Inspiration is a funny thing and can hit you at the most random times. The inspiration for this shoot presented itself over a year ago when Jackie, of Sincerely, Jackie, and I were prop shopping for a shoot she was doing at the time. We happened upon a shelf of vintage ice cream sundae glasses in an array of pastel colors, and we both immediately thought, we HAVE to do an ice cream theme styled shoot with sweetly fun, feminine details! Naturally, wedding season arrived and the shoot idea was put on the back burner.
But this winter, when the wedding world got quiet and creativity started to flow again, the ice cream shoot seemed to make perfect sense. Especially because the main pastel colors we were envisioning for the palette were the new Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. Then, the cutest tagline popped into my head on a walk one day: "She Got Scooped Up!". And that's how this NYC bridal shower styled shoot was born! I mean, what bride-to-be wouldn't love to celebrate her upcoming wedding with sprinkles and ice cream?!
Going into the shoot, I was clear on two things: One, that Jaine from Brklyn View Photography MUST be the one to capture it. I knew that the vision in my head would be a perfect match for Jaine's style, and her variety and attention to detail when photographing a styled shoot is like no other. And two, I wanted to cast friends as the models. Partly because I didn't want to go through the hassle of finding professionals who would flake out on me at the last minute but also because I thought it would be fun for my industry friends to get all dolled up and play dress up for a day. I was super excited to have Bethany of Twenty Something Plus as our bride and Kate of H&H Weddings, Eileen of Eileen Meny Photography and Jaclyn Weisenbeck as her bridesmaids. They could not have been more picture perfect!
For something over a year in the making, I am over the moon with how this inspiration was brought to life. Erin Braun Design took charge on the florals and styling, and hand painted a beautiful water color back drop that we used for the ice cream sundae bar. Sincerely, Jackie created the cutest waffle cone patterned place cards, a charming pink watercolor invitation and a "She Got Scooped Up!" print. FCI Catering and Events not only provided the home for the shoot, but also whipped up the signature Berry Cloud cocktail, which was perfectly topped with a tuft of cotton candy that melted when topped off with champagne.
One of my favorite parts of the shoot was the discovery of Sweetapolita's designer sprinkles. We found the most perfect mixes and, admittedly, I bought a total of five pounds of them. I guess I was afraid we wouldn't have enough! There's also a story about how the sprinkles traveled to the shoot from Long Island City in their very own Uber, but I'll save that story for another day.