Inspired by the light that is starting to peek through the shadow of 2020, this team of vendors created a bright, whimsical celebration of love and life. With bright oranges and every shade of pink, we love this mouthwatering citrusy color pallate. This shoot especially hit home for the models, a real-life couple whose own wedding was caught up in the tempest of last year. The bride's dress even has tear gas stains as a reminder of what they've already survived together and now they have this shoot to remind them of all of the joy and wonder that the future holds.
Emily Rae Design pulled this team together and planned every detail of this fun and fruity inspiration shoot. Light bounces off all of the beautiful details in these photos by Tylee Shay. Venue 3two, a remodeled mansion, has all of the glamour and elegance of a bygone era and all of the clean lines and bright finishings of modern taste. Joy And Bloom Design Co. was charged with creating florals that exude joy and happiness and they seriously succeeded–these floral arrangements are simply delectable! You can see even more from this shoot in the full gallery. Read on to hear more from Photographer, Tylee Shay about how they pulled off this stunning shoot.
A BOLD VISION
Several vendors came together to show off their talent in an eye-catching way. The stylist and florist created a stunning tablescape with pops of color, exotic fruity accent pieces, and vintage flatware by a vendor who sources her rentals from local thrift stores. The venue itself is a one-of-a-kind remodeled mansion in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan with eccentric details and original character. As vendors, we are always trying to inspire our couples to be bold and unique in each detail of their wedding day, so the inspiration behind this shoot was to showcase each other's work in a fun and different way. We also intentionally used bright colors to allude to the brightness that is coming back into our world with the blooming of spring and the slow but steady light that is growing at the end of the pandemic tunnel. The designer and florist created a whimsical tablescape with pops of color in seasonal spring blooms, including Icelandic Poppies, Tulips, and gardenia roses grown in California. All of these things came together to create a cheerful, kaleidoscopic reception table set up.
NOTHING BUT SPACE
The venue itself is a one-of-a-kind remodeled 1925 mansion in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Between the bridal parlors, formal dining room, patio, courtyard, and expansive conservatory, there is so much beautifully designed space to host a wedding. Not to mention, their gourmet kitchen with marble countertops was the perfect setting for the vegan vanilla cake, filled and covered in colorful vegan Swiss meringue buttercream, and decorated with vibrant, unique details to fit the theme of the shoot.
THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
Lastly, our stunning biracial model couple is coming up on the 1-year anniversary of their COVID wedding. Not only were their wedding plans compromised due to COVID in May 2020, but their wedding night was jeopardized due to an outbreak of riots in downtown Grand Rapids. The model bride is wearing her own wedding dress which had not yet been cleaned, and it still had traces of tear gas on it from the riots on their wedding evening. The couple was humbled and excited to be able to relive their wedding day and capture more bright, hopeful images than the ones they were able to receive on their original wedding date.