ku’u lei: behind the scenes + giveaway!

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.

Behind the scenes at the Ku'u Lei shoot in Hawaii | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Gold pineapple and emerald green rsvp cards from Peter Loves Jane | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on:  http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/

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 cake design from A Cake Life (Hawaii) and the invitations from Peter Loves Jane (Utah) look like they came from the same brain – it just goes to show how important visual communication is!

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.

Butter yellow wedding cake from A Cake Life | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Vintage style bridesmaid | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Wedding ceremony topiary from Curate Decor + Design | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Bridesmaid bouquet from Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Behind the scenes at the Ku'u Lei shoot | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Veil by Danani Handmade, dress by Chaviano Couture | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Bouquet by Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Behind the scenes at the Ku'u Lei Shoot in Hawaii | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/

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.

Engagement inspiration shoot in Hawaii | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Behind the scenes at the Ku'u Lei shoots in Hawaii | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/

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!

Passion Roots free hand designing a flower crown | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Passion Roots free hand designing a flower crown | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Passion Roots - floral design in Hawaii | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Passion Roots - floral design in Hawaii | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Passion Roots - floral design in Hawaii | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Passion Roots free hand designing a flower crown | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/ Tropical beach bridal session with floral design by Passion Roots | Bit of Ivory Photography | see more on: http://burnettsboards.com/2014/03/kuu-lei-scenes-giveaway/

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…

Chelsea for being who she is and making all of this happen
– the bottle of wine that turned one shoot into three
– and to Moana Events for stepping in and stepping up whenever we needed them!

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!

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All images from Bit of Ivory Photography.

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.

Comments

  1. Behind-the-scenes shots are my favorite! I love seeing how everything came together. That first shot is totally adorable!

  2. Definitely fun to see all the behind the scenes action – sooo much goes into making those perfect pictures! Looks like you guys had an amazing time!

  3. This is so fun! You all did such a fantastic job – congratulations!

  4. Love seeing all the behind the scene photos with the story. Styled shoots are so much fun and this looks like it was a great session (or 3)!

  5. Hmmm, a size 6……I’ll need three of those!

  6. I love that you showed the behind the scenes….there’s A LOT of work that goes into styled shoots & while our job involves lots of glamour it also includes alot of muscle & energy too:) Totally diggin the pineapple BTW:)

  7. So much incredible creative talent that happened– from the models, vendors, photographers, everyone involved. Stylized shoots are such a community effort and only thrive because of it! <3 Go, team, go! 🙂

  8. How fun to read some of the things that went on behind the scenes. What a wonderful job you ladies did. You should be really proud…these shoots were all fantastic!

  9. Loved seeing the behind the scenes look – and this is such a great giveaway!

  10. So fun to see the the behind the scenes and to hear about the on-the-fly decisions and creative surprises that led to all those beautiful images. Great giveaway as well!

  11. What a gorgeous shoot, loved seeing the behind the scenes action that brought to life these beautiful images!