About a year ago Ashley came to me with her vision for a dark and dramatic shoot with a black lace wedding gown; I was immediately drawn to the idea as it was so unlike anything I had done before, and I knew we’d be able to create something truly special! Fast forward a few months later and we found ourselves at an abandoned mill near Florence setting up tablescapes and crafting backdrops, and these photos are the culmination of everyone’s hard work. We had such a wonderful team of wedding pros working with us on this and it is definitely one of my favorite styled shoots to date! It was even featured on 100 Layer Cake (one of my very favorite wedding blogs), which was a dream come true.
I have a LOT more to share about this shoot, so read on for more details or at the very least check out these gorgeous photos captured by Ashley Cook Photography!
Katie of Katie Michelle Designs put together this stunning watercolor invitation suite for us… I remember being so giddy when they arrived in the mail because they were just perfect for what we were envisioning! We thought this bed of broken glass was the perfect dark and eerie backdrop for the paper goods.
She also made escort cards and place cards hand lettered with gold calligraphy… the outcome was just stunning, especially paired with the gold skeleton keys and deep purple flowers.
When I am in need of flowers for a shoot, Taylor and Joanna of Good Seed Floral Design are my go-to gals… they always put 110% in to their designs and I am always blown away by the outcome. This bouquet was no exception! It was so dark, dreamy, and romantic all wrapped in to one.
So this abandoned mill that we chose for the location… not exactly your typical wedding reception location, right!? But let me tell you, it was SO cool. Ashley had this place in mind all along but it is about an hour away from us so we *tried* to find something closer… one day we even spent a good two hours driving all around Eugene/Springfield looking for some sort of abandoned warehouse, but we came up short. And I’m so glad we did, because this place was absolutely perfect. I’m not going to lie, when I arrived at the mill I was slightly scared for my life…it does look a bit like a scene from a horror film, and I was the first one to arrive so I just hung out in my car, doors locked until the others showed up!
I had so much fun putting this tablescape together. The tables, chairs, and china were from Parties to Go, and Ashley spray painted dollar store flatware and wine glasses black to get the look we were going for. I love how the DIY black lace wine glasses turned out!
Black tapered candles in gold candlestick holders were the perfect addition to the dark and romantic feel, along with the water color menus and table number and black and gold place cards from Katie Michelle Designs. To top it off, Good Seed provided a huge greenery garland — I had them make it extra long so it would go on the ground for a couple of feet to make it even more dramatic.
The light creeping through the window just before sunset was so gorgeous, and contrasted perfectly with the dark feel surrounding the shoot. I love how Ashley captures light in her photos and I knew that she was just going to blow it out of the water. The lighting in the portraits below is just stunning as well!
Oh, and the black wedding gown… did I mention that Ashley made it!? Yea, she is a woman of many talents!
And our model’s gorgeous hair and makeup was done by none other than Makeup by Reina, who as always, nailed it.
Now on to perhaps my favorite detail of this shoot… this unreal cake by Shelly of Soft Peaks Cakery! I mean… just look at it. The detailing is insane, the black lace was SO perfect for the whole feel we were going for, and she also added the cascading deep red and purple flowers which just elevated it to another level. Also, it was gigantic.
This shoot was seriously a dream, and the creative team was absolutely top notch so be sure to check out all of their websites below. I’m so happy to finally be sharing these photos! It’s been a mix of technical difficulties with my blog, and my blog just taking last priority over everything else I have to get done on a daily basis. But I have SO many more weddings and shoots to share and now that I’m passed the technical difficulties aspect, I hope to continue to share more regularly!
Photography: Ashley Cook Photography / Coordination & Event Design: Event Crush / Floral: Good Seed Floral Design / Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Reina / Paper Goods: Katie Michelle Designs / Cake: Soft Peaks Cakery / Rentals: Parties to Go / Groom’s Attire: Blush Bridal