Beach Styled Shoot

Wednesday August 12, 2020

This was the first styled shoot that Beloved Events Co. was a part of and I've got to say I'm in love~ I started this styled shoot by contacting Sarah Yates Photo (@sarahyatesphoto). Sarah was an old classmate of mine at Biola University and I had been following her photography business on Instagram since she first started! Sarah has just rebranded herself as "Beach Wedding Photographer" with the help of Moxie Gal Marketing. My events had been getting postponed and I'd done all the updating behind the scenes that I could for my business. So I reached out to Sarah to see if she was interested in collaborating on a styled shoot with me. To which she answered YES!

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We decided to do a beach styled shoot as this was the niche Sarah was targeting, and I hadn't worked on a beach wedding in forever! I created a design board which showed what the shoot would be showcasing. I shared the board as I reached out to a couple vendors that I had either worked with or been in contact with to ask if they wanted to collaborate.

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Of course when it comes to wedding dresses I immediately think of LeeHwa Wedding (@leehwawedding). This bridal boutique is where I found my wedding dress! Estella and her mother are the sweetest, and experts when it comes to helping you find the dress of your dreams! LeeHwa surprised me with their great taste in dresses as well as their friendly customer service and when my brides begin dress shopping I gladly point them in the direction of LeeHwa! Not to get too sidetracked.. LeeHwa wedding lent us this gorgeous wedding dress with a beautiful long and lacey train to showcase in the shoot. I sent Estella a couple dress inspo pictures as well as the models height and size and she delivered the perfect dress!

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For Paper Goods I reached out to Shannon from Sincerely Harveys (@sincerelyharveys). Sincerely Harveys is a small business owned by a couple who recently got married! Shannon (the wife) is an artist. She designs the most beautiful invitation suites and hand draws her signs and name cards. Jesse (the husband) is a carpenter who works on all the building. He can create table numbers, arches and backdrops! This couple is so creative and so talented and I would recommend all my clients to ask for custom pieces from them to make your wedding day more special!

For the shoot Shannon designed the invitations. She included an information card and a cute map of what the event would look like. She also worked on the menus and the coolest name cards made of tile that she hand-lettered onto! She worked with the colors and the theme of the shoot to produce the most perfect pieces.

For our rentals I reached out to Archive Rentals (@archiverentals). I had been in touch with Jennifer and she was very excited to be a part of the shoot. She provided us with everything we needed as well as used her expert opinion to recommend some pieces that would compliment the shoot.

We rented:
- a heptagon arch
- a peacock chair
- wooden cart for coconuts
- a short and long table
- rose gold utensils
- orange dip dyed napkins
- gold rimmed goblets
- fun woven chargers
- pillows and poufs to sit on
- rugs for under the table and the ceremony
- a couple geometric votives

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For our videographer I asked John Kim (@johnkimweddings) if he was available to shoot. I had met John coincidentally at Stereoscope when I asked him for his Macbook charger as my laptop was about to die. He was very kind and as we briefly talked we discovered that we both worked in the events industry. I then worked a wedding with John in June 2020, and when I asked him about the styled shoot, John jumped on board very graciously and was a HUGE help while setting up for the shoot.
Click here to watch the video he created from the shoot.

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I knew I wanted to try something new for florals. I wanted to hone into my craft and challenge myself. Believe it or not I had never worked with tropical flowers up until this shoot! Out of the countless wedding flowers I had worked on none had asked for Monstera leaves or Anthurium. The Bridal bouquet was especially challenging as I wanted to include the gorgeous orchids, but didn't want to make a cascading bouquet as I saw most florists tended to do for this look. I wanted a modern upright bouquet for the bride to hold and I'm honestly pretty happy with how it turned out!

Fore the table I decided to go minimal on flowers as it was going to be full of food! The charcuterie setting along with the citrus fruits were a fun splash of color and the florals were just meant to be accents throughout the table. My husband Simon and I made our own metal floral frogs out of concrete and nails! I used them to create an ikebana look with the smaller Monstera leaves, fluffy peach Carnations and Roses which I reflexed (something I've been wanting to try!). I scattered the orchids across the table and the final look blew my mind. It's very cool to see something you designed come to life 🙂

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Overall coordinating and design this styled shoot was so much fun! I had the opportunity to work with amazing vendors and design something out of my comfort zone. The styled shoot was meant to showcase the products as well as the skills of the vendors and I feel like we succeeded!

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Vendors
Coordination + Design + Florals: Beloved Events Co.
Photography: Sarah Yates Photo
Videography: John Kim Weddings
Paper Goods: Sincerely Harveys
Rentals: Archive Rentals
Dress: LeeHwa Wedding
Venue: Little Corona Beach