Minimal, delicate and clean was my inspiration for this styled shoot, it was a wonderful collaboration with so many of my favourite creatives. I wanted it to be perfect, and exactly what I had been dreaming about for months, but because I get a sudden urge to just get something done when my heart tells me to. This often leaves me without many options for collaborators with my favourite vendors at such short notice. As a result, I often end up making a lot of the things I need myself, which adds a whole other level of commitment and work to the project.
Having just returned from a photography trip to Cuba, I really wanted to replicate the plaster walls that I had fallen in love with down there for the backdrop of the shoot. I took to the internet for guidance on how to undertake a venetian plaster wall, but there were way too many conflicting instructions that I decided it best to wing it. I went to Kent, bought some tools, along with painting and plaster supplies, and then set out to plaster a 300 square foot wall in my studio. Teddy was away, so I was on my own for this one, and borrowed a ladder from my in laws, threw on true crime podcast (terrifying when you are alone at night), and got to work. It took me 3 days to finish the wall, and in the knick of time, because my shoot was the on the 4th day.
On the morning of, I had to make the lilac branch installation and suspend it from the ceiling (which I had foraged for the night before), then make the floral arrangements and centrepiece before everyone arrived. It was a rush, but I work best under pressure, I suspect most creatives do, am I right? I also had to make a cake, so I threw a simple pound cake together and made a poppyseed buttercream, what you don’t see is that minutes before I was to dress the cake table, William (my Weimaraner) decided to lick the buttercream off of a WHOLE SIDE. But the show must go on, so the bare spot was turned to the back and all was good in the universe.
I am still in awe of the beautiful dresses that Katrina made special for this shoot, the details are exquisite, and I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Earth Goddess jewelry has a bridal line ladies! You can see beautiful Naphtali in some selected pieces in these images, along with a very delicate headpiece by my sweetheart, Oh Dina!
Huge thanks to all hands/hearts on deck, you helped make my vision come to life. What would I do without all of you?
Creative team | Our gorgeous model Naphtali Carleton did her own hair and makeup | Gown, Katrina Tuttle Bridal | Chairs & Flatware, Make Merry Events | Jewelry, Earth Goddess Shop | Headpiece, Oh Dina! | Dishes, Chapters Indigo | Ring Box, The Mrs Box | Ring, Fireworks Gallery | Shoes, Bella Belle Shoes | Calligraphy & Stationery, Scribble & Script | Menus, Flourish Calligraphy | Silk Ribbon, Frou Frou Chic | Zen Bowl (Centrepiece), Indie Home – Prana Rock | Floral, Cake & Linens, Nicole Lapierre