BOHO ROMANCE WEDDING INSPIRATION AT SPRING HILL MANOR
Recently featured on Glamour and Grace Weddings, I am pleased to finally blog my first ever styled shoot inspired by a romantic bohemian theme.
Last summer I had a vision for a rustic styled shoot with a boho style, drenched in golden sunlight, paired with deep colored florals. Never having designed a styled shoot before, I wanted to challenge myself to use this opportunity to grow in my posing and technical abilities, as well as have this wedding inspiration be helpful to future BNP brides looking for something more relaxed on their wedding day. I knew I wanted to focus on portraits to subtly capture the couple with their natural interactions and movements.
I had photographed a wedding at Spring Hill Manor just two months prior and couldn't help but be inspired. The property is gorgeous, filled with open farmland, hand manicured gardens, and rustic barns. Even the cobblestones are vintage; circa Baltimore 1800's. It's hands down my favorite wedding venue I've shot at so far! Next, I had to incorporate beautiful florals and My Flower Box Events is one of the best. I had researched the deep blue, dark mauve, and coral palette via Pinterest and sent them all my ideas. Every detail, from the boutonniere to the flower crown, was created exactly how I envisioned. The florals are an essential party of the beauty that makes this set incredible. After those vendors were chosen, I moved onto the bridal details concerning the gown and makeup. Leanne Marshall, winner of Project Runway Season 5, was an instant choice. Her ethereal designs fit the boho style completely, and the "Emma" gown was classically simple with it's A-Line frame, flowing train, and quiet but intricate detail. To pair with a beautiful flower crown and ethereal gown, I wanted Rebecca to have some flare in her makeup and I didn't think of anyone else but Brittney from B-You-Tiful Makeup to take on the challenge. Her self taught talent brought out Rebecca's charm and natural beauty from her already elegant complexion. Brittney matched the florals with a deep lip and bronzed smokey eye while still keeping Rebecca's natural freckles shining through.
I wanted a couple that had already been married, who were comfortable being affectionate with each other in front of my camera. I immediately thought of good friends Josh and Rebecca who have been married for six years and have two handsome boys together. With the date of the shoot being only a few months shy of their anniversary, I not only wanted them first as models, but to gift them new wedding portraits. These two were beyond amazing and the absolute perfect couple for this shoot. This probably won't be the last time they're BNP models! The way that Josh looks at Rebecca, the way she is completely transparent around him, they are just effortlessly in love. Their first look is 100% real and Josh even took the chance to wash Rebecca's feet mid-shoot. This is an old Christian tradition that shows reverence to your partner. How romantic is that?! Couples like Josh and Rebecca are who I live to photograph. The ones who forget the world around them and have sight for only each other.
With some amazing collaborators, my vision turned into a monumental set, allowing me to photograph the best creative work I've shot in my career to date. This project was exactly what I needed for personal and artistic growth. I couldn't be more thankful for every one involved and how the final set turned out.