We hope you’re in the mood for a new DIY project, because this styled shoot from PhotoNotions Photography, The ALTARnative, and Petals Panache has one of our favorites. In my mind, Florida and citrus go hand in hand — so the dried orange slice backdrop is a fantastic way to show off the relationship! Let’s jump in to all the goodness this shoot has to offer, shall we?
From the photographer, Tracey-Ann Jarrett of PhotoNotions Photography: Revisiting the glorious old days when Florida was being explored and established… I have a love and passion for all things antique. I wondered what it would be like if a young woman was getting married in Florida’s early years when some of the cities we are familiar with now, were just being built. Then I brainstormed as to what a simple, yet refined family would make as a wedding party for that bride, their daughter. Since Florida is considered a part of the tropics, I imagined they would be thrilled by all things tropical which would be difficult to find in other parts of the country. Things such as tangerines, oranges, ferns, palm trees, coconuts, tropical flowers, etc. And considering how most weddings in olden days were home made, they would certainly incorporate these tropical findings into their decor. That is how the theme idea was born. I believe a bride today who “loves vintage” could gain inspiration from this styled shoot as it showcases a twist on the everyday vintage trend. This is our Tropical Delights Old Florida inspiration.
We were ecstatic that Angela Compton of The AltarNative Design found inspiration in our shoot concept. Her brilliant ideas and ability to think of new and interestingly lovely ways of working with the ordinary, makes her a pleasure to partner with. I was intrigued when Angela brought up the idea of incorporating alligators into the Old Florida theme. Sure, the alligator is totally Florida but could it add beauty and elegance to a wedding affair? Well, it worked out absolutely perfect. Gold gator makes this inspiration idea stand out from all others. It’s Old Florida, it’s stylish, and it is definitely elegant.
Our bride wore a wonderful Sottero & Midgley Couture gown from the remarkable Brides of Florida store, care of the gracious Macky Diaz. The fine foliage-like silver embroidery details in the gown complemented the theme. The stunning cap-veil was custom made to order in period style by the talented Sandra Isaacs of Accent You by S.I. Lovingheart. The lovely shoes from Angela Nuran Shoes adorned her feet in classic style and comfort. Her look was beautifully imagined and brought together by the ever brilliant Mia Hendrickson, hair and makeup artist at Mia Farah Beautique. The groom wore a grey Michael Kors suit with Calvin Klein shirt and navy blue tie with grey wingtip shoes. A little vintage love was added to his wardrobe in the form a gold pocket-watch.
The tablescape set for a charming evening dinner features classic china dinnerware, gold-rimmed crystal stemware and gold flatware from Atlas Party Rentals. Atlas’ bamboo chairs nicely complimented Mi Vintage’s farm table and candle stands. The Invitation Stand created fabric and branded wood menu cards, wood place cards and colorful table numbers made with vintage Florida postcards. The Cake created by Kristen at Cloud Nine Bakery featured a gold gator center tier and was displayed on a lovely vintage milk glass cake stand and dreamy peach table from Mi Vintage’s collection. The delightful citrus backdrop made by Angela Compton along with scrumptious florals peeping from the drawer and doors of the table make an exquisite display. The festive drink station designed around the handsome gold cart from Mi Vintage is full of charm and character. The word “gather” made in green mossy wire along with the taxidermy gator head serve to enhance the mood of the lounge area. Efferve beverages served in crystal glasses from Atlas Party Rental and fresh Florida Coconuts from the farm served with bamboo straws add tropical merriment to the set. Gretel Delgado of The Invitation Stand is an artist of distinction. She excels at working in a variety of mediums and creating excitingly unique invitations and paper goods for her clients. Gretel’s design suite for this inspiration shoot made use of fabric, a variety of papers, wood, metal and even live ferns. She created an original invitation suite as well as unique pieces for the reception table.