The Making of Alpaca Boho Magic!

1. The Inspiration

Inspiration should be the foundation for your shoot. I fell in love with alpacas when two of the cutest fellas arrived as honorary ring bearers, a nod to the bride and groom's love affair with alpacas, at a wedding I coordinated. So when I was brainstorming for fun inspiration for this shoot, alpacas for the win! 

Photo by Ashley Sue Photography

Photo by Ashley Sue Photography

2. The Photographer

A photo shoot is nothing without a photographer, and Megan Vaughan Photography is one of the best! I pitched Megan my concept and she said, "You had me at alpaca farm." You guys, Megan is great. These images are everything! 

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2. The Venue

Choose a unique location. A Goode View Alpaca Farm in Goode, VA is worth a visit! Jim and Lisa are the salt of the earth. Not only did they let me feature their gorgeous animals, but they also have a pristine farm, which they graciously allowed us use for the day. Go check out their beautiful gift shop where they sell things like felted soap and bird nesting balls; attend one of their walking tours; or take part in their annual shearing day! 

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4. The Dress

Find styles that inspire you. Megan tagged me in an Instagram photo and I instantly fell in love with Reclamation Design Company.  Long story short, Trista's creations are pure Canadian magic, and we were so lucky she let us use one of her designs. 

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5. The Bridal Party

Find your models. With a styled shoot you can keep it simple and only have a bride, or you can go wild and showcase an entire "bridal party." I have a hard time doing anything small, so I decided to make it a party. These models were an awesome group of people to work with. You would never know that it was a frigid day and sleeting ice by the end of the shoot. 

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6. The Details

Choose carefully. One of the most time consuming, but totally fun parts of a styled shoot are the details. Lynchburg has a plethora of talented folks (see their credits at the end of this post), and I was so lucky they were excited to join in the fun! It's important to have unique elements to set your shoot apart from the multitude. I mean, that amber glass, am I right?

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7. The Bride and Groom

They are the stars. No wedding day, real or fantasy, would be a thing without the bride and groom! Bethany and Philip knocked it out of the park. I'm pretty sure they are both alpaca whisperers. 

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8. Don't forget to credit your Vendor Collaborators

I can't rave enough about these folks. I shared my vision with them, and they all used their creativity and design talents to bring it to life. If you are looking for vendors for your wedding, here's a great list to start your search!

Shoot Design, Coordination, and Decor - The Crimson Magpie

Photographer - Megan Vaughan Photography

Venue - A Goode View Alpaca Farm

Florals - Bloom By Doyle’s

Food - RA Bistro

Cake - Geri’s Confections

Wedding Dress - Reclamation Design Company

Women’s Shoes - Must Have Shoes

Groom’s shirt, groomsmen accessories and lace pants - Elegant and Royal Collections

Makeup - Makeup by Ashley

Hair - Emily from Body Works Spa and Salon

Invitation and Place Cards - R.E. Written

Cross Back Chairs - Lynchburg True Value

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The hardest part of this shoot? Trying not to include every photo I love in this blog post! I hope you enjoyed looking at it as much as I did putting it together. If you have an event coming up, let me help you bring your personal inspiration to life!