We are going to switch gears a bit and share the cutest of photo shoots with you because who doesn't love a great shoot? They're always extremely easy on the eyes and filled to the brim with tons of ideas that you can infuse into your own day. Plus, this one is as sweet as it is pretty and there are cookies involved! Inspired by the idea of milk and cookies, the ladies behind Love and Lavender set out to create a farm fresh, rustic spread incorporating tons of tasty treats and we are loving the outcome. Be sure to head over to the gallery for even more of this lovely shoot captured to sweet perfection by Jonda Spurbeck.
From Love and Lavender...
We put almost all of the details together ourselves. The guest sign-in area consisted of a "recipe for love" sign that detailed Ellen and Josh's love story. Then, we had guests fill out recipe cards with their own recipes for love and put them in the recipe box. We made favors by filling milk bottles with ingredients for cookies and included the recipe on the labels. The ladies of Jonda Spurbeck Photographers were indispensable in finding the location (an unharvested alfalfa field), baking some of the cookies, and contributing props. Their photography captured our vision perfectly. The table was decorated with various items that went along with milk or baking, including a vintage food scale, an old milk carrier, and lots of vintage milk bottles filled with flowers. We also used a cookie jar from Anthropologie with a wood sign we made that spelled out "Udder-ly in Love". We made the menu cards by nailing printed menus onto cedar shingles. We made the napkins and used twine and heart cookie cutters as the napkin rings. The runner played off of the ruffles in Ellen's dress and was made by sewing strips of fabric together and gathering them. Hay bales served as seating.
The cookie stand was made by laying a windowpane across more hay bales. We used a mixture of apple baskets, plates, and cake stands to display a variety of cookies that we baked as well as the cake (also made by us). In addition, we created the cake topper with two hard boiled eggs, part of an egg carton, and some paint! We hung baking supplies from the "cookies" sign that hung over the stand. The milk stand was made out of wood and built by our husbands. We simply added drink dispensers with three different flavors of milk: chocolate, strawberry, and regular! Ellen wore a Jim Hjelm dress from La Belle Elaine's in Seattle. She wore a hair flower from Feathers and Frills and a pair of rugged boots from Ruche. Josh's attire was a mix of items he already owned and pieces we picked up at thrift stores.