It's finally here! Exactly one month ago, I wrote a post about Pride, referring to the recent nationwide legalization of marriage for the US.
Since the moment I found out, I've been wanting to plan a photoshoot in recognition and celebration of the momentous occasion. I tried really hard to throw something together for the weekend of said event, but things just didn't work out, and it was a cold dreary day to boot. Further planning over the next month gave me the chance to hear back from some amazing people, which led me to the fantastic team I worked with this past weekend.
Even the date worked out perfectly and we were able to shoot on July 26th, the one month anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling.
That being said, I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their support, but especially thank those directly involved in making this concept happen:
- Adam (of Adam Avid Photography and Petersun Photography), for raising his hand via Facebook to shoot this idea and being so willing to deal with my crazy list of ideas and concepts!
- Debbie (from Gallery 2 Antique Shop in Norwood), for allowing us to use her beautiful shop and space for the first half of our shoot, and being so willing to help out with whatever we might need!
- Carly, for offering to be my Bride-for-a-day and also putting up with my crazy antics and ideas for a month while I narrowed down my plan!
- Clint, for letting me steal your wife to be my Bride-for-a-day (though let's be honest, you happily offered for me to steal her for this project)!
- Eileen, for letting me borrow your gorgeous wedding dress and veil, both of which fit perfectly (and went really, really well with my hair)!
- Speaking of hair... Tanya, huge thank you for fitting me in the night before my shoot to touch up my fiery locks, and help me curl my un-curlable hair!
- Last but never least, thank you Sam for being my personal assistant, our shoot roadie, and bubble machine master - without you, so much wouldn't have been able to happen, including the amount of time pure joy was caught on film from fits of laughter caused by your antics.
When it comes to photoshoots that I request to do, or have a concept in mind, I typically look through some reference images to get ideas for the type of style or shot I want to go for. When it came to this shoot, and because I planned it over the course of a month and kept gathering ideas, I not only made a Pinterest board devoted to this wedding (like most other mid-20 year old women...you know who you are...), but ended up creating lists, spreadsheets, and eventually put it all in a binder so I could take it with me. I usually keep reference shots on my phone, but knew I'd want to try and take behind the scenes shots and play music, so I didn't want to worry about my battery dying while I tried to perfect a pose.
Crazy as it may have seemed to everyone around (Sam made fun of me...and I judged myself a bit), this was probably the best process I've ever tried, and I think I'll use it for future ideas (though I don't think any will be as intricately planned as this one).
I made a list of general information, location, time, team, etc... as well as a list for myself and Carly specifically with information about our dresses, accessories, makeup /hair styling, and details all way down to toenail color/designs, along with any items we each needed to bring to the shoot. Additionally, I had a list of various moments from Weddings that I wanted to capture (First dance, Toasts and Cake, Rings, etc) and included reference photos.
...I seriously outdid myself on planning this time...
But I'm glad I did, because the morning of the shoot, I looked over my list of items to bring, got everything together and packed, and even remembered to grab our "champagne" and cupcakes from the fridge for later! I tried to remember every detail I could think of when it comes to weddings, and was able to get help from Carly with some of my projects to fill out those details.
Carly gets full credit for creating our gorgeous bouquets out of some lilies from her own wedding, which she filled in with additional flowers (you can see a sneak peak of the arrangement in the header image of this post). While it would have been easy to grab some from the craft store, she chose specific colors that tied in with the other color themes we seemed to have (lots of deep red elements throughout), and wrapped them beautifully.
I even made a stop by the dollar store and a party store on my way home the night before the shoot and found a bubble gun and some rainbow colored accessories for a few fun shots.
Sam made the perfect bubble distributor...no one can run through a photo set with such grace while simultaneously spinning/dancing and filling the air with laughter and bubbles.
The day went smoothly, and even the ever present (when I want to do an outside shoot at least) storm clouds held their place, and waited until we were heading home before they unleashed torrents of rain. I couldn't have asked for a better day, or better team to work with.
Thank you again to everyone involved, and especially all of those who were willing to help or support my idea. It means an incredible amount to me, both creatively and personally.
Keep an eye out for more behind the scenes!