I love participating in styled shoots. It's the opportunity to try out something that I'm really inspired by and way to get my creative juices flowing. Working on weddings, I don't always get to do the styles that I like best. It's a personal preference kind of thing. I'm not one of those artists who sees the inspiration photo from the bride or bridesmaid and does what I want instead of what the client wants. My ego isn't that big. This means that while I may have watched a YouTube video on a particular braid or seen some gorgeous inspiration through Instagram or Pinterest, if no one is looking for that it has to take a backseat until I get my hands on some guinea pigs... errr... models. And that's where styled shoots come in. I know I'm not the only one in the bridal industry that craves this type of creative freedome. Florists, wedding planners, photographers.... we all look forward to doing what WE want to see rather than always having to do it what the brides say.
Braids have been a huge thing in 2015, and I don't see them going away any time soon. But it's not the braids you've seen in the past. Braids are now messier, fatter, flatter, and more often than not a hybrid of two different types of weaves. For our model's hair, I wanted to take advantage of her length and show off a romantic side-braid of an interlocking three strand braid and a fishtail braid.
A regular hair client of mine creates beautiful custom headpieces, so one day while I was coloring her hair I asked if she would be interested in making something for our shoot. We browsed a bunch of wedding inspiration photos on Pinterest, and she created the gorgeous lace headband our bride wore. It worked perfectly with the lace wedding dress and complimented the side braid without overpowering it.
Of course for her makeup, I wanted to play up the vintage vibe, so we went with a marsala red lip and subtle everywhere else. False lashes and black liner set off her eyes perfectly without having to go too over the top with shadow.
Traci and I have known each other for a few years now. We worked together on a fun Wizard of Oz shoot on my 30th birthday a while back. (Yes, I'm the kind of work-a-holic that will spend all morning on my birthday doing a styled shoot just to get the chance to play with some pretties.) She and I were both inspired by the Pantone Color Of The Year for 2015- Marasala, and we decided to base our entire shoot on that color. We added in pops of succulent green, rich ivory, and soft khaki along with rustic and vintage inspired accents for a beautiful unique look. The setting at the Inn at Vint Hill was the perfect backdrop, and our model Christine had the most amazing hair to work with. Together with our amazing team, we were able to put together these beautiful images for you.
A few weekends ago, I was able to go back to the Inn At Vint Hill to work on another wedding. It's a beautiful venue, and I love the setting it provided for our shoot. There's a gorgeous bridal suite with plenty of space for the whole bridal party to get ready in two large rooms. If you're still looking for somewhere to host your wedding, I highly suggest checking them out. And then make sure you contact me for your hair and makeup! I really want to go back!
A huge shout out to our amazing team for pulling everything together:
Photographer: Traci J. Brooks Studios // Hair and Makeup: Beauty By Sue // Event Planner: Candice Jeanne Coordination // Rentals: Capital Party Rentals // Dress: Jeanette’s Bride n’ Boutique // Invitation Designer: Ribbons & Bluebirds // Bakery: Sweet Pearlz Cheesecakes // Reception Venue: The Inn at Vint Hill