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Something Old, Something…Older.

The masterful (and newly engaged) Sara K Byrne published the stunning results from our stylized photo shoot this past spring at the Botanical Gardens in Boise. Sara came to me to help develop a unique concept for a wedding photo shoot and we spent many weeks brainstorming themes, accents and details.

I challenge you to inspire a wedding photographer by coming up with an original wedding theme they haven’t seen and shot a hundred times before. Hipster-tastic? Too vague. Rustic chic? Yawn. Traveling theme? Contrived. Asian inspired? (She actually shuttered).

A hundred vetos and a slew of lattes later; we devised a theme. Or was it a non-theme theme? Without realizing it, we managed to cleverly incorporate all of our favorite elements from all of the above into one cohesive theme under an umbrella we donned “throw-back eclectic glamour’. We wanted chic but not pretentious, old but not tired, quirky but not kitsch. And if I do say so myself – that’s exactly what we got.

Insert two beautiful people, one gorgeous day (and location), one seriously incredible vintage wedding dress and a collection of some of the finest Boise artists and vendors, including Amaru Confections, Bliss Events, B29 StrEATery, yours truly, Marissa Lyons Makeup Artistry, and Lunatic Fringe Salon  and you’ve got yourself a success story. (as well as featured on uber cool Bridal blog – Bridal Musings.

The table setting. I immediately knew the look I wanted to achieve, which was largely shaped by heirlooms from my grandmothers. What better way to portray authentic vintage glamour than to incorporate the possessions of two fabulous women who lived it?

Lush gold silk fabric peaked through a vintage cream lace curtain panel-turned-table-cloth.

I have stacks and stacks of stunningly intricate china (note the infamous blue and white that Mamma Sal and I have seamlessly carried down the bloodline…) and I wanted to find a way to mix them all together.

Brass candlesticks, antique pins, statuesque glassware and antique photographs each held their own without fighting too hard to overpower one another.

My very favorite photographs of my grandparents served as perfect ‘bride and groom’ seat indicators – juxtaposed with these fabulously modern Lucite Louis XIII Ghost chairs.

and they [all] lived happily ever after. Probably.

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