It has been over a year since we shot this inspiration shoot, but I am excited to finally share it on the blog. Since we created this shoot, it has been published on Elizabeth Anne Designs and was seen featured LIVE at Indie Wed 2012. I feel so lucky to have worked with all of these ladies for such a beautiful shoot.


French Tea Party Wedding 1

Our inspiration for this photo shoot is the countryside of France just as spring begins to arrive. Imagine you’re sipping your morning tea and enjoying the fresh crisp air. The colors are soft and the elements in the shoot are feminine with a little bit of rustic detailing. Loft on Lake was the perfect setting for this soft, romantic tea party. Keeping with our ideals, we used many DIY and eco-chic elements throughout this shoot, captured flawlessly by Julia Franzosa Photography.

The tablescape has pieces of artwork from Emmy Star Brown, who uses old window panes that are on their way to the landfill as her canvas. Larkspur grows some of the flowers they offer and the others are seasonal or they source from local suppliers whenever possible. We handmade the sweetstable backdrop from strips of repurposed muslin, lace, and textured fabrics tied onto a piece of wood. Even the model is wearing clothing that was personally made by Mignonette Bridal using repurposed lace [Mignonette actually saved this lace that was on its way to the trash outside a textile company].

Julie Hanan Designs created all our invitations from cotton infused papers and used wooden card holders to display each delectable treat from the sweetstable. Luscious Layers Bakery provided beautiful wedding cakes with lacy textures and soft features that accented the vibrant tarts and macaroons from Floriole.

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this shoot.

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*Member, Chicago Green Wedding Alliance