I'm so excited to share the images from our Boho Industrial Styled Shoot with Oh So Glam Blog and Ashley Caroline Photography, not only because of the gorgeous theme, but because of the talented group of vendors I had the pleasure of working with. With a blend of friends and colleagues from the past, and new friends of the future, this shoot was the fun, laid back, and creative outlet we were all craving.
When photographer, Ashley Caroline, reached out to collaborate on one last styled shoot before her little one arrives, I jumped at the chance to pull this bridal look together. As you can see by the work in her portfolio, I couldn't be happier to have been able to collaborate with a photographer who's eye for detail and aesthetic result in stunning images. As an example of a small world bringing old acquaintances together, Ashley and I actually attended Farmington High School together. When I embarked on creating A Styled Affair, I reached out to Ashley to pick her brain on the success of her photography business. She has been a great source of advice and guidance in this journey and I couldn't be more appreciative to have been able to collaborate with her on this shoot which is also featured on her blog.
Our model, Christina, is not only the Founder and Editor of Oh So Glam, a personal style and beauty blog, but also a close friend and colleague from the past. We have followed along each other's ventures and were so happy to have found a way to collaborate and work together. Christina has built an amazing business around her style and ability for putting together on-trend looks, so planning this shoot added a little extra emphasis on the style direction. After seeing what a gorgeous bride she made in her wedding last year, I knew she would be the perfect inspiration for this shoot. My goal was to find an affordable dress that could masquerade as a wedding gown so we could show brides that you don't have to splurge to have a look that wows. I found this off the shoulder lace dress by JARLO on Revolve Clothing for under $200 and new it would do the trick. Styled several different ways, with a handmade veil from January Rose Bridal, a boho braid and a topsy turvy updo, and a flower hairpiece, you can see that this dress can be versatile for any kind of bride, from traditional to boho, or a little bit of both. You can read more about this look on Christina's blog and check out her other posts in her Wedding Wednesday series which feature the details of her gorgeous nuptials.
As a Boston-based business, I have primarily worked with vendors in Massachusetts and Rhode Island so I was excited to hold this shoot in Connecticut because it lead me to work with florist, Jakkelyn Iris. Jakki was able to pull together this gorgeous bouquet which was the perfect mix of greenery and small pops of color. I had been wanting to feature a bouquet that incorporated Queen Protea and this arrangement didn't disappoint. The bouquet was a great contrast to the delicate lace dress and the white space of the studio.
Finding a hairstylist that is not only talented, but sweet and a joy to talk to through hair appointments, is no small feat. When I moved to Boston several years ago, I had to leave behind my favorite stylist and salon, Emily from Teaz'd, in Avon, CT. Getting to work with Emily again was such a great reminder of the amazing work she does with hair and makeup. From the boho braid she created for our first look, to the updo she created for our second look, she was able to portray the versatility I was looking for in this shoot. With flower crowns being all the rage the last couple of years, I wanted to change it up and showcase a fresh way to incorporate flowers in a bride's hair. This simple barrette created by Jakkelyn Iris, is the perfect pop of floral without overtaking an updo.
Whenever I am planning a styled shoot, I usually pop into Neatly Nested Design & Decor in South Boston, MA, to see what new pieces they have in store. I fell in love with the pattern of this bistro chair as soon as I saw it. I knew the black and white diamond pattern would be a great contrast to the lace dress and would add to the modern vibe of the industrial studio. For additional versatility, I borrowed a set of vintage suitcases from local blog and shop Pop & Circumstance which played in nicely to the boho aspect of the shoot.
Design and Styling: A Styled Affair | Photography: Ashley Caroline Photography | Model: Christina, Oh So Glam Blog | Florist: Jakkelyn Iris | Hair and Makeup: Emily, Teaz'd Salon | Suitcases: Pop & Circumstance | Chair: Neatly Nested Design & Decor | Veil: January Rose Bridal | Dress: Revolve Clothing | Venue: Studio52 North