The Back Story
The Cottage at Riverbend Shoot. So I feel like I should be up front with the story behind this shoot. As a photographer I am all about getting creative. I think it helps me grow as a photographer and fills my cup. Sometimes I get caught up on the the social media game. I see all these beautiful shoots that are planned by amazingly talented vendors. It stings me a little as a creative to not be asked to shoot some of them. Or maybe I am asked to shoot things and they do not really align with what I am looking for to build my portfolio or grow as a photographer.
Things I should never question
Though there is always plenty of work to go around sometimes I get down on myself. Questioning all the things that I shouldn’t even think about. Do not get me wrong I feel like there are always ups and downs in business. Sometimes it just gets to you. It’s what you do with when you feel that way that matters most. Being in the industry for quite a while I like to think of myself as seasoned. I have made amazing friendships along the way. That’s when I decided it was time to get busy and stop feeling discouraged. By working to create and bring back the pretty and grow as a creative.
I got this CRAZY idea that I should just plan and shoot an entire wedding editorial. Boy let me tell you I have some pretty amazing friends that really helped make my vision a reality. I 100 percent could not have done a shoot to this scale by myself I am forever grateful for my vendor friends. I am sure they are glad to not be getting 100 messages from me as well hahaha.
The Cottage at Riverbend Wedding
The Cottage at Riverbend Wedding editorial. This venue is amazing. The shoot was inspired to bring back the pretty! I find myself often wondering where the pretty has gone in weddings. Either they are rustic or Boho why can the current trends not be pretty and elegant and still showcase some of those elements. The Cottage at Riverbend is a fully restored Spanish inspired 1930’s cottage. This cottage is the cutest and the grounds are really well manicured. This venue has so much to offer their couples. The vintage architecture adds so much character to the wedding events.
The color pallet for this editorial was fun. It was all about the summer. Bright and soft colors that work well together. These colors were found all throughout the details. They are present in the cake, invitations, flowers and flatware. The colors tired all the details together.
Elegant Bridal Attire
The couple were in elegant attire. The Maggie Sottero gown provided by Bridal By Marie brought intricate details and an elegant style to the bride’s look. The groom’s attire was sleek and the color of his tux provided by Tuxedo Warehouse added to the overall aesthetic of this inspiration. The couple is a genuine couple. The groom Brett flew in 2 days before after a 7-month long deployment in Qatar. The bride just finished her last semester at Boise State and walked for her graduation two days prior. The love that these two genuinely share for one another was evident in the photos.
Local Vendors Involved
Let’s talk about vendors for this amazing shoot. The cake was made by the talented Mihaela of Dulcerella Cakes. She is amazing at what she does. She creates the most unique cakes. Also makes all sorts of yummy desserts. The flowers were designed by Gerald of Gerald’s Floral in Nampa. I have worked with him several times let me tell you his attention to detail and design is amazing. He always creates such stunning florals. The tableware was provided by Anna with Flying China. She has such an amazing selection of flatware and all things pretty for tableware. We used her vintage mismatched china.
Hair and Makeup was done by Kayla with Idaho Stylists. Her approach to hair and makeup is beautiful and natural. Having had Kayla do my own makeup I can attest to her amazing talent. The invitations were created by Paperie + Pen. She created invitations that matched the theme of all things pretty and elegant. Flat lays consisted of modern and vintage elements to bring all the details together.
My Creative Cup is Full with this Cottage at Riverbend Editorial
I was so happy with this editorial shoot. It was the first one I had ever planned and it came together beautifully. The attention to detail was so beautifully portrayed throughout the entire shoot. Thank you to the amazing vendors that made this possible and also helped me in the planning process. I could not have done it without their help. There were so many moving parts to this shoot. The only thing I would have changed was the amount of crazy wind we had that evening. I am so thankful for this experience and it really has help me grow creatively. To all those creatives that might be struggling get out there and take an opportunity to grow and create you 100 percent will not regret it. The Cottage at Riverbend Wedding editorial was one to remember.
The amazing vendor team involved:
Jacque Sudbrock Photography- www.jacquesudbrock.com
Gerald’s Floral- https://geraldsfloral.com/
Venue Cottage at Riverbend- http://thecottageatriverbend.com/
Bridal by Marie- https://bridalbymarie.com/
Idaho Stylists- https://idahostylistsstudio.square.site/
Dulcerela Cakes- https://dulcerellacakes.com/about/our-story/
Paperie and Pen (Invites)- http://www.paperieandpen.com/
Flying China Tableware- https://flyingchinaevents.com/
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