I love being able to photograph inspiration sessions! It gives the amazing vendors that I get to work with an opportunity to strut their stuff and do what they are awesome at, and we can have control of the creative direction. This specific shoot was part of a bigger event that we planned together for other Kansas City wedding vendors. It’s been a little while since this shoot happened, and I just realized I never shared on the blog!!
When coming up with the concept, this was our thought process:
“Purple has represented royalty and elegance for centuries, with strong ties to Queen Victoria’s love of lavender blooms in the age of Victorian England. In our Modern Botanical shoot, we focused on a calming color palette of soft purples and tasteful silver accents. Echoing royal reverence, lavender sprigs were laid across the place settings and the tablescape was showered with other lovely purple hues. Timeless and modern elements were incorporated throughout from antique silver candlestick holders and a treasured Victorian era silver platter, to bright silver accents, clear glass apothecary jars, and purple crackle stemware. The variety of hues add layers of color complexity and provide a stunning contrast with the stonework. The silver pieces add an intricacy to the tablescape and brighten the color palette.The Victorians had a particular fascination with gardens; many estates of the time were surrounded by beautifully lush flora. To create a modern garden feel within an urban space, we worked within the revitalized West Bottoms in Kansas City, known for historic buildings and vintage spaces. To soften the rough stonework of the space, lush greenery was used throughout, creating a perfectly elegant space. For a more modern botanical look, ferns were used within centerpieces, and the bridal bouquets to add a structured, unique touch to the Victorian blooms. The venue’s accent wall was highlighted by affixing lush green vines underneath the exposed brick heart creating a romantic backdrop for the head table and portraits.Vintage Ironstone plates provided inspiration for the geometric theme used throughout the space. The invitation suite was created to emphasize the octagonal shape of the Ironstone and hand foiled with silver leaf; this shape was also incorporated into the escort cards. Hand tied bundles of lavender accented with hexagon-shaped name tags served as the place cards at each setting. Custom lavender flavored macaroons were served in a variety of hues for a complete sensory experience.The stunning dress worn by the bride had both gorgeous beading on the bodice and a lovely tulle skirt (Naomi gown, by Wtoo). She accessorized with a simple tulle veil, vine-like statement earrings, and floral shoes. The groom was in a semi-casual grey suit with brown accessories and a lavender tie.”
A huge thank you to all of the amazing vendors who were a part of this great inspiration shoot!!!
Photography – Spencer Studios | Styling & Planning – Ribbon Events | Floral Design – Victorian Gardens Floral Design | Venue – Rumely Tractor Event Space | Gowns – Altar Bridal | Make-up – Hello Lovely | Hair Stylist – Tasha’s Health & Beauty | Macaroons – Au Bon Macaroons | Cake – Baked Expressions | Invitation and Paper Goods Designs – Sylvia Stremming Designs | Rentals – Ultrapom Event Rentals