Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Follow the Bride: An Inspiration to Reality Shoot

Many, many moons ago (like, in July) our photographer, Cynthia Brown, asked us if we’d like to model for her upcoming inspiration to reality shoot. It was to take place at the beautiful Bee & Thistle Inn in Old Lyme, CT and the inspiration was rustic elegance. There would be dresses, accessories and professional hair and makeup, she told me. I said yes right away, I lust after every masterpiece on blogs like Style Me Pretty. Keith, however, took some convincing. The shoot started at 8 in the morning and required long hours of standing around having his picture taken. In the end, he happily agreed and even strapped on a bow tie at Cynthia’s request! Here’s a peek at what goes on behind the scenes at a styled photo shoot.

8:00 a.m. Keith and I arrive at the Bee & Thistle Inn in Old Lyme. I'm whisked away to start my hair and makeup with Dana Bartone and Co. Keith has coffee on the sun porch.

10:30 a.m. I'm all gussied up for engagement photos—including mega fake lashes and lots of lip color. Keith's not crazy about the look, he loves me best in my everyday makeup. Aww. Amy, my makeup artists says she used so many large lashes because this was a photo shoot and it has to show up on the camera. She usually gives real brides a more natural look.

11:00 a.m. After wandering around the grounds we head back to the Inn to change into wedding attire. Since we’re one of the last couples to return there’s only one dress left in my size range. It takes a few dozen pins to secure me in, a hair and makeup change and we’re out again.

12:00 p.m. I feel a little strange dressed in a wedding gown right now. It’s too long and I keep stepping on it, which makes me feel awful since it’s a sample from the store. Also, the bouquet is heavier than I imagined and there’s little things dangling from one side. I’m not sure which way to hold it.

12:30 p.m. A tablescape has been set up for us down by the water so we head down there to have a look and get a few more shots. We meet the florists, two lovely women from Dirt Floral in Cos Cob, CT. They show me that I have in fact been holding the bouquet wrong—the dangly things are supposed to point to the ground.

1:00 p.m. Cynthia spotted a beautiful scene inside the Inn so we head over. We wait till the cleaning staff is done vacuuming before Keith helps rearrange some of the furniture on the landing so Cynthia can get the perfect shot.

2:00 p.m. We break for lunch a little late and Cynthia lets us know we’re relieved of our modeling duties. We’re both pretty tired by now, so we say thank you to everyone, return the clothing and accessories we borrowed and head home. Cynthia heads back down to the water to take more photos.

Check out the rest of the shoot here.

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