an elegant pop-up picnic | styled shoot

It's a beautiful morning for a feature, especially when it's from an amazing wedding blog that just so happens to fit with the whole "less-is-more" style of weddings that I've been photographing lately. The crew over at Intimate Weddings did such a beautiful job showcasing this really crazy idea turned beachy shoot. 

We are all so excited about the recent feature, but even more than that -- pumped that we no longer have to keep these photos a secret!!

There's no one better to tell the story of this 24-hour shoot that we've deemed "an elegant pop-up picnic," than Tanya from Presh Floral, so I'll let her fill you in!

"This shoot is legit elopement inspiration as the whole thing came together in a little over 24 hours. It was Monday afternoon and I was fretting over what to do with buckets of leftover blooms from a Sunday wedding. It was one of those times as a florist I way over ordered and I didn't want the all perfect peonies and foxglove I had sitting in my studio to go to waste. They needed to be documented. 

"After a little e-mail chat with Laura Kelly Photography, we decided to plan an impromptu styled shoot the next day and set the wheels in motion by contacting styling genius Elise Schmitz from Toast Special Events. Given the timeframe on which we were planning, we decided our inspiration would be targeted to couples who want to have a casual, pop-up wedding.

"We picked a waterfront public park as our venue which provided the perfect beach backdrop for bridal portraits and picnic table tables to set-up for a post-nuptials meal. We spruced up a picnic table with a gorgeous macrame runner and brass lanterns from Amy + Jen giving the tablescape a modern bohemian vibe. The florals for the table and bouquet were a wild mix of seasonal flowers and foraged greenery in a palette of burgundy and ivory with pops of coral and yellow.

"Our lovely bride wore her hair in loose beach waves and make-up artist Shannon Ranger of One Fine Beauty made her portrait ready. Her deep burgundy lipstick (“Bar Crawl” from One Fine Beauty's new bridal touch-up line) picked up perfectly on the Red Charm peonies in the bouquet. 

Our bride wore a stunning organic cotton dress from the eco-friendly line Pure Magnolia and a hip wishbone necklace by Katye Landry Design, both from the Handmade Bride. The Handmade Bride also sent us the most beautiful, delicate hair piece by Davie and Chiyo we just had to include in styling shots.

"It's hard to believe this shoot came together in such a short timeframe, but we hope it inspires couples who don't want to wait months to say “I do” and are imagining a casual, intimate wedding."

I am so grateful for Tanya from Presh Floral for allowing us to have THIS much fun with some leftover florals. 

And to my sweet friend, Jana, who agreed to model for us super last minute! Love ya!! 


Floral Design: Presh Floral

Table Styling: Toast Events
Decor: Amy + Jen
Dress: Pure Magnolia via The Handmade Bride
Necklace: Katye Landry Design via The Handmade Bride
Hair Piece: Davie and Chiyo via The Handmade Bride
Makeup: Shannon Ranger of One Fine Beauty
Photography: Laura Kelly Photography

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