This month marks the one year anniversary of a winter shoot planned and executed by Jennifer Claire Photography and Dotted Events. The shoot was part of the "Out of the Box Challenge" by Catalyst Wedding Co., in which we recieved a variety of surprise shoot elements to incorporate and had just days to come up with a concept and execute the shoot. The challenge was certainly stressful, but was also an opportunity to be creative and work under pressure with some incredible Chicago vendors.
A bit about the inspiration: The elements in the box were classic elements that seemed to be a perfect fit for a wedding shoot inspired by the 1930's hit "Shall We Dance," but set in modern times. The included wedding dresses were especially crucial elements that influenced our theme and look. Our two brides had actually met as children while taking ballroom dance lessons; they grew up dancing together. As both brides are dancers, we wanted to physically show the act of "moving forward" through their story. As in the film, both artists start off by dancing alone. The dances are beautiful, but they are missing something. After finding one another, they fall in love and begin dancing together, a beautiful dance that will continue for the rest of their lives!
The inspiration was also suiting because we could highlight the barriers that have been broken down over the decades, and how our society is moving forward into times of acceptance and openness. Though we featured some classic 1930's-inspired elements in the shoot, we brought out modern elements intentionally.
Featured Vendors: Bridal Dresses: Ash + Light, Celia Grace - Bridal Accessories: Kerry Ann Stokes, Alyssa Kristin, Left Bank Bridal - Photography: Jennifer Claire Photography - Planning and Design: Dotted Events - Venue: Morgan MFG - Floral Design: Blumgarten & Co. - Cake Design: Swedish Bakery - Apparel Styling: Patrick Niles - Hair: Holli Beauty - Makeup: Debra Petrielli - Stationary: Emily Rose Ink - Cocktails: Valcohol - China and Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago - Models: Alexandria Odekirk, Evelyn Smesh