Words from the Photographer:
This was a styled shoot with woodsy, boho vibes at Carolina Country Weddings in Mount Pleasant, NC. This workshop was meant to inspire other photographers and teach them how to host their own styled shoots and workshop, taking a vision and collaborating with other wedding vendors to bring that vision to like. This particular workshop was hosted by Phylicia Willis of Posh Moments Photography. She did a stellar job putting this together, and so did all of the incredible vendors who were apart of it.
Most of the vendors are local to Charlotte, which made this shoot even more awesome. When I arrived for day two of the workshop, when all of the magic that you see here was created, it was raining and muddy, and I wondered how it would all work, because I knew the shoot was supposed to be outdoors and wooded . It just so happened that this venue has an awesome cabin that provided all of the wood elements that we needed for this shoot and it was the perfect backdrop indoors and out. The fact that we had to move most everything indoors did not seem to dampen anyone's spirits, and I walked out of the rain and into a storm of artists and creatives doing what they do best. The final result was a dream! The attitude in the room was "Community over competition" as we got to know the other photographers we were shooting so closely with. There were a lot of us in one room and yet we all worked together so well to tell the story with our craft.
When there was a break in the rain, it was decided to bring the tablescape outside for some images in front of the woodpile, which was one of the main elements of inspiration for the shoot from the very beginning. I'm so glad that decision was made, as I feel like that element is really what brought it all together. It tells the story of a whimsical, intimate wedding, out in the woods with a mixture of vibrant pops of color against neutral tones, lots of timeless antiques mixed with trendy and modern, bohemian style.
The woodland themed mood board for this shoot was inspired by Pantone's color of the year, living coral, mixed with similar pink and peachy tones to be showcased against a neutral, woodsy backdrop like the stacked woodpile on the grounds of the beautiful venue and the cabin interior of the venue. The flowers selected by Kristen Brown, owner of Vintage Soul Floral Design, was given a lot of creative freedom in designing and choosing the florals, Phylicia who organized the shoot did a great job of communicating the over all look/feel as well as the main color inspiration. Kristen was able to build on the coral and mustard seed colors knowing that we wanted it to feel woodsy and boho, She chose flowers in earth tones and soft blush, even adding mauve cymbidium orchids for a pop.
Kristen: “What brought it all together for me were the coral charm peonies, I knew I wanted to use those and really all the other flowers revolved round them."
The over all look came together thanks to Phylicia’s communication with all the vendors, from the chair that looked custom made for the shoot, to the bride’s ensemble. Even the taper candles matched the mustard gold roses!
The main focal point was supposed to be an arch drenched in flowers. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperating, so we moved inside where Kristen already had a backup plan in mind for the fireplace. She was able to go out on the property to forage large branches to use as a base for the fireplace design, and even though she was designing it on the fly everything came together like it was supposed to be that way all along!
Some of my favorite parts of the shoot were the elaborate and beautiful tablescapes. The amazing florals mixed with the vintage elements and design were just incredible. Vintage Chic Rentals and Design and A Bushel and a Peck Rentals both contributed and did a wonderful job. My other favorite part was the dress! When the models walked out in meagankelly Designs, it left me and everyone speechless. When I asked Meagan how she chose the design for this dress she said, " Our gown was created based off a popular fabric of ours and we wanted to push the lines of boho and romance. When we were approached to do the gown, we had the perfect dark ivory lace. With the detailed scalloped bell sleeve we thought of pushing the boundaries of style and whim."