inspiration shoot contest


I’ve long wanted to host a styled shoot contest. The limitless creativity from wedding professionals around the world never ceases to amaze me and as Burnett’s Boards prepares to turn two years old in a couple of months, I think it’s about time!


Create a styled shoot inspired by an artistic medium… any material used by an artist to create their work: glass, cement, metal, wood, textiles, chalk, charcoal, watercolors, ink, stone, film, clay etc. Truly, the list is infinite.

Metal inspired tablescape |


1. Submit a proposal outlining your concept along with a link to a Pinterest board or an attached inspiration board with your ideas by February 3rd. The photographer who will be photographing the shoot should submit the proposal. This by no means excludes other wedding professionals from taking the reigns – just nab your favorite photographer in the next few weeks!

2. I will review all of the proposals and select 5 of them that I would love to see brought to life. Those 5 will be notified by email on February 5th.

3. Put together your team of fabulous wedding vendors and create your shoot!

4. You will have until April 30th to complete and submit your inspiration shoot via Dropbox or Two Bright Lights.

5. All five shoots will be published between May 5th and 9th. 

6. Readers will have two weeks to vote for their favorite inspiration shoot. Voting will open after all five have been published.

*** As per my usual submission policies – once the shoot has been published on Burnett’s Boards you are of course free to submit it elsewhere ***

Calligraphy veil |


Up to 6 participating vendors (as chosen by the photographer) from the winning shoot will all receive a yearlong listing in the vendor guide and a six-month rotating sidebar advertisement spot (rotates between the vendors on a per-impression basis). This prize is valued at $5,040.


Submissions should consist of at least 80 images and contain a written explanation of its design elements, inspiration, and of course vendor links.

The shoot should contain the usual items found in most styled shoots: fabulous fashion, floral design, a tablescape, décor items, a cake, paper goods etc. Due to the nature of the inspiration don’t feel like you must be confined by ‘tradition’ – design elements can take many different forms!

The shoot must be created and executed during the timeframe provided. Old styled shoots will not be considered.

Please do not post images from the shoot on your own blogs until it has been published on Burnett’s Boards. I don’t want anything to spoil the fun in store.

Once the completed submissions have been received, I reserve the right to reject the submission if the concept and style do not align with what is typically featured on Burnett’s Boards. Additionally, there will be no set amount of images per feature. I reserve the right to make editorial decisions as I see fit. 

I’m beyond excited about it this. I hope it stretches your imagination and inspires creativity! Please feel free to email me with any questions: Sara(at)


Blacksmithing inspired tablescape via Ruffled, photographed by Tyler Rye Photography, designed by Swoon Vintage Rental Co. // bride via Pearl & Godiva, photographed by Alexander James 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.


  1. SO looking forward to seeing these 5 shoots and picking a favorite!

  2. Holly Molly! How exciting Sara 🙂 Brain is going crazy with ideas. Will get the team together & see what we can come up with. x Liv

  3. This is awesome! Can’t wait to see the winning proposals!

  4. It was so fun to work with Tyler Rye Photography on that shoot! Excited to see what everyone comes up with.

  5. What a great idea–can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

  6. This is such a great idea! Can’t wait to see the shoots!!

  7. I can’t wait to see the winning shoots!!! The artistic medium inspiration is brilliant!

  8. Is it May yet? I can’t wait to see these shoots! Such a fun idea, Sara!

  9. What an amazing idea. I so wish I had more time on my hands right now as I’d be putting a team together immediately to start on this. Excited to see what the teams create

  10. I am so excited to see this inspiration brought to life. Can’t wait!

  11. FUN!!! Can’t wait to see the results of this.

  12. What a great initiative. Looking forward to seeing some great creative work!

  13. Really excited to see all the creative shoots to come on Burnett’s Boards! What a fabulous prize too!!!

  14. you’re fabulous. SUCH a wonderful idea! talking to a wedding planner now to get our’s rolling 🙂 XO.


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