I am so excited to finally write about this gorgeous styled shoot. Mostly because it's over and I can sleep again without visions of broken strands on distressed wood. (That probably only makes sense to me right now.)
For a month or so, I worked with some amazing vendors to pull together a styled shoot worthy of a great location I'm always at -- Revolution Mill of Greensboro. One end, a well-established event center. A short bike ride through hallways and you're on the other end-- a collection of nonprofits, local businesses and artist workshops. 1250 RevMill is the fishbowl I often call home when I'm at my other job/passion, but we'll talk about that another day. With huge glass walls dividing space in a revitalized textile factory, RevMill reminds me of my study carrels in college. Yeah, we're all working, but there are plenty of opportunities to visit. And boy, were people interested in what was going on behind Window #1.
Designer's Block is a real thing, and the best way to combat it is to get back to basics. We focused on what Revolution Mill has always stood for in its most literal sense--textiles. Cotton was our muse and denim was our color palette. It was Amber who brought in the copper.
Amber Crudup is the artist behind Suite Paper, designing custom wedding invitations fit for royalty. Nick at RevMill told me to stop by after we looked at the venue, and I'm so glad he did. Well, at first I was intimidated. One look at Amber's website told me she had a gift. But she's also one of the most fun people I've ever gotten to talk to. Amber sat me down in her gorgeous office and walked me through swatches and paint colors and fabrics 'til my mouth hung open. She's filled with big ideas, and the skills to put them onto paper. She and I settled on a common vision, but I had no idea how beautifully the final product would turn out. Stare on with envy.
The next person I met in the planning process was Vickie at VIP Formal Wear. She runs the Friendly, GSO location, and I quickly found another kindred spirit in her. Vickie literally welcomes her grooms with hugs and friendly banter, remembering their names and details that make VIP more than just a name. Vickie likewise welcomed me to the shop and I saw immediately why they're such a popular vendor. She was able to work from a short description of the theme and imagery and very soon we had picked out the perfect look.
While I was in town to raid our warehouse, I dropped by Bridal Traditions to pick up a gown from Kelly Shumate. Kelly's shop invites you in with its decorating touches and the stunning gowns. My mom could never drive past without commenting on the attractive window display. Kelly just has the eye. When Abby dropped in to be fitted for a gown, Kelly picked one that complimented her perfectly with a delicate necklace for just that extra touch. You can just see in the way she carries herself that this model was put in the perfect gown.
Of course, even with a lovely model, you can't just put on a gorgeous dress and expect to look camera-ready. Luckily Amanda Gatewood at Updo's was there to complete the look. Updo's team can travel to your venue--an invaluable resource on a day that can pull brides in a million directions. Having Amanda show up at the many venues she knows well means you can really relax on your big day. And seeing the art she created with Abby's face and hair, I only wish I had known Amanda a decade ago. From beautiful to stunning in about an hour.
All these people came together, but only two ended up in front of the camera (oh thank goodness). Abby and Josh, our lovely newlyweds, were absolute pros in the spotlight. Acting in love is as easy as breathing for these two, and they pulled the cameras to them with their sweet touches. I never get over seeing a couple that's truly meant to be, and these two are the real deal. You can't miss it.
With such talent in front of the camera, I am honored to say that those behind the camera stood up to the test. Nicole Huffman, Kevyn Dixon, and Kayla Cree all came down to our humble shoot, and each took the time to capture it from their unique perspectives. I cannot say enough about each of these talented photographers. I'll let their photos speak for themselves, but if you ever asked me about any of them, I'd give them glowing reviews.
But I've come this far and not talked a bit about Huffman Events. And on this shoot, we did have our hands in so many things. Flowers, cake, decor, construction--let's just say that we're all exhausted. The focus for this shoot was the Mill itself, and we worked to make each detail nod to the history.
I was most excited about these looms. I spent days distressing the wood to make it look as old as the Mill, then my dear husband built them. He's a real team-player. Then for days (DAYS!) I wrapped them meticulously in shades of blue yarn, never overlapping, to give the illusion of looms ready to be woven.
Then the table. This is a craft table I stripped down and stained, and its perfect imperfection needed no linen. But it did need just the right tableware.
The centerpiece stacked on top of a vintage piece of foundry mold, previously used here in NC, and found in my favorite thrift shop. I got to do lots of dreamy shopping for this shoot. The cage was built from distressed embroidery hoops, and if you look beyond the gorgeous placecards, you'll see the original bobbins, wrapped in blue thread. Those are vintage NC factory parts as well.
But my favorite vignette was the lounge area. Everyone needs one. And this one boasted a coffee table that is an original Lineberry cart, used for moving heavy equipment in an NC factory in my hometown. Flanked by my two favorite chairs ($20 each on thrift!) with an accent rug brought home from Albania, this was the perfect place to set our berry-adorned cake.
It's been a while since I've gotten to work on design to this extent. But it truly felt right when I did. With my lovely assistant, Meggan, helping with so many of the details, we put together a true representation of what Huffman Events does. Details. Beautiful details that bring together the venue, the couple, and all the other brilliant vendors. We can't wait to work on your details next.