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Winter Wedding photo shoot

November 28, 2011

My jewelry was featured earlier this month in a lovely Winter Wedding photo shoot by JayLee Photography, (i.e., the talented Ali and Josh). The styled shoot was made up of items from about a dozen different vendors–all were handmade, and all were made locally. All elements from the shoot were borrowed from local makers–the invitations, decorations, tableware, dresses, flowers, and of course, the jewelry! So cool.

The idea was to create a wedding that could actually be reproduced by real people with real budgets–such a refreshing idea when we seem to be constantly surrounded by news of million dollar celebrity weddings and absurdly expensive and tasteless reality tv style parties. This shoot shows that you can throw your dream wedding and incorporate real, affordable, artistic touches throughout. In JayLee Photography‘s words: “Our goal was to make the wedding practical. This is a wedding that could exist in some form or another- for real. Many DIY elements were involved, an array of budget-friendly ideas, and items you could actually have if you wanted them. And all LOCAL!”

This shoot was also picked up by Seattle Bride, and featured on their blog, which you can see here.

From JayLee’s blog:

The Inspiration: Our concept started with the idea of a modern “winter wedding” that featured touches of the holidays in a unique way. This can be seen in gold trim napkins folded and wrapped like presents in twine, clear filled-ornaments, touches of gold leaves and glitter, the illusion of “snow” through doilies and confetti, a beautiful white dessert table, and a special warm treat for the favors (among other details). The colors were primarily white with gold trim, and dashes of red berries.  We also used blue/green hues for contrast here and there, to keep things fresh and “cold”.  We loved the idea of hanging things from tree branches at outdoor receptions and wanted to recreate that idea indoors. We did so by dangling hand-sewn materials from pieces of wood, including scraps, doilies, ribbon, twine and gold sprayed flowers.

The Vendors: We used more vendors than you may see in a lot of styled shoots and we would personally recommend each one. We are so grateful to all of the vendors…. Every vendor involved was local and available in, and around, the Seattle area. Many of them also travel or ship their items. More importantly, these are talented people who are kind and fun to work with. Though it was a styled shoot, the day felt very festive and was filled with genuine laughter. Also, a special thanks to our beautiful models (seriously… aren’t they stunning?) for making our “wedding” a success.

There are way too many gorgeous photos to post here, but please check out the post on JayLee Photography’s blog to see more. There are some serious stunners.

Here are the photos of my jewelry from the shoot:

All of the above photos are of a wedding set I made recently from 14k yellow gold that was lightly hammered for texture and polished to a shine. The engagement ring featured a stunning and unusual 1/2 carat brilliant cut diamond in the most beautiful shade of grey, set in a tapered 14k tube setting. Here’s my photo of it, from my Etsy shop:

This ring set has sold since the shoot, but I do have some other grey diamonds in my inventory, so get in touch if you would like to design your own wedding set.

The two photos below feature two more rings from the shoot.

The ring on the left (top photo, above), is a sterling silver Man’s Branch Ring. It’s a thick, sturdy, half round band cast from a real twig and shaped and sanded for comfort. The ring on the right (top photo, above), and on the model (bottom photo, above), is a Double White Sapphire Twig Ring, a new addition to my twig line for women, featuring two white sapphires set slightly askew in 14k yellow gold tapered tube settings atop a sterling silver band cast from a real twig, and accented with 24k gold balls. Here’s my own (slightly blurry!) photo of the ring, which gives you a more close up view:

Both the Man’s Branch Ring and the Double White Sapphire Ring are available in my Etsy shop. And you can see more wedding and engagement rings here.

I’m thrilled to have had my jewelry be a small part of this photo shoot, especially since it meant being included in a roster of such talented local makers and shakers. Please check out JayLee’s blog post and scroll down to the end to read more about all the folks that made this shoot special. Thanks, Ali!

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