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I adore everything about this shoot! The color palate (I can never resist pink…or gold for that matter), the hand-painted gown and the incredible talents that I got to collaborate with!

The source of inspiration for the entire shoot was the hand-painted wedding gown by Kate McDonald.  This fall, I visited Charleston, South Carolina to see Kate’s newest collection of wedding gowns and Lula Kate bridesmaid dresses. When I walked up the stairs to her charming second floor studio, I saw this gown on display and instantly knew that it had to be shot! For some time, my friend, fabulous photographer, Kat Harris, and I had been wanting to create a seaside, preppy styled shoot that was slightly unexpected. When I saw this gown, a lightbulb went off and the entire story came together in my mind!

The shoot took place in the charming, sleepy, seaside town of Stonington, Connecticut. In styling the fashion, it was such fun to mix the watercolor of the floral with the gold metallic stripe of the Lula Kate maids dresses and inject a pop of turquoise thorough the accessories. I always tend to say this after a shoot, but truly, this is one of my favorites of all time! I hope you agree!

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Kat Harris
DESIGN: True Event
FASHION STYLING: Beth Chapman for The White Dress by the Shore
FLORAL: Hana Floral Design
VENUE: Inn At Stonington
MAKEUP: Jennie Fresa
HAIR: Emily Reale
RENTALS: Rentals Unlimited, Juliska
LINENS: La Tavola
NAPKINS: DIY from True Event
PAPER: Tie That Binds
BAGS: Sea Bags

GOWN: Kate McDonald bridal
STRIPED BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Lula Kate
BRIDES AND MAIDS EARRINGS: Haute Bride
BRIDE’S BRACELET AND MAID”S NECKLACES: Aquinnah Jewelry
CARDIGANS: J. Crew
BRIDE’S CLUTCH: Madame Mathilde
SPARKLY SHOES: Kate Spade
VEIL: Custom The White Dress by the shore

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