A Bright, Preppy, Styled Shoot at Hancock Shaker Village

It's always fun to look back on old weddings and projects that we've done here at Tara Consolati Events.  It intrigues me to see the various styles and colors we selected in some of our styled shoots.  Some of the design inspirations that made us giddy back then are delighting us still.  And other times, I smile when I see trends that have faded! LOL

The fun thing about doing styled shoots--or inspiration shoots--is that you are in complete control.  If you want to go dark and dramatic--bringing in black candles with brass candlesticks, dark grapes, figs and coppery hues--you can!  And if you choose to go all-out glam with a pure white scheme and shiny crystal chandeliers, that's fine, too!  These shoots are really a great opportunity to showcase a style that you may not be asked for too often.

This was the case during this project at Hancock Shaker Village, when I wanted to use really bright colors, modern china and flatware and have an overall "preppy" feeling.  Our model's dress, designed by The Cotton Bride, was reminiscent of a beloved heirloom quilt, but in a brighter, more crisp shade of sparkling white, and I thought it was fitting of the type of skills that the Shaker women were known for.  The bright flowers, ribbon backdrop and table runners were in bold contrast with the simplicity of the room's design, and looked great when paired with Classical Tents' farm tables and wooden, cross back chairs.

Working with Tricia McCormack Photography is always a pleasure, and on this occasion, she brought along fellow wedding photographer Jaclyn Lombardo as her second shooter.  I love how both women are laid-back and approachable, yet get the job done.  As you can probably see from some of our silly pics, our model (the fabulous Liane Boyko) was completely at ease!  And as though working with this dream team wasn't already enough, the folks at Wedding Lovely thought our inspiration shoot was just a pretty as we did, and featured it on their website!

Take a look at the images, below.  How do you feel about using bright, bold colors for your wedding?  Do you notice any trends, here, that may have passed on?  Or could this look still be relevant today?

Venue:  Hancock Shaker Village

Photography: Tricia McCormack Photography

Second Shooter: Jaclyn L Photography

Rentals: Classical Tents and Party Goods

Design and Props: Tara Consolati Events

Florals: Bella Flora

Wedding Dress: The Cotton Bride

Hair/Makeup:  Sonia Heimann

Ribbon Cake: Sarah's Cheesecakes & Cafe