More than having a real genre, this shoot is defined more by a few elements and themes that we were loving in the moment…vellum, lace, and the color blue. Paper vellum was our primary material since it afforded us all the craftiness of paper in the elegant form of vellum. Joy was inspired by all the white paper installations around and wanted to make a chuppah/installation for the ceremony piece from various types of paper and vellum. And, we’d like to add, real candles were used for the shoot, but you can also always use electric tea lights if your worried about using real candles underneath the chuppah during the ceremony…
Bird and Banner created the most adorable set of invitations based around hearts, vellum, and kraft paper…
The headpiece was actually a vintage necklace which we fashioned around Chelsea’s head and attached the veil down the back. Her dress was handmade out of all these different pieces of vintage lace courtesy of Hippie Bride.
If you are interested in learning more about how we put the chuppah together, below is a more detailed sketch of the structure. Molly, the visual merchandiser for shopSCAD Atlanta, was kind enough to construct the chuppah for us. We ended up going with the sketch in the top right image and weaved 1 piece of wire every 5 inches going down the diagonal piece of wood to create the layered look you see above. We literally just threw different pieces of cut paper across each wire and stapled each paper in place to create the finished look.
Venue: King Plow Arts Center
Cake: Highland Bakery
Paper Goods: Bird and Banner
Dresses: Kelly’s Closet
Styling + Flowers: Joy Thigpen
Styling Assistant: Amy Strickland
Photography: Tec Petaja