What is a Styled Shoot?

If you've been following us for awhile (or any wedding professional for that matter) you'll notice that I/they will sometimes talk or post about a styled shoot I/they are participating in. I've gotten a lot of blank stares and question mark faces πŸ€” (like the ones you see in magnas or animes) whenever we discuss it with non-wedding/event folk. So, I thought it would be a great idea to give you a crash course into what makes a styled shoot and it's purpose for us wedding/event creatives. 

If you haven't notice by now, there are a lot of creative entrepreneurs out there in the wedding and events industry. You have planners, florists, photographers, stationers (like me πŸ€— ), and many more specialists that can contribute to a wedding day. Like I tell all my brides, the wedding industry is like the aquarium from the movie Finding Dory 🐟 . You usually operate in one portion of an exhibit and when you find yourself wandering off, there are so many more fish in the sea....I mean creatives to work with. πŸ™ 🦐  πŸ   πŸ‘ 🦈  πŸ‹

So when a creative begins putting together a styled shoot, they first think of a theme or style they really want to bring to life. Recently, I got the opportunity to work on a 70's styled shoot that allowed me to get my groove on with my watercolors 🎨 πŸ–Œ and play with colors brides normally aren't keen on working with. Needless to say, some of the other creatives involved got to do something out of the ordinary: Like Jaime from Champagne and Grit who made a wedding veil out of macrame (guys, it's a dream to look at and oh...the dipped something blue feature...). πŸ’™πŸ˜

Anywho, not only do we get to try out new things, but it also adds items or services to our repetuar that we otherwise might not have had the chance to create yet. For example, I have been dying to produce a backless wedding sign using my calligraphy for a wedding but haven't had the chance to do so. So one of the things I brought with me (and made sure to have it approved with the planner in charge) was a backless frame as an extra detail for that day.  

And for us non-photogs or videographers, it also allows us to open up our portfolio and add great new images to gush over (pretty pictures for the Insta too). Sometimes when a vendor doesn't have enough work in their online portfolio, some people think that they are inexperienced or too new to the game where they aren't the right person to trust for your special day. That's not always the case. To be fair, it's hard to share images aka proof of your work while it's in the event when you're not there (another story for another blog post). A styled shoot can be the perfect opportunity for creatives to prove they have the skill set you want to hire. 

I hope I've given you a bit more info on what a styled shoot is and how wonderful it is for us creatives to participate in as many of them as we can. Have you seen a styled shoot you absolutely loved? What theme or color scheme did it incorporate? Let me know in the comments below.

Countdown to Carles - A Longan's Place Wedding

We met Victoria and Andrew at the Rusty Pelican Bridal Show in October of last year. They were enthralled with the idea of having a custom invitation created for their big day. After all, they are also entrepreneurs, have their own printing company, and, yes, designed their own save the date. Although Victoria was very excited to work with us, it was Andrew who I remember was really passionate about how he invisioned the invitation design for his big day. I'm always excited to see grooms take interest in details for the wedding as much as the brides do. I am so happy with how their suite turned out and even more excited with the photos our dear blushing bride, Victoria, shot of our design. 

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I am so excited for the both of you as you start this new chapter in life and am honored to have helped with an important detail of that moment.

Venue - Longan's Place

Stationery - Only One Mark, Inc. (US!)

Wedding Photography - Nili Photographics

Photos of Invitation Suite - Victoria Carles (Blushing Bride)

Bridal Gown - Brides of Florida

Hair & Makeup - Beauty by Jaxy

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Preparing Your Garden

Most of you are reading the title of this post as if it were a surprise line drive to right field. Yes. You heard me use a baseball reference. Softball in my case...but I keep moving onto the point. The last thing I think any of you would expect from me would be to write a post relating to gardening. But it might actually surprise you to see where this leads...

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You may have noticed a bit of a buzz on social media regarding a certain book coming out. One I can say I've been waiting for since reading Make It Happen. Just in case you need an introduction, Make It Happen is a book written by the ever thoughtful Lara Casey. Her highly anticipated follow up to her first book, Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life, is kinda picks up from where Make It Happen left off, but not in the way you think it would. 

The book is divided into three parts, this post being about the first part titled Prepare Your Garden. Like Lara's first book, Cultivate is written to not only give you great content, but also constructed to make you think and reflect on your own story amongst the one written on the pages in front of you. This is especially true with some of the topics Lara touches upon. In this particular portion, she refers a lot (as in most of the theming of this book) to actions that revolve around gardening. Weirdly enough, it was until I really started sinking into this book that I realized how accurate the correlation gardening had to how we build our lives.

Throughout each chapter, Lara disperses the lies we believe into actionable truths. From Embracing Your Season to Nourishing Your Soil, I was constantly reminded that it takes time to get your foundation in order. Something that in this microwave, instant gratification moment of time we live in, it can be difficult to really cultivate a life that is rich in love and truth. 

To some of you, this sound like I'm talking to you from the deep end of reality, one you would rather stay away from. But the deep end is a part of the pool you need to visit from time to time. Because goodness knows playing in the shallow end of the pool is limiting.  

Cultivate is available today on Amazon. There is also an audible version available. 

I'll be updating the blog with my progress in the book for those of you who may be interested in reading it. So far, I say get your copy. Whatever "season" you may find yourself, it will definitely give you a faith based, batch of helpful real talk verses some of the fluff that is out there.  

Stationary VS Stationery

There has been a battle brewing in the wedding and events industry that some of you might not know about. It is something that has been seen by some as a common mistake and a major faux pas by others. So much so that memes and products have popped up addressing the issue.

Do I have you at the edge of your seat? Are you dying to know what I'm talking about? I'll give you a clue below...

This great pillow created by Elizabeth at Pomp Creative can be purchased on her ETSY Shop. Click the image to purchase now.

This great pillow created by Elizabeth at Pomp Creative can be purchased on her ETSY Shop. Click the image to purchase now.

That's right. The issue that has been plaguing countless Facebook Groups and subjects of frustration amongst vendors has been how the word stationary/stationery is written when used in the context of invitations and paper goods. Just in case you don't know, stationary is when someone or something is completely still; not moving. Stationery is used to describe products used for writing such as paper, pens, pencils, and ink. It has actually gotten some folks pretty upset when one mistakenly uses stationary instead of stationery.

You may be reading this and thinking, "These people are nuts for being offended that I mistakenly misspelled the word. It's a common and honest mistake." Well, I mean wouldn't you be slightly peeved if someone misspelled your name? Truth be told, I made this mistake in our business within our first year. Needless to say after I began to learn more about this industry and what a privilege it was to create these treasured paper goods, I quickly made the change to the correct spelling of my occupation.

Any who, for those of you passing through and thinking this is silly, here's some expert food for thought.  If not, just remember recheck that spelling before you send that email or social media status.