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I’m so excited to finally share images from our first Phellowship event this past April. If you missed it, you can check out the Behind the Scenes and the feature on Cake and Lace Blog from our community-based styled shoot!
If you’re wondering what the heck this is then keep reading!
What is a styled shoot? A styled shoot is essentially a staged wedding where you work with vendors (i.e. models, hair stylists, baker, stylist, calligrapher, florist, etc.) to create an editorial piece used for wedding inspiration, marketing, and a great way to network & build relationships with vendors in your community.
What was unique about this styled shoot? Kelsie Lynn Photography and I not only worked with 17 vendors, but we invited 10 photographers to join this shoot!
What made us want to coordinate a community styled shoot? Kelsie and I have totally bought into the idea of Community over Competition and it’s really great to have others in your field of business to bounce ideas off of, encourage each other, and be in your corner. It’s been a GAME CHANGER in both of our businesses and we want that for others too! So from that, Phellowship was born.
Here’s some details about our first Phellowship located at Rolling Meadows Ranch in Lebanon, Ohio:
Our bride and groom models, Andy and Laura Gress, met after Laura burst into laughter when Andy tripped while walking toward her. You know…one of those “this should be in a movie” kind-of scenes. Their first date was at a drive-in and Andy first confessed his love to her while they were on a college spring break trip in North Carolina with their close friends. Their love story could give Nicholas Sparks some serious inspiration!
The two college-sweethearts married at Rolling Meadows Ranch last July, and a year later, they came back to that same place to remember their commitment. As photographers, Kelsie and I believe in documenting every season of life, whether it’s the engagement, the wedding day or an anniversary. Throughout the day, we loved hearing all the silly and sweet memories Madison & Lindsay, Laura’s bridesmaids, had of Laura and Andy. Madison said, “as her best friend and bride-to-be myself, it’s so cool to see how open and honest Andy and Laura are about marriage. It’s not easy and it’s not perfect. But it is so good and so worth it. I’ve seen them both change for the better during their first year together. I’m excited to keep watching where they go with their ministry and as they continue to change the places they go.” This couple is deeply loved and we so enjoyed incorporating details that reflected their personalities.
In the spirit of community over competition, Kelsie and I had a dream that not only included Laura and Andy, but also 15 other incredibly talented local vendors. We wanted to create a space that encouraged a variety of creatives to come together to participate in something romantic, filled with thoughtful details, warm colors and delicate flowers. The best part? We invited 10 more photographers to photograph it with us! Kelsie and I absolutely loved connecting with so many vendors and photographers in our area.
Some of our main features included:
It was an absolute privilege capturing the creative work of each talented vendor and sharing it with the 10 participating photographers!! We can’t wait to do it again in December!
Venue: Rolling Meadows Ranch/ Stylist and Rentals: Something Old Dayton/ Florist: State & Arrow Design Co./Calligraphy: Ivory House Creative/ Hair & Makeup: Hair by Elya/ Macrons: Michelle’s Macrons/ Jewelry: Rachel Keppeler Designs/ Models: Andy & Laura Gress, Madison Zurawski, Lindsay Spragg/ Table Runners: Party Crush Studio/ Cake: Stone House Sweets/ Bridesmaid Dresses: Memories Bridal/ Cupcakes: The Cake Shop/ Donuts: The Donut Shop/ Ribbon: Lesser Bear
The ladies & groom got ready in the Sovereign Suite by Something Old Dayton. We LOVED this beautiful feature AND it’s portable! If you’re a bride & want a unique getting ready space, this would be the perfect fit for you!
Aren’t these glass menus by Ivory House Creative soo cool? This was one of my favorite details we got to incorporate!
Yet again, Kenzie with Ivory House Creative did an AMAZING job on this ceremony vow backdrop!! State & Arrow attached honeysuckle around the sides to add extra detail. I just love how it all came together!
Thanks for following along with our romantic wedding inspiration! If you’re interested in participating in future Phellowship events, sign up for the waitlist here!