Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I am getting giddy and excited. I am a total sucker for this holiday. I know all of you curmudgeons out there are going to give me a speech about how it's a greeting card holiday. Well, to you I say "PHOOEY!". If I want to celebrate love in my life, I am going to do it with gusto! And speaking of gusto... I thought I'd share a photo shoot (never before seen on HOH!) from last spring. It's the perfect combination for Valentine's Day. It has everything from lace dresses, to a DIY escort card display, to neon bling, and then some!
When Ashley and Priscilla approached me about styling a neon photo shoot I couldn't have been more intrigued. I LOVE me some neon. That being said, it is not often found in the world of weddings. Then they mentioned they wanted to juxtapose neon details with soft, DIY, romantic details. BOOM. Mind blown. This shoot was dreamt up and executed by the talented photographer. She is clearly a force to be reckoned with. I mean... she can take amazing photos and whip up an Escort Display. Watch out world!
I decided to use two lace wedding gowns and then play up the neon in the jewelry and makeup. In order to achieve the romantic quality we desired, I felt the dresses needed to be two things. The first is to be form fitting. With big and bold jewelry and makeup it was important to me to not have her in a huge gown. I didn't want a dress that would swallow her whole. Also, she happened to have an amazing figure and the gorgeous Haute Bride fit and flare gowns worked like a charm. The second romantic quality needed was texture. I love shooting a textured gown because all those lovely details make for a much more interesting photograph. Texture can be found in lace, rosettes, interesting seaming, etc... Both the Modern Trousseau and Tara Keely gowns that were used exemplified these characteristics flawlessly. Mix that with some neon jewels and a fuchsia veil and you have yourself a stylish bride!
Whether you are planning your wedding attire or your outfit for Valentine's Day, this shoot will be sure to inspire something fun, quirky and smooch worthy.
Photography (as well as paper goods, guest book, pink veil etc): Ashley Maxwell Photography / Makeup: Priscilla Francine Makeup / Bouquets: Asiel Design / Hair: Danielle Derksen of Salon Mona Lisa / Wardrobe and Styling: Head Over Heels With Melanie / Cake: Sweet Tooth Confections / Wedding gowns: Tara Keely and Modern Trousseau via Haute Bride / Models: A former bride and groom of Ashley's - Laura and Brenden Murphy, Bridesmaid: Allison Silber, aka Engaged & Inspired , Flower girl: Ashley's adorable daughter Kyla