A couple of months back my dear friendor (vendor + pal/friend) Sarah Lam contacted me because she was coming into town from Toronto, for New York Bridal Fashion week. Sarah and I met and worked together in May 2019 for a collaborative bridal shoot. When she reached out about possibly collaborating again, I was immediately in. Sarah is one of my favorite make up artists & stylist in the industry and I love working with her. In a matter of days I reached out to my friends at The One Bridal Boutique & Luna Lynn Creative, and connected for the first time with Nicole of E p h e m e r a, a floral studio in Brooklyn. I shared my vision for the shoot and these amazing women came together with their gifts & talents to create the perfect inspiration for a fun & elegant NYC bride.
My inspiration for this bridal inspiration was understated elegance in the midst of a bustling city. I really admire how brides in New York City can be so elegant and stylish, while still embracing the charm of the city on their wedding days. Whether its a Central Park elopement, a City Hall wedding or a back yard ceremony, there are so many ways that a bride can show her personality, get married and have a wedding the way she wants it. I loved the idea of a bride getting ready at her apartment, and then walking a few blocks or catching a cab to meet her groom-to-be at the park or city hall for their ceremony. It’s a little elegant, with some romance, and a little spunk.
As planning went on for the shoot all was well, except that we were having major trouble find a model who was not already walking in NYBFW. The day before the styled shoot, I still had not found a model, and I was very nervous.
Thankfully, I had a full day of shoots in Central Park the day prior to the styled shoot. One of the clients I was meeting, was a young woman I had never met before, who had booked me for some brand photos / head shots. When Lauren arrived for her photo session, we immediately hit it off. She was so fun and sweet, and I had a ton of fun taking her photo. I also noticed that she happened to be gorgeous and look just like a real life model! I decided to risk seeming liking a total loon and at the end of the session said “hey, you wouldn’t be interested in being a model for a styled bridal shoot would ya”? God is good- somehow she said yes, and thanks to her we were able to do the shoot!
Even though it was no easy feat putting this shoot together so last minute, it was rewarding. The vendor team was so talented and everyone’s work was beautiful. I’m proud of what we accomplished and I do hope that NYC bride’s & beyond- enjoy the soft pink & orange of the whimsical & elegant bouquet Nichole of Ephemera designed, along with the sweet rosy colors of the invitation suite designed by Luna Lynn Creative. The gown, hair & makeup and the city backdrop looked amazing. Everywhere we went people would stop and admire Lauren (and congratulate her, which is always a little funny), she looked like a real life princess, walking the streets of NYC. I love the idea that brides can see this shoot and derive inspiration from it, for their special day. So very cool.
I want to thank Nicole of Ephemera, Lynn of Luna Lynn Creative, Sue of The One Bridal Boutique, Sarah of Sarah Lam Beauty and Lauren M. you ladies are the cream of the crop. I’m so thankful that I get to work in this industry along side of you all.
Florals by E P H E M E R A | Paper & Design by Luna Lynn Creative | Hair & Make up by Sarah Lam Beauty | Gown by The One Bridal Boutique | Model Lauren Milligan | Photography Writer & Beloved Photography