I’ll admit, it’s been difficult sitting on this amazing Italy elopement inspiration shoot for so long, but I’m so pleased to share it with you now that it’s featured over on the wonderful Grey Likes Weddings
The Vision & Session
Braelynn and I started collaborating on this shoot because we wanted to push our own creative boundaries, and challenge the common DIY trends in our corner of the industry. Our goal was to bring the textures, tones, and tastes from Italy together in an intimate elopement setting. Each vendor was carefully selected for their aesthetic vision and personal desire to push themselves creatively. Brae used her experiences from her travels to the Amalfi Coast as inspiration. It was important to me to shoot a large portion of the session on film, as I feel that film can capture a further level of authenticity and honesty than digital photography. Despite working around rain and a stray cat expertly stealing cheese off the food cart (not unlike what happens in the streets of Italy), the youthful energy between our bride and groom was perfect. It’s always fulfilling to see your concept come to life, and show couples what is possible when they trust a team of like-minded professionals who share the vision for their wedding day.
Behind The Scenes
While this shoot turned out better than I could have hoped, it seemed the universe was out to get us. The afternoon gave us blazing sun while we set up the tablescape, and just as the models arrived and it was time to begin it started to rain. And it kept raining, while we had no cover or means to protect our models, the table, the gorgeous paper suite… Prayers were offered, let me tell you. When the rain let up enough we got to work fast with the little sunshine coming through the clouds. Earlier I mentioned the stray cat, who wouldn’t go away no matter what we tried. Deciding to ignore him was a clear mistake, as while we were busy with the models he was busy licking a large portion of the frosting from the cake. We didn’t eat that part. We also had to find a replacement groom at the last minute as our previous model fell through. This meant that the slacks from the suit were several inches too short, but we worked around that one. Special thanks to my uncle — yes, uncle! — Justin for saving our rear ends! Sorry ladies, he’s taken. And last but not least, a dropped a roll of film we’d already shot, and it unraveled on its way down. Miraculously, more than half the roll wasn’t exposed and some of those photos are my favorites. In short it was a stressful and rewarding adventure. But really, it was worth it to tell the story, wasn’t it?