Coming to a new market and building a new business has it’s challenges. I have years of experience planning weddings, however it was all done freelance. When I started Swoon Soiree I didn’t have any photos to show my couples. The “I promise I can do a great job” will only go so far. When Heather Michelle Photography reached out asking if anyone was interested in working on a Rustic Glam shoot I was more than happy to jump in. We got together to run through some ideas and then we got to work.
Putting together a styled shoot is so different than putting together a wedding. When you are putting together a wedding you are working with all five senses. You have to think about all of the logistics as well as the aesthetics. You are making sure that the DJ isn’t set up next to Grandma’s table, that the guests are always entertained and taken care of so the event never lulls, and you have to consider things like floral choices. If you have a very scentsy floral arrangement on the table you may cause someone to get a headache, or it may even change the taste of the food. Of course you want the event to look gorgeous, and the tables to be beautiful, but you are still running an event and it needs to be successful.
When doing a styled shoot you don’t have the same time constraints for set up, and you don’t have to work on such a large scale. Styled shoots do come with their own challenges. With a styled shoot everything is hyper focused. Everything is over detailed. Most of your items don’t come from the traditional avenues so you spend time chasing unicorns, looking for just the perfect shade of pink vintage glasses. However, when you have a team of creatives whose burning love for their craft is on par with your own, something magical happens.
The most interesting part of this whole shoot was how it came together. I met with the photographer once and the florist once. We communicated via messages a few times, but everyone was on their own. I think Heather was a little surprised, and I’m sure wondering what she got herself into, when I mentioned that we should have some goats. Everyone was working under the same parameters that this was an outdoor, rustic, glamorous shoot with lots of pink. When everyone showed up on the day of the shoot we were all pleasantly surprised at how it all came together. All of the vendors were able to express themselves in their own way and we just pulled it together.
When we were model searching I knew I wanted a very approachable, stunning blonde. I immediately thought of my friend from years ago McKenzie. We used to bartend together in college and she was just perfect for the shoot. It was a huge bonus that she had such a stud for a boyfriend. Their chemistry was real, their personalities are genuine, and they are adorable. I was stoked when she agreed to be our bride and volunteered Jason to be our groom.
Thank you so much to all of the vendors that worked so hard to put this together. It was so great to work with a team of creatives that were also so professional and reliable. I would gladly work with any of these vendors again, and would recommend them to my couples.
Planner, Pink Dinner Plate, Silver Tree Table, Silver Tree Stump, Silver and Gold Votives, Champagne Bucket, Champagne Glasses, Styling Swoon Soiree Weddings, Events, and Social
Florist Florals By Geoff
Water Color Backdrop Mandy Fitzgerald
Hair and Makeup Glam Squad
Bakers Pantry Nathaniel’s Unique Events
Cakes Sugar Britches
Dress Sealed with a Kiss
Pink Bow Tie Miranda Classic Ties
Pink Vintage Glasses The Runaway Dish
Gold Chargers, White Gold Rimmed Plate, Flatware, and Silver Napkin Classic Party Rentals of Virginia
Floral Virginia Sign Lovely Retro Renos
Models: McKenzie Hurst and Jason Woodin
Goat Models: Lavender and Lilac from Bright Hope Farm & Apiary