Thursday, March 24, 2011

Styled Shoots + NYC w/Holly Chapple & David Beahm

I've been a little M.I.A. lately so I just want to give you the scoop on what we've been up to over the last few weeks and share a few photos to inspire. Larger more in-depth post will be coming soon, but here is a sneak peek. 
A few weeks ago we were head deep in beautiful props and candy for a 3 day photo shoot for Fig 2 Design's 20 new wedding invitation suites. Claudia, the owner and creative designer, is an absolute sweetheart, and has created some amazing new invitation suites that are each uniquely different and drop dead gorgeous. Her designs are fresh, fun and just my style, but since they are all so different, the shoot required a ton of different props and setups for each of the 20 suites. Mary Kate Mckenna, one of my favorite photogs, who shot Kerry and Josh's wedding, was a very happy lady shooting all the cute little details and setups. To tell the truth the three of us had a blast, and the 3 days blew by before we even knew it! Claudia is working on launching a new website, so the images are under wraps until the launch, but here is a sneak peek she posted on her home page. 

Following the Fig 2 Design shoot, our team was working hard with Morgan, a talented up and coming wedding florist and owner of Petals and Hedges. As a team we styled six, yes six, separate photos shoots with Morgan providing all the stunning flowers and bouquets. The shoots were designed not only to showcase Morgan's work, but also a new intimate Leesburg venue, which I will provide more details on soon. I'm very excited about this venue and all the cute options for events on the property. 

 Vicki Grafton Photography

The day after the 2 day mega shoot with Morgan in Leesburg, I was off on a bus headed to New York with Holly Chapple Flowers for her amazing new design workshop co-hosted by none other than David Beahm. I was there to capture Holly's workshop, which included the Chapel Floral Designers shopping the NYC flower market, browsing major supply stores like Jamali Garden,  learning design tips from David and his staff, creating stunning individual and group floral designs, and even attending a taping, of  Martha Stewart which was followed by a private tour of the Martha Stewart headquarters.  Here a just a sample images from the trip and workshop.  

I also want to give a big shout-out to Holly who is such a kind hearted soul and an extremely talented floral designer. She inspires me and so many other designers every day and I'm so glad I get to work with her to create amazing events for our clients. Thanks for letting me join you and capture the first of many amazing workshops to come! 

NY Flower Market with the Designers
Vicki Grafton Photography

Jamali Garden, I heart this place!  

Vicki Grafton Photography

None other than David Beahm
Vicki Grafton Photography

Two of my personal favorite individual designs from the workshop

Vicki Grafton Photography

Overall, it has been an amazing and crazy few weeks and I look forward to sharing more of the images from the multiple styled shoots and the New York design trip shortly.  David Beahm's insight and knowledge of the event industry was so enlightening and I was honored to hear him speak about some of his large events, and his philosophy about life and business. With wedding season almost in full swing we'll be trying to implement some of David's advice and we are really looking forward to some truly unique weddings this year! 

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