Today is the official start of the year-end holiday season! From Hanakkuh to Thanksgiving to National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (yes, it’s real) to Christmas to Boxing Day to Kwanzaa to celebrating the New Year!
With the holiday season officially underway, it’s time to unveil the Snow Princess Bride shoot, made especially for this year’s holiday greeting card.
This is a shoot I’ve had in mind for over a year, and I’m grateful to a team of talented professionals dedicated to providing a rich, fashionable experience for sophisticated brides who helped me pull it off:
Krystal Bonner of Phoenix Forrester Events and I became fast friends after working a 2013 wedding together, and I knew she’d know how to bring the snow scene to life as set design coordinator, complete with falling snow flurries.
Sunny Fitz of SUNNYband and I met each other early 2013 at the Betsey Johnson style shoot where I first saw her couture fascinators and head pieces. She was the first friendor I called about the shoot, and she jumped on board right away after hearing “this piece can be BIG!” Soon she started sending sketches of blinged out snowflakes and feathers and icicles.
I spent the most time curating the dress (that’s how it’s done, right brides?) for this shoot, and this princess dress by Justin Alexander from Glitz Nashville with the belt of bling enrobing a fitted bodice and befeathered layers of ruffled tulle fit the set in fine fashion.
Now we needed a bride…and Amber of DNA Stylix was my first and only call. We first worked together back in 2007, and she’s such a natural in front of the camera that I knew she’d jump headfirst into the character. She also provided the amazing choker and bracelets to complete the ascension into high fashion.
Then Snow Princess Bride needed some glittering shimmery icing. Enter hair & make-up stylist Amy Lynn Larwig to complete the look. Amy Lynn and I also go back several years with dozens upon dozens of shoots together, including many of the bridal portraits you’ve seen on my site and blog. We work so well together, and it’s always a pleasure having her on set and letting her fly.
The final element of the scene was made possible by Brian Snyder of Snyder Entertainment through the fog machine he has at the ready for brides and grooms to make a dramatic entrance to their wedding reception. It also helps create a billowing snow drift for the winter scene inside a cozy climate-controlled studio.
Behind the scenes were three more team members including my two assistants, Emily McGonigle and Emily Jones, with friendly smiles and helping hands.
Rounding out the shoot team is filmmaker John Jordan of John Jordan Films who created a fun and festive video greeting card of the shoot (below), just like he does for couples to remember their wedding day.
I am deeply grateful to share this shoot experience with these talented professionals…the veritable Who’s Who of Bridal Fashion…so we can share it with you.
As we kick off the holiday season, I’m raising a glass your way to say cheers to you for a decadent holiday season. We have so much to be thankful for and commemorate as 2013 draws to a close and ushers in a new year. Celebrate with those you love.
P.S. Click here for your video greeting card from the Snow Princess Bride team.