Happy Birthday, America!  And a lovely day to you, SMPers!  It’s the 4th of July and I am sure your day is booked with BBQ’s, sunshine, friends and fireworks galore!  Well, brace yourself.  Your holiday is about to get a whole lot prettier.  This gorgeous photo shoot courtesy of the crazy-talented team of La Belle Fleur Wedding Designs & Events, Artistic Confections, Dressy Designs and Bellafotografica is a 4th of July themed wedding done so very, very right.  It’s Coca-Cola meets mason jars meets red, white and blue.  And all with a vintage vibe.  Yes, no matter your wedding date, you’ll be saving detail after detail of this whimsical affair in your inspiration folders.  Guaranteed.  So, join me in the gallery for even more Americana! And Happy 4th of July!

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From La Belle Fleur Wedding Designs & EventsWhile wearing a navy blue dress with white polka dots and a red belt wrapped around my waist, I thought to myself how patriotic I looked.  I quickly thought about how fun it would be to create a photo shoot around a Fourth of July wedding in Southeast Texas.  I contacted a photographer, an invitation company, make-up artist, hair stylist, baker and salons for wedding attire for our models.  Within one week of contacting these vendors, we managed to create a casual, yet elegant backyard Fourth of July wedding.

Allen Ayres of Bellafotografica provided his talents in capturing the images of the shoot for us.  Glenda Little of Dressy Designs and I quickly decided that her backyard was the perfect location for our shoot. Once we made the decision where the photo shoot would take place, all the vendors worked their magic to bring the vision we had together.

The overall look that I was going for was an all-American casual Fourth of July look that was classy, elegant and not too gimmicky with a twist of vintage.  I asked the make-up artist (Erica Strazz) and hair stylist (Ashley Smart) to create a look that was reminiscence of old Hollywood glamour/50’s pin-up for our models.  We even carried the theme of celebrating America in the selection of our models.  These girls truly represent what America is all about; beautiful, full of life and full of cultural differences.

When I set out to do this shoot, I also had in mind of showing brides an alternative style to the same theme (from casual elegance to formal sophistication).  The main shoot was based on an outdoor wedding that was casual yet elegant.  By changing up certain things, we were able to transform the setting to a more upscale and sophisticated setting.

Floral & Event Design: La Belle Fleur Wedding Designs & Events / Invitations & Paper Goods: Dressy Designs / Photography: Bellafotografica / Cake & Cupcakes: Artistic Confections / Makeup Artist: Erica Strazz / Hair Stylist: Ashley Smart of Beautique Salon & Spa / Wedding Gown: Mori Lee Blue Collection via Marcy Messer of The Classy Peacock / Shoes & Veil: Marcy Messer of The Classy Peacock / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anna Tran of Mommy Dearest + Dillards / Bridesmaid Hair Accessories: Melynda Tran of Love, Chloe Boutique / Location: Private Residence