Using purple or plum as an entourage outfit color is something pretty common especially with elegant weddings. It exudes royalty because (fun fact!) centuries ago, Queen Elizabeth I banned peasants and non-royal folks to use this color. So it’s not a surprise that this styled shoot, which focused on purple outfits, looked so classically elegant. What’s a nice contrast too is the way the bride’s makeup was done. It was unique and not something you would expect but nevertheless, it’s a nice change and something edgy bride-to-bes should consider. Enjoy this lovely shoot ladies!
What do you think is the overall story for this album?
This shoot was focused on portraits of the bride, groom, and bridesmaids and I wanted to highlight the fashion and beauty aspect of a wedding, so I made the photos look like a fashion magazine spread. For the overall look of the wedding to tie together, I feel it is very important that the outfits and makeup of the bride, bridesmaids, and groom complement each other and the venue. Since the venue is filled with stately elegance, we decided on a vintage look. I selected the models from different ethnicities and looks as my home, DC is very cosmopolitan and good makeup and fashion looks good on everyone. Finally, I wanted to portray the love and joy of weddings in the photos and the models got along so well, this came very naturally.
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
We wanted a vintage look with sophisticated style to compliment the old world charm of Kentlands Mansion. Connie of Icon Bridal Formal and I selected the ivory statement gown as it is very elegant and has a fashion edge to it. The sweetheart neckline with a fitted waist and flowing gown looks beautiful on all women and the wavy pattern on the gown made it look very vintage chic. I decided on the color plum for the bridesmaids’ dresses as it looks amazing against natural settings and the ivory gown, compliments most skin types, and is part of the 2015 trend! We wanted the dresses to be the same color but different from each other instyle so the girls look more fashionable. I also wanted the dresses to be more streamlined and understated so they don’t visually compete with the bridal gown. The silver and gold jewelry for all the girls were selected with the same thought – to complement the clothes without overpowering them. We chose strappy silver heels for the girls to stay with the color scheme and add a sparkle to the outfits. You can’t go wrong with the gray/black combination for the groom.
What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day was of course when I was behind the camera photographing the couple and the girls. Not just because I was doing what I love to do most, but also because it was a gorgeous afternoon and the natural light of the golden hour made everyone look their best! We planned the day so we could do the shoot from 4pm to 6pm, and everything worked out perfectly! Everyone was on time and Jordan K Winn & Co was super efficient with the hair and makeup as always.
Was there any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects? If so, can you describe them in detail?
The floral arrangements were DIY and a lot of fun to do. Our theme colors were plum, ivory, and silver, and I wanted the bouquets to appear as if they were a part of the mansion gardens, so I added a lot of greens and a touch of the other garden hues. I picked up three different bushes from Michaels and combined them to create the bride’s bouquet. I was so happy to find the silver bush and used a light gold satin ribbon to wrap the stems; this combination of silver and gold added the right amount of glamor and the colors looked beautiful against the ivory gown.
Was there a theme for the ceremony and reception?
Vintage sophistication with ivory, plum, and silver
Photographer: Pearl Grain Photography
Venue: Kentlands Mansion
Models: Tiffany Nicole | Ronnie Monroe | Alexandra Mclawhon | Brooke Loko | IndianBeauty
Tuxedo, Men’s Attire, Dress Store: Icon Bridal Formal
Hair and Makeup Stylist: Jordan K Winn