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West Side Story Inspiration Shoot

Wedding Design

What could be a better jumping off point for a styled shoot than the classic musical, West Side Story? Reds, yellows, and – of course – a hardy dose of dancing make this session truly shine, but not without the fantastic helping hands of Marvelous Things Photography and Janie Medley Flora Design. So let’s go ahead and jump into the 1950s spirit:

West Side Storyshoot - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

from the photographer, Tori of Marvelous Things Photography: I came together with some other local vendors from Richmond, VA to put together this shoot inspired by West Side Story. While we didn’t want to do a strong imitation of it, we took our inspiration from the movie’s aspects of brick, iron, red, yellow, dancing and of course a 1950s vibe. It’s simple and lovely and showcases some beautiful floral and easy decor that any bride could pull off or incorporate into her special day. The models are a local couple named Mandie and Eric Waagner.

striped wedding invitations - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

plum wedding flowers - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

West Side Storyshoot - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

yellow floral arrangements - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

West Side Storyshoot - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

wedding bouquet - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

summer wedding flowers - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

striped wedding invitations - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

red wedding bouquets - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

West Side Storywedding - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

gold place settings - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

spring wedding flowers - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

citrus wedding inspiration - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

one tier wedding cakes - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

simple wedding cakes - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

yellow orange flowers - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

cake table flowers - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot

West Side Storyshoot - photo by Marvelous Things Photography http://ruffledblog.com/west-side-story-inspiration-shoot


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Shoot Location: Richmond, VA / Photographer: Marvelous Things Photography / Floral Design: Janie Medley Flora Design / Venue: Rocketts Landing / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster via Bella Bridesmaid / Hair: Mandie-Lynn Waagner Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist / Wedding Cake: Candy Valley Cake Company / Equipment Rentals: Paisley & Jade / Wedding Invitations: Dear June

Fall Wedding Flower Guide

Flower Guide

Whenever we think we couldn’t fall more in love with flower arrangements, a bouquet by Janie Medley Flora Design comes along. With images by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography and makeup by Emily Hudspeth, it’s not difficult to see why we’re falling hard for this look influenced by bride Ashley’s vintage Gunne Sax wedding gown!

faux fur bridal gowns
faux fur bridal gowns

fall wedding flower trends

From the photographer, Tori of Marvelous Things Photography: Back in the Fall of 2011, I had the privilege of shooting an amazing Virginia farm wedding for a darling couple, Nick & Ashley. When Ashley showed me the incredible vintage Gunne Sax dress she was considering wearing in her wedding, I DIED from how fantastic it was. But when she decided to go with a different dress for the big day, I knew that meant we would HAVE to do a styled shoot, sometime, with the Gunne Sax, because it was too amazing to simply be stuck in a closet. So this shoot has been in the works for over a year, really, and as Fall rolled around again, I was SO grateful to get the amazing Janie Medley on board for the gorgeous floral wreath and bouquet, and Emily Hudspeth for the perfect hair and make-up. I wanted to keep the overall shoot simple to let the dress and florals shine. Ashley made for a stunning model, and I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity for the images to be featured!


faux fur bridal gowns
fall wedding flower trends

bride in red tights

fall wedding flower trends

bride in woods

Bouquet Florals… perfect mix for a fall bouquet:
-burgundy peonies
-yellow and orange ranunculus
-yarrow
-burgundy scabiosa
-safari sunset
-scented geranium leaves


fall wedding flower trends

bride in fields

fall wedding flower trends

floral bridal crowns

Floral for the floral crown:
-burgundy peonies
-yarrow
-ivy
-dusty miller
seeded eucalyptus


floral bridal crowns
fall wedding flower trends

burgundy bridal tights


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