Proving that personality doesn’t have to be compromised for tradition, As You Wish Weddings and Events put together an expedition-inspired shoot that has us oooh-ing and ahhh-ing to no end. From the antlers encircling centerpieces to the marble slabbed menus with painted script, the event design is truly magnificent. Kathy Forrest Design mixes proteas, feathers and palm-frommed foliage in floral elements that become front and center in the photos captured by Katie Nesbitt Photography. All in all, we are wild about this Virginia Zoo shoot!

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From the event designer, As You Wish Weddings and Events: Inspired by Taylor Swift’s music video Wildest Dreams… Taylor Swift has transcended music genres, fashion trends, and is now providing wedding inspiration. This shoot was meant to prove that a wedding can be timeless and romantic while still thinking outside the box. A colored gown, untraditional groom’s attire, and amazing venue lent the perfect amount of spunk to this ethereal styled shoot. It is not impossible to mix traditional place settings, stunning florals, and elegant calligraphy with your own personalities still having a presence. I have had too many couples feel that they need to compromise their fun personalities and quirkiness in order to preserve that feeling of a classic wedding. When you look back on your wedding day twenty or fifty years from now you should have no regrets, no thoughts of how it wasn’t exactly what you envisioned because it made your family happy.

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I often find myself telling couples to “Mix metals, choose your favorite date night location as your venue, wear what you want. Just because your wedding is not a reflection of your parent’s big day does not mean that it is anything less. Grandma will still cry, mom and dad will beam with pride, but most importantly you as a couple will feel completely at home.” This styled shoot is meant to stand as a testament to those words.

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  • Curtis Wallis

    Great style. It looks like this theme really fits the couple. Photographer did a great job of capturing the details to tell the story.