Makeup Artist Ashley Parsons agreed to model for me for a styled bridal shoot. We spent Tuesday in the countryside just outside of Memphis, Tennessee for a romantically styled bridal shoot.
When I got back from my workshop this past summer I knew that I wanted to attempt a fully styled shoot all by myself. I also knew that I wanted Ashley Parsons, a local makeup artist and sister of my best friend Heather, to model for me. Once she agreed I started creating vision boards and Pinterest boards for what I wanted my shoot to look like. I’ve always loved the romantic and whimsical style of photography, but I’m also drawn to an edgier edit right now. So I sought for a way to perfectly combine the two.
I found this amazing lace dress online and decided to grab it while I could. It’s a peekaboo dress that is beautiful but leaves very little to the imagination. From observing the fashion trends that are up and coming I knew this would soon be a staple in the bridal world. What I did not anticipate was premier of the detachable skirts to hit the runway during NY Bridal Fashion Week. I kept an eye on several lines and was blown away by the creations from Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, and Reem Acra. This option gives brides the freedom to dance the night away without having to worry about their bustle breaking or their dress being stepped on. In my opinion this is something that is long overdue!
Because NY Bridal Fashion Week was just a few days prior to my styled shoot I didn’t have much time. I decided that if I wanted to make this amazing look happen there was only one thing to do! I had to create a detachable skirt myself. So, that’s just what I did. It took a good bit of time and got down to the wire but I pulled it off and am thrilled to say that I think the results are stunning. I opted to have a third look for the day and bring back the simple white dress for brides who want glamour and no fuss.
We paired the lace gown with detachable skirt with some killer black booties for a little bit of an edge. Ashley created her look using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario on her eyes. She finished the look with ColorPop lipstick. Her sister in law, Noel Robb, added some clip in extensions to Ashley’s hair and gave her some mermaid waves to complete the look. The location was accented with a complete dinner setup in the middle of the countryside. I pulled things from my own collections around the house. The china was my wedding china, the candelabras were from Spain circa the 1960’s, and the whiskey decanter was a gift to my husband on our 10th wedding anniversary.
I made an overflowing bouquet tied with simple rope for the first two looks of the day. The third look was accented with a brooch bouquet and some amazing gold Michael Kors heels. We had some amazing weather the day of with perfect sunshine and a little bit of warmth. We were even able to venture into a nearby cotton field for a few shots.
Ashley did an amazing job modeling and creating a stunning makeup look. Check out some of my favorite shots from the day below!
Memphis Countryside Bridal Session