My concept: Eclectic Luxury. I love an unusual mix of vintage, contemporary with a cup of European flair. I especially go for ideas one wouldn't think could work together so beautifully. I picked out an emerald green patterned African batik fabric, known as ankara as my table runner and headed to Macy's to purchase mixed match sets of dinnerware for my tablescape. I envisioned vibrant multicultural colors that would appeal to the majority, and came up with shades of emerald green, turquoise, different hues of pink and antique gold as my accent colors.
My goal: It was important to entice my audience, and re-introduce Ola la for its intended use; a luxurious and intimate space suitable for weddings, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and more. I also really wanted to feature the beautiful backdrops offered in the very quaint & historic city where my venue resides, downtown Elgin.
The date was Sunday, July 27th. I wanted it to be a sunset shoot, so we waiting till evening as the sun went down, it was so romantic.
We had five models, two editorial stylists & make up artists, a floral head piece designer, two professional photographers, a calligrapher, a painter, a florist, bridal wear (all hand picked by moi), and Stephanie, my wonderful cake lady. Jorelle surprised us with a video trailer he had created during our bridal preps, check it out! – Behind the Scenes
Everyone was in high spirit, working diligently to showcase their talents, excited for the outcome. It took about three months of coordination, to make this all happen to my heart's delight. And what an accomplishment! The end results, was everything I envisioned and more. Pure Perfection!…see for yourself.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to my preferred & most trusted vendors below, and the models for joyfully participating in this first luxury bridal shoot. There will be more GRAND editorials to come. Thank you so much.
HMUA: Mitchell Christopher Salon & Courtney Mathias
Floral Hair pieces: Jennifer Cashin McDonnell
Models: Alexa Hinleman, Madeline Moeller, Terrin Ashton, Laura Martinez, & Arnela Karabegovi