Autumn in Elko, Minnesota

I've participated in a fair number of styled shoots at this point, and almost all of them have been far away. I love sending out my finished stationery and imagining it on the coast of California, somewhere in the historic East Coast area, or off in Mexico. But as much as the destinations of my paper goods tempt the wanderlust in me, I also found myself wishing I could actually experience a styled shoot, rather than simply seeing the photos that are the result.

The perfect opportunity came to me earlier this autumn, when the talented team from Maven Events here in Minneapolis asked if I wanted to be a part of a foraging-themed rehearsal dinner shoot in the picturesque town of Elko. Of course I said yes, and was so excited! They had such a perfect vision for the shoot that included some very unique elements for me to work on, and I couldn't wait.

One of the paper pieces Maven asked me to create was a cocktail recipe! I really enjoyed not only creating illustration and calligraphy for this suite, but also experimenting with different fonts as elements of the overall design. 

When it came to creating the invitation suite, I wanted to really capture the earthy, foraged feel the shoot was going to have. I used creamy white handmade paper and rich brown ink paired with wild, reaching branches of foliage and a left-aligned text. I normally stick to center-aligned designs, but I wanted to experiment on the overall layout as well as with different fonts. I used a blue-grey envelope with coordinating vintage stamps for the main envelope, and created an RSVP envelope out of stunning feather and kozo paper by the amazing Share Studios. The final touch was an antique gold wax seal, pressed with a foliage stamp I designed.

The beautiful natural light, sumptuously laid table, and gorgeous linens and dishes were all so perfect! We all had a difficult time restraining ourselves from nibbling on the bread and hand pies provided by The Copper Hen!

One of the Maven girls had a really great vision for a specific part of the shoot, and this was the main reason I actually got to go along. We took a variety of foods and placed them on butcher paper, and then I hand-lettered labels alongside each individual item. It's so fun for me to see my own work in action; I've never had photos taken of me while I work before! I loved the way this turned out!

The final piece I created for this shoot was a vendor list. Once again, the Maven team was full of wonderfully unique ideas! I loved that they thought of a vendor list, and hope that I am able to make more for shoots in the future! 

Photography: Kristen Dyer / Venue: Krista Reynolds / Planning and Styling: Maven Events / Florals: Maven Floral / Dessert and Bread: The Copper Hen / Accouterments: Williams Sonoma / Place Settings: General Store of Minnetonka