In order to grow as a photographer I truly believe you need to go outside of the box and step out of your comfort zone and that is exactly what I did for this Styled elopement. I have always loved the style of the 1920’s and I decided to turn my vision of a 1920’s theme elopement into a reality. It was a great learning experience and it allowed me to get to know some great vendors in the My Montana Wedding Association.
Kate from Huckleberry Wedding Planning helped coordinate this styled elopement with me. I never realized the amount of work that goes into a styled shoot. This particular styled elopement took us three months to get everything lined up and planned out. In the end it was so worth it. I loved how everything finally came together and how I was able to actually see my vision come to life and photograph it.
The day could not have been more perfect. It was an overcast day in Whitefish, Montana which really helped set the mood for the type of shoot I was hoping to achieve. Even though this styled elopement took place in the beginning of December there was no snow on the ground which I was over the moon about, I liked the feel of the woodsy atmosphere with the pine needles all over the floor. The venue in which this styled elopement took place at was Haymoon Resort. This venue is the perfect place for any wedding that wants the woodsy feel. We set up four stations in this styled elopement to inspire others who may want to incorporate these ideas and displays into their own elopement or wedding.
The first station was the bar cart which was covered in old fashioned bottles that I found at a thrift store, furs, and pearl necklaces. The second station was the lounge area and consisted of two 1970 styled chairs, a buffalo hide as a rug, a suitcase we used as an end table, a cigar box with cigars and two glasses of brandy. The third station was the beautiful table settingthat consisted of a buffalo skull that was donated from Capp’s Taxidermy Studio, gold dishes from Celebrate Events and greenery. The buffalo hide was placed on a bench and the gold dishes and greenery really tied the table together. The final station was set up as the cake table where we used an emerald green tablecloth and a gold cake holder to hold up the beautiful and delicious three layered cream cake from Bonjour Bakery and Bistro.
J. Scott Couture lent us the gorgeous laced wedding dress and tuxedo. The head piece and the pearls on the back of the dress were also from J. Scott Couture. Alex was our beautiful bride model and her gorgeous hair and flawless makeup were done by the talented Chirstina Arlint at Raj Salon. Our handsome groom model was Sam. Sam and Alex are married and happen to be my brother and sister in law who I am so thankful to for helping make my vision into a reality.
The entire shoot environment was calm and relaxing which made taking photos not only fun but allowed me to really try new ideas and to do things I would normally not try. This styled elopement was such a great learning experience for myself as a photographer, it helped me to get so much practice and allowed me to work with some wonderful venders that I would highly recommend to any future bride.