Styled Shoot at Historic Shady Lane

Styled Shoot at Historic Shady Lane

Hello friends,

Quite a year it has been! As you may already know, this is my 10th year of business. Around May, I decided that one of the ways I wanted to celebrate was by designing my own styled shoot. I also just really needed something good to look forward to.

If you don’t work in the wedding industry, or don’t know what a styled shoot is I’ll give some background. It’s pretty much what it sounds like- a photoshoot that you style. I chose to use a real couple, but many times you use models. It’s a great way to show your potential and network with other creatives. I had a BLAST putting this together and meeting new vendors. I definitely don’t think this will be my last!

About the couple– Lindsay and Trent are friends of mine. You may recognize them from their engagement shoot we did last year! They previously hired me to photograph their wedding, but they opted to cancel and elope instead. I’m so glad they were on board to join me for this shoot! They are beautiful people inside and out.

About the venueHistoric Shady Lane. To say I’m obsessed with this venue might be a bit of an understatement. When I nannied in Manchester I used to drive past it and wonder what it was like back there. The grounds are just beautiful, and they have everything you’d need for an entire wedding day. I already have an affinity for old houses and architecture, so it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this venue. If I ever decide to get married and have a traditional wedding, this is absolutely the venue I would choose for myself.

Getting ready – We started our day out at MKUP The Beauty Studio in downtown York. This was my first time working with them, and I was very pleased with the outcome! Tiffany did Lindsay’s hair. She has a lot of it, but the style lasted very well through the shoot! Maggie was on makeup. Both women were really able to get an idea of what we were thinking for the shoot and make it come to life.

It’s all in the details! Details are some of my favorite things to shoot! I think they bring a lot of personality to a shoot/wedding day. Our succulent tie and pocket square are courtesy of The St. Louis Skinny on Etsy! This shoot has a succulent theme throughout, and it all started with this tie. I found this sweet invite on Shutterfly. Their rings are from Littman Jewelers and Reeds.

About the floristPam’s Petals was so wonderful to work with! I sent her my ideas and color scheme, and she delivered! Pam designed a bouquet, boutineer, large arrangement, and cut styling flowers for us. She does really beautiful work, and our shoot would not have been the same without her!

Our menswear is courtesy of Central Pa Tuxedo. My friend Hannah of Hannah Elizabeth Events recommended them to me, and they were great! I loved the deep blue of this tuxedo, it was perfect for our color scheme. We used the Lancaster location. They were easy to communicate with, and flexible with my schedule.

I don’t know about you, but as much as I LOVE color, I’m tempted to make every wedding photo ever black & white. It’s just so classy. I loved the soft focus and filmy vibes of the shot above.

The dress – I know you’ve been waiting for it! This gorgeous silvery gown is from Dream Bridal Resale in Wrightsville! It was just a lender, and it is available! If you love this beauty, make an appointment and snag it! I love the idea of a consigned gown because you know it’s probably only been worn once, and you can designate the money you save back into your wedding (like for photography ;)). Gina and Lori, the shop owners, are a mother-daughter duo and fabulous to work with. They are kind and will help you find just what you’re looking for! Do I regret not trying it on? A little, but I’m a professional.

Did I mention the perfect amount of fall color we had? It was definitely a risk scheduling that late into October (our shoot was on the 27th). It is sometimes too late for the best colors. It was also the only day that week that we didn’t have rain. I felt so thankful. It really was a perfect day.

Historic Shady Lane has just stunning grounds. There are several buildings, a greenhouse, a tent, and lots of land to roam on!

This spot just exudes Pride and Prejudice if you ask me. You know the scene where Mr. Darcy declares his love and Elizabeth is like, “is that supposed to be a compliment? I hate you”? I imagine that happening here. It’s so elegant.

Videography– I’m SO excited that Ryan got to join us to capture this day. I’ll add his teaser video at the bottom. Ryan has experience shooting weddings, and has just branched out into his own business! I can’t wait to see how well he does. You can find all things ForeverGreen Films on his website!

Gotta love a good veil to play around with! (Also courtesy of our friends at Dream!)

Back into the greenhouse for our last event!

Dessert! Generously provided by Dough & Co.! Edible cookie dough is just one of the best things ever. On top of that, the creator of Dough & Co decided to make it all gluten-free! I have to avoid all glutens for the sake of my health, so this shop has been so special to me. You have til December 6th to enjoy their brick and mortar shop in downtown Lancaster. Don’t fret- their food truck is still available for your events!

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you SO much to my team of vendors! I couldn’t have done it without you! Lindsay and Trent, I wish you both so many blessings on your marriage. I am grateful to have been part of creating these memories with you.

xoxo, Grace