So do you remember a while back, how I posted on Instagram about how I had checked an item off my photography bucket list back in November? And it was for photographing a wedding styled shoot at the Atlanta History Center – Swan House in Buckhead!?! I’m still in shock that I had the opportunity to do this with Heather Benge Events of Styled Shoots Across America. It was even featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs!
Photographing at the Swan House was like traveling back in time to an age of elegant parties with over the top ball gowns where everyone danced the night away.
The entire shoot was inspired by the elegance of the Swan House, and Heather chose purple and pink hues to showcase how they can be used in all different types of seasons. This is significant since this was a Fall/Winter Styled Shoot when purple and pink are typically associated with Spring! The captured images were made even more special because our models, Caroline and Robert, were a real-life couple so their connection in every shot is completely genuine!
And I could not believe the flowers! Especially how Lisa of Thorne & Thistle included a lot of the fall fauna into the arrangements like the pink and yellow fuzzy plants! There was so much texture in the bouquet that I couldn’t stop looking at it! For our desserts, Amanda of A. Joy Cakes created three cakes (or masterpieces in my opinion) and one even had a chandelier in it! All three had different features that showcases the different parts of the Swan House, such as the marble designs for the marble floors inside, the chandelier, and the intricate designs to mimic the ornateness of the house!
The wedding dress that Heather chose matched the elegance of the house completely. I loved capturing Caroline from every angle in the dress because it just fit so well with the Swan House. It made for some dramatic shots in the front and back of the house too! For our details, Melissa of Gracefully Made Art wrote directly onto ribbon to add a more personal touch to our flat lays. She even created a lookalike painting to help decorate the table! And Laura, the musician, even allowed us to use her instruments to help capture the details! I ended up using the flute since it went well with what I designed at the shoot/I played flute in 6th grade and it just “spoke” to me.
Lastly, I honestly could not stop staring at the table that Heather and Lisa designed. It was so ornate and completely covered from head to two in greenery. I loved how every where I looked it, the table either had different flowers, a completely different place setting, or something different than the space before. I loved capturing it from ALL the angles and honestly, could have photographed it all day!
Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who helped make this an experience that I will never forget!
Planning & Design: Heather Benge Events @heatherbengeevents
Venue: Atlanta History Center – Swan House @atlantahistorycenter
Florals: Thorne & Thistle @thorneandthistle
Makeup: Makeup By Adeana @makeupbyadeana
Hair: Allison Burns @_alliburns
Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Gracefully Made Art @gracefullymadeart
Cake: A. Joy Cakes @ajoy.cakes
Jewelry: Happily Ever Borrowed @happilyborrowed
Shoes: Bella Belle @bellabelleshoes
Linens: I Do Linens @idolinens
Table Top Décor: Tea & Old Roses @teaandoldroses
Gowns: Carrie’s Bridal Collection @carriesbridalcollection
Pews: I Do Pews @idopewsrentals
Rentals: Crush Event Design @crusheventdesign
Musician: Laura Boyd
Models: Caroline Pettey & Robert Pride