When Alice of AliceHQ Photography asked me to help her out with a styled shoot she had dreamed up, of course my response was HECK YES WOMAN LET’S DO IT! Or likely something nearly as ridiculous. I love helping other creatives make the visions they have in their heads come to life. Styled shoots are a wonderful way to collaborate with others and grow in your own profession. They are a chance to network, play dress up, and try new things. They can be dreamed up by florists, or planners, or venues, or photographers, it doesn’t matter! I would never say no to helping another creative even if the shoot isn’t my creation or doesn’t quite fit my brand, it’s a chance to help someone else grow and learn and that itself will provide opportunity for me to grow and learn as well. A lesson that I would encourage other creatives to lean into. Alice had found an image of a bride in a blush gown that she was inspired by, and though we didn’t make our bride trudge through the snow so we could REALLY replicate the image that inspired Alice, we did manage to create something pretty darn dreamy.
First came the dress, Alice found this stunner at Encore Bridal Boutique and man does it really create a beautiful focal point for the shoot. The champagne gown is from Madison James (style MJ250) and it has the most stunning layers of tulle with asymmetrical cuts that make it the right combination of delicate but modern. Naturally I am obsessed with the lace design of the top, because I love any and all things lace, and the way it contrasts with the skirt on this gown is just magical. The beading on the bodice and the straps adds just the right amount of sparkle. GOR-GEOUS.
Our “groom” (who is the real life husband of our “bride”) was outfitted by Luxedos by Luna in the most dapper tux. I am seriously obsessed with bow ties and think there is just something so romantic about them. It was a fitting look for the venue and the feel of the shoot.
We got to shoot this whole shebang at the amazing Lumber Exchange Event Center, and let me tell ya…if this venue isn’t what wedding day dreams are made of…I don’t know what is. Every single inch of this place is perfectly designed. There are several spaces to choose from, and each of them is perfection. There is also a to die for bridal suite (don’t worry grooms…you get one too) and man oh man the getting ready pics you could get there…the possibilities are endless. The staff at the venue (shout out to Makayla- you rock girlfriend) was more than accommodating and was so sweet and pleasant to work with during the shoot I would be a happy wedding planner if I got to work with them to plan an actual wedding there because I can only imagine. I could have spent all day in that place finding more dreamy details around every corner.
Tresses Makeup handled the hair and makeup for our bridal beauty and man did she knock it out of the park. Gorgeous volume pinned into a modern updo that seriously makes me feel all the modern Marie Antoinette vibes. The makeup application was absolutely flawless, the perfect bridal look, no heavy caked on foundation, just stinking gorgeousness! I would totally let them do my makeup on the daily, oh and don’t worry, I’ve been stalking their lash extension work on Insta and it’s what dreams are made of.
Sadie’s Couture Floral provided an incredible bouquet for the shoot. It was absolutely stunning, and what every modern bride dreams of which matched perfectly with the modern vibes Alice was aiming for. Just give me all the eucalyptus and I’ll be fine. Sadie’s does incredible work and I have zero doubts that if you can dream it up, Sadie’s can do it. When I held that bouquet I felt like I was holding solid gold, it was so perfectly executed.
Sara Schultz provided the paper goods for the shoot and HELLO! I worked in social stationary for a long time and let me tell you, I know dreamy paper when I see it and this stuff is the bees-knees. The attention to detail Sara uses when designing is amazing, I love the sass and the whimsical touches she uses. This modern liner was what I loved about this particular suite. People…never underestimate the power of a pretty envelope liner, or pretty stationary in general. It really does set the tone for your event. Sara is also a pretty awesome human who shares my love for LipSense…so you should check her out.
Some tasty macarons from Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe also graced us with their presence on the day of the shoot and as pretty as they look…they taste even better. Full disclosure: I had never had a macaron until this day…and I’m never looking back. These little babies are PERFECTION. So delicate and flavorful. True love is here, and you can buy it in several flavors at Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe.
Country Style Accents provided the darling rustic rentals for the shoot. Sondra has the best eye for finding rustic and vintage pieces that add the most unique touches to your wedding decor. I’ve been lucky to work with her on several occasions and I was so excited to style the treasures that Alice picked out of Sondra’s inventory for the shoot! If you’re looking for it, Sondra probably has it.
Check out more of the dreamy images and a full vendor list below!
Photography: Alice HQ Photography
Venue: Lumber Exchange Event Center – Makayla Korbel
Coordination and Styling: Meaningful Moments Event Planning & Coordination
Floral: Sadie’s Couture Floral
Stationary: Sara Schultz Pretty Little Paper Co.
Macarons: Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe
Rentals: Country Style Accents
Hair & Makeup: Tresses Makeup
Bridal Gown: Encore Bridal Boutique
Tux: Luxedos by Luna
Rings (the couple’s own): Exclusively Diamonds
Bridal Accessories: Primp (the “bride” is the manager of the Mankato location and she’s the sweetest)
And last but not least, a group selfie in the elevator, because why not?! (ps. Alice your forehead is stunning)
What wedding dreams are made of.