Grey Likes Weddings: French-Inspired Elopement

We were thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with Live View Studios for another Elopement shoot, this time for Grey Likes Weddings at The Bradford in New Hill, North Carolina.  We love that elopements are getting the attention they deserve and this French-inspired shoot was so charming and sweet. We decided that the bride and groom should buck the tradition of getting ready separately and instead help each other get dressed for their nuptials. The intimacy continued to their vows taken in front of just a few family and friends, to their elegant table for two and to their departure on a Vespa to begin their wedded adventure.  Sweet, intimate and gorgeous. This shoot really does make you want to elope in the French countryside! We hope you enjoy the inspiration as much as we did.

Grey Likes Weddings: French Countryside Elopement Inspiration Shoot

This breezy, beautiful shoot from our guy Brent, over at  LIVE VIEW STUDIOS, is going to make you want to run off and elope in the south of France. Not an option? Well at least you can get totally inspired by the beautiful styling by MICHELLE WRIGHT EVENTS and the super gorge florals by AMY LYNNE ORIGINALS. A girl’s gotta dream, right?!

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From the photographer: The sun’s rays are streaming through the windows of her childhood home, wrapping them in warmth as they prepare for their simple and meaningful dedication to each other that day. “Je t’aime, darling” he whispers to her as they help each other get dressed. With just an officiant and a small group of dear family and friends, they both vow to love each other for the rest of their days against the backdrop of her family home. An elegant table for two, with chairs draped in a a greenery and floral garland and a gauzy table runner that catches beautifully in the breeze, is set with family heirlooms and laden with delicious pastries to enjoy. As the sun begins to set and their intimate celebration winds down, a basket containing fresh bread, fruit, wine, and cheese is thoughtfully prepared for the newlyweds to enjoy later as leave for their honeymoon on their Vespa. Wrapped in each other arms, and with dusk settling in, they dance and picnic together along the way to their destination. “Love is an adventure”, she says with a smile, “and we’re just getting started.”

Photography: LIVE VIEW STUDIOS // Film Scans: PHOTOVISION // Styling: MICHELLE WRIGHT EVENTS // Florals: AMY LYNNE ORIGINALS // Table Cloth / Ribbon: SILK & WILLOW // Candleabras: TABLE OF CONTENTS // Candles: YUMMI CANDLES // Dresses: KATE MCDONALD BRIDAL // Jewelry & Veil: DIVAS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE // China & // Glassware: BELK // Table / Chairs / Accessories: GREENHOUSE PICKER SISTERS // Paper: AERIALIST PRESS // Venue: THE BRADFORD // Hair & Makeup: KAREN MICHELLE CLARK // Ring Box: THE MRS BOX

Lavender Fields Wedding Inspiration at Elizabeth Anne Designs

Oh my, we are having such a wonderful time designing these gorgeous shoots for such prestigious wedding design and inspiration sites like Elizabeth Anne Designs. One of our favorite photographers, Live View Studios, shot the images at Mezza Luna Lavender Farm in North Carolina. Lavender has been said to promote calmness, happiness and attract love due to it’s lovely fragrance. When you combine these characteristics with its simple beauty, it made for the perfect inspiration for this bridal shoot. My goal was to bring those qualities into the shoot with our designs to imagine a beautiful bride making her way through a field of lavender to her beloved. It feels romantic, soft, peaceful, relaxing and pure. Heavenly. Go ahead. Take a look and fall in love with lavender.

Lavender Fields Wedding Inspiration, A Styled Shoot Featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs


LAVENDER FIELDS WEDDING INSPIRATION

The rolling fields of North Carolina’s Mezza Luna Lavender Farm look a bit like heaven to us. With the warm sun beating down, the scent wafts from the fields, perfuming the air with an earthy aroma. This gorgeous shoot, designed by Michelle Wright Events, imagines a bride walking on her way to her beloved, filled with anticipation of her memorable day to come. A delicate Monique Lhuillier gown from Nitsas pairs perfectly with a sheer veil billowing in the breeze and soft, romantic hair and makeup by Makeup For Your Day. An organic bouquet and table arrangement by Amy Lynne Originals is shades of the palest purple complement the sprigs of lavender at each place setting. A flower girl dances through the scenes in a Watters gown and sash of Frou Frou Chic silk. Prepare to be transported on the most peaceful journey in each lovely image from Live View Studios!Bride and Flower Girl in Lavender Field Ice Blue Ring BoxFlower Girl in Lavender Hair Wreath

 Flower Girl with Lavender SashWhite and Purple Wedding Table
 Flowers in Pale Purple and Green
 Bridal Portraits in Lavender FieldBride with Side Braid
 Bride and Flower Girl in Lavender
 Lavender Wedding FlowersVeil Blowing in Wind
 Bouquet with Lavender RibbonBride Surrounded by Lavender
 Bride with Lavender BouquetCake with Berries
 Classic Southern BrideLavender Farm
 Lavender Farm Wedding Ideas
 Lavender SoapRedhead Bride
 Veil in Wind
 Wedding Cake with BlackberriesBride in Lavender Field
 Photography – Live View Studios | Styling and Design – Michelle Wright Events | Floral – Amy Lynne Originals | Gown – Monique Lhuillier | Flower Girl Dress – Watters | Dress Boutique, Veil, and Jewelry – Nitsas | Hair and Makeup – Makeup For Your Day | Venue – Mezza Luna Lavender Farm | Ring Box – The Mrs Box | Ring – H. Stern | Furniture and Decor – Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Fabric – Silk & Willow | Ribbon – Silk & Willow and  Frou Frou Chic | Plates – Vietri | Hand Lettering and Paper – Bella Joviality | Lavender Soap – Mezza Luna | Lavender Ice Cream – Fresh Local Ice Cream | Cake – Whole Foods | Candles – Yummi Candles

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Still Life Styling Featured on Cottage Hill

When Live View Studios approached  me to do a styled shoot for Cottage Hill inspired by still life painters Rachel Ruysch and Severin Rosen, I was both honored and intrigued. Still life art is not normally something I’m drawn to so I had to do a little research on these artists. I became completely fascinated by Rachel Ruysch, a painter who lived from 1664-1750, and focused her still life art on flowers. She became the best documented woman painter in the Dutch Golden Age and was clearly a woman who fit herself in a man’s world at the time. The more I looked at her work, I found myself being drawn into her use of shadows, lights and colors. It is as if her paintings jump off the canvas.

While I couldn’t relate as much to Severin Roesen’s story, I was interested by how similar these two artists were in their techniques, although separated by over 150 years. Although I wasn’t as drawn to his work as Rachel’s, I have an overall love and appreciation for all art which made me respect him as well.

I was so thrilled to work again with Live View Studios on this shoot. Styling a shoot inspired by paintings leads to interesting conversations regarding the use of light and shadows. Creating something with a camera is a lot different than creating something with a paintbrush. We focused on creating the same impact of abundance as the paintings despite using different mediums to portray it. It proved a very rewarding challenge that I was thrilled to be a part of.

Still Life Inspired By Rachel Ruysch & Severin Roesen/

 

Believe it or not, ‘styling’ is nothing new. Whether a wedding designer, editorial stylist, fashion stylist – all of these people who are creating a scene or a moment are exercising a creative talent that has been around for years. We can see this by looking to art, and today, we created this Cottage Hill Original inspired specifically inspired by still life art by Rachel Ruysch and Severin Roesen. Special thanks to Live View Studios, Michelle Wright Events and Amy Lynn Originals for creating this unique shoot.

One thing to understand is that styling is also not exclusive to creative professionals. A photographer will work with a stylist at a wedding to make sure the bride and groom’s wedding invitation suite is captured as beautifully as possible. However, how many times have you attempted to perfectly capture a fun brunch at your favorite restaurant before sharing on social media? Or, how many times have you rearranged your living room furniture? Or, perhaps most common, how many times have you gotten dressed in the morning trying to find a combination of clothing and accessories to best suit your mood?

It is natural to create and seek beauty in our lives. And anyone who has a Pinterest account has probably learned a few things on the principles of styling or design. For example, one of the most common ‘rules’ is the rule of thirds. If you are putting an outfit together, fashion stylists will tell you that the easiest success to an outfit is to wear three key pieces. Ever wonder how a belt can complete an outfit? That’s because it’s the secret third piece. Hanging photographs on your wall works best when they are collaged in odd numbers.

The rule of thirds also works in capturing a moment, meaning, you use one third or two thirds of the photograph for white space or content. You can see this method often in films. Pay attention to the next movie you watch and you can see how it applies.

When a designer sets a scene there are so many other aspects to consider like light, focus, content, support, direction, color, texture and pattern. The possibilities can be overwhelming, but that is where creating from a story or inspired by a feeling helps makes those decisions easier. And we think, the end results creates a much more intentional shoot focusing on a purpose rather than just the ‘pretty.’

Looking back on Ruysch’s and Roesen’s work, you can see they both used similar content, light colors and textures; but their work also exudes similar feelings based on their similar choices. Although separated by about 200 years, their work implies a sense of abundance that is nearly unrealistic with Roesen’s overflowing bounty of fruit and Ruysch’s floral arrangements designed in such a way it would have been difficult for the flowers to support each other so well. Overall though, their work feels abundant, brilliant, rich and touch fantastical.

Now observe the work of our amazing creative team. How does their work compare to those words? Don’t the photos look abundant, brilliant? Are there other words you would use to describe their finished scenes? What about their choices in styling principles? Do you notice how the light from the candles changes the mood of the entire piece? Did the color of the watermelon draw your eye? Or the delicate bend of a poppy pull you to what is on the table? Just take notice of the decisions made and remember, there are no right or wrong answers.

These same ideas of styling can be applied to your everyday life. Perhaps you can pull from Ruysch and Roesen for your next brunch photograph allowing some fruit to fall from your plate directing the eye to a pretty fork. Maybe you rearrange your furniture so the side table that typically holds a floral arrangement is showcased in the best light. Or, you add that third piece to your outfit that pulls it all together.

Overall, you want to remember not only will these ideas inspire beauty around you, but will help you more successfully share a message. How do you want people to feel when they see your social media feed, your home, your outfit, your wedding, your work? What is the intention behind it? Then, you can make clear decisions and create your own everyday masterpieces from there!

Photography by Live View Studios :: Film Scans by Photovision :: Styling by Michelle Wright Events :: Floral Design by Amy Lynne Originals

Michelle Wright and Live View Studios: Woodland Elopement Featured on Cottage Hill

I was thrilled to work with one of my favorites, Live View Studios, on the Woodland Elopement featured in Cottage Hill Magazine. It was really special to me to give elopements some attention because I actually eloped with my husband, Michael. There is a common misconception that elopements can’t be beautiful and I was happy to have the chance to dispel that rumor.

Hiring the right visionary designer and a great photographer can make your elopement as special as your love story. Elopements can be just as beautiful as a large wedding – the important thing is that your wedding represents you and your fiance, the love that you share and the type of wedding that you want to have to celebrate that love.

The Woodland Elopement was inspired by the eloquent words of Ruth 1:16: “Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people.” The couple in this shoot had been married for about a year and their chemistry together was strong and perfect for this feature. Everything about the shoot was organic and natural and very focused on the marriage and sacrifice to each other, not just the wedding. It turned out completely gorgeous and I hope that it helps couples considering elopements to remember that their wedding can be just as elegant and enchanting as a big wedding.

Woodland Elopement 

We love the heart and soul behind this shoot from LiveView Studios. Elopements are always a favorite of ours, but we love their original and intentional inspiration. Read more below.

“Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. Your people will be my people.”  These words from Ruth in the Bible were part of the inspiration for this intimate, woodland elopement shoot. We wanted to convey a sense of simplicity and tranquility – one where the attention was fully devoted to the couple and their relationship with each other. It was also to convey the beginning of an adventure together – one where both were fully committed to each other in their marriage relationship, in acts of self sacrifice. At a table for two, they sat along the waters edge celebrating what was going to be their new life together. Fresh figs, cheese, and meats created a portable yet elegant meal for the two of them. Ferns, moss, and woodland flowers filled the table with small and delicate details. They read vows to each other that they wrote specifically for the occasion, and he led her through winding paths to the waters edge, where in their first act of commitment to each other he gently washed her feet with fragrant herbs. The foraged bouquet included apple branches and other items selected from the woods around them. At the end of their day, they kissed in the rushing water, and the greatest adventure of their life began. 

Event Designer, Michelle Wright Events :: Hair & Makeup by Lula Hair & Makeup :: Florals by Serendipity Designs :: Furniture + Table Decor + Linens by Greenhouse Picker Sisters :: Photography by Live View Studios :: Film Processing + Scans by Photovision :: Jewelry by Kristin Hayes Jewelry :: Dress Designer by Nha Khanh (Amber Gown) :: Cake from Whole Foods :: Calligraphy + Stationary by Serendipity Designs :: Grooms Shoes from Johnston & Murphy :: Grooms Pants from Express :: Grooms Coat & Shirt from Gap JCrew

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