I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I ADORE this session. Love it. Love everything about it. Kayla contacted me back in December about having me help make her Bride & Groom session with McGowan Images extra special. She wanted a few styled touched, accessories for her gown, help picking out an outfit for Kyle, and a bouquet of flowers. Kayla didn’tsomuch get her dream wedding portraits – I think she told me that there are about 5 pictures of her and Kyle alone from their wedding day. Bride and Groom sessions are a great way to make up for lost time/pictures after the wedding – hey, it’s a busy day!
Kayla and Kyle have this really cute inside joke – they refer to one another as their “lobster.” Like the episode of Friends, where Phoebe tells Ross that he and Rachel are destined to be together, because she’s his lobster. I mean, duh, right? You can see that video here. We used this notion to create a color palette, and a mini-theme for their mid-April session. We found a lobster tie for Kyle on this website, which pretty much nailed down the seafoam green color I’d had in mind. From there, we added a beautiful turquoise necklace that belonged to Kayla’s grandmother, a stuuuuunning pair of coral, chiffon-petaled heels, and navy knit shrug. I’ll stop yapping, and get to the pictures!
One of the first pictures of the day, at the beautiful Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. I still can’t get over how pretty that place is… beauty in every nook and cranny.
Check out those killllller shoes. Killer, right?!
Someone mentioned to me that the red “pointy things” in the bouquet looked a little like lobster claws. Cheeky, huh? They’re called Kangaroo Paws, and I knew the minute I saw them that they belonged in Kayla’s bouquet (Thanks Central Market!).
Banner! I made that! I promised Kayla a few “surprise” touches for shoot, and this was one of them.
Bouquet close up! Thanks Mack!
We did a bit of a casual look for the last part of the shoot. I think it’s nice to have pictures of yourself in your wedding dress that aren’t so typical. I like that these are a little non-traditional. Both the sweater and belt are from NY&Co.
I made Kayla’s hair piece using a sandal from Anthropology for inspiration. We finished it with a brooch of her grandmothers.
The Lobster signs – maybe my favorite craft of all time. I wanted to make something for the shoot that Kayla and Kyle could take home with them, something that they might keep and display in their house. I agonized for hours over making something that would be relevant to our “Lobster” theme, without being too kitschy or overdone.
(and yes… I had to hand-stitch the letters. No tracing on that kind of fabric!)
And there’s that tie. Swoon. Don’t you just love a man in a nice tie?
Sometimes, if you want a shot like this, you’ve got to… make it happen, lol.
Pinning Kayla’s gown to get a better look at those SHOES (and my apologies. I know you really wanted to see my butt).
I think it was totally worth it. TOTALLY.
One more. You don’t mind, do you?! (You can see the full session, with a ton more portraits here, on the McG blog)
Kayla and Kyle – thank y’all, from the bottom of my heart. I so dearly appreciate the free-reign you gave me with this shoot, and I hope it makes up, just a little bit, for your lack of wedding-day portraits. See you soon… for a different type of session?!