There is so much I love about this wedding I don't know where to start! First and foremost, I love Rylee. She is so incredibly kind, gentle, humble, talented, generous, innocent, and sincere. Like, the most. Of all those things. She is so wonderful to be around and work with and our aesthetic aligns very naturally so when she got engaged I was so excited to get to help her with her wedding.
Rylee is so creative and as a wedding photographer, she has had a lot of experience with weddings already and knew a lot about what she did and didn't want but we went ahead and did a Creative Session anyway...
Joy sat me down for a creative session & blew my mind as she gracefully & magically pulled my desires for the dress & the wedding out of my heart and put them onto paper. During my creative session I remember saying “I think I want the wedding to feel like this scene in my head: A group of family & friends attending a baptism at a fountain in an Italian city & then together celebrating the baptism over dinner at a family’s small garden in the village.” It sounded weird saying it out loud, but that vision embodied the refreshing, life-filled, warm, intimate celebration I imagined our wedding to be.
We both knew from the beginning that we wanted everything in the wedding to be extremely delicate and natural and humble and fine. When we couldn't find the perfect dress we decided to make it. We put together our favorite elements from all the dresses we liked best and combined that with what was most flattering for her body. Then enlisted the help of dressmaker Cheryl Taylor which proved to be invaluable. Over several months of several fittings, Cheryl sourced the most beautiful antique scalloped gauzy laces from all over the world and the dress evolved into the most perfect hand-stitched, hand-dyed, delicate silk creation. Cheryl also provided us with the 100 year old scalloped wax bud tiara and equally old lily of the valley Brussels lace veil.