A Natural Neutral Elegance

Elegant – pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.

Stylish. Graceful. Tasteful. Sophisticated. Classic. Chic. Smart. Fashionable. Dashing. Modish. Refined. Poised. Lovely, Charming. Debonair. This pretty much sums up the look, feel, and atmosphere of the styled shoot celebrating Alicia + Ray’s nuptials!

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When Kiyah, Kiyah C. Photography, and I considered the theme for the shoot, we thought about the nature of the couple and how we wanted to portray their love. They were expecting a sweet baby girl at the time, and wanted to bring the maternity shoot and wedding full circle with a photo shoot. We strived to share 3 of the most memorable scenes of a wedding: pre-wedding prep at her vanity, ceremony vows at the altar, and the intimate sweetheart table.

We went for a non-traditional pre-wedding prep idea and decided to set the vanity outdoors among the lush greenery. The clash of pure white and gold accents on the dark green grass was astonishing. Pre-wedding prep for brides can be an equally emotional time for the bride and her family. Alicia had a very special heirloom from her grandmother, who recently passed.

I remember watching the couple during the shoot. Alicia looked right up into Ray’s eyes and couldn’t help but giggle and laugh as they shared what they wrote for each other in their vow books. Wedding ceremonies are full of bright smiles, caring family + friends, and a super-in-love bride and groom. It was just the two of them and a flower-adorned iron altar for Alicia and Ray’s nuptials. It was breathtaking.

We wrapped up the shoot with one of the most intimate parts of the wedding: the sweetheart table. I love sweetheart tables! I believe this is one of the few areas in a wedding where the couple has a few moments to themselves after they’ve said ‘I do’. We wanted a cascading floral centerpiece that reached from the center of the table to the bottom of the white linen, along with plenty of tea light candles.

Would you believe this was our first styled shoot? I am super stoked to share that we have been published in Black Nuptials! You can read all about the heart behind the shoot here. THANK YOU to all of the amazing vendors that came together to make this a phenomenal shoot; from start to finish, you were all rockstars!

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