This styled shoot was coordinated by several North Dakota vendors to showcase the elegant and sophisticated styles we have to offer our couples. The shoot was held at The Toasted Frog, an eclectic lounge and grill located on the bank of the Red River in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota. With it’s historic hard wood floors and raw brick and ceiling space, the atmosphere provided a perfect venue for the details of this shoot.
The theme celebrated a timeless look with intricate details and beautiful, rich and exotic colors and was inspired by a 1941 Pearl Harbor era, with a bit of a modern twist. We used gold Chivari chairs with satin fuchsia chair pads, gold chargers with rolled fuchsia satin napkins, set with menus printed on acrylic. The base table linen was a deep royal purple satin with custom black/white houndstooth overlay, set on a square table with square motif used throughout the design of the setting. The table centerpiece was designed as a low mounded arrangement composed of red Royal Majesty roses, orange Voodoo roses, yellow Mohana roses, allium, mini green hydrangea, James Story orchids, oncidium orchids, fuchsia peonies, aspidistra leaves and accented with lily grass. traditional gold candlesticks were added and blended with square votives. The bride’s bouquet was a lovely combination of Tibet roses, white rannunculas and aspidistra leaves.
The bride’s hair was designed with the classic style of the dress in mind and needed to remain simple,yet timeless. The stylist opted for modern twist on a classic fun and pinned at the side with two rhinestone fascinators to add a bit of sparkle. To complete the look, a bolder color, embodying the 40′s era, was used along with a smokey eye and soft black to line the eyes to widen her already beautiful brown eyes. The bride’s jewelry was custom-designed by a local jewelry artisan using antique white pearls, aurora borealis crystals, and rosettes.
The shoot was prepared for the atmosphere of the Toasted Frog, and so custom martinis added a final touch and were set on the bar on top of antique gold mirrors to showcase the martini glasses. And an amazing ice cream bar was created as an array of mouth-watering toppings arranged on a variety of antique gold mirrors and glass apothecary jars, utilizing the same table linen style as our main table arrangement. Custom cake bites were also created for this shoot to match the theme and had a lovely iridescent icing and pattern with candy dots in patterned swirls.
The bride’s gown is the definition of modern and sophisticated. Rather than the traditional strapless neckline and ballgown skirt that most wedding gowns feature, Allure has created this upscale and romantic design. This two layered lace gown features a keyhole back, cap sleeves, and fairly fitted a-line skirt. The design accents the feminine figure in a beautiful way. The delicate lace is accented by dimensional flowers and bits of Swarovski crystals. Such an understated gown leaves an unforgettable picture of today’s classic bride.
For the groom’s tuxedo, Jean Yves reinvents the two button notch jacket with the Ridge. Featuring a tone on tone stripe with a very slight texture the tuxedo has a little something special. Constructed of a fine wool and silk blend, it is actually comfortable to wear. It doesn’t have the “scratchy” feeling that many tuxedo rentals are famous for. Also, instead of the traditional pleated pants, the Ridge tuxedo has flat front trousers that create a more modern look for today’s groom.
While this was a styled shoot, we requested a real bride and groom who will be getting married on September 10th, 2011 — Rochella and Derek. It’s not too difficult to get great photos with a couple who is in love and looking forward to their big day! Rochella shared with me that as she was reviewing the photos from this shoot…it had her in tears. It was a very emotional day, even though it was staged! There was still much love in the air and there was quite a bit of oohing and aaahing throughout the entire shoot.