Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dolce Shoot w/ Tonya Joy Photography

Hello and Happy New Year (belated)!! I’m back and I will be on top of blogging from here on out. I’m hoping…ha! I had a post in mind about a month ago and then Newtown happened. It stopped me in my tracks and I felt like posting anything beautiful and lovely was frivolous. That feeling stayed with me into the holidays. I don’t want to go into it, I’m sure the feelings were, and still are, felt worldwide. Then I was  somewhat overwhelmed with family, the holidays, and my big New Years marketing push, which I will probably share in a later post. I came up with a really fun project to share my work with other industry professionals who I’d love to work with. I’m looking forward to an amazing 2013. I have so many plans for this year, and I’m even planning some huge new developments into the beginning of 2014 for Oak & the Owl. The journey should be fun, so stick with me and see what happens!

The shoot I’m sharing with you today comes from a photography workshop by Tonya Joy Photography. She designed this shoot that she called Dolce, around a red wedding dress she made herself. Here’s what she had to say about it: “Inspired by a fresh fall issue of Vogue magazine I became immediately inspired to construct a dress and style a shoot around the dress I was making.  Yards of red dupioni silk, gold accents, two freshly engaged and insanely in love love birds, gorgeous light and wonderful photographic medium, and a fun collaboration of some creative professionals and this shoot was born.  I called it is to inspire sexy, romantic, classic brides to incorporate passion, beauty, and a little whimsy into their wedding day.” I hope you like what we came up with, I certainly had fun doing the flowers. Enjoy!

1OakandtheOwl_Red Peony Bouquet

2OakandtheOwl_Red Tree Peony Bridal Bouquet

3OakandtheOwl_Red Ranunculus Bout

The flowers used were amaryllis, garden roses, ranunculus, tree peonies, Henry Bockstoce peonies, double petaled tulips, French anemones, red astilbe, rosea astrantia, holly fern, maidenhair fern, and guava branches. I designed the centerpiece in a footed pressed glass compote. A few months ago I stocked up on compotes I found in an antique store down the street from my rose fields. ;-) They’re for a May wedding that I’m SO excited for.

4OakandtheOwl_Red Wedding Dress

5OakandtheOwl_Red and Pink Centerpiece

6OakandtheOwl_Gold Table Cloth Red Flowers

7OakandtheOwl_Nest Napkin Treatment

8OakandtheOwl_Red Amaryllis Chair Dressing

9OakandtheOwl_Red and Gold Wedding

10OakandtheOwl_Pressed Glass Compote Centerpiece

11OakandtheOwl_Loose Lush Wild Centerpiece

12OakandtheOwl_Compote Centerpiece

13OakandtheOwl_Birdcage Wedding

14OakandtheOwl_Lush Red and Pink Bridal Bouquet

This lovely shoot was also featured on the blog Le Magnifique! You can click the link to see what she had to say about it, as well as see even more photos from the earlier pre-wedding session that I didn’t show here.

Vendor List

Photography: Tonya Joy

Stylist, Seamstress, Shoot Designer: Tonya Joy

Florist: Oak & the Owl

Hair/Make-up artist: Kitsch by Kat

Paper Goods: Jill Parkin Designs

Cake: Rebecca Williamson


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    1. Thank you so much Jane! I just noticed your comment. I would have answered much sooner otherwise, my apologies. Thanks again for the visit, and taking the time to comment! xo