Eat, Pray, Love - Gypsy Chic Styled Shoot

 Photo by Mel Klemz Photography 

Photo by Mel Klemz Photography 

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

This was one of the most fun shoots ever!  The best part is that I got to do this with my BFF Christina from 27 Dresses Designs. Her dresses and head pieces are so gorgeous, check them outhere.  I am totally obsessed with doing photo shoots now.  We were running around in the rain and mud the whole day but the shots that the great Mel Klemz got were totally worth it!  My brother in law even got pumped about it, setting up his generator so we could light our chandelier.  Read what Christina has to say about our shoot to the ladies of Landlocked Bride, who by the way, published our shoot.

I am so excited to share this gorgeous styled shoot with you!  The shoot took place in Valparaiso, Indiana, an eclectic college town about an hour outside of Chicago. 

The vision behind the shoot was first inspired by an article I read about how to relax before your wedding.  We wanted to take a single bride and capture these moments.  The advice included things like: get outside, be alone, pray/meditate, journal, drink herbal tea, and just let go. To keep the flow of the relaxing theme of the shoot, I decided head to toe chiffon and basically bare feet seemed to be the perfect choice, so you will see Kayla in a beautiful 2 piece, one-shoulder chiffon wedding gown and a chiffon and vintage lace bridal cap (an amazing alternative to the traditional veil).  Both will be available in my 2014 design collections which I am so excited about.  

The venue was the property of an English artist.  She agreed to let us use it if she could have permission to spy on the shoot, proving there are still a few awesome people in the world.    We were much obliged!  It was magical.  There were hills of fruit trees including apple, pear, and plum. There was a bridge and a bench and so many things that just made it a rustic dream all on its own… We felt very blessed to be accepted so warmly.

As for the styling, Michelle (AKM Events), and I (Christina)-27 Dresses Designs, have collaborated on quite a few shoots this 
year.  With this particular shoot, she decided we should utilize our own resources since we had access to so many beautiful things that really 
complimented the boho theme we were going for.  We used a lot of pieces of our own/family and friends.  Many of the beautiful pieces came from basement shopping trips Michelle took to her sister-in-law’s house.  Her SIL was so excited to see us use her things, and was even a good sport when Mother Nature decided to rain on her REAL SILVER pieces right in the middle of the session!  Aaaahhhhh!  Don’t worry…We wiped everything.

“I think I deserve something beautiful.”  – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

I hope these photos inspire you! Happy Planning.