Shelby and William are a real couple who are very eclectic in nature. Although this was a styled elopement, we wanted to stay true to their vibe. We decided on a celestial theme because of Shelby’s obsession with the moon. The 8ft moon alter was custom built by my team. Since we wanted this “elopement” to take place on New Year’s Eve, we decided to make the moon a Waning Crescent, since that is the moon phase for December 31st, 2018. The goal of this shoot was to give a bold and dramatic take to an elopement. The alter was set in front of a glass set of doors and surrounded by candles. Inspired by moonlight, we used a bright light behind the moon to illuminate the alter. Backlit wedding alters have always been dramatic, but to step up the game, we added a soft amount of fog to bring out the light beams shining around the moon giving an exploding star effect.
The venue was an 1920’s mansion, that gave a dreamy amount of elegance. When choosing the venue, we looked for a space that had dark rooms to accentuate the moody night vibe, but also had a lot of windows to allow for light manipulation. To continue with the bold light effect from their ceremony, we added a soft fog to several parts of the venue to give eerie, ethereal, and dramatic portraits. Fun fact, the venue is said to be haunted and during the shoot the lights would randomly turn off or flicker!
We used bits and pieces from Shelby and Will’s personal curated collection for the tablescape; geodes, ornate fabric, and star map embellished plates. The wine glasses were hand-painted with constellations specifically for this shoot. In lieu of a cake, we had lunar inspired macaroons.
The florals, oh the florals! The bouquet and centerpieces were created with bold metallics and unique flowers. Their asymmetrical shape complimented the crescent moon.
The black Sophia Tolli gown fit the theme perfectly. Shelby has never been a traditional woman, so it only made sense that we find a dress as unique as her. This would be perfect inspiration to bride’s looking for non-traditional wedding gowns!
I am still completely in love with Shelby and Will’s invitations. Not only do they feature beautiful calligraphy, they are embellished with an actual geode crystal.
Let this shoot be an inspiration to think outside the box for your wedding!
VENUE: Laurel Hall
STYLIST: Kristen Mittlestedt
FLORALS: Fleurish Floral Design
RENTALS: Violet Vintage
HAMU: Simply Blue
INVITES: The Hedge
SWEETS: Sassie Cakes