Gatsby Reimagined: An Inspiration Shoot

I’d never done a styled shoot before. To be honest, I never really liked them much, as I thought they put too much pressure on couples to design a perfectly styled wedding, and took away focus from the things that were actually important when planning a wedding. But now that I’m on my fifth year as a wedding photographer, I’m starting to see how it could be fun to photograph something over the top every once in a while, just for the sake of putting some extra pretty out in the world.

So, when my studio mates Whitney and Amanda asked me to be a part of a styled shoot with them, I jumped at the chance. Not only would I get to work with some of my favorite vendors, but I would get to have some fun shooting something just for the fun of it, something I am striving to do more of this year.

The concept of re-imagining The Great Gatsby into a modern day wedding came about pretty early on in our discussions. I’m so thrilled with what we came up with and super proud of the resulting images. I’m also beyond excited that Green Wedding Shoes loved what we did enough to feature it this week! Head on over to take a look at the feature, and check out some of my favorites below.

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photography: Heidi Ryder Photography // florals: Rosebud Floral Designs // design: Wish Wonder Dream // videography: Visioneer Media // hair + makeup: AT Makeup Pro // venue: The Los Angeles Athletic Club  // vintage furniture + rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // table settings + chairs: Town and Country Event Rentals  // bridal gown: Lazaro // bridal headpieces: Gilded Shadows // groom’s bow tie + pocketsquare: Klein Epste in & Parker // cake: The Cake Studio //band: The New Recessionaires // paper goods: Simply Letterpressed // pocketwatch: Ingredients for Lovely // star chandelier: Paper Lantern Store // gold garland: Art’s Delight // models: Hayley O’Connor and Grant Bridges

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