This summer my good friend and stylist Marcie brought together a wonderful shoot! It was featured on Magnolia Rouge and will be featured again soon on 2 more blogs! I wanted to share it with you with a few more photos and a little back story from Marcie since Downton Abbey Season 4 starts this weekend here in the US. Her words are below:
“This inspired shoot was a vision between Celebrating Love by Marcie and Kimberly Brooke Photography almost two years ago. As with all crazy creatives, right after doing a bridal show together we were ready for our next project. Kimberly felt Victorian was going to be making a comeback and I started envisioning it immediately!
When I caught Downton Abbey fever and found The Stone Mill 1792 venue I knew it was time to make this shoot happen. I replayed the Downton Abbey wedding scenes ten times! Pulling together a period piece can be tricky but this group of vendors were incredible. We actually pulled this together in just three weeks!
Lora Lee Lewis had contacted me about collaborating and her style was beyond perfect for this shoot. She is lovely to work with and created all the paperie and the Just Married rosette banner even incorporating the characters names from the show.
Cindy at Old Hat Vintage welcomed me to peruse her collection. The 2nd floor of her house was like stepping back in time. We looked thru many true vintage dresses. Some too fragile to even consider. I envisioned the 2nd model as more of a party guest/friend of the bride than a bridesmaid and when I saw the dress she is wearing in the shoot, I knew that was my inspiration! Cindy from Old Hat Vintage was also a huge help in styling our models. We weren’t able to do an authentic vintage wedding gown, so K&B Bridals graciously lent this beautiful vintage inspired lace gown for our bride.
Downton Abbey runs right into the beginning of the roaring 20s so we just touched on The Great Gatsby look a little through the party guests dress and some of the jewelry and hair. Taking the gown and our vision to Faye Daniel Designs rewarded us with jewelry sets and stunning veil and headbands. Her custom jewelry truly tied the whole look together.
Makeup artist Heather Kum nailed the soft makeup look perfectly, drawing inspiration from photos of the Downton Abby characters. Pam Hepner styled their hair and is the owner of the The Stone Mill 1792 venue, which provided our backdrop. Perfect vintage styling.
Pam located the Model A Ford. It was the first car owned by a sweet 86yr old man, who talked lovingly about his wife he had lost several years ago. TRUE LOVE never goes out of style.
I tend to be partial to neutrals, which are fitting for the era and the location. Stacy Bowen Flowers brought my vision to life with the gorgeous overflowing pieces she created. They were incredibly old fashioned and romantic full of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, Queen Annes lace and plumosa. I wanted to replicate the pennant banners strung thru the town in Marys wedding day scene, from the show, so I created ours with a Cricut machine to have more of a lace look (BHLDN has something similar, if you arent a DIY bride).
The cake sigh. I sent one blurry photo from the show and a few ideas to La Cakerie who couldnt have created a more perfect cake. So soft and elegant.
Believe it or not our models had no experience and the two girls met for the 1st time that day. Instant chemistry and both beautiful inside and out. (From Kim: Our incredible groom model is in love with our bride model and we hope to see their marriage in a few years!)
And I saved the best for last. Kimberly Brooke, our photographer brought all this to life thru her camera lens. Her talent and vision for the shots created this journey back in time to inspire modern weddings with vintage styling. She captured the moments of old fashioned love, romance and fun perfectly.
Celebrating Love by Marcie
- Photography by Kimberly Brooke Photography
- Styling/ Event Designer Celebrating Love by Marcie – all set ups and styling of details/vignettes
- Florals by Stacey Bowen Flowers – now known as Blush Florals
- Cake by La Cakerie
- Paperie by Loralee Lewis
- Wedding Gown by K&B Bridals
- Custom Jewelry by Faye Daniel Designs
- Hair and Venue by Pam Hepner/The Stone Mill 1792
- Makeup by Heather Kum Makeup Artist
- Vintage Gown & Props by Old Hat Vintage Clothing
- Tuxedo by Benns Menswear