Part II of the photoshoot with Joy Thigpen, Eric Kelley Photography, and Lora Elaine is over on Once Wed today. My two favorite parts of the shoot are the bride’s wild, loose bouquet and the incredible reception table glowing with more than 200 candles. The evening candlelit shot was one of the last, and it was so rewarding to sit back and watch the magic unfold.
Joy offers some great tips on how to best make indoor venues work well for photos and for your wedding. It’s well worth the read!
PS – Recognize the girl on the right? It’s me! At the last minute, we decided to feature bridesmaid bouquets and well… it was hard work, but I couldn’t really turn down getting my hair and makeup done by Lora, could I? And when they brought out that fabulous gown! Somebody had to do it.
Y’all! So many exciting things to post about. Great things have been happening these past few months, and I’m way behind in the blogging. First up, a feature on Once Wed! This moment… y’all, it’s huge for me. I got a call one day with an inquiry to be an extra set of hands on set for a styled shoot with… wait for it…. Joy Thigpen. In the world of styling and event design, Joy is my idol. Her work is impeccable, thoughtful, soft and creative. Way before I ever started styling, I knew who Joy was and went to her website and blog almost daily for inspiration. So after a little happy dance, I composed myself and headed out to Early Mountain Vineyards for a two-day shoot.
The design – completely conceptualized by Joy and Lora Kelley – was dramatic and autumnal with bright, warm fall foliage and a pretty astounding amount of candlelight. But the photos – by the ever-inspiring Eric Kelley – speak for themselves. Check them out here.
The best part (besides being incredibly humbled that I’m listed as assistant stylist)? Joy is just as rad in person as the images that she creates in photos. She is genuine, friendly, and encouraging. She took my ideas and she even gave me creative freedom on a few projects. I got the sense that for her, styling is just the creative overflow of all the loveliness she embodies. I hope if I continue to work diligently, hone my skills, and keep gracious people like Joy at the forefront of my role models, I too might be like that someday.
If you don’t know Joy’s work or Eric’s, please do check them out and give them some love. And, of course, I’d love to know your thoughts on the shoot.
I’m so excited to see the urban elopement I styled earlier this summer featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs today! The post is really lovely – I’d love it if you showed EAD some love. Thanks, ladies! Y’all made my day.