Happy Happy Happy ~ Anniversary to Cameron and Matt from all of us here at Style Me Pretty!

Cameron and Matt are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary, today … and oh, my how their lives have changed! They now boast a family of two positively precious babies ~ Harper Jo just turned 6 months old and her big brother Owen is a little over 2 years old! Talk about precious!

You know how much we LOVE to feature our Little Black Book members’ own weddings and even though it’s been a few years, there’s no denying that Cameron and Matt were quite the trend-setters back in 2006! As a wedding photographer, herself, Cameron knew she wanted a themed wedding and wanted all of their guests to join in the fun.  So, from Cameron ~ of Cameron + Kelly Studios … a look back at her own fabulous wedding day!

images courtesy of lacour photography

We got married in Flagstaff, AZ June 17, 2006. We were delighted when our wedding was featured in Arizona Bride Magazine in early 2007. Since I’m a photographer… I knew I wanted a themed wedding. Matt and I had been to a great 70′s theme wedding in 2003 where all the guests were encouraged to dress up (and they did). We loved the idea of the guests fully participating in the theme, so we asked guests to dress up in 30-40′s Hollywood style.

Matt and I love the Arts and Crafts movement and at the time (2006) themed weddings seem to be found only in Martha Stewart’s magazines. People thought we were crazy and kept asking, “what are we supposed to wear?” — We reminded people to draw inspiration from movies of that era (Notorious, Suspicion, King Kong, Hell’s Angels, Casablanca, Citizen Kane,This Gun for Hire, Chinatown, Philadelphia Story and more… ) and asked them to pick a character and just do it!

Just seeing the look on Matt’s face as I came down ‘the aisle’ will live with me for a lifetime.  My florist, Events by Showstoppers, recommended that I carry my rose bouquet in my arms (like in a beauty pageant) because that’s how bride’s held their bouquets during that era! It was certainly fun to put our spin on the event and as a wedding photographer, I felt a lot of pressure to make it memorable. Seeing all my ideas come to life was made possible by hiring KD Event Designs who took care of all the little details that I dreamed up but didn’t know how to execute (one of which was having the ceremony in a circle vs. traditional).

Matt is a film buff and so this was his major contribution to the event. We found old movie posters, scanned them and had them mounted–they served as the table card names. I hand-cut with an exact-o knife all 100+ invitations and Matt created a wood cut (he’s an artist) that served as part of our save the date and invite. He also hand drew maps for our invite map. I really wanted to do letterpress invitations but at the time, I couldn’t find an affordable resource. I hand-lettered ALL the invitation addresses and papercrafts in a font I created that was similar to an arts and crafts font I found online.

We also knew we wanted a live band ~ they played 30-40′s themed music which everyone LOVED. We served a few signature cocktails that were popular during that era as well.

It was one of the best days of my life!

cameron and matt …. have a happy happy anniversary!

see their whole smp gallery here

photography: lacour, dress: monique lhuillier {destiny’s bride, scottsdale, cake: sedona cake couture, hair jewelry: paris tiaras & cake jewelry, event design/coordination: kd event designs, events by showstoppers, tents/rentals:tri rentals, catering: thornager’s catering, band/string quartet: local flagstaff musicians location: lower hart prairie off forest rd. 151 – permit through the us forest service, makeup: donna shoemaker, shoes: liz claiborne, veil: borrowed from a friend groom’s suit: j.crew invitations: diy – ideas, help and paper from about memories & more, calligraphy: diy -cameron made up the font herself, favors: 1/2 pound bags of coffee from local roaster-late for the train

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