Behind the Scenes – Vintage Shop Engagement Shoot on The Bride's Cafe

So I must apologize.  I posted this gorgeous film from our Utah Engagement shoot about 2 weeks ago and promised more but then Bridal Market happened and I lost track of time!  Here is a refresher by Castlebridge Films:

So many of you ask for fun DIY tips and it was time to deliver!  This Engagement Session Inspiration Shoot is all about being you, finding a place that makes you feel at home and being in the moment.  With the plethora of inspiration from blog to blog couples can get overwhelmed and feel they need to live up to all they see online and in print.  Styled or not, some of the most gorgeous moments in wedding photography happen unexpectedly and emerge from a carefree attitude.

This shoot although purely inspirational,  promises to deliver a smidge of relief for the over-inspired.  This was a real couple (hugs to Mason and Stephanie), they wore they favorite digs , walked into a fun space and just started having fun.  Pure and simple.  The shots by the stellar Jimmy of Gideon Photography show the true magic of just being yourself and letting go.

Seriously, who doesn’t love a good pillow fight?  Oh and check out Stephanie’s painted flats.  Simple project: A #4 paintbrush, coral shimmer ink and a few swooshes later,  topped off by two clip on earrings in a fun flower shape, voila!

Any chance I have to show off Caroline’s work from Paloma’s Nest and I take it!  These wooden bangles are so charming.  Caroline will customize text, so how lovely, right?  Here we chose the wedding date and a sweet quote for Stephanie’s 2 bangles.  “Only the best is yet to be…”

For save the dates I created a DIY friendly concept with Poloroids as the focal point.  I picked up wooden boxes from a local craft store and painted a Sego Lily (Utah State Flower) on each lid. Inside were two mini Poloroids with fun shots of a watercolor palette and the couple holding hands. Each shot had a note written; “October 20, 2012” and the other read “Write it down”.  Of course I had to include a mini Sharpie pen for guests to literally write it down!  The idea was to create an interactive save the date, one that guests opened and sensed playfulness immediately!   Instead of the standard Save the Date message, this look invites guests to “Savor a Moment…”

Jimmy took Stephanie outside Urban Renewal for a few quiet moments.  I love this sweet couple!!

A big shout to my Utah Shoot crew for going above and beyond!!  I cannot wait until next time!  Want to see more of what we shot with this gorgeous couple that sunny day in Utah?  Pick up the next issue of Utah Bride and Groom Magazine.  You won’t be disappointed!!  We are all so grateful to Janie from The Bride’s Cafe for originally featuring our little project.  XOXO

Concept, Styling and StationeryMomental Designs  ::  PhotographyGideon Photography  ::  FilmCastle Bridge Films  ::  Location – Urban Renewal, St. George, Utah  ::  Production/Styling – Tessa Woolf   ::  Models – Stephanie and Mason Woolf  :: Cynthia Dean – grooming for Mason Woolf , Stephanie Bybee– makeup design  for Stephanie Woolf, Morgan Clark– hair design for Stephanie Woolf –  Enzio  ::  Wooden Bracelets Paloma’s Nest