We fell in love with both of the Georgia fall weddings featured today on SMP’s Little Black Book Blog, but we aren’t quite finished yet! We have one more feature from Artstar by Laura Stone … a photo shoot that is oozing with inspiration! From Laura ~ When Jade Lee and I met to plan this shoot, our first moment of shared excitement came from looking over a few examples of avante-garde bridal millinery. From there, Jade suggested variations on a day of leisure such as boating and playing chess. Looking at the photos now, I see a kinship in these images to Jane Austen’s stories of gentlemen wooing their strong-willed ladies…

I love the romance of it! Jade and I decided on a warm palette to embrace the vibrance and glow of fall, first settling on gold and crimson, then adding a touch of always-elegant black. For bridal attire, we incorporated the vintage quilted Chanel bag and Louboutin pumps with the unusual silhouette of this Watters and Watters dress. We were determined not to overlook any details for the groom, giving him a top hat, steam-punk cufflinks made from antique watch parts, an oversized gold time-piece, and of course the aged brassy saxophone and antique novel. A persistent fall breeze rustled the black feathers surrounding the bouquet and centerpiece and those accenting the cocktail stirs. The china at Jourdanne & Jimmy’s table is Vera Wang Wedgewood, set upon custom textured linens. Instead of a champagne toast with their cake, the couple clinked glasses of cognac. At sunset, they set out in a red canoe on an uber-romantic tour of the river. Although this was a styled shoot, it was important to both Jade and myself to work with a real couple from the standpoint of authenticity as well as chemistry. The love letter written in red is an actual exchange between Jourdanne & Jimmy, rewritten by our calligrapher.

See the whole fabulous shoot in the SMP gallery!

As those of you who are actively planning know, inspiration evolves as you begin to assemble the pieces. For me, designing and implementing a shoot is a lot like giving gifts to loved ones at the holidays- I start with something small, one solid idea, and build until the last moment. The goals of a wedding and a holiday with family aren’t that much different, after all- both should create an impression of love, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail upon those present.

Our thanks to Laura of Artstar as well as all the other vendors involved in this oh-so-fun inspiration shoot! See more of this fall-inspired shoot over on Laura’s blog!

Photography: Artstar by Laura Stone / Event Design & Planning: Jade Lee with assistance from photographer Laura Stone / Flowers: Adaptation /
Shoot Location: Chattahoochee River, Atlanta GA / Calligraphy: Diane Rember / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Dress: Watters and Watters, J. Andrews Bridal / Millinery: White bridal hat by House of Nine Designs, Black bridal hat by Jade Lee / Cake: Jamie Fine, SugarPlum Visions / Linens: Tamara Gollob, I Do Linens /China: Vera Wang / Hair: Nubiance Salon & Spa / Make-Up: Destiny Flippo