Waukesha County Muskego Park Styled Shoot: A Rustic Fall Wedding
As I am looking back on this past year, I want to share with you my first ever styled shoot! It was certainly a challenge for me but, it was absolutely worth it in the end. I kept seeing all of these beautiful styled shoots on Facebook and Instagram and I was like, why not try it myself? I get to run the shoot, make connections with local vendors, a win-win!
My inspiration was fall (obviously), I wanted to capture all the beautiful fall colors with some unique pieces. I wanted to go more simple for the venue and make it seem that everything had a rustic or eclectic touch. Something that a couple could look and imagine that they could do for their big day.
I was lucky enough to find a perfect venue right in my backyard! (Not literally my backyard but only a few minutes away from where I live.) I rented a "park shelter" which really didn't look like that at all. It had two fireplaces framing the space as well as many open breeze way windows. Set in the woods and it was a perfect backdrop for the shoot. You can check out Waukesha County Parks to see all of the spaces they offer. I really wanted to use the color turquoise with all of the reds, oranges, yellows and browns that I was already using. I turned to Savvy Bride and Tuxedo who provided the beautiful dresses, suits and accessories. I walked in with an idea and they were able to help me tie everything together! For hair and makeup I had two wonderful ladies help me out. Lovely Elegance Hair and Makeup did a wonderful job on the two ladies' hair and Margita Burczyk gave a flawless look to the models. Even on such a cold day with unpredictable weather as Wisconsin tends to have, everyone did such a marvelous job!
Relics Vintage Rentals provided the table ware, decorations, and the blankets (that the models were grateful for). They have such an array of unique items that would be perfect for any event! I certainly can't wait to utilize their supply again!
I kept thinking on how I needed a special touch for the decor. I turned to Instagram and low and behold, it pulled though! I found Elizabeth E Design who did an incredible job on the sign and place cards. (You will surely see this sign in future shoots!) Elizabeth was such a joy to work with and she has a fantastic Etsy store that you should check out!
Probably four of the most important people of this shoot where the models. Funny enough they are family members! Not all of them, half of them actually. On a whim I asked my cousin (the bride model) if she and any of her friends would be willing to do this shoot with me. She immediately agreed and got her boyfriend, cousin and her cousin's friend to jump in. They were such amazing sports through the cold weather, and not to mention amazing models!
As I continue to brag about all the people that helped out with this amazing day, I have to take a moment and show off my sister and her pastry skills! Would you believe that this is the first wedding cake she has ever made?!?! She has some serious talent. My sister is going to school at MATC to become a Pastry Chef and obviously her hard work is paying off! She graciously agreed to make this cake for the shoot and she did not disappoint! I am one lucky lady to have a sister like her. You can see all of her creations at Miss Abigail's Bakery. Not only am I lucky lady to have a wonderful sister but I have two of the best parents around. They are the behind the scenes people that defiantly made this day flow perfectly! My mom helped me load, unload, set up, and take down. She brought coffee, snacks and bagels for everyone that came to the shoot. Not to mention she went above and beyond what I ever would have asked her to do. My dad brought his muscles to carry in the cake (which were much appreciated by everyone). I couldn't be luckier to have such wonderful family that I know I can count on. Here are more of my favorite pictures from this shoot. I hope you enjoy them!