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Great Expectations Editorial for The Atlantan Brides


Here is a shoot for the Atlantan Brides magazine. Our dear friend(and ultimate team player) Max LeBlanc from Sun in my Belly recruited an all-star crew to produce this Great Expectations themed shoot. We wanted to capture the romantic, melancholic moodiness of the Victorian era but through the eyes of a modern bride and through the lens of the oh-so talented Heidi Geldhauser. The venue, Lullwater Acres, has a wild and unruly garden flush with thickets of ferns which became an element we chose to echo throughout.  

Amy Osaba once again created dazzling floral arrangements reminiscent of the dramatic, cascading bouquets of the time

Erica Loesing's botanical yet graphic save-the-dates are offset by her delicate and lacy paper silhouettes of ferns. 

The Simply Charming Socials gals built this beautiful champagne tower with their precise and steady hands. I was too chicken to attempt the formation for fear that I would bring it all crashing down with one fell swoop! Also, in a pinch a garden urn makes a fantastic champagne bucket or pedestal for a show-stopping bouquet. 

Instead of lighting the table with the fussy candlabras of that period, I created a runner of taper candles melted onto white blocks of wood and then wove various greenery and florals throughout to tie it all together. 

How stunning is the fern table runner Erica created from paper? So feminine without the stuffiness that can be associated with your grandmother's lace. 


What I loved about this look was the deconstructed gibson hairstyle coupled with the halo made from delicate sprigs of spray painted baby's breath. 

Photography: Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love

Planning and Coordination: Simply Charming Socials

Styling and Creative Direction: Me

My Stylist Assistant: Jordan Wright

Floral Design: Amy Osaba

Stationary suite, menu, escort cards, chair scrolls, and paper table runner: Erica Loesing

Hair & Makeup: Claudia Mejerle

Food Styling and Creation: Alison Lueker of Sun in My Belly

Furniture rentals: Settee Event Decor Rental

Wedding Dress: Kelly's Closet

Cake: Anne Kathleen Cakes

Super 8 mm Filmographer: Chris Dekmar

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Reader Comments (3)

That cake is incredible! Lullwater Estate is always so pretty in these shoots — I'd love to see it in person. Fabulous job!

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

I just found your site on pinterest today--love.

January 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Beautiful photos! It looks like an incredible wedding!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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