Styled shoots can tend to get a bad rap from a lot of photographers. The argument is that they represent an unrealistic version of perfection. And I mean....I get it. Take a look at literally anything wedding-related on Pinterest or any given wedding blog and all you see are perfect images. This can contribute to setting up couples for unrealistic expectations of what their wedding day should look or be like. When really, there is actually no right or wrong way to throw a wedding, and it shouldn't have to fit into any kind of mold. That being said, I personally do think that styled shoots have merit. Not because I think it's cool or okay to perpetuate the idea of perfection on a wedding day. Rather, I think they are great because they allow everyone involved to think outside of the box, get creative, try out new ideas or looks, and make connections with one another. All of these things end up being beneficial to the vendors involved AND the clients they work with in the "real world."
When Kirsten reached out about her vision for this shoot, we were instantly on board. She makes gorgeous, flowy wedding gowns and really wanted to show off the movement of her dresses. She paired this idea with an aerial themed shoot, and man....everything just came together so well. The other talented vendors involved came up with some really unique looks to complete her vision. What I love most about this shoot is that it's a bit different than what you usually see out there.
Before scrolling to see the images, be sure to check out everyone who contributed to this shoot, these folks are among St. Louis's best!
Dress // Kirsten Paige Bridal
Hair + Makeup // Eye Do STL
Videography // Juniper
Florals // Roses + Mint
Tablescape + Styling // Style Altar'd
Linens // An Affair To Remember
Tie // Lonesome Traveler
Invitations + Calligraphy // On Three Designs
Cake // Kaked By Katie
Jewelry // Lily Dawson