Sunday, January 09, 2011

French Inspired Photoshoot in New Orleans- Part I

What an exciting year!  I was so blessed to travel to some incredible destinations for photo shoots- Paris, Costa Rica (twice!), Watch Hill Rhode Island and some amazing locations in our own beautiful state of Connecticut. 

The year started with an extraordinary trip to New Orleans with some of the most talented vendors in the bridal industry.  Our team included our talented photography crew: Carla Ten Eyck, Katie Slater, Sara-Code Kroll, and Carla’s studio manager Dodie of Carla Ten Eyck Photography. Shoot and table scape design were by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events. Candice was accompanied by her right- hand woman who kept us all in check, Diana Chouinard. Tony from Datura: A Modern Garden designed all the gorgeous floral and collaborated with Candice on our epic table scape! Jennie Fresa and Nedelyn Perry of Jennie Fresa Beauty Library composed our beauty team and created gorgeous looks for our models. To top it off– Tom from Vantage Point Films was there to document the entire trip. 

 CLICK HERE to watch Tom's incredible behind the scenes video of the making of our shoot!

When a concept for a shoot is created, the first step is to set the inspiration that all of the vendors involved worked off of.  Below is the inspiration board created by Candice Coppola of Jubilee Events.

The team used the inspiration board as a jumping off point and below is a sampling of the final product!  We started the day shooting at a historic, boutique hotel in the heart of the French Quarter called The  Cornstalk Hotel.   This shoot was inspired by fashion, and included a custom Modern Trousseau created just for our shoot. The bride wore a vintage rose applique by Karen Lindner Designs in her hair and jewels by Haute Bride. The classic black tuxedo was provided by Perlis, and the groom wore a sweet little peony boutionerre.

 The bridesmaid gowns in shades of grey, were by Jenny Yoo and  Vineyard Collection and were accented by pink fabric flower sashes  by Twigs & Honey and jewels by Haute Bride. The hot pink shoes are designed by Poetic License. The pink tulip and pink peony bouquet with tulle hem were created by Datura: A Modern Garden. The pink paper “just married” banner was designed and hand made by posh paperieBella Umbrella provided the gorgeous white and pink ruffled vintage umbrellas that were the perfect accessory for this southern shoot!

After shooting at the hotel, we took to the streets- literally!  Our 'bride and groom' rode through the French Quarter in a horse and buggy, while our design team created a wedding reception in the middle of Royal Street.  Candice and Tony  created the most amazing table scape covered in confections that looked like a confection itself!  It was draped in luxurious fabrics and covered with fabric and paper flowers.  The table was adorned with the most delectable french pastries from a New Orleans based bakery, Sucre. It was topped off with fabulous floral accents that Tony created from blooms in different rich shades of pink. The 'party' included a quintessential New Orleans brass brand!  You can imagine having a table scape, bride and groom and brass band in the middle of the street created quite a stir!  Our shoot as surrounded by hundreds of tourists trying to figure out what all of the fuss was about.  The locals were unfazed- to them parties in the street are old hat!

For our Royal Street shoot, the bride wore a taffeta halter with a dramatic ruffled collar from Reverie and a custom floral and feathered headpiece by Twigs and Honey

Our model Adrienne, rocked an incredible hat and earrings created by Tony out of hot pink rose petals and ranuculous!  His talents never cease to amaze me!  Jennie Fresa, who artfully created the beauty for this shoot, found the perfect lip color to compliment the floral accessories.

Stay tuned for another post of more stunning images!

xoxo, TWD 

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