I am so blessed to work with some of the best vendors in all of Austin. I have met photographers, planners, rental companies, hair stylists, make up artists, djs… clearly, it takes a village to create a wedding! But sometimes, I’m lucky enough to get the opportunity work with some of my very favorites in town. Vendors like Eryn Chandler of LewChan Photography , who I randomly went to high school with (ok OK, we didn’t attend high school together, but we went to the SAME high school. She’s younger, I’m older, blah blah details). So when Eryn reached out about collaborating on a really brilliant styled shoot she had dreamed up AND she had lined up the dream team (more on the team later!) to work together, well that’s an opportunity I just can’t say no to.
From the beginning, Eryn had a very clear vision of what she wanted the styled shoot to look like. Also, she’s a fellow Type A-er and she was super organized. As someone who also balances the life of being a creative and being Type A, I REALLY appreciate this about Eryn!
Eryn’s inspiration for this shoot came from her honeymoon trip to the Amalfi Coast. The turquoise sea, the fresh lemons, the peach and yellow rooftops… the colors of the Amalfi Coast were soaked into every image that we created.
Isn’t this tablescape just so lovely and yummy? Jenifer Sanregret of Sanregret Weddings and I had so much fun styling this. The rustic table and vintage cake stands and tins from Bee Lavish Rentals worked perfectly. And scattered on the table was sea glass and broken bits of pottery that Eryn hand picked from Fornillo Beach in Positano. It was so perfect!
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Eryn also recruited one of her recent wedding couples, Kylie and Zane (see how their names are even cool?)to model for our shoot. There’s something about the chemistry of a real life couple that just shines through in these shoot photos. Also, Kylie wears a floral crown like a boss. I created two unique flower crowns for this shoot and I just couldn’t decide which one I liked better so we used both. Not a bad problem to have.
Isn’t that cake awesome?!?! Eryn knew she wanted a “naked cake” and something super simple. Jackie McGrath of Sweet Treets Bakery was a breeze to work with. She was so accommodating and helpful throughout the entire process. The vanilla cake with buttercream frosting was so delicious too. We *might* have sampled some at the end of the shoot.
Our amazing stylist Jenifer happens to be married to Grant Sanregret, owner of Austin City Lemons. It’s a lemonade stand that pops up on South Congress and along South Lamar and has unique and delish lemon beverages. They provided the hand-squeezed lemonade for the day that inspired our fizzy fig lemonade cocktail. Other key players in the cocktail were Topo Chico, Deep Eddy Vodka, and a fig simple syrup. SO GOOD!!
And no Austin style shoot would be complete without a debut from jewelry designer Kendra Scott. The turquoise earrings and pendant necklace brought Kylie’s look to a whole new level. I love bold pops of color on a bride!
The invitations were a fun art project Eryn put together with the help of her crafty mom and her stamp collection. Eryn channeled past calligraphy classes she took with Mama Lewey and raided her stamp collection to create these watercolor inspired beauties. And naturally, let’s just take a minute to think of course Eryn’s mom is wonderfully crafty like her daughter!
Alright, MAKEUP! And HAIR! Rhea McCarter and Chancy Cone of Adore Makeup Boutique and Salon were magicians and complete rock stars that took Kylie’s look to the next level. Rhea created a natural and “beachy” with a bold lip and Chancy created the most beautiful hair style with intricate braids! Kylie looked stunning! Rhea and Chancy were so charming and kind and I’ve already recommended them out to many a LYFD bride. Thanks girls!
Then it was time to take down the first “cake table” and set up another beautiful display of the places ettings. Again, Jenifer and I had so much fun styling this new look. The goblets were fresh from Eryn’s personal drinking glasses at home 🙂 , the plates were finds from Austin’s Antique Mall Eryn and Mama Lew discovered, and the silverware is Eryn’s grandmother’s from Norway. I love personal touches in shoots like these!
And a million thank yous to Bill and Bettye for allowing us to create this shoot on their private residence.