Category — Photo Shoots
Nothing thrills us more than seeing our dresses pop up in fabulous inspiration shoots, and this one certainly made us swoon! In this styled shoot from Events by Melissa McNeeley, Tom Borgese, and Amber Gress at the beautiful Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, our Bella dress from our very own The Lovely One collection takes center stage. Set up like a true wedding from start to finish, there was a ceremony, a yummy looking dinner, a DJ to set the scene, and even a photobooth! Too fun! We love seeing how our dresses fit in with someone’s vision and we certainly think the Bella dress was the perfect complement to this chic Brooklyn wedding!
Dress: Bella from The Lovely One Collection at Lovely Bride / Shoot Location: Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Amber Gress / Event Design and Styling: Events by Melissa McNeeley / Florist: Tom Borgese / Venue: Wythe Hotel / Makeup: Jessa Blades of Blades Natural Beauty / Groom and Best Man’s Suits and Accessories: Against Nature / Catering and Wedding Cake: Reynard (The Wythe’s caterer) / Vintage Furniture, Props and Television: Patina Rentals / Mid Century Glass and Ceramics for bar and dining tables: The End of History / Poetry Book Place Cards: painted by Tiny Victory Designs / DJ: TJ Ryan of Mister Saturday Night / Cellist: Andrew Carter (carter.sounds @ gmail.com) / Wedding Invitations and Change of Address Cards: Alix Sorrell / Models: Melissa McNeeley’s good looking friends
The darling Jennie Love, owner and creative director at Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, created a gorgeous shoot based around one of our favorite ensembles: Kensington by Carol Hannah. We asked her about the inspiration and how she put this loveliness together!
Over the past 12 months, I’ve watched wedding trends shifting from rustic-vintage to a more raw, earthy, One-of-a-Kind (OOAK) look. I find it really exciting to embrace this evolution and wanted our styled shoot to reflect an “earthy/OOAK/artisan” approach. I immediately drew inspiration from Carol Hannah’s Kensington skirt. What amazing texture and form it has! It’s romantic, yet a bit raw and undone, with a decided OOAK approach. Exactly the look I was seeking for our model to wear!
I paired the Kensington with elegant-yet-raw jewelry by Philadelphia-based designer Doreen of Asarum Designs. The raw fluorite and quartz stones hugged by copper were the perfect match to the Kensington. Doreen also made beautiful OOAK wedding bands for the couple out of silver and copper. Her work is truly inspirational!
Let me tell you, I had a lot of fun designing a bridal bouquet to go with the Kensignton gown! Clean white peonies were a romantic, billowing and fragrant base, but I wanted a bit of wildness to match that of the skirt so I added more delicate blooms like agrostemma, astilbe, astrantia, maple leaves, and ferns. The little slender white buds of the agrostemma in particular always delight me as they remind me of tiny tubes of lipstick! All the flowers were grown organically at our own urban flower farm in Philadelphia. The bouquet was wrapped in long tails of OOAK hand-dyed raw silk ribbon from the crazy-talented Shellie at Silk & Willow. That ribbon and that dress…. m’wah!! They should always be together!
The venue, Pomme, is a bit of a blank slate, but beautiful with its clean white walls, hardwood floors, and stone fireplace. It was the perfect space to hone in on the details that make an event like a wedding memorable. We crafted a custom-built aged oak branch chuppah draped with organic ivory raw linen and tied with more Silk & Willow ribbon out on the sloping front lawn along the winding little stream. The maple leaves that adorned the corners echoed the rich burgundy and purple hues in the ribbon.
The dinner tables were draped in luxuriant Irish linen and flanked with wooden cross-backed chairs that elevated the thoughtful tabletop decor. Copper chargers brought in some shine yet avoided being too glam. Each place setting was given a tiny fern and a raw piece of fluorite. The centerpiece florals again were from our own flower farm. They were designed in OOAK floral-textured ceramic bud vases made by Philadelphia-based ceramist Chase Brown. Bits of raw fluorite ran down the center of the table. Peachtree & Ward’s chef plated some beautiful seasonal food for us, including fiddlehead ferns, salmon and spring edamame.
I was so lucky to have the super talented Maria Mack Photography to work with for the shoot. Maria’s natural style was perfect for the earthy organic details. And make-up artist, Beke Beau, is a true magician with her brushes! I am constantly in awe of her ability to draw out each of her brides’ natural beauty, making them all OOAK masterpieces.
The beautiful wedding blog Burnett’s Boards featured some gorgeous photos by Lissa Ryan from our Lovely DC shop and we just had to share them! If you are a bride in the DC area you can head to our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your appointment.
Our darling friends over at Lo Boheme and photographer Mirelle Carmichael put together a beautiful photo shoot to show off the brand new accessories collection and included some of our favorite pieces from Shop Lovely! The Oxford Dress and Ocean Dress are the perfect complement to the bride’s fabulous skirt by Watters. We love a peachy pink bridesmaid dress, and we have a whole bunch to choose from to suit each of your gal’s personalities. Peruse the photos for inspiration then head to the shop to get your own!
Did you see the gorgeous Tropical Inspired feature on Green Wedding Shoes yesterday? We were so honored to have one of our Shop Lovely dresses featured, and we absolutely love how it was styled! The Austin shortie is a vegan leather shift with floral lasercut details, and it’s perfect as a reception dress, rehearsal dinner dress, or even as the dress for your big day! Here are a few of our favorite photos showing off this sassy little number!
The ceremony dress they used was such a stunner and worked perfectly with all of the palm frond and pineapple details.
Love the idea of a Little White Dress? Ya, we do too! Here are some similar styles that we are totally digging for summer. And check out our section on Shop Lovely featuring the perfect white dresses for any occasion!
Retro Tropical Wedding Shoot: photography: Amber Gress // planning + design: Jove Meyer Events // venue: 26 Bridge Brooklyn, New York // florals:Blade // videography: Valerie Barnes // accessories + shoes: Hushed Commotion // ceremony dress: Synderela Story // reception dress: Lovely // suit: A suit that fits // paper goods: Katie Fischer Design // rentals: Broadway Party Rental // cake + cupcakes: Lael Cakes // hair: Styles on B // makeup: Morgan Gates // catering: Pok Pok // jewelery: Anna Sheffield // bar cart: Society Social // palm couch: Patina Rentals