fallin' for you...

retro wedding inspiration in Bridgeport

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I’ll start off by saying that I’m IN LOVE with this project for so many reasons. This was definitely my spin on a fall theme but there were so many layers that made this fun. From the non-traditional fall palette to adding in a vintage scooter to highlighting two models with gorgeous brown skin tones - I’d say those things were the recipe for something this entire team could high-five about.

I’ve been wanting do a “throwback” themed shoot since I launched Canvas but kept shelving the idea. When I started seeing a ton of styles from the 60s-70s popping up in stores, I knew it was time to pull out all of the inspo boards I had created and get this thing going! I originally wanted a summertime shoot but then I realized how PERFECT it would be to blend fall color palettes with the retro theme. In all honesty, I was so excited to pitch this look to a prospective client and I was immediately shot down because they were looking for more of a traditional fall look - like, we’re talking gourds on the menus and wheat and leaves on the table, traditional. Don’t get me wrong - I would have whipped up something “autumnal chic” for them but it’s probably for the best that I was able to use my retro idea for this styled shoot and take it to the max!

I got really lucky with so many mid-century modern pieces trending right now - there was seriously inspiration everywhere I turned! And not to mention, every clothing store has the perfect showcase of retro prints, fabric and colors on display right now - velvet…SO. MUCH. VELVET. And ochre, I’m obsessed with the color and the word since it’s fancier than saying “mustard”. I actually settled on the color palette for this shoot when I came across an Apartment Therapy article that featured a velvet couch, a cool chandelier and bold colors (similar).

I still couldn’t help but think that people might think I was a little crazy but of course, Meg, my creative soulmate, sent me a message within minutes of reaching out saying that she was all in to partner up and photograph the vision. An AMAZING team all fell into place after that and I can’t thank everyone enough for how dreamy this all turned out. Ok, enough chatting - let’s take a little cruise over to Bridgeport…

Gorgeous dress by: Love Lives Here Bridal - Style: “Luca”

Gorgeous dress by: Love Lives Here Bridal - Style: “Luca”

*fun fact: I found these earrings at JoAnn Fabrics near the check out for $4.99 and scrapped the other jewelry choices when I found these!

*fun fact: I found these earrings at JoAnn Fabrics near the check out for $4.99 and scrapped the other jewelry choices when I found these!

Stunning flowers by InFlorEscence Chicago

Stunning flowers by InFlorEscence Chicago

*fun fact: I recently got engaged myself! And this beauty is my engagement ring! <3

*fun fact: I recently got engaged myself! And this beauty is my engagement ring! <3

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Dapper in the tux rental provided by Formally Modern

Dapper in the tux rental provided by Formally Modern

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Drooling over this cake made by ECBG Cake Design!

Drooling over this cake made by ECBG Cake Design!

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*fun fact: we turned on 60’s hits and these two were dancing to “Stand By Me” for their bar shots.

*fun fact: we turned on 60’s hits and these two were dancing to “Stand By Me” for their bar shots.

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*fun fact: I spent way too much time deciding on fabric for the table but when I finally came across this ochre crushed velvet, I dropped everything and asked them for 6 yards immediately. P.S. This candleabra and the vintage-looking vases are all from Ikea’s new catalog.

*fun fact: I spent way too much time deciding on fabric for the table but when I finally came across this ochre crushed velvet, I dropped everything and asked them for 6 yards immediately. P.S. This candleabra and the vintage-looking vases are all from Ikea’s new catalog.

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*fun fact: I came across this early 70’s scooter on Craigslist when I was actually looking for apartments and had to reach out. The owner was cool enough to let us borrow it for an hour during his lunch break since it hadn’t sold yet.

*fun fact: I came across this early 70’s scooter on Craigslist when I was actually looking for apartments and had to reach out. The owner was cool enough to let us borrow it for an hour during his lunch break since it hadn’t sold yet.

*fun fact: Meghan and Shawn know each other but are just friends. They were great sports and certainly played along to help rev thing up during the shoot! So fun working with these two!

*fun fact: Meghan and Shawn know each other but are just friends. They were great sports and certainly played along to help rev thing up during the shoot! So fun working with these two!

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Much love and thanks to all of the vendors:  

Photography: Meg Adamik Creative

Venue: The Duck Inn

Dress: Love Lives Here Bridal, Milwaukee

Tux: Formally Modern - Clybourn

Floral: InFlorEscence

Cake: ECBG Cake Studio

Makeup: Heather Busulovich Artistry

Hair Stylist: Devin Sutter

Invitations: Hannah Hightower, Seattle

Models: Meghan Mathew and Shawn Kay

And many thanks to my cousin/assistant for the day, Aramis <3 and also to our buddy, Nate, from Craigslist who let us borrow his vintage scooter during his lunch break!

XO, 

Sharris, @canvaswed