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Today, we have an interesting take on a style shoot. This concept is based on the bride alone, and how she should relax and get focused before her wedding. I’m loving the colorful details and carefree feeling evoked. Read below for the full vision behind this shoot!

From the Designer:

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 down right away and it is fine.  🙂  We also used an antique secretary’s desk that was passed down to me from my grandmother.  It has a great history…It first belonged to Marshall Field!  (Yes the store owner).  My great aunt and uncle, Dr. Bertash, moved into his old Chicago home back in the day, and it was one of the things he had left in the house.

 Our little gypsy angel of a model, Kayla, is maybe one of the most naturally beautiful girls I know (inside and out btw).  She was such a trooper during this shoot, walking over rocks and sticks in her bare feet with a smile on her face the whole time.  She has been told numerous times that she should go pro, but claims she is “too shy” for that.  This summer she was even approached by Carson Daly while on vacation in Vegas and ended up in a Billboard Music Awards commercial that day!  The funniest part was she didn’t even know who Carson was…her mom had to tell her.

 We all had an amazing day together shooting this and I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed lending our talents to make it beautiful!

Photographer: Mel Klemz Photography / Flowers & Decor: AKM Events / Fashion (Gown, Bridal Cap, and Barefoot Sandals): 27 Dresses Designs / Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Hauser w/ Salon Paje’ / Model: Kayla Pomeroy / Venue: Walnut Creek Cottage, Valparaiso, IN (Private Property)


  1. So happy to be featured! Thanks to everyone involved and thank you Landlocked Bride. 🙂

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