Portland Leather + Plaid Inspired Photo Shoot from Bryan Rupp Photography
October 1, 2012
Inspired by leather, plaid and the rich colors of Fall, Bryan Rupp Photography teamed up with Petalos and Amy Allen for a masculine take on the wedding tablescape. It's awash with candlelight, infused with horn details, juxtaposed with the softness of pretty florals and it all makes for one good looking table. Whether that table be inspiration for a thanksgiving dinner or a Fall wedding, dinner for two or 20, it's sure to make a beautiful splash. See the full spread right here.
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After meeting photographer Bryan Rupp, Stephanie Major of Petalos was so drawn to his personal style that she couldn’t help but feel inspired. Stephanie asked Bryan if he liked leather, which puzzled him until he looked down at his outfit and noticed all the leather accessories he had on: shoes, belt and boots mixed with his signature plaid shirt. Bryan is still convinced Stephanie has a better understanding of his personal style than he does! Stephanie wanted the shoot to be a reflection of Bryan’s personal style: all-American with current, modern touches, while maintaining a masculine undertone. It was also important for her to have timeless, classic pieces that added a sense of coziness to the concept. A plaid, leather and sweaters inspiration shoot was born!

Bryan and Stephanie started putting together an inspiration board and asked Amy Allen, an independent editorial and wardrobe stylist, to come on board as the stylist. Stephanie is adept at working with various materials and textiles, and she knew leather could be visually heavy. Amy worked to subtly incorporate leather into the outfitting. Leather also played an important part in the invitations and paper goods, which were made by Lindsay Zogas of Paper Bloom. Lindsay thought the invites would be a perfect place to incorporate leather. To add to the coziness/comfort element of the theme, it was decided the invitations would have a chapter book format that people could sit down with and pore over every detail. Each page of the invitation was a different chapter: the story of the couple, the location of the wedding, directions, the RSVP card and other sweet details. Everything was beautifully bound with a leather cover. The favors were also books, individually wrapped in craft paper with a library style sleeve that displayed a thank-you insert from the couple. Thick sweater yarn was used to bind the components together. The favors were then styled by Stephanie atop an antique leather suitcase and vintage radio. An assortment of succulents and antlers were also used to further dress the favors and escort cards that rested in antique gardening boxes. Masculine merchant nails were used to stake the escort cards into the fluffy mounds of moss.

Other details included a beverage station with a unique take on signature cocktails and a lounge area with an antique spring mattress laid across concrete blocks making for a quaint seating area, dressed with an assortment of pillows and blankets. The table setting was a huge component of the theme of the shoot. The romantic, feminine touches of roses and candles on the table balanced in harmony with masculine elements, leather and antlers. Models and wardrobe also contributed to the genuine feeling of this shoot. Anna and Max, a real, insanely attractive couple were excellent models and made Bryan’s job easy. Bryan’s work details the interaction and relationships between people, so having a real couple model was ideal. Dressing these two was also a great experience for Amy, who chose pieces that complemented the couple's personal style as well as added to the theme. The wardrobe consisted of cozy wool sweaters, plaid bow ties, linen shirts, tulle wraps, variously treated leather accessories and flirty chiffon skirts. Bryan says this shoot gave him greater insight into all the small details that go in to planning a wedding and was one of his favorite shoots to date. From a simple take on someone’s personal style emerged a gorgeous, detail-rich inspiration shoot.

Photography: Bryan Rupp Photography / Photo Shoot Venue: Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Petalos / Wardrobe Styling: Amy Allen / Invitations: Paper Bloom / Rentals: The Party Place / Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed / Knitted Apparel: Caitlin Lopez (caitlinlopezpd@yahoo.com) / Gloves + Hair Bows: Knot Your Granny’s Knits / Watch: Nixon / Women’s Apparel: house of lo lo / Women’s Shoes: Frye / Tulle Shrug: Kate Towers / Women’s Accessories: Stylist’s Own / Hair + Makeup: Terri Reece (terri_reece@hotmail.com) / Men’s Apparel: Stylist’s Own / Men's Shoes: Clarks / Bow Tie: Harding & Wilson