Romantic Southern Photo Shoot by Shannon Reeves Events + Ashley Daniell Photography
November 11, 2011

Wow, I can't believe it's Friday again already! I guess the weeks just fly by when you stare at pretty, pretty weddings and inspiration all week long. And so to wrap up another gorgeous week at SMP Florida we thought we'd share this super sweet, shabby chic inspired photo shoot by Ashley Daniell Photography and designed by Shannon Reeves Events. We're loving the pretty southern feel of the soft and muted colors and not to mention those deliciously pink frosted cupcakes! The ivory, the gold, the lace and antique china all set the stage for one fabulously vintage chic soirée. Click here for even more.








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From Shannon Reeves Events...Throughout the process of working to build my new wedding planning business, Lara Casey pushed me to take time to think about who I was and what I wanted my company to be. I spent months considering who my ideal client was, what she valued, and how I wanted her to feel when she experienced my brand. I couldn't have crossed my fingers and wished for a better representation of all of that than in this romantic, vintage Southern styled shoot. Shot by Ashley Daniell of Ashley Daniell Photography, this shoot shows my personality as a planner, and also captures the very best features of the Southern town of Tallahassee, Florida, where Shannon Reeves Events is based.

In this shoot – shot in early September in Tallahassee – I created the setting for a romantic, intimate Southern wedding with lovely, simple vintage touches. It was my goal to combine the soft pinks, ivory and gold in a way that would remind brides of a mix between their grandmother's heirloom china and a chic downtown boutique. Since it was important to me to make this styled shoot beautiful, but also realistic and attainable, I collected pieces for the shoot from local antique shops in Tallahassee and paired them with pieces I already owned (something any bride could do!). I turned an old piece of lace from an antique shop into a table runner and tied it with a necklace I already owned. The silverware and glasses were all found at antique shops, and to add some personality and tradition, I incorporated my grandmother's heirloom brooch and pearls into the tablescape. For a little DIY fun, I wrapped mason jars with lace and dropped a candle in, which couldn't be prettier when illuminated! The dress was a Forever 21 piece from the Love21 Collection that we tied with a simple ribbon to give it a more polished look.

The romantic ivy wall and giant Oak trees dripping with Spanish moss provided the perfect backdrop to showcase Tallahassee's sweet Southern charm. I think I honestly have the “bride” and “groom” models to thank in a big way, as well. They are an engaged couple getting married in April 2012, and I just couldn't be more excited about how fun it is to see their picture-perfect chemistry show through in these photos. This styled shoot is “me to a T,” and will (hopefully!) be just the kind of look and feel my ideal client and the Style Me Pretty readers - polished Southern brides full of personality and traditions – will just adore.

Wedding Photography: Ashley Daniell Photography / Flowers: Missy Gunnels Flowers / Cupcakes: Lucy and Leo's Cupcakery / Juliska Plates, Chargers + Cake Stand: Borrowed from My Favorite Things / Event Design: Shannon Reeves Events / Shoot Location: Tallahassee, Florida / Dress: Forever 21