Old World Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding Shoot

Oh.my.goodness. people. To say that I am excited to share this Old World Vintage Travel Inspired Wedding shoot with you is a total understatement. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to keep something under wraps for weeks? I’m a pretty patient gal, but this just about killed me. I was so fortunate to team up with some of the absolute best gals around to bring this vision to life and I could not be more excited for all of them to have their gorgeous talents and super hard work published on 100 layer cake today, as well as Burnetts Boards! And I just got word that one of the images will be in an e-mag coming out this summer! You truly rocked it out ladies! If you don’t know these talents yet, I suggest you check them out immediately. I could go on and on about each and every one of them and I just cannot wait to work with them again!

The theme for this inspiration shoot arose out of a love for travel – specifically the luxurious, glamorous jet-setting lifestyle of world travelers of days past.Inspired by the geographical, natural and architectural European destinations such as Paris, the French Riviera, Tuscany & Vicenza in Italy. We incorporated maps, luggage, globes, binoculars, and cameras along with our favorite french desserts. Modern elements are mixed in with retro glam and utterly classic style. There are also a few very subtle references in the invitation suite to our favorite really ‘Old World’ (and fantasy) TV show – Game of Thrones (recognize the names on the invitation?)! I love it when you can hid funny hidden gems like that in the design.

Also, on a side note – Stone Tower Winery was stunning and I really wish we could have been able to show off their gorgeous backdrop better. However, nature had other plans as it was so terribly windy that day – as in “Wizard of Oz tornado” windy, which does not work well for hair or veils. So unfortunately we had to stick inside the loft area, but it all worked out!

Haley brilliantly took my vision and random ideas, weaved them together and found the perfect talents to breathe life into them. She’s a mind reader that Haley. Plus, besides her amazing planning skills, her floral work is simply stunning and a breath of fresh air. Her take on the shoot: “Sarah and I threw around quite a few ideas before finally landing on “Old World Travel” and I’m so glad that’s where we ended up. Once we had our inspiration, everything else came together seamlessly. All of our vendors grasped our ideas firmly by the horns and turned them into something beautiful. I was giddy with excitement when I received the invitation suite from Little Bit Heart. They did such a beautiful job and incorporated maps and travel in such creative ways. Sweets by E made such perfect little treats that went so well with our colors. Evan was kind enough to let us taste everything and it was all delicious. She is a truly talented lady. And she makes a pretty great model too! Terra from Jordan K Winn worked magic in turning our models into Old World beauties. They both looked so natural and their style fit in perfectly with our theme. I loved finding flowers that had a vintage feel to them. I knew I wanted light pinks and creams, but couldn’t resist the dusty purple roses when I saw them. They were too perfect to pass up. While I love the look of an arrangement overflowing with greenery and blooms, there is something to be said for a centerpiece bursting with blooms. Roses make everything feel more romantic and an arrangement with too many flowers to count seems so elegant to me. ”

The amazing creative team:
Haley Tobias Events – florals & coordination http://www.haleytobias.com

Little Bit Heart – invitations/stationary http://littlebitheart.com

Jordan Winn & Co. – hair and makeup http://www.jordankwinn.com

Amy’s Bridal Boutique – wedding gown & veil   https://www.facebook.com/AmysBridal

Rent The Runway – Badgley Mischka sequin gown  www.renttherunway.com

Sweets by E – cake, macarons, cupcakes http://www.sweetsbye.com

Ginger and Spice – vintage rentals (suitcases, cameras, binoculars, place settings)  http://www.ginger-and-spice.com

Silk & Willow – hand dyed silk ribbon  www.silkandwillow.com.

Stone Tower Winery – venue    www.stonetowerwinery.com

Models: Evan Sanderson (of Sweets by E!) and Amanda Schmitt

Featured on 100 Layer Cake & Burnetts Boards

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Haley - Eeeeek! This shoot was so incredibly fun to plan with you and turned out absolutely perfect (despite the Wizard of Oz tornado)! I had such a wonderful time!

Valentine Styled Shoot | Historic Mankin Mansion Richmond VA

A few weeks ago I attended Katelyn James Workshop Experience (more on that later!) which involved the cutest valentine styled photo shoot for us to practice our posing & technical skills. The gorgeous models were none other than Tori of Marvelous Things Photography & her hubby.

Just a few of my favorite images from the session.



Shoot Credits:
Photographer: Katelyn James Photography / Floral design and Fashion Styling: Janie Medley Flora Design from The Bride’s Cafe / Creative Direction and Styling: Dana FitzGerald / Dress: Ivy and Aster from Bella Bridesmaid in Richmond, VA / Cake: Candy Valley Cake Company / Makeup: Emily Hudspeth / Invitations: Page Stationery / Venue: Historic Mankin Mansion / Models: Tori + Aaron of Marvelous Things Photography / Flowers: Fifty Flowers
Workshop Credits:
Thanks to the amazing sponsors that supported The Workshop Experience:

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Ashley Goodwin - OOooOOOOoooOOo gorgeous details! I ran into Katelynn at WPPI and she said “if I squint hard enough I think you’re your sister” which I took as an insult because when people say we look like TWINS that’s a compliment to me! 🙂

Fun shoot! The glittery shoes in the chair and the last photo of them embracing are my favs of the bunch

J+M’s Lighting Intensive | Richmond Virginia

Justin + Mary’s Lighting Intensive rocked my socks off, as those two normally do. I had a taste of their lighting techniques at last year’s Boston Walk Thru A Wedding Workshop but this was a more intensive session to provide techniques & tips about using flash & different lighting techniques giving you hands on experience. I’m a visual hands-on type of girl so being able to actually see and try out different lighting scenarios with trial & error helped me tremendously. Not to mention I panicked when my flash wouldn’t function & Justin very patiently checked it over, only to discover that it wasn’t connected well. Duh, I felt like an idiot for my premature panic attack yet he assured me it happens. Just another of the reasons I adore Justin & Mary. Not only are they so giving of their knowledge & time, but the only questions that are silly are the ones you don’t ask. The Dynamic Duo as I like to refer to them.

Lighting is something that I distanced myself from at first, believing that I needed/wanted to be a “natural light” photographer – so any artificial light was the devil, going against all laws of natural light. Over the past year or more I have studied other’s photographs that I love, noticing that it was the lighting that created the atmosphere in many of my favorites. So, I started tinkering with flash, trying to make it as natural as possible. Then came 2 workshops I attended, Venn Workshops & Justin + Mary’s Walk Thru a Wedding, that demonstrated use of flash & lighting set ups. I began to loosen up with my thoughts on flash & lighting in general, deciding to play with it more this year, possibly incorporating a light set up at wedding receptions.

I was so super excited when I heard they were coming to Richmond & when asked what I wanted for my birthday I said “a ticket to a photography workshop”, so  I was gifted this incredible workshop by some fabulous family & friends making it the the best birthday gift!

There are a few more dates for the J&M Lighting Intensive so use the code “alum50” to save $50 off your seat!

All of these images are SOOC (except the b&w of course).

arzoo - These are some really good photos….i super like them 🙂

arzoo - luv these photos….good job

Jessica - Sarah, these are AWESOME!! The last one is my favorite!

Laura Gordon - You da bomb girlfranddd 🙂 Loved FINALLY meeting you! These images are beautiful!

Brittani - Ahh these pictures are stunning! You did such a great job! Nice meeting you as well even if we didn’t all get to chat that much. Looking forward to keeping up with your work, though! 🙂

Mary Marantz - Ooooh those black & whites are STUNNING!! Look at you rocking the flash like a BOSS!!!