Inn at Valley Farms | Walpole, NH | New Hampshire Wedding Planner
Earthy. Greenery. Real Life. Summer Night. Organic. Nature. Farm to Table. Natural Beauty.
When you read these words your mind's eye can be brought to any number of places:
- A forest amidst fireflies
- Underneath a sailcloth tent strung with twinkling lights
- On a bench at dusk in a garden
- Your back porch growing up as a child in New England
- A river at dawn
- A mountain under the stars
There is no wrong answer, but you start to create an image of what such a place would look like to you, right? Similarly, that is what a styled shoot allows us as wedding vendors to do - create. Allowing creativity and inspiration to flow freely without restriction is what propels all wedding vendors to move forward and continually grow. The day of a wedding is all about the bride's vision and how she has interpreted her wedding day should look like. There isn't much room for our own creativity to flow so a styled shoot is how we are able to put all of those crazy and unique Pinterest ideas we have been hoarding for the past year to good use.
How did the shoot come about? Why did we do it?
Simple. Two good photographer friends of Lauren's, Aundrea and Florian of BellaEva Photography, were planning a trip to visit the east coast from Hawaii and wanted to expand their portfolio to encompass more than just "the beach" while they were in New Hampshire. That meant we had about a month to prep and get everything ready for the shoot.
To pull off a successful styled shoot, there were some key elements that had to be present: great vendors, a solid theme, and plenty of details. Check, check, and check. We wanted to focus on the fact that and reassure both brides and grooms that you can use elements that you already have at your disposal to pull off an incredible wedding. Our shoot was most definitely steeped in homegrown charm and personal touches. Every detail was carefully thought-out and planned in order to highlight the locale and also reflected the couple’s personalities and relationship (in real life!)
Our two good friends, Holly Long of Naturally Elegant Design, and Pamela Moore of Pamela Moore Bridals jumped on the styled shoot bandwagon with us from the beginning. Lauren has known these ladies FOR YEARS - Holly was the floral and decor mastermind behind Lauren's wedding back and Pam owned a bridal shop adjacent to the jewelry store Lauren worked at. These ladies are two of the most talented and awe-inspiring "friendors" in the wedding business.
Another key element in our shoot was choosing the right venue. Without hesitation, we decided to ask Jackie Caserta, owner of Inn at Valley Farms. The Inn is actually a working farm set in the quaint countryside of Walpole, New Hampshire. Inspired by the natural beauty of the venue, we played up the area’s earthy elements and incorporated local pottery crafted by Walpole Village Pottery.
Our (real-life/getting married in August 2016/kick ass) couple, Kora and Joe, were our models for this stylized wedding shoot. We joked on the phone the day before that maybe we should just call the wedding off and use the styled shoot as a pop-up wedding! Kora wasn't having it, so that just means you get to see more gorgeous photos of their Vermont wedding in a couple of months.
Speaking of gorgeous, doesn't Kora's makeup, hair, and bridal bling look phenomenal? Thanks to Anjalee of Heaven Hair Gallery and Mon Amie Fine Jewelry, our faux-bride looked like she was ready for her real big day!
One last vendor that I would LOVE to rave about is Top Tier Bakery. Britni designed both a delicious lemon and wild berry cake AND cupcakes for us to use for the shoot. Let us just tell you, those cupcakes tasted like unicorns and rainbows just melting in your mouth. SO. GOOD.
Anyway, enough talk. Let's see a few sneak peaks from everyone's handiwork!