Our creative dream-team ~ Carla Ten Eyck, Jubilee Events, Datura: a modern garden, Dana Bartone & Co., Coral Phesant Stationary, Little Imagination Cakes and yours truely~ was recently asked to style a shoot for Southern New England Weddings Destination Edition.
Below is the cover and the spread~
The design and inspiration for the shoot came from Candice Coppola, founder and creative director of Jubilee Events. Following are her thoughts on the shoot : “Our modern, clean and sophisticated shoot for Southern New England Weddings was so much fun to design. We don’t have anything like it in our portfolio and I had been dying to collaborate on something like this for a while. We were largely inspired by a clean color palette, unique and interesting textures (like metal and acrylic) and a gorgeous Givenchy/Riccardo Tisci dress in my search for inspiration for the story board. Belle Mer in Newport, RI was the perfect place to shoot this editorial with it’s simplistic decor, white backdrops and as Carla mentioned in the behind-the-scenes video, amazing light!”
“As our shoot design progressed it sort of morphed into this obsession with taxidermy and a statement decor piece that we wanted to create. Between myself, Nichole of Coral Pheasant and the incredible Tony of Datura: A Modern Garden, we conceptualized this deer head escort card wall nearly 7 1/2 feet tall and completely covered in over 700 varieties of white and ivory roses (from the most wonderful rose grower, Passion Growers). Radic, right? To date, it is my absolute favorite thing we’ve EVER done at a photoshoot– and it almost didn’t happen! Believe it or not, white resin deer heads are hard to come by. After a fighting match with the folks at zgallerie who couldn’t express ship me my deer head in time (!) we scoured decor stores, online retailers, salvage stores… everything from this side of the Mississippi to procure a white resin deer head. We came up with nothing! Total failure. It was quite tragic… until… Tony came across a discarded taxidermy deer head form the day before our shoot with no ears or antlers. Score! And in true Datura: A Modern Garden fashion that deer head not only had the prettiest Styrofoam ears but also curly willow antlers and was painted a magnificent shade of white!”
Some more incredible details from the shoot include the paper suite designed by Coral Pheasant, which included laser cut metal engraved invitations mounted to a python booklet. Nichole also created laser engraved and hand painted gold / clear acrylic menu cards and escort cards, which was inspired by a decadent acrylic/ghost end table with exposed metal brackets found in Elle decor. The paper was a TRUE work of art!
It was so fun styling the fashion for this shoot! It was very much a departure from anything that we had done. I loved the clean and modern feel and all of the white in the decor. The images above feature a silk organza layered gown by UK designer, David Fielden. The necklace is from Anne Barge’s Fall 2011 collection and was just perfect in the shot!
The series above featured a silk charmeuse gown by David Fielden. I loved how the sleek fabric and the beautiful cameo color balance out all of the white. We paired the gown with bold statement accessories from Maria Elena.
The series below and above feaures a gown by Coren Moore that I selected for it’s architectural feel. I love how the feminity of the ruffle offset the modern feel of the shoot. And how dreamy is it in front of the fireplace below?!
If you want to see how it all came together, check out the behind-the-scenes- video below by Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema.
I am in LOVE with this shoot! Let us know what you think!
Cinematography: Jim Altieri’s Vintage Cinema
Photography: Carla Ten Eyck Photography
Styling & Fashion: Beth Chapman, The White Dress by the Shore
Event Planning & Design: Candice Coppola, Jubilee Events
Floral Design + Decor: Tony Palmieri, Datura, A Modern Garden
Beauty: Dana Bartone & Co.
Cakes: Hope Wright-Martell, A Little Imagination Cakes
Invitations/Paper: Nichole Michel, Coral Pheasant
Rentals: Rentals Unlimited, Newport
Linens: Wildflower Linen
Paper Garlands: Kristina Marie
Image composition courtesy of Coral Pheasant