I felt like a kid on Christmas Day opening all of my presents at once when I received all of these beautiful photos this week! For those who are not too familiar with styled shoots and what they are - they are the perfect opportunity for planners like myself to have the complete creative freedom to create something beautiful with vendors of my choice. It almost feels like I am planning my own wedding each time I put together one of these styled shoots.
For this most recent shoot, I felt that I had enough of the long, warm winter here in Southern California, so I was on a mission to find somewhere cold, beautiful, and covered in snow (this was my one chance to get the winter I have always dreamed of!). Traveling is also a big passion of mine so this was the perfect opportunity to venture out into a new and undiscovered place. Hence, I thought Park City, Utah was the perfect location and backdrop for our winter wonderland. This was a fun challenge for me to reach out to vendors who were all based out in Utah too and a great chance to expand my network and meet some amazing people out there.
I was very fortunate to have been able to work with the amazing photographers Marlene and John of Koman Photography, who love traveling and adventure just as much as I do, and they happened to be in Utah already, so as my eyes and ears out there, they were able to find this amazing location tucked away behind the Canyons Resort in Park City. It was a long, arduous drive from Orange County to Park City (11 hours to be exact!) but it was so worth it for the scenery, snow, mountains, and the beautiful wildlife that surrounded us. The adorable yaks, majestic horses, and colorful peacocks that were walking around the venue while we were shooting had to have been one of my favorite highlights from the day!
This inspiration shoot was a personal one, I was so fortunate that my dear friends James and Ellis (who also happened to recently get engaged in real life) were able to join me on this road trip to Utah and agreed to be my models for this shoot. There is something I love so much about working with real couples – not only for their natural love for one another, but also because I am able to tell their real story throughout the photo shoot too.
When putting together the design for this shoot, I envisioned lots of soft flowing lines and textures, so I selected a dress that was lush, simple, and that would just blend right in with the snow. Paired with a soft fur stole and hand-knit mittens, Ellis kept warm and beautiful out in the chilly snow. The florals for the shoot were designed to be organic, natural and free-flowing to complement the outdoors that we were immersed in. The bridal bouquet was loosely hand-tied with beautiful garden roses and wild vines to give it a natural feel. The flowers were the perfect color to pop against the white snow and gave a hint that spring time is just right around the corner. We included beautiful props from Refined Vintage Rentals such as the old-fashioned telephone, dresser, and love letters from James that he wrote to Ellis during their early dating years. And lastly, no photo shoot is complete without a teepee made of birchwood and muslin pitched in the snow for our lovely couple to sit in surrounded by lots of throws and pillows!
A big thank you to our contributors: To Marlene and John of Koman Photography for always shooting the most beautiful and romantic images. To Heidi Min for coming with me on this trip and being my right hand woman in the design and set-up of this day. To Natalie and Alex of The Petal Coop for their beautiful floral designs. To Lynette of Refined Vintage Events for her amazing vintage rentals, which looked so beautiful in the snow! To Katherine Ross of Script Merchant Calligraphy for designing and writing up one of my favorite lyrics from The Beatles, a perfect complement to this love story. To Cassidy Budge from Flour & Flourish for the gorgeous cake, dessert, and sugar flowers that were all handmade by her (so amazing!). To Chloe of Bella Wedding Bridal for the beautiful wedding dress and hair accessories. To Katie Livingston for her beautiful hair and make-up designs that made our beautiful Ellis even more beautiful. To Friar Tux for the beautiful grey suit that made James look so handsome and picture perfect. And last but not least, to Ellis and James, for agreeing to be a part of my dream photo shoot an allowing me to carry out my vision through them and their story! This day could not have been made possible without each and every one of you!
Styling & Design: Everly Events
Photography: Koman Photography
Venue: The Canyons Resort, Park City
Florist: The Petal Coop
Cake & Desserts: Flour & Flourish
Rentals: Refined Vintage Events
Calligraphy: Script Merchant Calligraphy
Hair & Make-Up: Beauty by Katie Livingston
Wedding Dress: Bella Wedding Bridal
Suit: Friar Tux
Engagement Dress: Asos