Behind the Scenes – A Johnny Cash Wedding, a Song and a Dance

Today I am back with the last behind the scenes look at our Walk the Line, Johnny Cash shoot with friends from Austin and beyond.  If you missed the first two posts, check  here and here to get caught up!  Before I go any further I must mention the incredible team that brought this experience to life.  From very early in the morning to late into the evening that day Caroline and I had the good fortune of collaborating with a team of  so many willing to share their time with us.  We are so grateful!

Photography Jesse Ryan, Location and Catering The Salt Lick, Floral Design Pollen Floral Art, Dresses Jessica Audey, Design Assistants and Planners Barbara Hearne and April Orr
Hair and Makeup
Noemi Esquival of J. Buccio Salon, Ceremony Location Mercury Hall, Vintage Vehicles Transportation Consultants, Linens Marquee Event Group, Pies The Saucy Tart

We began our day at The Salt Lick, to set and shoot the tabletop, vintage cars and stationery. Just the day before, I spent hours in Caroline’s studio painting this 15 foot long paper runner.  Loose roses in blush and gold were accented along either length of the runner by potato stamp dots.  The team at The Salt Lick were incredibly generous with their property and famous fare.  A full spread of ribs, potatoes, coleslaw and pickles were set on platters and plates of mint green plastic; perfectly retro for the scene.  At midday they treated the team to lunch with all the fixin’s…I can still taste the barbecue…unlike anything I’d had before!

Props were incredibly important so Caroline and I set out to find the perfect details.  A trip to Uncommon Objects in Austin yielded some perfect finds from the bride’s shoes to a wooden stand for the table’s centerpiece.

What do a baby piano and a set of old TV trays have in common?  Place cards were set atop the old TV trays with hints of black velvet ribbon here and there.  Each place setting boasted a sweet rose and lamb’s ear teacup arrangement by Brooke.  How sweet is the baby piano? I could not think of a more perfect place to put those Man in Black paper goods!

and a dance…I want to dance like this, don’t you?

Our day concluded first with a stop at Mercury Hall

…and then finally a visit to an iconic recording studio in a quiet Austin neighborhood.  Such stars as Willie Nelson and Dollie Parton recorded there but since Caroline was friends with the owners we had the thrill of stepping inside this music world, even if just for a moment.

It was an epic time meeting new friends and making connections of the kind meant to last a long while.  There is already talk of a reunion project…I can hardly wait.