Styled Shoot | Minimalist Romantic at Home Wedding
I had been wanting to plan a styled shoot of my own for well over a year. I fell in love with the concept when planning my own wedding due to the boundless freedom they allowed. I had no idea where to begin or what the correct way was to go about setting one up; however, I've never been one to feel intimated by being out of my element or by simply doing things the wrong way. When my good stylist friend, Geena mentioned she wanted to collaborate I figured 'Why not just go for it? We'll figure it out as we go along.'
I knew when initially conceptualizing the shoot that it needed to take place in a nontraditional setting. Domestic environments, and the concept of home have been very important aspects of my work from the time I was in high school. I like the warmth and familiarity homes offer, and being most interested in shooting more laid back and intimate events, having the shoot in a family home seemed perfect. Aside from domesticity playing an important role, I choose to pursue a minimalist romantic theme, with just a slight Gothic touch. There's always been a subtle darkness to my work, and I realize celebratory events like weddings are not usually depicted in such moody means. There is an elegance I see in darkness and a rawness in romance that I aim to capture. I guess it also could just be that I've never been a 'light and airy' person.
Starting out I was worried we would have trouble getting collaborators on board, but within about a month somehow we'd brought on a makeup artist, gown designer, florist, calligrapher, and 3 different real couples to be apart of our vision. I asked a very generous friend to use her beautiful Hyde Park home for our location, bought some black candles, borrowed my Grandmother's vintage china, and was given a vase for the center piece from my step mother. I even used my and my husband's own wedding bands for the detail shots. I was blown away by the generosity, support, and interest everyone showed in the piecing together of this shoot. Being the only photographer - and having been largely in charge of the thematic vision- it was both wonderful and intimidating to have so many talented individuals trust in my ability to capture their work in a meaningful way. Within the few days leading up to the shoot I ended up inviting a videographer along. Her being there definitely helped me feel less conspicuous with everyone observing, and I'm super stoked to see what she shot.
I am so grateful for the vendors, stylists, models, and friends who made these images possible. I could write so much more, but I'll skip the Oscar speech and get to the photography.
Host & Photography: Juliana Noelle Jumper | Venue: Private Residence | Floral Design: Elizabeth McKenzie Florals | Silk Ribbon: Shy Myrtle & Jen Stence Design | Calligraphy: Wildfire Ink | Gown Design: Kathryn Lee Bridal Atelier | Hair Styling: Geena Mericle | Makeup Artistry: Cassie Bruns | Models: (in order of appearance) Sarah Luttman, Gavin Luttman, Micah Barta, Patton Rainey, Ciara Barton, Brent Barton | (Not Shown) Videography: Tara Nicole | Special thanks to Molly & Arthur Lusk