It’s finally here! The styled Garden of the Gods wedding shoot that we’ve been dreaming up for months is complete!
Photos: Plum Portraits Photography
Models + Publication: The Beloved Bride (Haley & Nathaniel Duckworth)
Bridal Jumpsuit + Accessories: Paparazzi Glamour and Gowns
Menswear: Dillard’s Evansville
Florals: Petal and Pine
Sign + Decor: Divided Designs
Rings: Everly Rings
Hair: Ellie Schmitt Hair at Salon One
There was so much love and labor behind this styled wedding shoot that was dreamed up between Rachel (my photographer) and I. We’ve been brainstorming and working on this for several months now, and to see our vision finally come to life is so exciting. We’ve been so honored to be able to work with some of the best people and businesses in the tri-state. We’re so excited to finally share it with y’all!
The vintage, yet modern jumpsuit that we styled for this shoot was provided by Paparazzi Glamour and Gowns and was literally the most stunning piece we could have asked for! Rachel and I were both getting such “Hannah B. Bachelorette” vibes while styling this! All of the accessories and shoes that I wore during the shoot were also provided by Paparazzi. They literally have anything you could ever possibly need to complete the look for your big day – from wedding, prom or formals. The girls at Paparazzi were so accommodating, and made the entire experience of picking out a gown so much fun. They offer their genuine expertise and advice, which makes for a really nice experience.
Nathaniel’s ensemble was provided entirely by Dillard’s in Evansville at Eastland Mall. His suit and tie were both Murano, and his shoes were Steve Madden. I couldn’t have pictured him in anything dreamier. The colors came together beautifully to compliment the touches of red that I incorporated into my look. The detailing on his suit jacket was an added touch that just pulled everything together.
I can’t gush enough over the florals that were used in this shoot. In my opinion, this was what really drew everything together. I seriously couldn’t have come up with a dreamier flowing bouquet. If I could go back to my own wedding, this is exactly what I would have chosen. The cascading floral put the cherry on top of this entire shoot. Petal and Pine is absolutely fantastic, and I would recommend them to anyone with an upcoming wedding or event. Nathaniel’s boutonniere matched perfectly, and again, added just enough hint of red to compliment my bouquet.
The additional amount of detail and work that went into this shoot was provided by so many incredible people. Ellie Schmitt, of Salon One, provided the hairstyle for this shoot and she absolutely KILLED it! The vision of what we had for the hairstyle came to life right in front of our eyes as she worked her magic on my hair the day of the shoot.
Lastly, I can’t tell you how obsessed I was over the additional accessories that we brought along to the shoot. The Garden of the Gods was an absolute dream to shoot at, and the rug that we used to complete the vibe we were going for, as well as the beautiful sign provided by Angela Morlock at Divided Designs completed the entire shoot. Her work is absolutely incredible and would be a beautiful addition to anyone’s big day!
On location, the Garden of the Gods would be a beautiful spot for a small, intimate wedding, which gave us the inspiration for this shoot. The Historic Bell Hill Wedding Venue is located right in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest (Garden of the Gods) and would make for a beautiful wedding venue. Click this link to learn more about the Shawnee National Forest. This is a great camping area if you are in to that, and if a hotel suits you better and you’d like to visit, here’s a list of the 10 closest hotels to the area.
This shoot is definitely one that we will never forget! A little fun fact… right when were finishing up, a huge storm blew in and we were probably 1/4 mile from our cars, way up on a huge cliff. The storm literally came out of nowhere, and I kid you not, the sound of the wind rushing through the trees had me thinking that none of us were going to get out of there alive. Nathaniel and I were obviously still in our wedding attire, and I was scared to death of getting poured on. Thankfully, we both made it back to the car just in time before the rain started, but I don’t think I’ve ever ran that fast down a mountain in my life. It was definitely an experience none of us will forget, especially poor Rachel who had to lug all of her equipment plus the set-up we used back to her car in this tornado of a storm!
I hope you enjoy this wedding inspo as much as we enjoyed putting it all together. Everything came out perfectly, and we cannot thank all of our vendors that provided for this shoot enough. Also, a HUGE thank you to Rachel Biggs of Plum Portrait Photography for providing the magical photography and editing for this shoot.