Milwaukee Mint Inspired Photo Shoot by Heather Cook Elliott Photography + Tailored Engagements
May 18, 2012

Mint, sea foam, spring green - whatever you may call it, I've developed a serious color crush on the fresh and fabulous hue. Light yet lively, subtle yet stylish, mint just seems to have a fabulous personality, don't you agree? So when this pretty little mint-inspired shoot styled by Tailored Engagements and captured by Heather Cook Elliott Photography popped up on my screen, my pantone-loving heart started pitter pattering. It's enough to make my crush turn to a full on obsession, and that's fine by me! See it all here!

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From Heather Cook Elliott Photography... Amanda from Tailored Engagement and I were chatting about how with weddings, the old is often new again if you give it long enough. That is, when you think of wedding disasters, faux pas, and terrible bridesmaids dresses adjectives like poofy, sparkly, sequined and sea foam come to mind. A lot of these are textures and colors that have been picked on in the bridal world from time to time so we decided to challenge ourselves to be inspired by these misunderstood descriptors. Sea foam, or mint as we came to call it, has popped up everywhere and our first inspiration for the color came from Pinterest. An amazing mint ballgown was the first picture that drew us to the color, and after that, we just couldn’t get enough, so the board “Not your Mother's Sea Foam” began. It was the inspiration behind this shoot and the beginning of an obsession with the color. Check the board out here!

Ultimately, we think mint with a dash of glam is perfect for a modern couple who might want a few rustic touches, but who are really inspired by things that rely on texture, light and a little variation for their beauty. With mint as the basic color scheme we accented the custom-made backdrop, table and bench with touches of gray, coral and silver. Classic silver chiavari chairs inspired the baroque legs on the bench and table, and a modern fish scale design and mirrors were sprinkled throughout to add a little easy glamor to the design. We knew that sophisticated but simple flowers would be important, so Marius Bell created orchid based creations in see-through glass vases that displayed the architecture of the arrangements for the table. More texture and depth was used to bring out the greens in the design with accents of succulents and bright pops of coral on the table and in bouquets. Mirrored compacts were transformed into table cards and mercury glass votives played well with silver chargers and glassware.

The stationery was expertly designed by Tara at Cracked Designs to appeal to a modern palette with a touch of whimsy, and my job as the photographer was to capture the amazing light created by a design based on mirrors and light, bright and airy colors like mint and silver. It all came together on a late spring day with perfect light, and the Milwaukee River played into our scheme as it reflected the sun like a mirror onto our bride and groom. Poofy, sequined, sea foamed and sparkly ... and pretty much perfect.

Photography: Heather Cook Elliott Photography / Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin / Styling + Design: Tailored Engagements / Floral Design: Marius Bell / Invitations: Cracked Designs / Glassware: Z Gallerie  / Dinner Plates: Z Gallerie / Flatware: CB2 / Chairs: Karl's Event Services / Jade Cake Stand + Glassware: Vintage / Mint Spray Paint Color: Valspar Mint 65038 / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via Bliss Bridal / Bridesmaid's Dress: Rent the Runway / Bridesmaid's Necklace: Anthropologie / Hair: Sydney of Neroli Spa / Makeup: Tayla LaMacchia / Men's Vests + Suits: Express / Clutch: Jaxie