We are super excited to share today’s post with you, not just because it totally rocks, but because we are the ones behind it (and also in it! Ellen and her husband Josh are the fabulous models). It’s our first styled shoot, so we wanted to do something we had never seen before. We settled on a theme of Milk and Cookies, and we put almost everything together ourselves, from the stationery and flowers, to the props, cake, and cake topper.  It was so much fun to plan every detail! Jonda Spurbeck Photography found the gorgeous alfafa field in the countryside of Eastern Washington, brought hay bales and windowpanes, and baked some of the cookies. Their photography captured everything perfectly!

For the guestbook table we make a sign with Josh and Ellen’s  “recipe for love” detailing the highlights of how they got together in recipe form. We had cards for guest to write their own “recipes for love” and a recipe fox for them to file it away in. We’ll be posting downloads for the recipe cards later.

For favors we filled milk bottles with layers of ingredients for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. We designed the labels for the from and back that had the recipe. We had them stacked in a wooden crate that Aileen’s husband made.

For the table, we decided to do a table runner that played off of the ruffles in Ellen’s dress, so we sewed strips of ivory fabric together (while Ellen was getting her hair done–yay for multi-tasking!) The centerpieces were a collection of items from Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, thrift stores, antique shops, and things we already owned. For the seating, we went with hay bales to play off the country theme (plus, cows eat hay and milk comes from cows…connection?? We decided yes!)

We made the napkins with a variety of patterned fabrics and tied heart-shaped cookie cutters around them with twine.

The plates were  from Anthropologie, with menus on top that we made out of cedar shingles with simple paper menus nailed into them.

We are obsessed with ringshots!

To keep with the country theme, we had Ellen’s mom braid her hair…just like when she was in second grade! :) We loved how it turned out.

We used kale for Ellen’s bouquet, which was one of our favorite details. It was so cheap and easy too–it took us all of 5 minutes to make, and only cost $8! We used ranunculus, dahlias, and blue thistle for the rest of the flowers throughout the shoot.

The boutonniere was made of ranunculus, blue thistle, and a kale leaf wrapped with burlap.

La Belle Elaine’s, a Seattle bridal shop, contributed the gorgeous Jim Hjelm dress. They were amazing to work with and had a fabulous selection of dresses for us to choose from! Mai of Shop Ruche donated a pair of kick-ass boots and Krystle of Feathers and Frills donated the lovely hairflower. You can check both of their shops out by clicking on their ads in our sidebar.

Come back tomorrow for Part 2 of the Milk and Cookies shoot!

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Comments

  1. postcards and pretties — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    great job!! the shoot looks amazing..love all the details!! Bravo!!
  2. Megan — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    This is stunning! Great job! More please! :)
  3. Margarida — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    This is sooo adorable!
  4. Chris @ Celebrations At Home — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    This is an amazing shoot! I love every detail!
  5. anna — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    wow, this looks fabulous!!
  6. Laura Murray — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    Wow- you ladies are just too talented. Continually impressed and you make me keep coming back to this blog day after day! ;)
  7. Jennifer Gammel — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    So cute! Where did you find the milk jars for the cookies they are adorable!!!
  8. forget.me.knot.weddings — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    This is amazing ladies!! Congrats on such a beautiful shoot!
  9. Sarah — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    You guys are so cute, as always! Love the heart cookie ring shot and the egg people!
  10. Anna @ IHOD — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    Absolutely stunning shoot! I love the details.
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    :) Anna
  11. Lena — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    Oh my goodness, what an amazing shoot! I'm totally in awe!
  12. Linsey — Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    Whose handwriting--those handmade signs are fantastic. And the menu on the shingle is brilliant! You ladies rock!
  13. LaPurse — Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
    One word: stunning!
  14. Dominion House Weddings — Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
    Wow! What awesome photographs. Love all the details!
  15. Jessica F — Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
    Oh my gosh you guys!! This turned out amazing!!! Love every single shot-just gorgeous :) The bar has been set pretty high eh? :) Where is the location, I would love to do a shoot there sometime :)
  16. Hannah — Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
    OH MY GOSH! I totally love it. It turned out so amazing. Wow good job you two...and Josh, so you three! I am seriously so impressed.
  17. Marianne — Friday, November 5th, 2010
    Hello!
    Beautiful shower, could you possibly tell me where you purchased the glass bottles you layered cookie mix in?
    Thank you!
  18. admin — Friday, November 5th, 2010
    Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! Jennifer and Marianne, the milk bottles for the cookies were actually frappuccino bottles! We just bought a big pack from Costco (but you can get them at any grocery store) and peeled the labels off. Jessica, the location was an alfafa farm near Ephrata, WA. Jonda (the photographer) found it.
  19. The Gift Cow — Monday, November 15th, 2010
    What an AMAZING idea and what a gorgeous photo shoot! Simply LOVE it!
  20. Becky — Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
    I love this idea. If I could get married all over again this is what I would want. My husband and I are dairy farmers so it would be fitting. I did laugh a little about the hay bales. Those are straw bales and straw is used for bedding not for eating:)Where did you get those big milk dispensers? I love the idea for the milk bottles brilliant. I'm thinking about doing this for a 10 year ann. party for my husband and I. That gives me two years to plan:) Thanks so much for the amazing idea. This is talent beyond words.
  21. jennifer — Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
    hay where did you get the milk bottles and what size are they????
  22. jacin — Saturday, January 8th, 2011
    i just came across this, i love it!!!!
  23. Colleen — Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
    This is gorgeous! Can you post the downloads for the recipe card guestbook?
  24. Beckie — Monday, June 4th, 2012
    Love the cookie mix in the Frap bottles! What recipe did you use for the cookie mix? Do the bottles hold the same amount of mix as the quart Ball jars? Would love to duplicate this idea for my daughter's graduation party next year as we are planning a cookie buffet instead of a cake and these would make fab favors! Thank you for the wonderful idea.
  25. Megan — Friday, September 28th, 2012
    I love the cookies in a jar idea! I am in charge of teacher appreication at my school and would greatly appreciate it if you could find a way to email me or post the measurements of the ingredients that they put in the 9.5oz jars.

    I am looking to put a small token in the mailboxes of my coworkers around Christmas.

    Thank you,
    Megan R.