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We’re always up for trying new, fun ideas when it comes to making photos, and while smoke bombs have been around for ages, we love the idea of incorporating them into more than just your fourth of july plans. We’re beyond excited to share a recent styled shoot we dreamed up with Florist/Stylist, Laura McCarty of Marked and Augusta Cole of Artistry by Augusta. We were originally inspired by clouds and their ethereal characteristics, but a few lunch meetings later and our ideas took an edgy turn when we decided to incorporate a load of bold color. We hope this shoot can be an inspiration for brides & couples to incorporate time for creative portraiture into their wedding day or pre/post-wedding session. Smoke bombs bring such a fun element into photographs and could go the dreamy, graceful route with a neutral color palate or add in punches of color for a more artistic vibe. Since we all work pretty closely in and around the wedding industry, we envisioned the gals as a bride & bridesmaid, but this could just as easily become a fun addition to a party or engagement session. personally, we want to incorporate smoke bombs into a part of our daily lives.

Aside from the smoke bombs, we love so many other things about this shoot. Our ladies dresses came from Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters – two amazing resources for “wedding” dresses at a fraction of the cost. The white dress would work perfectly for a minimalist bride. Of course, we love BHLDN for all things wedding too, but this time Anthro pulled out a winner and all of our amazing jewels came from At Home in Homewood, AL.

And those amazing hairstyles… we can’t say enough about the absurd talent that is Lynze Prater and she lives right here in Birmingham, AL folks! We are obsessed with the wild and undone, yet coiffed looks she created for both of our ladies. I mean… that braid! we have no words. For a complete list of the crazy talented people involved, scroll to the bottom and leave them some love.:)P I N

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Talented folks who made this happen:

Photography: W&E Photographie, http://wephotographie.com/

Florals: Marked, http://www.shopmarked.co/

Paper/lettering: Artistry by Augusta, http://www.artistrybyaugusta.com/

Styling: Marked & Artistry by Augusta

Hair & Make up: Lynze Prater, https://www.facebook.com/Lpsalonstudio

Bride’s Dress: Anthropologie, http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/index.jsp

Bridesmaid dress: Urban Outfitters, http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/index.jsp

Jewelry: At Home, http://athome-furnishings.com/

Bar cart & Decor: West Elm, http://www.westelm.com/

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  • Meghan - Such a great idea. I love all the pictures!

  • Valery Young - These pics look amazing!

    I was wondering if you could tell me the brand name of the smoke bombs you used, and how long they lasted! I have been researching trying to find the best brand to use for a sorority recruitment video, and these seem to be the best ones I’ve seen so far. I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me find the name of them, thank you!

hipster diy wedding, swann lake stablesP I Nwhen lauren & trevor booked us for their wedding, we felt like we’d hit the jackpot. not only are they friends of ours, but stylistically their wedding was our dream. we have two words for their wedding day: effortlessly cool. from day one, we’d been encouraged by their adventurous spirit and up for anything attitude. prime example: that time they flew out to colorado for a destination engagement session with us. lauren & trevor exchanged vows on a stone patio at the waters edge. personally, we think every one getting married at swann lake should take advantage of the water front. the sound of rushing water and the way the light comes through the trees is heavenly.

they had so many fun and stylish ideas incorporated into their day. lauren and her gals hand-made the amazing macrame hanging piece behind the head table, while her brother created the structure it would hang from and rigged the edison bulb lights. their reception was also spotted with a couple of campfires and a ton of falsa blankets. it was so cozy! we also loved the fact that guests held bulb lights above them as they made their getaway. other notable moments were singing a hymn with their guests before dinner was served and taking time out for a few epic smoke bomb photos which you don’t want to miss!

and let’s not forget to chat about their fashion choices! the guys wore, local alabama designer, billy reid jackets with jeans. we loved that laid back, yet stylish look. the gals wore olive green shift dresses from zara and mix-matched ankle booties. and lauren’s dress… or shall i say skirt and top; the thing i loved most about it was that it was completely custom to her. and, of course, she rocked the nisolo boots because she’s one of the coolest brides ever.

lauren also had the genius idea of renting a lovely home for the girls to get ready in that morning. it was complete with modern decor and bright white walls (making this photographer VERY happy!). It was so much better than a dark hotel room with no character. high five, lauren!

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lauren, when you ever get upset with trevor, just come back to this photo… i mean, look at those puppy dog eyes!

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  • Becky E - Who did the bride’s makeup?

  • Lynne Stephens - Love pics!

  • Ryan Hoffman - Absolutely unreal how beautiful this wedding and your photos are! Kuddos to you two and Lauren and Trevor!

  • bethany - This is, by far, the most gorgeous wedding I’ve ever seen on the internet. What a stunning set of images. Wow wow wow.