Come with me. from Josh Gooden on Vimeo.

We love the fall and seeing so many beautiful inspiration shoots from creatives around the country that embrace the rich colors of Autumn. This lovely shoot from Lora Kelley and Joey Kennedy is the epitome of fall elegance. We hope you can glean some new ideas and twists on fall wedding decor.

From Lora Kelley:

Flannery O’Conner said, “The basis of art is truth, both in manner and in mode.”

Mallory and I started dreaming about this concept probably 6 months ago. We were talking to Joey about doing something in Virginia in the fall and had been working with Stephanie Fishwick for a few editorial pieces. I was simultaneous talking with my friend Yolonda about natural hair, and the movement of natural hair in our culture. All of us wanted to do something romantic and fall­color­oriented. I had a model who I fell in love with. (her hair!) We had the pergola ­ taken in with how the light bore through the shades, and Stephanie was doing a lot of marbling and wanted to incorporate that into a paper suite.

As artists, we have the power to write truths into the fabric of our culture. It is one of the most powerful abilities we have as people. To create something and to share it, is to write a line in a story ­ a story about where we are and a story that shapes where we are going.

From these prose, be they visual, audible, internal ­ we build a current truth ­ an artful moment. It’s a simple shoot with simple people and simple ideas, but’s also about honesty and beauty and love.

Photography: Joey Kennedy | Creative Direction + Design: Lora Kelley | Collaborative Design + Florals: Mallory Joyce | Venue: The Clifton Inn | Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Hair: Yolonda Jones | Make-up: Lora Kelley | Dress: Designed by Lora Kelley – custom made by Stepha O’Brien | Suit: J.Crew | Linens: La Tavola | Film: Josh Gooden | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab


Comments (27)

joey | Reply

Thank you Once Wed for sharing, thank you to Lora, Eric and Mallory for being the true inspiration!

Eileen | Reply

the light- the hair- the couple! incredibly beautiful in every way.

Lisa O'Dwyer | Reply

This is beautiful Joey! Very thoughtfully composed and photographed. Love it!

joey | Reply

thank you Lisa!!!!

Mallory Joyce | Reply

Thank you for the beautiful feature! Always love being on here! Such an amazing team on this one.

Josh Gooden | Reply

Thank you Once Wed for sharing this shoot! It was amazing to work alongside some amazing people.

meagan | Reply

looks amazing!!! great job joey, lora, eric and mallory!!! beautiful as always. xo, m

joey | Reply

YAY thank you Meagan :)

Sophia | Reply

Gorgeous styling, perfectly captured!

amy | Reply

Stunning images! This site is one I return to often for artistic inspiration. Qx: What are the models’ names/agency?

Janae | Reply

Simply stunning, wouldn’t expect anything less from the very talented joey kennedy! Just beautiful! Makes me want to get married again!!

Serena | Reply

This is just beautiful! Such a stunning shoot with an incredible team. <3

Alice | Reply

Absolutely breathtaking! Each shot Joey takes…it’s a real piece of art. I can say that because he’s proved it time and time again through his work. Love everything about this shoot!

Sofia | Reply

What a beautiful editorial!!! Absolutely superb!!!

joey | Reply


Nathalie La mariée en colère | Reply

They are beautiful !


Eska | Reply

So romantic. The photography perfectly captured the subtle elegance in this design. Just lovely.

joey | Reply

Thank you Eska!!!

Raymond | Reply

The marbled chargers are perfection. xx

randie | Reply

Joey has an eye for seeing the perfect light and a gift for capturing the perfect moment… put those two together and you can see how his artistry creates memories that last a lifetime.

joey | Reply

Thank you so much Randie :)

Gosia Grant | Reply

The couple is just stunning!

Polina Perri | Reply

Absolutely love the style. The video is amazing.

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