Behind the Scenes of a Styled Shoot

IPhone picture from Celebrations of love

IPhone picture from Celebrations of love

Behind the gorgeousness of a styled shoot, there is an abundance of hard work.

In the wedding industry, vendors like to collaborate on styled shoots for a variety of reasons—from showcasing rebranding processes to getting a chance to meet and work with new vendors.

The most recent one I designed; started when the team at The Garment House on Broadway (formerly Club 1000) wanted to bring together some talented people in the wedding industry to highlight their iconic Kansas City building and show upcoming 2018 brides how they are refreshing the venue’s look.

From the start, this group of vendors had the most amazing ideas to breathe fresh air into the walls of The Garment House’s five incredible floors. The placement of Fernando’s lighting was carefully talked through in order to highlight the details of the building. And the style of florals that Shana developed made sure to bring the eye to the venue’s unique features. All of the vendors worked around the clock to make sure that every detail was aligned with precision. Here are a few unique things about this particular styled shoot:

All of the vendors worked together to pull off TWO full weddings, which means TWO full ceremony set-ups with TWO full reception set-ups. My main job on the day of the shoot was communicating with everyone to coordinate all four “events.” First, we styled the ceremony for our “gold couple” (which is the ceremony that you see on the blog tonight), followed by their reception. Then we moved on to execute the ceremony for our “blush couple” with the grand finale of their reception on the sixth floor. Everyone did a fantastic job reassembling as we moved from floor to floor while also keeping the mood upbeat and fun!!!

We got to play off of some really amazing model styling, like the bride’s rocking faux hawk in this shoot! Our models, Nicole and Scott, were just the cutest. We even got to set up a “first look” after we had each of them all dolled up!

Just like a real wedding day, we always like to do things that are fun, unique and a little over-the- top. In this case, we had to get out a 12-foot ladder while shooting our “blush couple”—and I can’t wait to show you the results!!! STAY TUNED!!!

We all celebrated at the shoot’s finale, sharing some laughs and reminiscing on our first meeting when this extremely ambitious shoot only existed in our notebooks. Now it is finished and many, many brides-to- be will be seeing it at The KC Weddings Bridal Spectacular this weekend!!!

X♥X♥ ,

Christine M. Darden


Venue: The Garment House on Broadway

Photography and Stationary Design: A Day to Adore Photography

Floral and Design: Shana Vaughn Designs

Lighting and Sound: Fernando Productions

Hair and Make-up: Hello Lovely

Gowns and Jewelry: Altar Bridal

Tuxedos: Tip Top Tux

Videography: Shawn Gormely Films

Models: Nicole Bissey and Scott Aurand

Cakes: Adorn Cakes

Rentals: Ultrapom