A little recipe from the cookbook of all things dreamy and inspiring… First, gather a handful of creatives all equally excited to bring their talents together and collaborate. Next, find a unique venue that boasts the perfect setting for all the ideas in your head. Meet and giddily discuss the endless possibility for what can happen in said space. Finally, bring your talents to reality!
When we first met at Hog River Brewery, we were elated to find this little gem of a space hidden in the streets of Hartford. It was everything we needed to set the tone for the day, though, and we couldn’t wait to see our mock event come to life! As a side note, you have to visit Joy and Ben immediately!! This brewery is family run and full of the most down to earth people behind it. We adored getting to know Joy and it was such a treat to be in this space!!
Our first look at in the brewery set the tone for our shoot inspiration, Urban Oasis. Inside we found brick walls and concrete floors, lots of industrial fixtures and tall spacious ceilings with a laid back welcoming vibe. Libby and I were ready to hit the inspiration board!
It’s modern, fresh and edgy and we worked to create a design that fits with the look of the brewery while also bringing it to life with organic and natural elements. We kept the color story neutral—vivid green, white and concrete grey with mixed metals like copper, steel and gold. With hanging greenery installations, a living wall, modern and fresh drapery and bountiful floral details, we sought to create an oasis inside this industrial space. The looks comes together through the talents of Ryan Designs and Flowers by Justine, along with details from a local maker, Hartford Prints and local chalk artist Jaime LaDucer of Chalk Art New England (wait until you see her creations!!) and some fresh new rental items from Peak Event Services, a division of Rentals Unlimited that is currently launching.
It wouldn’t be fresh and modern without bridal looks right from the bridal market!! Our stylist, Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the Shore, selected several new looks from her visit to bridal market in New York weeks earlier to guarantee our look in new and edgy.
A little more on Beth’s inspiration: In order to offset the rustic vibe of the brewery, I selected fashion that was clean, modern and sophisticated. The long sleeve Antonio Gual crepe gown embodied both of those characteristics. The dramatic open back provided a little bit of edge and sex appeal. The reception dress from Blush by Hayley Paige carried through the sophisticated feel, but added a subtle touch of sparkle to signify that this indeed was a party! The deep red of the Amsale bridesmaid dress was the perfect compliment to the soft tones of the gorgeous florals.
On the day of, we were swimming in ideas and it was a blast to see everyone doing what they do best and having so much fun in doing it!! Thank you to all of our masterminds behind this shoot!! We are still dying over it (and those buckets of flowers, Justine!!)!
Photography: Anaise Prince
Venue: Hog River Brewery
Shoot Design: Libby + Diana of Jubilee Events
Floral: Flowers by Justine
Styling + Fashion: Beth Chapman Styling / The White Dress by the Shore
Chandelier + Draping: Ryan Designs
Makeup: Erica Martell
Hair: Brittany, Upstyle Co
Confections: Sugar Therapy
Stationery: Hartford Prints
Chalk Art: Chalk Art New England
Long Sleeve Gown: Antonio Gual
Beaded Gown: Blush by Hayley Paige
Groom’s + Groomsmen Attire: Carl Anthony Tuxedo / Valentino Tailors
Jewelry: Haute Bride
Models: The Beauty Within
Rentals: PEAK Event Services