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!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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
Invitation and Place Cards - R.E. Written
Cross Back Chairs - Lynchburg True Value
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!