Heirloom Garden Styled Wedding Shoot – Featured on Wedding Chicks!

I am so incredibly thrilled to FINALLY share these gorgeous images from a styled photo shoot I coordinated with so many talented artists from around around the country – and even better, it’s featured over on Wedding Chicks!!!  I started planning this photo shoot many months ago, and we pulled it together during an especially busy weekend in June.  It all came together beautifully!  I’m so grateful to the many amazing people who contributed hours of their time to make this happen.  Thank you!

The inspiration for this photoshoot started with a real life couple (Megan & Roman) and my husband’s great grandmother’s heirloom china.  Megan & Roman’s wedding was all about the importance of family, heritage, and inheriting a history of love from the many people who have gone before them.  So what better way then to really showcase this idea than with a bevy of family heirlooms 🙂  I’ve always adored this vintage china that we’ve had, and I knew it would be perfect for this shoot.  I added an old oak table that was my grandmother’s, a vintage ring box, hand lettered stationary inspired by vintage seed packets and designs from the 1920s, plus some gorgeous garden florals.  The gorgeous wooden signage, beautiful dress,  TWO delicious cakes, and a relaxing private garden sanctuary brought it all together perfectly.

Here’s our amazing team that helped bring this vision to life:

Florals: Shelly Sarver Designs

Cakes: Creative Cakes by Linda Rozendaal

Calligraphy & Invitations:  Cami Monet

Hand Lettered Signs:  Chelsea Olson

Wedding Gowns: Bridal Dreams in Oskaloosa

Vintage Ring Box:  The Mrs. Box

Cake Topper: Wanderlust Press Co.

Hair & Makeup: Kristen Lambert at Expressions by Design

Model: Leah Blankenspoor

China, Crystal, Table, Chairs, Linens: Owned by yours truly!

Venue: Private Residence (formerly owned by a master gardner!)


The other element that makes me so proud of this shoot is that I shot about half of it on film – and I love the results!  There’s a few film shots scattered throughout this post, and that just makes me giddy.  I have been wanting to share more film work and shoot more of it, and I’m finally getting there!!!

I hope you enjoy all the lovely details!  And I can’t wait to do more fun styled shoots again.  It was a lot of work for everyone, but I’m so grateful we did it!

This china is from WW2 occupied Japan – it even has the marker on the back!

I am in LOVE with these floral chair swags!!!

Our vintage seed packet inspired place cards.

Why have one cake when you can have two, right?  🙂

A lovely intimate garden dinner for two 🙂

These gorgeous florals, including the garland crown, were from Shelly Sarver – my favorite florist!

Gear Used:

Nikon D750, Nikon D800, Sigma ART 35mm f/1.4, Nikon 85mm f/1.4, Nikon 50mm f/1.4

Pentax 645n + 75mm f/2.8 + Portra 400 & Fuji 400H film

Film Developed & Scanned by The FIND Lab



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