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Tropical Neon Retro! "Think Miami in the 60's"

In May of 2021 we held our second Green Wedding Guild Styled Shoot challenge! This event gives planners the opportunity to create a styled shoot focusing on green wedding inspiration, to showcase the various ways a couple might choose to plan their weddings with sustainability in mind. We encourage planners to think outside the box and try options they may not have worked with before, whether that's foam free florals, rental attire, or vegan dessert!

This year's styled shoot event took place in Raleigh, NC at Bill Scott Pavilion. Here's the second of this series of styled shoots from the Guild's May event, planned and styled by Emily Katherine Events! Check out some of the images by Raven Shutley Studios below, and learn more about the inspiration behind Emily's design!

A bride is ivory skirt and shimmery bodice stands next to a farm table in the grass, in front of a lake. She holds a bouquet in her right hand. The table is set with candles, flowers, glassware, and purple napkins.

What inspired your theme/style?

Oh man. This was so much fun to plan. I was super excited to work with Raven, who I'd been social media stalking ever since she joined the Guild, so I reached out to see if there was a particular theme she wanted to go with. When Raven replied with "something Cali/60's/Miami/neon/rainbow", I was hooked. That sort of morphed into what I referred to as "Tropical Retro Neon Rainbow", further described by "think Miami in the 60's". Basically, we were going for bright, bold colors, retro vibes, and plenty of plants! When I plan shoots, I find they sort of morph along the way. And when I stopped by Southern Vintage Table to pick out place settings, their cool vintage plates further fueled my retro party vibes! Also, once neon was mentioned I had to find a neon sign for the shoot- everything else was done with neon in mind, and I love the sign we rented from Hex Neon!

Tell us about the flowers you used- did you try any new techniques?

We used faux flowers from Silk Stem Collective, supplemented with houseplants I already had! I love using potted plants in centerpieces. Even if you don't have some at home, you can rent or purchase potted plants to use in arrangements. If you buy them, these make excellent party favors for your guests!

I love that Silk Stem Collective only rents their faux floral designs. They don't offer faux florals for purchase, because that would defeat the purpose of their reuse business model (although when they do finally have to retire designs, they reach out to former renters to see if they'd like to purchase a keepsake).

A few more highlights:

Attire: I am all about comfort when it comes to wedding attire, and this means something different for everyone! For this shoot, I wanted to showcase that not all brides wear white gowns, so I ordered a bunch of fun options from Rent the Runway and had a little fashion show party with our models in advance! These are the items they loved, and I absolutely love these pieces! Erin wore a white and beige striped jumpsuit, and Alexandra wore a floral dress, furthering our fun tropical theme. For shoes, Erin had this awesome pair of gold sneakers and Alexandra wore a second hand pair of heels! And while we were having their pre-shoot fashion show, I saw that they both had leather jackets. So naturally I had them bring those along!

Jewelry: Joint Venture has an amazing selection of vintage consignment pieces and they brought some really fun ones to this shoot! I love consignment as a great sustainable option for anything wedding related- clothes, shoes, jewelry, you name it! All of these pieces can be found for purchase at Join Venture's Cary shop or online (unless they've already sold, as each piece is unique!).

Hair & Makeup: Lovestruck Beauty knocked it out of the park! We asked for bold, colorful lips and eyes and that's exactly what we got!

Stationery- Emily Ruth Prints designed a gorgeous invitation suite for this shoot! Her designs are always nature inspired, and for this we requested neon florals on seed paper. Seed paper is my favorite paper option, but if that's not available to you there are some great recycled paper content cardstocks out there!

Cake- Happily Desserted made us this super fun rainbow cake with buttercream tropical flowers on top! They use sustainable methods when baking and assembling their cakes, like reusable icing bags and compostable dowels. And when I saw the firepit at Bill Scott Pavilion I knew I had to include a s'mores set up on the dessert table as well! Trader Joe's carries vegan marshmallows and fair trade chocolate bars, so they are a great options for DIYing your own s'mores table!

What else would you like to share about your inspiration for this shoot?

This was just such a fun shoot to work on! Since this couple is real life engaged (getting married October 2021!), they brought such a fun, sweet, genuine energy to the shoot! And I cannot imagine having done this without Raven- she brings an exciting, upbeat energy that is contagious and made everyone feel comfortable and ready to have fun! And I loooove the highlight video that Bovara Studios put together!


Planning: Emily Katherine Events

Photography: Raven Shutley Studios

Venue: Bill Scott Pavilion

Rentals: Deejays Event Rentals

Vintage Rentals: Southern Vintage Table

Jewelry: Joint Venture Jewelry

Stationery: Emily Ruth Prints Officiant: Ann McKenzie

Cake: Happily Desserted

Hair & Makeup: Lovestruck Beauty

Flowers: Silkstem Collective

Attire: Rent the Runway

Neon Sign: Hex Neon

Video: Bovara Studios

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