When I heard that Paper Antler was coming thru my hometown of Tucson, Arizona this winter (on tour for the Fifty Nifty) I snagged ‘em up for a photoshoot! Since they’re from the midwest, they really wanted to capture the essence of the desert…. they said… how about some cool fort? I was immediately inspired to make use of the amazing yurt in my backyard (of which- I always joke- I’m going to turn into a glamper). We teamed up with the hip and fabulous Misha West to bring the vision to life. During our creative process, our priorities were to design an organic tabletop with lots of gorgeous desert colors…. we also wanted to use the yurt for a ceremony location and reception lounge space. We rounded up the best florist in the state, Camelback Flowershop, to create fresh and modern florals. Our models, Brigette and Alexis, who we featured here, were a dream to work with. They’re newly engaged, totally in love, and currently planning their own wedding! (They enjoyed the practice run).
We put Brigette in a light and flowing gown by Katie Jean and earrings by Ayofemi. Phoenix-based beauty pros, Mariana Marie and Paige Ashcroft finished off her natural, tousled look flawlessly. Meanwhile, we brought on the extremely talented Kristy Rice from Momental Designs to design a paper suite to fit our mod-Southwest vision. Needless to say, when I got these in the mail, I was over the moon!
For the yurt setting, we kept the attire cool and casual. Our handsome groom, Alexis, was dressed by Tres Boutique. We moved inside to bring to life our quaint reception concept, really pulling thru the warm tones of the desert and featuring seasonal fruits. Of course, one of the highlights was the kumquat-embellished mini cakes by Sweet Creations!
As the evening winded down, we thought some cozy time in the glamper… (ahem, yurt) was due. We transformed the ceremony setting into a romantic lounge, complete with woven and vintage blankets, an antique trunk, pillows, cushions, florals and candlelight!
Whew! It was a full day of designing and shooting… As the sun sunk into the horizon, it was a wrap!
You can see more from the photoshoot here.
Thanks soooo much to all of the extraordinary wedding pros who helped to pull this off:
Photos by Paper Antler - Minneapolis & Nationwide
Styling & Design by Misha West (Phoenix & Seattle) and Katelin Gallagher
Florals by Camelback Flowershop -Phoenix
Bridal Gown by Katie Jean- Nationwide
Bride’s Jewelry by Ayofemi - Nationwide
Groom’s Wardrobe by Tres Boutique - Tucson & Online
Makeup by Mariana Marie - Phoenix
Hair by Paige Ashcroft -Phoenix
Cakes by Sweet Creations - Tucson
Woven Blanket and Mini Moravian Star Lanterns by Borderlands Trading Co.
A few weeks ago I had the honor of working with an extremely talented team on a fresh Southwest-inspired style wedding photoshoot (coming soon)! To get warmed up, we snagged our models (the newly engaged and totally lovely- Brigette and Alexis) for an engagement shoot in the mountains near Tucson, Arizona. Paper Antler worked their (as usual) incredible photo magic… and captured these two lovebirds in the scenic desert landscape. My sweet friends at Tres Boutique styled their ensembles with a mix of new and vintage pieces. Before sunrise, we headed up to a spot called Gate’s Pass to catch the morning light in the rugged desert mountains. It happened to rain a little that morning (a welcome treat for Tucson), so there was a lot of cloud cover in the typically clear southern Arizona skies. We wanted Brigette and Alexis’ charm and an amazing wardrobe to be the focus of the shoot, against the awe-inspiring backdrop. Akiko, owner and head stylist of Tres Boutique, outfitted Brigette in a gorgeous, translucent pink and melon colored dress (which retails for just about $50 if you can believe it)! Alexis wore a vintage plaid button down, a very cool bomber jacket and fitted jeans.
Brigette and Alexis are such an awesome duo… Brigette is a master yoga instructor and Alexis is a nationally-renowned rock climbing guide….And they’re incredibly sweet… and so gorgeous.
For me, one of the highlights of this photoshoot was getting to meet Jonny and Michelle of Paper Antler. I had been following their work for the last year, corresponding with them tons… totally in awe of the way that they’ve paired their talents photographing couples with a way to do extraordinary global service work. The rundown: They’re photographing 50 weddings in 2012 around the country. They’re donating $1,000 from each wedding to benefit She Dances, an organization that provides holistic restoration to victims of human trafficking. Wow. It’s seriously good work they’re doing. Did I mention they are two of the coolest peeps I’ve ever met? Yup.. hire them for wedding if they’ve got your date open.. (You’ll thank me : ) You can find out more about their efforts at www.thefiftynifty.com or in the video down below!
Photographs by Paper Antler
Wardrobe Styling by Tres Boutique
A special thanks to Jonny, Michelle, Brigette, Alexis and Akiko for making this gorgeous shoot happen… stay tuned for more from this talented group…
And last, but not least, Jonny + Michelle on The Fifty Nifty:
Inspired by the idea of creating a new ‘story’ together, Sarah and Jeff had a storybook-themed wedding. A day of sheer vintage elegance, we’re loving the antique blue and pewter palette and classic details. Everything from Sarah’s Robert Bullock bridal gown, to the bridesmaid’s J. Crew dresses was in perfect style. The pair met while attending the University of Madison, but they currently live in Germany where Jeff is a pro hockey player and Sarah is getting her Master’s Degree in counseling. Notice the sweet storybook graphic on their sophisticated navy and white programs. The couple was overjoyed to be married at the same church that Sarah’s parents had been wed in, the historic Westminster Presbyterian in downtown Minneapolis.There was more classic beauty and elegant vintage styling at their Minikahda Club reception.
There’s lots more to see from Sarah and Jeff’s beautiful day in our real wedding gallery!
Photographs by Paper Antler Boutique Photography
Bridal gown by Robert Bullock Bride
Bridesmaid’s Dresses by J. Crew
Ceremony: Westminster Presbyterian
Reception Venue: Minikahda Club
Day of Coordination by Sarah Bein of Landing Feet First
Flowers by Martha’s Gardens
Cake by Wuollet’s Bakery
And if you’re marrying in 2012… find out about Paper Antler‘s wedding photography tour around the country. They are photographing fifty weddings in fifty states to raise $50,000 to fight human trafficking. (And they’re booking now)!
Colleen and Nick’s love story is one for the books… and their fall wedding, filled with personal touches. The couple met when Nick, a member of the Geek Squad, was sent out on a routine visit to repair Colleen’s computer. As soon as Nick saw her, he conveniently prolonged a five minute quick fix into a multiple hour visit.
They married on an October day in Madison, Wisconsin, with falling leaves painting the backdrop. The reception was held at Sardine, a trendy bistro that overlooks Lake Monona. This is where Nick had proposed.
It was a day of sweet celebration and love.
Happy (almost) One Year Anniversary to Colleen & Nick!
A super special thanks to Jonny and Michelle of Paper Antler for sending these photos over! If you don’t already know this, I really love the folks over at Paper Antler… not only do they take beautiful, timeless photographs (with that subtle hint of vintage)… but they are also changing the world with their work.
In 2012, Paper Antler will set out to photograph fifty weddings in fifty states, donating $1,000 from each wedding to She Dances, an ‘anti-human trafficking’ organization. They’re calling it the Fifty Nifty and they’re booking now. SO, if you’re getting married in 2012 in one of the fifty states.. and you’d like to support this extraordinary effort you can find out more…
Sweet weekend to ya…
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