Working with local vendors is always such a pleasure, and none more than when said vendors are also an incredibly kind and talented bunch of women! When I first moved to Minnesota, I was a little bit nervous about meeting vendors in the wedding industry. I am shy and introverted, and my business was still very new. Moving to a much larger city than I had ever lived in before was intimidating, and the thought of making friends was even more so! Thankfully, I met some amazing people very quickly, and I've loved building relationships with them since!
One of these women - the first I met - is Shasta Bell, who does calligraphy as well as botanically dyed ribbon. Her warm personality and kind smile immediately made me feel welcome in the Minneapolis wedding industry. She told me about some of her favorite vendors to work with, Ashley Fox and Amanda Nippoldt being two of them. Amanda is an amazing film photographer, and Ashley does the dreamiest and most ethereal floral arrangements. Ashley often sets up styled vignettes and photoshoots in her lovely studio, and when she asked me to create a suite for one such shoot, I was thrilled!
The shoot was going to have lots of focus on texture, and Ashley told me lots about the model she would be working with, whose look was very whimsical and other-worldly. I immediately started thinking about how I could incorporate that mood into the invitation suite. I chose a selection of several handmade papers and small, minimal typeface for the main elements of the suite. Ashley requested graphite calligraphy - which is such a beautiful texture, especially on handmade paper! - and I also created a pencil sketch of an iris to incorporate the graphite texture more fully. I finished everything off with thin black twine, vintage stamps, and a lovely gold wax seal.
As you can see, Ashley's floral arrangements for the shoot are completely breathtaking, as is the model! The lovely Heather Trachsel created a perfect makeup look for the shoot, and ribbon dyed by Shasta and ceramics from The Foundry finished everything off perfectly. Amanda captured everything so well, and the end result is such a light, ethereal, and organic shoot full of delicate late-spring flowers.
I loved collaborating on this shoot with such a fun group of women, and I even got to attend it, which hardly ever happens! Keep up the good work, ladies; you are all a pleasure to know and I am thrilled that I get to work alongside you!