We’ve got a very special treat for you all today, and it comes in the form of a collaboration by Danfredo Photos + Films, Confetti & Co., and Kate Farley Design. Danni of Danfredo films imagined the nuptials of her two sweet pups, and built an entire styled shoot around her vision for their wedding day. To say the result is anything less than brilliant would be selling it short, but judge for yourselves!
From the photographer, Danni of Danfredo Photos + Films: My husband, Wilfredo, and I are both Philadelphia-based photographers and videographers (he’s my regular second shooter or, if a couple books us for both photo and video, he’s the primary videographer). Since we’re relatively new to the area, we thought it would be fun to collaborate with local vendors on a styled shoot – our first one ever. One night (over wine), I joked that we should use our dogs, Hudson and Chelsea (rescue pups from Little Paws Dachshund Rescue), as the models for our shoot. We laughed it off, but I knew we were on to something.
Over the past few months, I’ve become friends with Sara Murray at Confetti & Co. I approached her about the possibility of helping me put together a styled shoot featuring our puppies instead of people. She loved the idea and even volunteered her Frenchie, Millie, to be Chelsea’s maid of honor. Sara had worked a lot with Kate Farley and Ashley Wrenn-Peterson in the past and suggested I pitch the idea to them – they loved it, too. I’ve known the baker, Brooke Saylor, since her wedding day (I was the second shooter for her own wedding which was featured on Ruffled). They, too, recently moved to Philadelphia from NYC and we’ve become really close friends with her and her husband. We’ve also become friends with Claire Hudson, a pet portrait artist (she painted a watercolor logo for the happy couple and well as proper oil paint portraits of them) and Jackie Starker, who owns a local pet store. Claire’s golden doodle, Stamps, accepted the invitation to be Hudson’s best man. Together, all of us started planning Hudson and Chelsea’s industrial chic wedding. All together, we invited nine of Hudson and Chelsea’s friends to play parts in their wedding. For decor, we approached West Elm Philadelphia about donating some pieces for us to use for the shoot and they totally agreed! We built the set in the morning and shot all of our details before having the dogs show up at the venue.
From the stylist, Sara of Confetti & Co.: In styling this shoot, we really wanted to keep everything miniature! The biggest piece of styling for dogs was finding cute items that worked with the scale of everything. The adorable West Elm blue patterned salad plates (used as doggy dinner plates) were the jump off point. From there we softened the palette with some mints and then added a touch more vibrancy with pops of pinks and plums within the flowers and added more miniature details, like coasters for dog salad plates and votives as dog drinking glasses. It was fun working at a different scale!
From the florist, Kate of Kate Farley Design: Danni of Danfredo Photo + Films and Sara of confetti and co. approached me with the project idea and being a pup lover, they had me hooked before I could even finish reading the email. They gave me a color palette to work with consisting of soft peachy pinks, deep, romantic plums, sage greens and touches of grey. My color loving mind was racing with ideas for flower selections. I ended up choosing to work with the super romantic David Austin Juliet roses, pink celosia, pale pink astilbe, white lisianthus for some added lightness to the rich plum scabiosa. We also threw in some scabiosa pods for some added texture along with some inky viburnum berries to give the centerpiece a beautiful balance of light and dark.
From the stationer, Ashley of hello, bird.: My starting point for the paper for the shoot was the “couple” themselves. I wanted the invitation to be long and narrow, like Hudson and Chelsea. We had decided on a great color palette, and after seeing the portrait from Pennys & Stamps, I knew I wanted to pick up the mint in the writing. That long and narrow shape was carried through to the place cards and favor tags. The cake topper was circular to be a little more classic and cohesive with their gorgeous cake by Saylormade.
From the baker, Brooke of Saylormade: In my wedding cake business, I focus on making goodies that taste as delightful as they look, and I wanted these doggie treats to be no exception! I packed the cake full of good-for-you ingredients like carrots, peanut butter & wheat germ. But my favorite were definitely the peanut butter krispies with carob ganache, which is like fake chocolate! They loved it!
Shoot Location: Philadelphia, PA / Photographer and Videography: Danfredo Photos + Films / Styling: Confetti & Co. / Floral Design: Kate Farley Design / Venue: Maas Building / Jewelry: J. Crew / Ties: The Tie Bar and Forage / Desserts: Saylormade / Cake Stands: BHLDN and Anthropologie / Bone Cookie Favors and Guest Bow Ties: Amelie’s Bark Shop / Decor and Place Settings: West Elm / Custom Pet Paintings and Watercolour Portraits: Pennys & Stamps / Stationery and Calligraphy: hello, bird. / Music: Song Freedom (“I Do”, Colbie Caillat)