As snow covers the ground once again, I’m excited to blog this lovely photo shoot I styled at the tail end of last winter for The Willinghams. I wanted to create something with inspirational details and a bohemian edge and show that a winter wedding in Colorado can be the most perfect event. I brought in LOTS of feathers, quite a bit of leather, and put my DIY skills to work making feathered plates and champagne glasses, garlands, a belt for the bride and all the other details you’ll see below. One of my favorite processes for this shoot was designing a cake with the incredible Rachael Teufel of Intricate Icings. When I sat down to describe my dream cake to Rachael, I showed her photos of the real leather belts I wanted her to put on the cake tiers and she said, “Oh Jill, I can make those out of sugar!” – (insert mind blown). I also wanted one curved feather on the top tier and of course she pulled that out of her magical sugar hat as well. I requested some fabulous furniture from sweet Gretchen at Chairished and incredible flowers arranged by the ladies at Bare Root Flora. The custom stationary was hand drawn by Denver artist Fletcher Zaragoza and the hand made wooden rings and cake server are from Jarrod Renaud of The Reno Brothers who also modeled as our dashing groom in a bow tie by Our House Vintage. Our bride is the gorgeous Anastasia Novikova who is wearing a gown by Winifred Bean and hand made earrings by Christina Graziano with hair styled by Graham Nation and makeup by Stephanie Klasse. I feel so thankful to know so many creative people who are all willing to pull together and lend their talents and hand made processes.
I hope you enjoy the winter wonderland we created…
See what Ruffled loved about this here. And what The Cake Blog loved here.
I’m welcoming Autumn with a sweet shoot I styled for Jarrod Renaud with florals by BareRoot Flora and modeling by the gorgeous Julian Machann.
Fall is my favorite season, so I welcome it with open arms! Enjoy these images that capture the crisp beauty of Autumn and have fun reading my behind the scenes comments on the experience of the shoot (which did not in fact happen in Autumn).
Jarrod Renaud: www.jarrodreno.com
BareRoot Flora: www.barerootflora.com
Julian Machann: www.elitemodel.com
Natosha Cooke: www.natoshacooke.com
Wonder what happened behind the scenes? This shoot was actually done on a 100 degree day in the summer of 2012. Thanks to the forward thinking genius of Jarrod, we had bags of leaves from the previous Fall. Add in vintage jewelry from my collection, a lovely gown from a vintage shop in Longmont, makeup by Natosha Cooke, Fall florals by the amazing Robyn Rissman and modeling by the beautiful Julian Machann and we achieved a unique and lovely set of images. I don’t think Jarrod, Julian or I will ever forget this shoot as it was SO HOT and WINDY that at one point we had to run back to our cars and wait out a wee tornado. Julian and I shared our Subway sandwich and chatted while Jarrod and his wife Tess passed the time in their truck. Once the strong winds passed, we headed back out to get more shots including some bad ass shears and a dress and bouquet totally transformed. I might post the “runaway bride” portion of this shoot in the next few days.
Headpiece by me, shoes by Anthropologie.
Styling the Spahn family was a wonderful adventure. Two amazing parents, four energetic kids, and one incredibly talented photographer made this shoot a completely beautiful success! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Danielle and could not be more impressed with her skills as a wife and mother. She runs her home with so much love and joy, and Jeff is such a playful dad, I can’t imagine a happier household to grown up in. Jarrod Renaud captured the many sweet and magical moments that happened as we ran and played in the great Colorado outdoors using a myriad of film cameras, his perfected craft.
I styled the Spahn family in casual dress, bringing in details that leant charm and whimsy. The boys wore plaid shirts, vests, suspenders, and ties, and the girls wore dresses with lace, tulle, and ruffled boot socks. I had Jeff bring his guitar and the Spahns had a little jam session on hay bales covered with burlap and checked cloth, followed by a time of posing and playing. This gorgeous family farm in Lyons belongs to some dear friends, the Nowlin family. Huge thanks to them for welcoming us onto their property and even leaving us homemade chocolate chip cookies!
Jeff, Danielle, Levi, Ellie, Ethan, and Jude, you are beautiful – thank you for bringing me in to style you!
Jarrod, it’s always such an inspiration to work with you – thank you for getting such perfect images!
See more of this amazing shoot on COUTURE Colorado Baby here: Family of Six in Style
I recently got to style the beautiful Rachael Weaver of Denver’s Rachel Grace Photography for a fun and surprising (snow!) session with Meghan Valentine. Rachael has so much natural beauty and is a no fuss kind of gal, so I loved doing her hair and makeup with a neutral smoky eye and curled soft waves into her hair before putting it up into a top knot. She looked so gorgeous it took my breath away! Baby Weaver is due any day now and I can’t wait to find out what they’re having! My guess is a girl and I hope she’s born on my birthday – February 13th.
For Rachael’s first look, I restyled her baby shower outfit, adding a more ornate belt from her closet and matching boots. The second look is a wonderful tube dress by Heidi Klum from A Pea in the Pod Maternity. The wrap is from H&M and earrings from Claire’s. You can’t see her boots very well, but they are amazing Frye knock offs from Target. I have the real harness boots from Frye and they look exactly the same for only $59.99! I brought along a sweet elephant from India to place on Rachael’s bump since the Weavers have decorated their baby’s nursery with items inspired by elephants – the belly photo is going to look so cute in the baby’s room! The last look is a bright tee from A Pea in the Pod paired with Rachael’s own jeans and a sweater borrowed from my closet from the Missoni for Target collection last Spring.
Here she is… The woman all other pregnant women are jealous of…
And here comes the surprise SNOW. It was actually so wonderful because Rachael had pictured her maternity shoot surrounded by white and a light snow fall. This has been one of the driest winters I’ve seen in 35 years so we never thought it could happen. But it did.
Rachael, you’re going to such an incredible mom. Good luck and I can’t wait to hear the happy news!