When planning your wedding, do you rely on your friends recommendations, a google search, local magazines, or maybe bridal shows to find the best vendors? How can you be really sure that you are getting the best of the best, while still getting a good price for your area? It's become more and more popular for photographers and other local vendors to participate in "styled shoots", that is, a fake wedding that pulls together the best local wedding vendors to show off their services in as "real" of a setting you can get!
Styled shoots are great for you to look out for and pay attention to because it literally shows you a "trial run" of all the best, hand selected vendors in your area. Who better to pick a team of super services that those that are in constant community with each other in the wedding industry? As wedding professionals, we have worked with nearly every local vendor there is and can recommend the best to you through our styled shoots - because we picked them ourselves! For the guys reading this - think of it like your fantasy football draft of all the best wedding vendors in town, and they are facing off to show you their stuff!
The idea is that local vendors all come together in collaboration, donating time and services, to show you, the bride to be, the best of what they can do or offer. It's better than a recommendation, search engine session, perusing a magazine, or waltzing around a bridal show because you can see exactly what your wedding would be like if you were to hire them.
My great friend Jackie and I have been planning this styled shoot for months! We were over-the-moon excited when vendors one by one gave enthusiastic "yes!"s to help us pull off an unforgettable day! Be sure to check out the local vendors, hand selected by us for their excellent services, for your wedding, and be sure to like them on facebook and give them a follow on Instagram!
Photographers: J.Jae Photography + Jill Gearhart Photography
Venue: The Barn at Rayne Run
Rental Furniture: Penn Rustics
Gown: White Lace Bridal featuring Stella York
Shoes: Jewel by Badgley Mischka
Tuxedo: The 700 Shop featuring Stephen Geoffrey
Jewelry: Luxenberg's Jewlers
Florals: The Flower Gallery
Calligraphy/Invitation Suite: Wood+Grace Calligraphy
Hair: JC Penney
Makeup : Beth Arnold
Tablescape: The Gathering Co. by Carolyn Carey + Hollie Davis
Models: Adam + Tara Maruca
Evergreen Swing and overall awesome manly help: Ryan Anderson