Everyone has a preconceived notion of what “love” is, how it looks, and what a wedding day looks like. But just like no two humans are exactly the same, neither are any two wedding days. We don’t embrace preconceived notions and don’t expect you to either. John and Liz, are an amazingly gorgeous and fun couple, but you won’t hear us use the now cliché phrases beginning with “swooned,” or see us use heart shaped emoticons following every photo and phrase. We’ll be real and genuine. And so will John and Liz.
Except they won’t. This photo shoot is both real and stylized…WTF you say? John and Liz are very much in love, and the other people in the pictures are only their very best friends. It is; however, a completely fabricated wedding where the only truth is the previously mentioned love and friendships, which are tied together with kickbutt details and a wonderful venue (created by some of the greatest area wedding vendors) that will change your mind about needing a white dress, a traditional bouquet, or hundreds of guests. At the end of this post, we will take time to thank each and every one of them we assure you. Until then, here we go, the real story of love and the stylized wedding.
(Video by MM Film Studio)
Once upon a time…
Having met while traveling the world, Henry and Antigone grew closer together with each and every passport stamp they collected. Realizing they soon would part ways and head to different lives in different countries, Henry asked for Antigone’s hand in marriage. Never wanting to have a single moment apart, the couple knew their elopement would be the start of their greatest adventure. The couple remembered a brochure they’d found in a small town a few stops back that would make for the perfect place to exchange vows. Arrangements were made and they set off. As soon as they saw the picturesque drive and the hotel that looked like a quaint castle nestled deep in wine vineyards, they knew this was a place they’d revisit over and over in their minds eye.
The couple looked at each other and knew they had found it. The place their lives would truly begin. As they entered, they walked through the halls setting out to find the spot to exchange their vows. As they searched, they came across hotel guests who welcomed them to the most perfect feast and gave them a place to relax after their long journey. When the news of the couple’s intention was shared, the feast became a celebration (who ever said receptions have to happen after the wedding!?).Eating, drinking, and sharing old stories, one of the guests gets up from the table and whispers in Antigone’s ear. They walk out of the room hand in hand where Antigone is led to a beautiful wardrobe filled with dresses in every color for the her to call her own.
After finding the perfect dress, Antigone begins to get ready to meet her future husband at the altar.
Numb to the cold (figuratively and literally), they stepped out in the snow and said, “I do.” After a seemingly endless kiss, they went inside to end the night by the warm fire, with their friends at their side…and they lived happily ever after.” The end….
As we set out to make this story, it could not have been pulled off without the help of some amazing and talented people (referring them simply as vendors would seem too impersonal at this point) that willingly offered their services to properly create this story of love. We want to thank each of them for their time, artistry, and ability to make ideas a reality. Please take time to visit their websites…you will not be sorry.
Body Works Day Spa and Salon, the handiwork of Emily Garbee-Harris
And to John, Liz and all the friends…thank you for willingly taking part through the planning, the long photo shoot, and of course the extreme cold weather…and for not knocking our butts out when we said, “just one more scene!”