Oh my goodness, y'all! I am overly excited for this one! I decided to combine my Tuesday Tips/Tricks and Feature Friday into one. Super efficient right?! This styled shoot fed my soul. It was fun. It was playful. It was more perfect than I could've ever imagined it would be.
Planning an event is both stressful and satisfying. It doesn't help that I'm not a fantastic decision maker. So, having to decide what kind of vibe I wanted for this photoshoot took me a little time AKA several nights scrolling through pinterest and screenshotting lots and lots of inspiration. I absolutely do not have an eye for design, but I can create a theme. So, that's what I did! The style that I typically love and attract is timeless, clean, light and airy. I wanted to get a little creative and add in a few boho elements. My team of incredible vendors helped me pull this off exactly as I had hope! I thought I'd take today's post to share a few things that made the day run smoothly, and a few things I wish I had thought about beforehand.
1. Plan Ahead!
If you don't do anything else; plan ahead! Once I got a date from the lovely Cedar Lodge venue on Honey Creek, I was able to start reaching out to vendors. I messaged at least ten different vendors before I found a select few who were actually available for the date. It turns out, wedding professionals tend to book pretty far in advance. So, communicating with them ahead of time was absolutely essential.
2. Expect Changes!
I'm not gonna lie, I don't always respond well to change when it comes to preplanned things (I might be a little bit of a perfectionist). But, there were a few miscommunications. And a few small changes. Not many, but a few. When you're planning something that is somewhat intricate though, you have to be flexible and expect things to change. It was a good learning experience for me and most definitely a detail I will keep in mind for the future. Because without a doubt, I will definitely be planning another styled shoot.
3. It Might Take Longer Than you Expect!
So, when I contacted vendors initially, the original plan was to schedule the event between 3-5pm. Boy oh boy did I underestimate the amount of time it would take to accomplish everything. We arrived at the venue around 1:30pm and did not leave until about 7:30pm. Not necessarily because it took a long time to check everything off the list, but because we were having so much fun as a group, we didn't even realize how long we had been there!
4. Pair Up with People Who Get You!
My girls had my back! I teamed up with the most incredible group of women! I am so so so lucky to know and have relationships with so many talented, funny, loving and kind professionals. It was such a fun day! We popped bottles of champagne. We talked about our lives, relationships, business. My hair, makeup and design team NAILED it! They took the inspiration I sent them beforehand and brought it to life. I trusted them every step of the way.
5. Choose a Location That Fits Your Style!
I suppose this one seems a little obvious. BUT, because I wanted a "boho vibe" (and I use the term loosely), it made sense to be near water and surrounded by light greenery. The Cedar Lodge on Honey Creek is the perfect location for all things timeless, boho, nautical, etc.! It is gorgeous inside and out! I didn't only choose this location becasue it flowed with the style I was trying to capture, I chose it because the coordinator is fantastic and beyond welcoming. Tiffany was so extremely hospital throughout the entire day, despite the additional hours we spent on site. I can't say it enough; I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such incredible women.
6. Have an Assistant!
An "assistant" can be anyone who is willing to spend a few hours to help make your vision come to life. For me, that person was my sweet friend and photography mentor, Jennifer Ploof (newly Mrs. Pauley). She is the absolute best second shooter/assistant/friend around! There is absolutely no way I could have taken the incredible photos I captured without her. She fluffed the vail! She placed the gown! She situated the clips! She gave me lighting tips! All of the above! It was so fun to work so closely with someone who inspires me and helps all my creative juices flow!
Happy Friday y'all! If you haven't planned a styled shoot, I highly recommend it! It is such a fantastic way to meet new vendors, build relationships with wedding professionals and have an incredible time! It was basically like a champagne day with a bunch of hilarious women who make my heart happy!