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What exactly is a styled wedding shoot?

One of our favorite ways to show our skills at designing the perfect wedding for our clients is to exhibit what we are able to offer through a styled wedding photo shoot. We can take your inspiration from here...

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We will take all of your ideas and concepts and create something uniquely you.

Now, you may be wondering what exactly is a styled shoot? Even though it may LOOK like a real wedding, it is important to realize that it's not. A styled shoot is an amazing group effort between a variety of highly skilled vendors who come together to showcase beautiful and unique details to inspire our couples.

On a actual wedding day, your vendors have many different elements and surprises to contend with. For example, extreme weather, family members running behind schedule, or even things entirely out of their control like a freak power outage! A styled shoot is controlled and designed to perfection to showcase the talents of the vendors and to express their creativity in new and exciting ways pushing the boundaries of what can be done.

Of course, the ultimate goal is to increase everyone's exposure. Because of the small scale setup, each vendor able to go over the top and showcase their best product with photographers to shoot many detailed photographs in the best lighting. Everyone will be rewarded with professional photos, used for marketing purposes which allows for many cross-promotions on social media.

What people do not realize, however, is that styled shoots take nearly as much teamwork and organization as an actual wedding. From designing the initial concept to selecting the perfect color scheme and materials. It is very detail oriented and thankfully this is something Weddings & Events by Raina excels at!

Delighting in the whimsical feel of balloons, we wanted to create a modern, industrial MoMA style feel for this faux wedding. We assembled an incredible crew and got to work!

Calling upon the highly skilled balloon artists and twisters of Creativity in Balloons they were instrumental in the creation of the design. With their imagination and balloon knowhow we were able to convert the Music City Event Center into a whimsical wonderland.

Our amazing, off-beat bride and groom, Holly and Brandon Ragsdale, had a delightful time frolicking amongst our flowers and inflatables!

Holly looked absolutely stunning in her show-stopping ballgown that featured a sheer bodice of Swarovski crystals and beading atop a voluminous tulle skirt from Sottero-Midgley. The White Room was gracious enough to allow us to borrow this dazzling Allen dress for the styled shoot.

Brandon, quote handsome in a cobalt suit from Street Tuxedo opted to go without a tie for a formal, yet casual look proving that as a groom you can be styling AND comfortable all at once.

Our tables would not be complete without escort cards hand crafted from marble tiles to carefully detail the arrangement of each guests placement. Paired with the beautiful hand painted invitation suite created exclusively by Tocci Calligraphy, this is the first impression that your guests will receive By sending custom designed invitations, you are also gifting your guests with a keepsake piece of art that they will be sure to treasure forever.

Elegant and modern copper pipe and acrylic signage for the styled shoot was created entirely by hand by The Artisan Abode. They will design and build to suit anything your event might require from signage to aisle runners detailing your vows or favorite bible verse. From classic to modern calligraphy, they can personalize anything you wish.

Customizing a drink menu to match your personality as a couple it what Concoctions Bartending does best! Not only are their bar displays photo ready, but they are always crowd pleasingly delicious as well.

Appropriately, the "Blushing Bride," a blend of Harmonie liquor, vodka, white cranberry juice and lemon was a favorite of our "bride" Holly while our "groom" Brandon showed a preference for the blackberry thyme "Love Spritzer."


Now, a party wouldn't be complete without a show stopper of a cake. And as always, Oh Crumbs Bakery never fails to amaze and delight us with their creative creations. Working off our wonky concept of taking two different cakes, some geode cookies and a color scheme she created something marvelous!

To supplement our original inspiration board and to give Oh Crumbs Bakery a better sense of exactly what we had in mind, we gave her the image showing on the left (below) and she WOWed us with this amazing cake and absolutely delicious macarons in strawberry, blackberry, French vanilla and maple bacon.

Of course, when it is photographed by the best in the business, Ivory Door Studio, it looks way more impressive! Professional photography has got to be one of the most valuable investments next to an experienced wedding planner that you can make for your event.

Needless to say, after we stopped Brandon from absconding with the cake, Holly and her sweet husband proceeded to consume all the delicious macarons. We can't blame them! Having sampled them in the past we know how delicious they can be.

Thanks to Southern Events Party & Event Rentals, we were able to create an elegant and upscale look for our bride and groom's sweetheart table. Accented with a free flowing balloon semi arch, Holly and Brandon sat down to taste some of the incredible treats provided by Entre-Nous Catering.

Now, let's just take a moment to talk about this absolutely stunning horizontal cascading bouquet created by Curry & Company Events. This stunning array of florals feature a range of textures and colors from navy centered white anemone to beautiful blush garden roses and even scarlet carnations accented by greenery ranging widely throughout the entire spectrum of the hue.

Our concept, a modern metallic MoMA inspired wedding was truly brought to fruition once we had our specialty lighting and drapery in place compliments of Southern SKY.

We accented our tables in gold, copper and rose gold complimenting with edgy geometrics, slate, marble and glass. The over all composition softened up with cascading florals and balloons galore.

Seeing as how it was the star of the show, let's have a look at that amazing wedding gown one more time!! Holly's overall look was brought together by the intricate hair braiding and makeup styling of Primp This and Nashville Hair & Makeup by Kari Flournoy

We absolutely love creating different designs for our clients. Please feel free to bring inspiration photos with you to your free initial consultation with us and we will take your ideas and bring your vision to life!

Call, email or text us today! We would love to take you for coffee or drinks...whatever your pleasure. We simply cannot get enough of talking about your wedding. Even when your mom and maid-of-honor tire of it, we promise to engage with continued enthusiasm because we truly LOVE what we do!

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