When contacted by Elhana Pekovic, makeup artist from the Chicago area just a few weeks ago, for our consideration of collaboration in a styled shoot, she shared a few inspiration photos, and I immediately responded yes, after viewing photography content by Lauryn, of @photographybylauren, one of the possible photographers Elhana had contacted. Elhana shared her vision with each of the vendors she contacted, and put together a hugely talented team!
What Elhana didn’t know is that I’d been pinning inspiration for a few years for a woodland-inspired event, including tablescape ideas, furniture, and accents that would complete this theme. I was thrilled to get to put my inspiration ideas together for this shoot.
Styled shoots are a great way to showcase the talents of creative vendors from around the Chicago area, including florists, calligraphers and stationers, bakeries, wedding salons, hair and makeup artists, a venue, rentals and styling, and a photographer to capture it all! The important part of the shoot is that each vendor is allowed to create and show their talent to the fullest, meanwhile keeping the theme and overall feel of the shoot in mind.
When rentals are requested for a styled shoot, it’s important to use as many pieces of inventory from the rental company that can be duplicated, when a prospective client sees photos and requests something similar. We always request to be the only vintage rental company used in a styled shoot so that our brand is very clear, and we can show where our talents lie in knowing our inventory and how best to use it. Styling is also critical for a rental company, especially if that is one of their services, because it helps solidify their expertise, their brand, and their professional skills related to their own inventory.
Our Venue, The Loft of Elements Preserved, was offered as a place for the styled shoot to be held, and it’s elegant urban-feel created a great juxtaposition for the glamorous bride-model, @Arnela Karabegovi. She wore gowns from @Omaima Couture which were stunning, Cinderella-like creations. Elhana @makeupbyElhana, and @styled_by_sev, from @luminationsalon had already taken care of styling our bride-model’s makeup and hair to perfection.
Lauryn, captured every detail so perfectly, and as we chatted and I mentioned how important the details were to me in the styling process, she assured me that she was all about the details! She was right! I am so thrilled with the photos Lauryn shared the same evening, following the shoot.
Elhana and the model-bride arrived after all the styling of rentals was completed, and Lauryn had already covered most of the detail shots of the three designed areas: a ceremony area, a Harvest table set for a princess, and a Lounge area. A beautifully designed cake from @Ivory and Iron, formerly @Cacaosweetsandtreats, was simply decorated with a few floral stems!
Flowers designed by @flowersbyKH were stunning! Not your typical round bouquet or table centerpiece, the floral presentations were colorful, edgy, and so striking; they were the perfect addition to our 14 Ft. Harvest table set with vintage woodland touches.
Medbh, from @The Paperie Co, created beautiful hand-lettered messages on two of our vintage mirrors, along with menu cards and place cards accented with gold! I just love the scrolls and beauty of hand-lettered paper.
Our 14 ft. Harvest Table, set with vintage Haviland China, gold chargers, mis-matched silver flatware, and a mix of green or gold-rimmed stemware, and linen napkins helped pull the green accent color that was carried throughout the accents on the table. Vintage French clay pots held bits of moss, while the table was scattered with vintage books, gold candleholders with white tapers, nuts and fruit on serving plates that matched the china, and a mix of gold and silver mercury glass votives. It was a full table, but actually had taken a great amount of effort to make it look effortlessly styled with a woodland-theme fit for a princess.
The Lounge area was styled with a very woodland feel, including vintage leather suitcases stacked to create a table, sections of birch, moss, vintage stone urns styled with moss balls, touches of gold and natural greens, and the vintage British beauty, a mossy-green settee that took center stage under a vintage wall mirror, and anchored by a cowhide rug.
The ceremony area was anchored by vintage pillars surrounded by @Pottery Barn Lanterns and fresh winter greens. The seating area used our mis-matched wooden chairs, and the aisle was accented with wooden tree-rounds where clear cylinders were placed with pillar candles surrounded by eucalyptus. We used a vintage hooked rug runner for the center aisle, which was accented with the same mossy green color. Seating for an intimate wedding ceremony in The Loft gives guests a real front-row view of the happy couple as they exchange their forever vows.
I am so thrilled with the success of this styled shoot! We have some fabulous photos to share of a woodland-styled wedding inspiration, that can easily be created in our venue, with the use of our vast collection of furnishings and accents. And to get to work with this dream team was awesome. This is what a successful styled shoot is all about!
Venue, Rentals, and Styling: Elements Preserved