These are my favorite images from the styled shoot Jade Lee and I collaborated on last fall. I have been keeping them in my pocket so to speak until they were published on the Style Me Pretty Little Black Book today.
This is the text I shared with SMP editors on our process for the shoot:
When Jade and I met to plan this shoot, our first moment of shared excitement came from looking over a few examples of avante-garde bridal millinery. From there, Jade suggested variations on a day of leisure such as boating and playing chess. Looking at the photos now, I see a kinship in these images to Jane Austen’s stories of gentleman wooing their strong-willed ladies… I love the romance of it! Jade and I decided on a warm palette to embrace the vibrance and glow of fall, first settling on gold and crimson, then adding a touch of always-elegant black. For bridal attire, we incorporated the vintage quilted Chanel bag and Louboutin pumps with the unusual silhouette of this Watters and Watters dress. We were detemined not to overlook any details for the groom, giving him a top hat, steam-punk cufflinks made from antique watch parts, an oversized gold time-piece, and of course the aged brassy saxophone and antique novel. A persistent fall breeze rustled the black feathers surrounding the bouquet and centerpiece and those accenting the cocktail stirs. The china at Jourdanne & Jimmy’s table is Vera Wang Wedgewood, set upon custom textured linens. Instead of a champagne toast with their cake, the couple clinked glasses of cognac. At sunset, they set out in a red canoe on an uber-romantic tour of the river. Although this was a styled shoot, it was important to both Jade and myself to work with a real couple from the standpoint of authenticity as well as chemistry. The love letter written in red is an actual exchange between Jourdanne & Jimmy, rewritten by our calligrapher.
As those of you who are actively planning know, inspiration evolves as you begin to assemble the pieces. For me, designing and implementing a shoot is a lot like giving gifts to loved ones at the holidays- I start with something small, one solid idea, and build until the last moment. The goals of a wedding and a holiday with family aren’t that much different, after all- both should create an impression of love, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail upon those present.
We had an awesome team! It wouldn’t have been possible without the following people:
Event Design & Planning: Jade Lee
Calligraphy: Diane Rember
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Dress: Watters and Watters, J. Andrews Bridal
Millinery: White bridal hat by House of Nine Designs Design, Black bridal hat by Jade Lee
Cake: SugarPlum Visions
Linens: I Do Linens
China: Vera Wang
Hair: Nubiance Salon & Spa