Spontaneity in Seattle… Today’s inspiration is sure to have you gushing over rooftop romances and eco-warrior textures. Think feature trims, industrial florals, intimate dining and smoke bombs galore!
Sustainability and eco-friendly vibes being the forefront of the shoot, this edgy concept captures the modern essence of how getting eloped in your home city can turn out to be one of the best ideas you could ever have.
Over to Brianna Parks who will give you an insight to the creative team behind the shoot…
What was the idea behind the shoot?
Today, elopements are all the rage. However, we don’t see many people turning to our great cities to tie the knot. While outdoor nature elopements are just as breathtaking, utilizing the city was something we wanted to show off in this shoot.
All the vendors knew we wanted to incorporate some of Seattle’s most famous locations, and we wanted to be a bit more on the edgy side when doing so. One major thing that was important to us was making sure we were putting our own individual spin on what “edgy” was going to look like.
As you scroll, you’ll see a few things that turned this edgy downtown Seattle elopement into something couples can get inspiration from for their own city elopements, such as white jumpsuit, fun patterns, bright colors, and epic smoke bombs.
Where did you get your inspiration from?
I initially got my inspiration from Pinterest. I had always wanted to shoot an elopement downtown, but didn’t want to completely transition my business away from hiking elopements. I figured putting one together myself would be the best way to see if I liked it, which, surprise! I totally did.
We also took a lot of inspiration from our couple, Alma and Spencer. Alma is very big on practicing sustainability, so we really wanted to incorporate this into the shoot to show other couples that it’s totally doable to have an environmentally-friendly wedding.
All the clothing pieces, decor, and even plants were secondhand items. We also made sure to support small businesses, like a nearby bakery, that also has environmentally-friendly practices.
How did you find the suppliers who made this concept come to life?
As a photographer, styling isn’t really my thing, so I decided to do some Googling. I ended up finding Kate, the owner of Tapestry Event Co., a planning and styling company based in Seattle.
I reached out to Kate about what I was envisioning, and she was completely on board. Being from Seattle, Kate already knew a ton of absolutely incredible vendors who also took an interest in doing something cool, edgy, and different than usual.
Without Kate and her team, I know this shoot would not have turned out as epic as it did. I’m absolutely blown away by the details the vendors put into the shoot.
What details/look are your favourite, and why?
Throughout the shoot, we had our model, Alma, change into two different outfits. I definitely took a liking to the second, a vintage white jumpsuit Kate had in her closet for our model to wear.
We paired this was some unique shoes, lots of glitter, and a super trendy eye look from our amazing makeup artist.
One of my other favorite details were the smoke bombs. We made sure to get Leave No Trace smoke bombs that made the images look epic. The background scenery of Seattle really tied everything together.
Do you have any styling tips for readers looking to emulate this shoot?
Keep it simple.
If you look at all the images, there is nothing that screams complex. This shoot was done on a budget. It complied of incredible vendors, secondhand items, and a natural venue (Downtown Seattle).
We did end up shooting at a nearby indoor venue, WithinSodo, which also added lots of flare to the shoot. However, this isn’t necessary for couples looking to emulate this shoot on their own.
What is it that makes your shoot unique?
Like I stated before, this shoot was completely sustainable and environmentally-friendly, something that can be a bit trickier to come by in a city as large as Seattle.
We feel confident that we left a good mark on the Earth, and we believe we can showcase to other couples that they too can do the same.
What’s the most important tip you have for couples planning their wedding?
Don’t just follow the trends. They’re a reason they’re called trends.
When you look back at your photos in 20 years, you’ll want to see images that scream “this is so us” instead of images that make you say, “it was the trend of the time.”
This look isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if it’s yours, go for it. Don’t settle for the neutral flower bouquets, blush bridesmaid dresses, and standard white florals.