{Styled Shoot} A Rustic Collaboration

One of my goals in the next year is to be apart of a styled collaboration shoot.  For so long I have wanted to do this in order to take my involvement in the wedding industry to the next level.  I have many creative ideas, and am itching to find others to collaborate with in order to pull off something really special to ultimately help inspired brides in their wedding planning.

This shoot that was submitted to me is just the example of an extraordinary collaboration between the photographer, Sarah Crowder Photography and all the vendors involved in every aspect of the shoot.  If you've not heard of a collaboration shoot, essentially it is a group of wedding vendors who gather together as a team, to set up and shoot a mock wedding scene, or a "styled shoot", to help give planning couples an idea of what they can do, as well highlight their skills in the best way possible.  

The vendors that work together are usually a photographer, hair/makeup artist, bridal salon/dress designer, model, event designer, florist, chef and a venue to name a few.  Each brings their skill to the set of the shoot, and when all is done and submitted to the public, all vendors are credited.  It's a great way to promote others in the same industry, and gives credit for the vendors to all say they that have worked together, and recommend one another in the future.  

Sarah included this message with the submission to give a little background on this collaboration:
We created this inspiration shoot around the color Blush. Soft, Romantic, and Vintage best describe the details of this lovely location and the thought out decor. The makeup was styled to highlight the cheeks, the flowers selected to soften and hint at the blush tones. The food was styled to showcase the local cuisine of the area. The rustic and vintage location, Cedar Lake Cellars Winery, uses reclaimed items to furnish their Big Red Barn where the long table was set. The outdoor table overlooked the winery and has linens reflecting the style of the shoot. We also added a DIY element- the burlap and lace vase. The dress was also made for the shoot by a designer from the Wedding Shoppe.

Behold this beautiful collaboration, photographed by Sarah Crowder Photography.

Setting up the shoot

The completed collaboration










Everything truly came together really well.  I love the main venue, it has that rustic draw to it, and all the details included are perfect for the setting.  The floral arrangements are really unique, especially the use of artichoke and the white cabbage head-is that what it is?  If you know what that is, I'd love to know! 

I can't forget to mention how yummy the food looks!  I'm drooling over what the chef created for this shoot!  It all looks so tasty!  

My favorite fabric was used in the shoot, did you see it? The little accents of burlap always works for a rustic shoot.  Did you notice the cute little "candle holders" made of wine corks?  Too fun! 

Many thanks to Sarah Crowder Photography for submitting this excellent collaboration!  You've inspired me to seek out my own collaboration team! If anyone in Arizona is reading this and looking to collaborate, send me an email! 

Photography: Sarah Crowder Photography, St. Charles, Missouri
Hair Stylist: Tina Parrish at Luminesce Salon Spa, Warrenton, Missouri
Makeup Artist: Amy Koehler, St. Louis, Missouri
Floral Designer: Troy Flower Shop, Troy, Missouri
Dress Designer: The Wedding Shoppe, Troy, Missouri
Event Venue: Cedar Lake Cellars, Wright City, Missouri