Mountain Range, and Shilhi sat Sarah (our model) down and created some real magic. She started with a strand of shells and went from there adding roses, pincushion protea, and bright ranunculus into the mix. The result was fantastic!
I really can’t thank everyone involved with the Ku’u Lei shoots enough for their creativity, professionalism, and awe-inspiring imaginations.
I’d like to give a special thanks to…
To celebrate the shoots we’ve got a giveaway today.
Our original plan was to have two bridesmaids in the wedding inspiration shoot – but we ended up going with one. What that means though is that we have an extra dress to give away! Valued at $245, this cute dusty-rose colored Anne Taylor gown has removable straps, is a size 6, and is absolutely adorable with ballet flats.
All you have to do to enter is like a few (or all!) of your favorite vendors on Facebook from the wedding portion of the Ku’u Lei shoots. Each like earns an extra entry!