What is summer if not for adventure? As I’ve long said, summer is my favorite season. There’s a sense of ease about everyday and less desire to hustle. I wake up excited, refreshed and take every opportunity to explore and create memories. Simple things like having my coffee on the back deck while the dogs play or planting new herbs in the garden bring so much joy. And, summer Fridays are a real thing around this office.
When this adventure inspired style shoot came across my computer, I knew we had to publish it. The bright colors elude happiness and the sense of adventure you feel from looking at every detail just scream summer. Here’s what photographer Kaylee Creighton had to say about the shoot…
This styled shoot featured unique touches with an adventure theme carried out throughout the entire set up. We had an extravagant head table set for 20 with so many beautiful flowers and greenery. This shoot had beautiful touches of greens and blues and tied together so perfectly. The stationery was even printed on real wood!
Designer Christina Burton even answer some questions to give us a little more insight into how it all came together.
Tell us about the shoot! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? The inspiration for this shoot all came from the beautiful watercolor image that appears throughout the shoot. I knew I wanted to incorporate a piece of work by Jana of the Tanged Pen, but it took me a little while to figure out how I could incorporate such a unique look into a shoot. Once we decided on turning her art into a focal-point banner, the colors and look all came together around it. The overall feel was adventurous and wild, while still being rustic industrial.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY? The venue is right next to a park and features large, beautiful windows so I wanted to give the space a feel that brought the outside indoors. To do that I brought in many potted trees and shrubs of all sizes to incorporate throughout the decor. From the custom watercolor, I pulled out the shades of smoky blue and purple to bring a little color to the decor.
What were the florals like in your shoot? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your shoot? The floral elements gave a huge impact and pulled all the design elements together. On the king’s table, they softened and gave a feminine feel to the trees and shrubs. The shades of smoky blue and purple arranged to look a little while were the perfect compliment to the watercolor elements used throughout.
Did you personalize the shoot in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of the shoot? The cupcakes were created just for this shoot. The naked cakes garnished with lavender and the cupcakes garnished with a blackberry were the perfect fit, not to mention they tasted absolutely delicious. The bourbon bar cart was another unique element. Featuring a signature bourbon cocktail, a globe, and old books it felt just like it belonged there.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose the wedding day look? With the overall adventurous theme of the shoot, our bride fit in perfect by choosing a striped ballgown. The layers of fabric gave a lot of movement and fun to the dress. And a blue bow around her waist perfectly tied it all together.
Tell us about the vendors. This vendor team was the perfect mixture of new and seasoned professionals. All of which were instrumental in making my vision come to life.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your shoot? Seeing all the planning come together is always such a special moment for me as a designer. I’m never 100% sure how all of the individual elements will come together, so I even surprised myself by how it all fit.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with couples planning their day? Create a day that is uniquely you. If you want to tie in your adventurous nature and create a park inside – go for it!
Photographer: Kaylee Creighton Photography
Dress Store: That Special Touch
Equipment Rentals: Violet Vintage Rentals
Event Designer: Christina Burton Events
Cake Designer: Cupcakes by Cupcake Couture
Invitation Designer: Blu3 Designs
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Tangled Pen
Beauty: Something Blue Stylists
Floral Designer: JP Parker Florist
Event Venue: Garment Factory Events
Photographer: Kaylee Creighton Photography