Jul 12, 2013


5th wedding anniversary Garden Shoot!

Hello ladies!! DH and I are approaching our 5th wedding anniversary so I asked my hubby if he wouldn't mind getting some pro pics taken in a garden or something, I think he could see how much it meant to me because he looked at me and didn't even grunt about it lol. Then he suggested maybe going on a road trip to Nova Scotia for a little get away and that we can hire a photographer there to take the pics, Love my baby <3 sooo I’ll be planning away here on PW ….again  =hee hee= YAY, so excited!!! =oD

I am going for and enchanted, Mid-Summer Night Dream meets Brian Froud Feary Rhelme feel for the shoot.

THE STORY LINE: A couple in love takes a stroll threw the garden when they are approached by a fairy who hands them an invitation to the fairy realm...The invitation has a warning in the form of a riddle that basically stats they have only a certain amount of time to get back before becoming trapped the realm forever. She leads the couple to a tiny door and hands them a key and small bottle filled with a colorful magic potion. They drink the contents of the bottle and shrink to fit threw the door. When they enter the new enchanted world they notice a beautiful table full of flowers, moss, candles, glowing crystals, mushrooms, cakes, fruit, an hour glass, bottled glowing magic potions and pixie dust as well as a few fairy's and pixies walking around, relaxing and playing amongst the table scape. The unsuspecting couple sits down to enjoy only to become fatigued from eating and drinking the enchanted foods and potions. They fall asleep only to wake as the last grain of sand falls to the bottom of the hour glass trapping them forever.


What I have so far:


Inspiration photo of The Dress: I redesigned it, but it has a similar feel. Mine will be a pale pink (swatch below. A big THANK YOU to everyone who helped me pick the color ;))...I CAN'T WAIT TO GET IT IN!!!! =oD

5th wedding anniversary Garden Shoot photo 1

Description of the dress:


Hair /Make-Up: I'm leaving my hair down for the shoot, It's naturally wavy thank God because I'm a spaz at doing my hair. The below pic is pretty much how my hair looks on an everyday basis.. I want to do something special to it though, so Im making a Boho headband with flowers and a pink veil at the back. The headbands below are to show how the band itself will be constructed, I'm attaching a pink to the back and chiffon flowers as well.I'm going to do something very similar to the first photo with my make up as well....

I will be sculpting the cakes on the table and will most likely be making one medium size cake and a bunch of small ones. Jars of pixie dust (irredesant glitter) will be blown around and sprinkled on the food like salt from a shaker.

Below: I found this tarnished silver plated serving/casserole stand at an antique shop. You place the bowl on top and a candle below to keep the food warm...personally I think it will make a great cake stand ;) and it was only $15



Flowers: I am having a similar arrangment as below made, only mine will be in a small antique urn and moss will be hanging from the base of the flowers. Similar to below right. My urn is oval shaped and has claw feet instead of a tall base as well as has rams heads at the top of each handle.

Found this piece (below) at my moms house, I may use this for my flowers...but I'm not sure yet, I may want to find soemthing with more height (like above) for my is pretty though, I love the detail =) also got my key!

More Props: Pixie Dust, Sparklers, Magic Potions, an hour glass, Bubbles, Mushrooms, Real Natural Crystals and a  "Glowing Magic Crystal" in a box and (if I can find a place in Nova Scotia that sells it) Dry Ice for a smokey look.

Potions will be created using old perfume bottles, decanters and bottles with cork stoppers.The bottles will be filled with vodka (so it wont freeze when I add the dry ice) and food coloring, some will have LED lights under them to make them appear to glow and some will have dry ice to make them smoke.

A "magic crystal" aka pyramid shaped glass paperweight, will be placed in a wooden cigar box with a satin pillow or a bed of moss for the crystal to sit on. The "magic crystal" will appear to be glowing. Again  using tiny LED lights from underneith.

Sparklers I'm going to see if i can have someone run around us with sparklers, using a slow shutter speed should cerate a trailing it will appear as if a fairy is flying around us...hope i can find someone to help use out with this one.


Some props I have collected for the shoot so far:

A lantern to hold that will have a candle inside(inspiration photo next to it)(Free, borrowed from mom =), My Hour Glass (HomeGoods $20) A druzy ring my gave to me a present a couple of years ago  that I think is perfect for this shoot and "Enchanted Crystal (aka, paper weight with LED light under to make it glow...I had a blue light laying around, so I used that to show the effect, I will probably use a white light though...or maybe purple humm =)


Over the weekend I collect a few more items for my shoot including a piece of rotted out tree bark...(I've been finding these in my forest hikes, the shell of fallen rotted trees, they will be great for my fairys to sit on and pop there heads out of), this strange piece of blown glass siliconed to a what appears to be an empty jar of baby food ...not quite sure what I'll be doing with it yet, but for only $1, i'll figure something out (maybe a thrown for a fairy queen?? hummm, only time will tell. I also collected a couple of jars for my potions (more to come) as well as started sculpting one of my figures (See below)


Meet Fizzle =)  (hes an elf) I'll be swapping out photos of his progression regularly, so if your interested in watching him come to life, step by step, check back often ;)




More Props

Fairys, Pixies and Strang Enchanted Creatures: I will be sculpting a few fairy’s, pixies and creatures to walk, sit and relax around the table, I plan on sculpting one to appear as if it is flying so that I can take a photo pinching the wings "mid flight". My inspiration will come from both The very talented Brian Froud (drawings below) as well as Michelle Bradshaw aka  PixiWillow, a very talented artist ( sculptures below)



Invitation: Here is the design I create for the top of the invitation. I am going to have a rubber stamp made of it, and then emboss it onto a piece of wood/ birch bark.

The Wording for my invite: Please take a second to pause when you see a comma ;)


In the twilight's eve of crescent moon, once every thousand years

A doorway veiled from mortal site, enchantfully appears

One might be inclined to think it, an illusion or a  dream

But it’s as real as real can be, when this unseen sight is seen

An invitation has been sent, for the sweetest fairy feast

And you my two are pure of heart, your love will never cease

For this reason you my two, the true, and pure of heart

Have been chosen as our guests, but you must play your part

I will lead you to a door, you may think impossible to pass

A simple key and special drink, will take you down in mass

But be warned, for our realm, does not abide your world’s rules

Tricksters play a wicked game, and may play you for fools

Heed my words, I say this once, do not trust all you see

Your mortal weakness, your undoing, is curiosity

You have one hour, one alone, and not a sand grain more

To make your way back, to your world, before one thousand seals the door


Skeleton Key and Tiny Door: I plan on making a scaled down small door "picture frame" , when the door is open, it will have a photo of either a garden or forest...making it appear as if there is another world behind the door...the door will be leaned up on some type of rustic wall or a tree)... I recently found a photo of a  similar concept, however, the photo below is just a frame, mine will look like a real door. The door will be constructed out of a piece of salvaged wood or bark from a tree and will have an antique door plate ontop (something like the photo below), making the door look like an actual old enchanted door. 




Jewelry: My necklace will either be a crystal or crescent moon and I have a peach Druzy Ring (no photo yet)



 A Pretty Parasol:

DHs Look: Just a nice pair of grey slacks and collar button down shirt with a cool tie ...defiantly one of the 2 ties below...leaning towards the unicorn I think




The Location: Lavender Walk Nova Scotia <3


Photoshoot Checklist:

Color pallet


   *DIY Dress Design

   *Order Dress







   *DIY Headpiece

         Things to make Headpiece:


                 *DIY Chiffon Flowers

                 *Pink Veil

Physical Headpiece Finished

DH Outfit

DH Tie



Hour Glass



Things for Centerpiece:


   *Flower Container


Things to Make Glowing Enchanted Crystal:

   *Glass "Crystal" Paperweight

   *LED Light

   *Cigar Box

   *Hardware to Embellish Box

   *Moss or Pillow for "Crystal" to sit on

Things to Make Invitation:

   *Invitation Logo

   *Invitation Wording

   *Birch Sticks

   *Fabric or Fine Paper

   *Moss Green Flocking or Embossing Powder (if embossing Rubber stamp)

Physical Invitation Completed


Candle Sticks

Cake Stand for Med Large Cake

Cake Stands for Small Cakes

Plating for Mini Cakes

DIY Cake (Med-Large)

DIY Small Cakes (3 of them)

   *Small Cake 1

   *Small Cake 2

   *Small Cake 3

DIY Personal size Mini Cakes (2 of them)

   *Mini Cake 1

   *Mini Cake 2

DIY Clay Mushrooms / Flowers for cakes

DIY Mushroom/Moss Bouquet

DIY Fairys (5-6 of them):

   *Fairy 1

   *Fairy 2

   *Fairy 3

   *Fairy 4

   *Fairy 5

   *Fairy 6

Ingrediants to make Potions:



   *Food Coloring

   *Dry Ice

   *LED Lights

Things to make Pixie Dust Bottles:

   *Irredesant Glitter

   *Tiny Bottle

Things to make Enchanted Tiny Door:

   *Distressed Wood

   *Vintage Door Plate

   * Cabnet Door Knob

   *Skeleton Key


   *Photo of "Enchanted" forest/garden








(14) Comments

Wow!! This will be such a romantic and fun shoot! I love your inspirations!!

Stunning is the only word coming to mind! It really is a beautiful, romantic and completely unique shoot you've created. Cannot wait to see it all!

id reallllllllllllyyy like to attend this shoot! haha it seems so amazing! :)

All of this is beyond gorgeous! I can not wait to see your vision come together! I think I can happily say everyone on PW is excited about this photo shoot!