Styled Shoot- The Establishment

Styled Shoot- The Establishment

I participated in my first styled shoot as a wedding vendor this past month. Let’s be honest, I was terrified. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I wasn’t sure how the day would go. I was nervous my stationery would match the aesthetic wanted and I was certain the more experienced professionals there would hate them.

In the end, none of my fears were real. The day was a bit hectic just trying to nail down timelines but the other wedding vendors I worked with were helpful, professional, taught me the ropes and held my hand through the day. My stationery matched the aesthetic perfectly and every one there only had wonderful things to say about my work. PHEW!! 😅

If you can imagine, showing your work to other professionals can be a bit stressful but I am so thankful to all the professionals there that day that made me feel so welcome, comfortable and encouraged.

Below are some pictures from the day! Donnah from Poised Events was aiming to use “ elegant golds, ivory/beige, soft pinks with hints of emerald green and dark red..[with] a little Indian inspiration too. I think all the pieces put together were absolutely perfect. This was a fun first styled shoot and I learned a lot. The main thing I learned, not to doubt myself-I know what I’m doing.

I hope you enjoy!!

The colors of this stationery turned out exactly how the planner had envisioned. Soft pinks, hints of emerald and touches of gold. Funny story, the owner of the venue asked what font I used for the calligraphy portion. I was a little confused and responded, I made the font. She then looked a little confused and I told her I hand letter all the calligraphy portions. Using my handy dandy Ipad pro and pencil I use Procreate to do all of my calligraphy. So for all you future brides or grooms to be… If you want hand lettered stationery, I’m your girl! 😉

I made sure to incorporate beautiful bouncy calligraphy (all hand done ☺️) with simple block fonts to give this invitation a more formal feel.

The detail of this paper was a bit tricky during printing. I used Bright White Linen Card Stock 80# from Paper and More. To start this company is awesome and has any paper and envelope you could think of. Check them out if you are interested! Back to the details though, this paper has a texture to it and when I printed, the printing came out a little splotchy. The day before the shoot, I literally cried tears seeing how the printing turned out. After a short break down, an eventual mental pick me up and words of encouragement from my husband, I took them to the shoot anyways. Funny enough, everyone mentioned how much they loved the paper and the vintage look the paper gave the invitations. Long story short, if you like a more imperfect look or a vintage look to your stationery, I have found textured paper like this is exactly what you want. I can see the beauty in the imperfect. What do you think?

I created a menu for this shoot as well. The colors all just work together so well! IN.LOVE. 😍

The menus not only looked great on the emerald green plates, they looked even better on the gold plates.✨

When I was designing the table numbers, I debated between wood and acrylic. I thought wood would give the tables a lot of good texture and deep colors. Acrylic would make it more clean, classic and a little modern. I absolutely chose right. Acrylic signs are stunning and the gold paint I used just tied the table together. I was worried my table number would be too small, but with the beautiful flowers from Flowers Forever Design flowing over the table and the colorful dishes beautifully set up I decided my small, simple, beautiful table number was the right size.

Please just look at these flowers! 👏🏼

The venue requested one table to be designed more for a Christmas wedding. With the holidays right around the corner, I just had to show you guys. Stunning right?

The Establishment has a cute little courtyard out back for a nice cocktail hour. The planner dressed this courtyard up a bit and it’s just dreamy!

I hope you all enjoyed these pictures by the wonderful Jennie Crate. She did a wonderful job making all of our work look amazing.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, comments about this shoot or just about your big wedding day in general! I can’t wait to create your one of a kind wedding stationery and decor for your upcoming wedding. Live Sweetly!

Kayla at Sweetly Lived Design

Published by Kayla Gee

I am a teacher turned creative professional. I run an Etsy shop creating hand lettered and hand drawn cards, signs and other paper items. I also create custom hand made hand lettered wedding stationery and decor. You can find all of the links to get in touch with me on my website home page. I am a cat momma and I love to be outside. Can’t wait to connect with you!

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