A Styled Wedding Photoshoot: Vene Ai + Blue Door Creative

Last weekend, I had the fabulous pleasure of photographing a styled wedding photoshoot pieced together by the wonderful Kate Wright of Blue Door Creative.  For eight hours, the team of talented wedding creatives joined forces on this project and brought Kate's vision to fruition.  We did it...and we did it pretty damn well.  So without further a-do, here are a few of my favorites from the shoot!

Styling + Planning: Kate Wright of Blue Door Creative
Gowns + Veils: Sylvene of Vene Ai
Tux: The Black Tux
MUA: Cheek to Cheek
Jewelry: Trumpet and Horn
Florals: Culver Center Flowers
Alterations: Sara of Vene Ai
Invitations + Calligraphy: Narine of Sweet and Crafty
Rentals: Borrowed Blue
Models: Alexandrea Realeigh/Braxton Smith/Lucy Musial (with Willow Models)
Venue: H.Q. Avalon Studios

Alexandrea looking more beautiful than ever especially when she's paired with these gorgeous florals by Culver Center Flowers!

Alexandrea looking more beautiful than ever especially when she's paired with these gorgeous florals by Culver Center Flowers!

The ever-so-gorgeous details on Vene Ai's dresses.  If only I could get married again...

The ever-so-gorgeous details on Vene Ai's dresses.  If only I could get married again...

Flat-lays are never easy to get.  But all it takes is moving the pieces around and just trying different styles + using different props.  Definitely helps having such gorgeous invitations by Sweet and Crafty!

Flat-lays are never easy to get.  But all it takes is moving the pieces around and just trying different styles + using different props.  Definitely helps having such gorgeous invitations by Sweet and Crafty!

Every dress these models wore looked SO gorgeous.  Effortlessly beautiful...on the real.

Every dress these models wore looked SO gorgeous.  Effortlessly beautiful...on the real.

We also spent a few hours taking catalogue photos for Vene Ai's wedding dresses.  I loved all the dresses but Alexandrea wore this one like it was meant for her--SO perfect!!

We also spent a few hours taking catalogue photos for Vene Ai's wedding dresses.  I loved all the dresses but Alexandrea wore this one like it was meant for her--SO perfect!!

If looks could kill!! Drop dead gorgeous!  "oohs" + "aahs" throughout the entire photoshoot!

If looks could kill!! Drop dead gorgeous!  "oohs" + "aahs" throughout the entire photoshoot!

Braxton is a bit new to modeling but you would NEVER be able to tell!  Such a natural and made my job so so easy.

Braxton is a bit new to modeling but you would NEVER be able to tell!  Such a natural and made my job so so easy.

I'll always scope out a venue or location for small detail shots like these.

I'll always scope out a venue or location for small detail shots like these.

The natural lighting + breeze = GOLD

The natural lighting + breeze = GOLD

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The little details are part of the story too :)

The little details are part of the story too :)

Yes..that is true emerald........I want!

Yes..that is true emerald........I want!

This vintage ring matched Vene Ai's dresses perfectly.  And these shoesssssss (drooool).

This vintage ring matched Vene Ai's dresses perfectly.  And these shoesssssss (drooool).

These gorgeous shoes...in all it's glory.

These gorgeous shoes...in all it's glory.

I used a crystal here right next to the lens to get that prism glow.

I used a crystal here right next to the lens to get that prism glow.

STUD!

STUD!

The studio had a bathtub!  And you betcha we stuffed this model and her puffy dress in there!

The studio had a bathtub!  And you betcha we stuffed this model and her puffy dress in there!

Here I used a plant to create the faint green bokeh effect.  I was actually hoping to not get it so blurry but it ended up working in my favor. 

Here I used a plant to create the faint green bokeh effect.  I was actually hoping to not get it so blurry but it ended up working in my favor. 

Okay...if I had these plates, I would NEVER eat off of them because they would be hanging from my wall.  Too pretty to get dirty, know what I mean??

Okay...if I had these plates, I would NEVER eat off of them because they would be hanging from my wall.  Too pretty to get dirty, know what I mean??

This beautiful top-down!

This beautiful top-down!

This emerald ring and these invitations made the perfect pairing.  Beautiful.  JUSSSSTTT beautiful.

This emerald ring and these invitations made the perfect pairing.  Beautiful.  JUSSSSTTT beautiful.

Not only did Kate put together the entire styled wedding photoshoot...but she baked a friggin' cake too.  Kind of annoying how talented that girl is.  But I really dig it.

Not only did Kate put together the entire styled wedding photoshoot...but she baked a friggin' cake too.  Kind of annoying how talented that girl is.  But I really dig it.

We had a bit of trouble with this dip...but you'd never know! 

We had a bit of trouble with this dip...but you'd never know! 

I normally dislike shooting in broad daylight...but it ended up working in my favor this day. 

I normally dislike shooting in broad daylight...but it ended up working in my favor this day. 

We found a very old piano on the roof! 

We found a very old piano on the roof! 

These two make generators look super romantic.

These two make generators look super romantic.

ANNNNDDDD...that's a wrap!

ANNNNDDDD...that's a wrap!

And here are some behind-the-scenes of all the hard work everyone put into this photoshoot:

Dana with Cheek to Cheek Make-up Artistry

Dana with Cheek to Cheek Make-up Artistry

Kate, the master mind behind it all!

Kate, the master mind behind it all!

Goddess and designer of the Vene Ai dresses. 

Goddess and designer of the Vene Ai dresses. 

Lots of laughs!

Lots of laughs!

And sometimes, we just chill in tubs.  At least Sara does. :)

And sometimes, we just chill in tubs.  At least Sara does. :)

Every dress is carefully constructed by this woman!  She's amazing!

Every dress is carefully constructed by this woman!  She's amazing!

NOT an easy task, people!!

NOT an easy task, people!!

Stuff er' in there!!

Stuff er' in there!!

The Team

The Team

I have to say, I feel pretty lucky that I do this for a living.  But most of all, I feel so blessed and lucky to be surrounded by such amazing and talented creatives.  We're all just going for the same thing -- whatever ignites our soul on fire.  And it feeeeeellllsss so good.