It’s been such a credit to our business to be contacted by various photographers or planners asking for our consideration to participate in styled shoots. As a result, we’ve participated in a variety of styled shoots ranging from a greenhouse location, Cheney Mansion, to the ultra-chic Chicago venue, The Chez Event Space.
Located just off N. Michigan Ave., The Chez has a staircase that’s completely glass, and so amazing, plus the completely white interiors, including pillars, create such a gorgeous backdrop to any event. With co-planners MK Anderson (Your Day By MK), and Meghana Prasad Hair and Makeup, we were invited to participate in an Indian-inspired styled wedding shoot. Meghana also provided hair and makeup for the couple!
The model bride wore a beautiful gaghra choli, or the lehenga choli, traditional dress, in tones of magenta, blush, and gold, while the model groom wore a gold sherwani. As with any styled shoot, clothing is typically borrowed for the shoot, and these beautiful, colorful clothing items came from @sahilexclusive. Henna painting, or Mehndi, is a traditional form of body art from Ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, mainly used for celebrations and rites of passages. @kendrahenna was the henna artist used for this shoot! The details are so beautiful and intricate; what a work of art!
The table was set with beautiful china from Vintage Place Settings, while we provided a variety of gold candlestick holders in varying sizes, and our hand-painted 6 ft. tall candle trees, which we layered with sandalwood tea lights during the shoot!
The cake was the magical creation of The Quintessential Cake, 6 layers in height, and unbelievable detail. Victoria is so incredibly talented, and we highly recommend you give her website a look; located in Wheaton, IL, every cake is an absolute work of art! The cake was perfect on our vintage French table, accented with gold lanterns, and gold mercury glass votives!
Zuzu’s Petals provided the gold and white pipe and drape mandap draping, where we centered our pink cameo back settee on a grouping of vintage blush hooked rugs, accented by gold! Lots of gold; candle holders, samovars filled with flowers, gold mercury glass votive holders, and lanterns! Determining all the details is where I just love to get creative, and we really had fun on this one!
We love how the stationery suite was displayed so beautifully on our set of gold florentine nesting tables. That vintage gold can’t be duplicated! There’s always a color theme, and for this styled shoot, it was blush and gold! We think our pieces were perfectly in sync with this very chic Indian-inspired styled shoot!
Credit to: @handcraftedlou for invitation suite
Styled shoots provide the opportunity to bring together talented photographers, hair and makeup artists, florists, stationery pros, wedding dress salons, vendors who focus on tablescapes/table top decor, and large or small rental furniture and props to create specific focus on a particular theme and style, giving each vendor the opportunity to show the quality of their work, and those details are captured by photographers. On this shoot, three different photographers, each whose work is slightly different, brought their expertise and shared photos in their individual styles of photography. You can find examples of their work at their websites: gavyn.taylor, sarahcrostphotography, and jenharveyphotography.
As we want to stay true to our brand in each shoot we participate in, we spend time with the planners hearing their ideas, looking at their inspiration boards, determining the date of the shoot and our availability, and lastly, and maybe most importantly, if we will be able to represent our company in a way that gives clients a true picture of what we offer in styling, inventory, theme, and how it’s all put together. If what is seen by a potential client can’t be duplicated with our inventory pieces, as far as all the furniture and accents, we may choose not to participate, just because this is a really important aspect of the purpose for styled shoots, for us! If more than one rental company is used, and can clearly be identified, we love to share the spotlight, and believe that it’s the spirit of community over competition that creates growth for us all, in a lasting way!
What we’ve taken from being involved in a number and variety of styled shoots is this: we can take backgrounds that are so different from each other, and with our inventory, create a beautiful space, whether it’s in an abandoned church, a garden greenhouse, an ultra chic Chicago event venue, a barn setting, a loft setting, or outdoors! Bringing a warmth and cohesive look to the setting is where we set ourselves apart.
Whether you’re looking for a bridal gown, flowers, a photographer, rental pieces, a venue, a cake designer, or an event planner, we think that photos, whether from inspired styled shoots, or real wedding events, provide so many great ideas to build on for your own special day! We loved our opportunity to participate in this Indian-inspired styled wedding shoot, with MK Anderson and Meghana Prasad, planners. And, if you’re looking for details for an Indian-inspired wedding or special event, we think you won’t be disappointed with those mentioned in our blog! Give them a call! Allow them to create something beautiful for your wedding day!
Full Vendor List
Your Day by MK – MK, [email protected] (224) 766-1901 @yourdaybymk
Chez Chicago – Louise, [email protected] – @chezeventspace
GTB Imagery – Gavyn, [email protected] @gtb.imagery
Jen Harvey Photography, [email protected] @Jenharveyphotography
Sarah Crost Photography, [email protected] @sarah.crost.photo
The Quintessential Cake – Victoria, [email protected] @thequintessentialcake
Meghana Prasad, [email protected] (763) 486-7531 @meghana_rose
Zuzu’s Petals – Magda, [email protected] @zuzuspetalsevents
Handcrafted Occasions Louisville, [email protected] @handcraftedlou
Vintage Place Settings – Stacy, [email protected] @vintageplacesettings
Furniture Rentals and Styling:
Elements Preserved – Beth, [email protected], @elementspreserved
Crescent Moon Henna – Kendra, [email protected] @kendrahenna
Sahil Exclusive – Sunita, 872-235-8511, @sahilexclusive
Nebras Hayek, [email protected] @nebrashayek
Paris Adams, [email protected] @paris_proudstar