We kicked off wedding season with a Forever Bride styled shoot this week! In the midst of all the fun + creativity, the purpose of our styled shoots is to bring our vendors together + showcase their work.
We don't want to let any spoilers to slip, so we'll keep this short and sweet. But stay tuned for the official photos + details, coming soon!
Keep scrolling for some behind the scenes teasers.
The beautiful, sunny day was hot and muggy from start to finish at around 90 degrees. So luckily we were mostly indoors staying cool in Cafe Lurcat, a bright + airy eatery located in Minneapolis. Though, we *happily* braved the heat for the "money shots" in the adorably artsy alley behind the restaurant (pictured at the end of this post, they are probably our FAVORITES).
Cassie of Color Me Cassie was always on hand to touch up our model, Allegra's gorgeous makeup. If you're looking for a makeup artist, she's your girl!
Exclusive Forever Bride Deal: Complementary airbrush makeup.
Miroslav of Innate Light quick fixing a flyaway hair on the bride. We are so glad we asked him to photograph this styled shoot. Not only did he talk about his passion for photography throughout the day, but he truly embodied it. Not to mention, he's getting married in a couple weeks, so even between all those last minute details, he still found time for us. Thank you, Slav!! We are excited to see your photos.
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Along with coordinating the shoot, Anna of Enticing Events arranged the tables + decor perfectly. At just 10 years old, she began planning events (birthday parties, "cocktail hours," etc) so we trusted her completely throughout the shoot.
Exclusive Forever Bride Deal: 15% off a full-service wedding package.
Here the event planner + designer and hairstylist helped the photographer + videographer capture the perfect lighting for the ring shots, custom made by T. Lee. You know what they say, sometimes it takes a whole village! Good thing we have such a great, talented, passionate one!
Exclusive Forever Bride Deal: $100 off diamonds for any jewelry.
Goldenstroke Lettering hand made the invitation suite, place cards, and Mr + Mrs cups with gold calligraphy. We don't have a BTS photo but you'll see plenty in the official photographs.
Goldenstroke Lettering's Exclusive Forever Bride Deal: Receive a set of embossed Mrs. & Mr. stemless wine glasses with any custom coaster order over $100.
The Forever Bride team ran around throughout the day capturing BTS video footage for our Instagram story. We LOVE you, brides, so of course we had to give you BTS while it was happening. The excitement was too high to fully keep to ourselves.
A "fly on the wall," Kathleen of Kathleen Quinn Films intentionally took a step back to film more candidly. "I observe the environment and make it a point to capture the details that may go unnoticed, while also focusing in on the big events that you'll hold near and dear to your heart."
Exclusive Forever Bride Deal: $100 off wedding package.
We chose 5 wedding gowns from Annika Bridal and made sure they stayed clean throughout the shoot. Each gown had its own style, cut, and shape that brought a new personality to each bridal look.
Exclusive Forever Bride Deal: 15% off accessories.
We had our wonderful vendor, Alyssa of Pompadour do many different hairstyles on the bride. From braids, to buns, to completely down and wavy, it always looked flawless. And pretty sure this was right after Allegra accidentally got cake in her hair during the cake cutting... Alyssa to the rescue!
Exclusive Forever Bride Deal: 20% off first hair service // Book thru pompadour and get free hair style for engagement photos // When bridal party is booked thru Pompadour, the bride will get a free full set of lashes if 2 or more of the bridal party book lashes for 50% off!
We'll never get over this gorgeous Cafe Lurcat space. Seriously. Believe it or not, it's even MORE gorgeous in person. All the the greenery, high ceilings, chandeliers and historic brick wall = absolute perfection.
Jennifer of Grace Klein provided + arranged the pretty florals that you keep seeing in the photos. She even added in florals onto the cupcakes + made small DIY arrangements for the table settings at the last second. We took one of her stunning arrangements back to our office to admire her beautiful work even longer. If only flowers could last forever and ever!
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Ever since Nothing Bundt Cakes Minnetonka, dropped off cake + cupcakes, we were ALL practically drooling over them. Before the goodies were devoured, we weren't even sure if it was real... it was absolutely perfect looking! But of course, once our photographer took some shots of the models cutting the cake, we all enjoyed the desserts. YUM.
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Linen Effects provided the prettiest linens! It was the coolest thing - some of the lighting created the linens to look lavender instead of ivory. They aren't pictured but just wait till you see the official styled shoot images. The lavender complemented the blush + gold tones so well.
Bill's Toggery suited up our model, Garret in both a black tux and a navy tux. Looking sharper than ever, Garret sported a handsome man bun that brought some hipster vibes to the set.
Exclusive Forever Bride Deal: FREE groom's tux + $40 off each tux in wedding party with at least 6 in wedding party. Suit Purchase Special: Groom's suit is half price with purchase of at least 4 other suits in wedding party.
And here's the alley shots I mentioned earlier. HOW COOL?!
And of course, no Forever Bride styled shoot is quite complete without a 4-legged furry friend....*10 heart emojis*
His name is Rollo and he even has his own Instagram here.
Cheers-ing to a successful styled shoot, we celebrated and bonded over a bottle of champagne. So, cheers to that + to the upcoming official styled shoot photos!
Meanwhile, take a peek at one of our favorite styled shoots to date: The Contemporary Couple.
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