There are so many things in life that truly inspire me. As a HUGE movie buff some of my biggest inspirations come from the movies I love so much. One of those movies is Amélie. I love everything about it…from the intense colors to the intricately woven whimsical love story to the camera angles. I love the word play that magically translates even in a foreign language. I love the background detail of each character. It’s one of my all time favorites and no matter how many times I watch it, I feel like I leave a better person for having experienced it. To me, it’s a work of art. Not to mention the fact that I have a not-so-secret love affair with Paris ever since I studied abroad in that incredible city. There’s some nostalgia involved, that’s for sure.
I’m so excited to finally show these off! One of my goals for this year was to put together some conceptual photoshoots and really get out there to photograph exactly what I want to photograph. To make my inspiration and ideas come to life. Planning my own wedding was such a blast I kind of missed it when it was over. Thankfully this profession allows me to be creative just for the hell of it and I get to plan fun projects like this. I gathered up some of the most talented vendors I have the pleasure of knowing and made some new friends along the way. It would be a privilege to work with any one of these people again and I would highly recommend every last one. I couldn’t have done this without them! Seriously, what started as a little seed of an idea in my head blossomed into a pretty huge group effort and I’m so thankful for everyone who participated. Okay, enough talk, onto the styled shoot…finally!
Meet Natalie, our drop-dead gorgeous, real-life bride.
Can you believe this hair?!? It’s gorgeous. Ditto with the incredible bouquet! One of my goals was to incorporate elements from the street produce market scenes in the movie. Katie made it work beautifully with ornate kale and artichokes in this bouquet.
I love the little touches on the bouquet as well. I can imagine they came from a little treasure box or hope chest, passed down from a loved one. Those are always the best things, aren’t they?
Casey is our very adorable and quirky groom, married to the lovely Natalie.
The famous red Converse were an absolute must-have.
Nothing Amélie inspired would be complete without the fantastic traveling gnome. We re-imagined his role at a honeymoon table where guests were asked to write notes for the couple to read on their honeymoon. Bon Voyage!
I heart tree stumps with handsome men sitting on them.
Isn’t it adorable how instantly their expressions just light up when they’re close to each other? That’s really what it’s like to be around these two. They’re adorably in love and I love that about them. It’s specifically why I asked them to be a part of our project.
Can you believe we began the day with rain? The good-weather gods pulled it together and brought me some of the most incredible light. What started as a morning of near-hyperventilation ended in exhausted smiles of achievement. We did it. Rain AND shine.
Could they be any cuter? I want to photograph them all the time.
This is easily the most amazing bar setup I have seen. Night Owl Productions put together an ornate champagne bar with various mix-ins from fruit juices to blueberry simple syrup and fruit slices. If I wasn’t working so hard I sure would have enjoyed a cocktail or two! I’m hoping I one day get to attend a party hosted by Night Owl and can partake in what they offer. Doesn’t my desk fit in perfectly with all things Amélie? I bought the hunk of junk at a garage sale and totally made it over into this beautiful piece of furniture. I’m typing on it as we speak. Sorry, I just love it.
I think this lamp needs to take up permanent residence on my red desk. If you see one out in the world…I WANT!
All of the vendors involved worked together so gracefully. Jordan from Mintwich Graphic Design contributed all of the printed pieces from the invitations to the signs and even these amazing little labels for the bar which Katie then added to her work. I wish every bottle I drank out of was this stunning. A little guava nectar in your champagne? Yes, please!
Some scenes that stand out so brilliantly in my mind from Amélie are on a bridge while she skips rocks and waives goodbye to her pet goldfish. We did have a bridge at our location and I fell in love with the intense shadows it cast in the late afternoon, especially with the hot sun highlighting Natalie’s perfect face. I’m madly in love with this shot.
Casey climbed on the outside of the bridge just for fun so I had to grab this shot.
I love everything about this day but I think what came together so perfectly was the dessert setup. Patty’s Cakes made a stunning, quirky three tiered cake and our florist adorned it with some of her blooms.
I love this. Where do we begin!?!
We all know Amélie loves raspberries because they’re fun to eat. Pastry Chef and super awesome friend, Jessica Younghans whipped up a plethora or crème brûlée in multiple shaped ramekins. I love that they’re mismatched to perfection. P.S. Jess, Kiera & Natalie say this was the best crème brûlée they’ve ever had. Well done.
I really wanted to spend some time getting to know these two before we worked together so we did some couples sessions beforehand. This is one of my newest products and I love it! It’s a sign-on board for guests designed to go with the wedding decor and your engagement photos. It’s durable enough to stand on an easel or thin enough to still be framed so you have the best of both worlds. Endless possibilities with this baby! More on these later ; )
Because photos play such an important role in the film, we asked our guests to send a snapshot along with their RSVP card. Here’s how you were to find your seat. I’m obsessed with them.
Another thing I’m obsessed with are these incredible candles from Pollen Arts. They are all natural beeswax made into candles of antique medicine bottles. They smell heavenly with the natural wax that exudes a slight honey scent. Nothing harsh, only amazing soft honeyness.
I love the unexpected textural element the dried lentils & split peas added to the mix. Eclectic makes me happy. I’m kind of proud of this idea!
More amazing styling collaborations from Ooh La La, Mintwich and myself.
Finally, a little celebratory fun before packing up and heading home. Cute, right?
Here’s an amazing little fusion video from Jakfoto Productions! It was a pleasure working with Kiera on this project and she was a big part of the planning too. If anyone out there needs a videographer, she’s your girl, hands down.
Big, fat, humongous, ginormous thank yous go out to every single person who gave their time and amazing skill and creativity to make this all come together. I’m one happy photographer right now.
The Perfect Recipe for a Styled Shoot:
Manual Labor: My amazing husband, without whom I could never have done this.
Hair: Rebecca Leigh Weddings
Makeup: Natalie Sweeney of Bellisima Beauty
Shoes: Noë & Converse All Stars
Hair Fascinator: Pixel & Hank
Graphic Design: Mintwich Design
Wedding & Floral Design: Katie Doyle of Ooh La La Events
Champagne Bar: Night Owl Productions
Antique Medicine Bottle Candles: Pollen Arts
Videographer: Kiera Faye of Jakfoto Productions
Wedding Cake: Patty’s Cakes
Crème brûlée: Pastry Chef Jessica Younghans
Glassware: A mixture of vintage & IKEA pieces