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We made it through Friday the 13th, the full moon, Father’s Day and the most popular wedding day of the year or so I have been informed.  According to the registry at David’s Bridal, 26,370 couples were expected to walk down the aisle this past Saturday June 14th.  And you know what that means?!?! A massive amount of real wedding submissions that I cannot wait to get my hands on!  I just love seeing eye-catching, unique decor details and props within weddings and engagement shoots.  Today’s photographer, Artful Adventures Photography, is all about styling a photo shoot. I flipped when I saw this super cute flower stand engagement shoot.

Flower Stand Shoot ~ Photographer’s Remarks

“From the moment I met Alexandra and Brandon, I knew how much fun working with this sweet couple would be. Alexandra was drawn to me by my creative love for vintage, rustic, and southern styled photography. As we sat discussing the wedding and engagement it was fun to watch the spirit between the two. I style almost all my engagement shoots. Styling is the fuel that ignites my passion for photography. In meeting each couple I like to collect bits and pieces of information that helps me create a theme that is meaningful to the couple. In our conversation I gathered Alexandra loved color and was not set on color palettes, but rather loved all colorful things. She explained she is not setting color limitations on her bridesmaids and would like to have a wedding full of an array of different hues. She mentioned how she and Brandon enjoyed riding bikes together. They enjoy vintage things, but expressed how she would love something a little different from the typical picnic theme. I came up with the idea of a flower stand. It’s colorful, and not something I have seen much of.”

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“I found a cheap old bike and removed all of the cables and reflectors and painted it white using good old fashioned spray paint. My husband built a flower stand and plant stand for me out of rough cut wood. The baskets where purchased for about a dollar each at local thrift shops. The glass jars and vases were from my own collection, and some were purchased from local thrift shops. Other props such as pails, vintage mason jars, and crates where used from my own collection of items. I wanted the session to have a small town southern country feel. The property at the Ever After Barn was perfect. The location offered both wooded areas with beautiful flowing moss, and open field with tall grass and magnolia trees. I could not be more touched to see the surprise on Alexandra and Brandon’s face when they saw everything. That is what it is all about and makes every moment worth it!’

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The proposal from the Bride-to-be

“We enjoy going to concerts in different cities and venues. So this particular weekend, we had gotten tickets to the Dierks Bentley concerts at the St. Augustine amphitheater and booked a hotel for the night. We arrived the day before the concert and Brandon pulled up to this beautiful Spanish style hotel with large pillars and lots of ceramic and terra-cotta colored tile. So many times we have gone out of town together to see concerts, but never did he chose a hotel such like this one. I asked “why such a nice hotel?| He brushed it off as a random act of kindness and the notion that it’s good to switch things up a bit now and again.
That next night, we were in the room getting ready and of course I could not find a thing I wanted I wear from what I packed. Slightly frustrated, I settled for a subpar outfit. Brandon casually said he knew something that would go great with my attire.  I look at him with curiosity (my outfit did need a little assistance). He reached under a shirt in his suitcase and pulled out a little wooden box. He got down on one knee and asked if “I would let him make me happy forever?”  He definitely touched my soul that evening.  The concert was wonderful and the outfit lost it’s importance, but being able to see the smile Brandon wore was priceless.”

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Photographer:  Artful Adventures Photography
Event Venue: Ever After Barn

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Comments

  1. Cassandra — Monday, June 16th, 2014
    Such a wonderful site! Thanks so much for featuring me! I love the post!
    • Meredith — Monday, June 16th, 2014
      Anytime!! I love your creativity! Thank you again.
  2. Jeanie — Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
    Spectacular photos!!!!!! You are an amazing photographer, Cassandra!!
    • Meredith — Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
      Isn't she?!? And the detail she goes into is incredible. You know they are a good photographer when...:)
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