Posted on January 21, 2016
When you say something is taking place at a barn, you assume a certain aesthetic. But at the first sight of the deep red flowers hanging in the trees, the table set in the middle of the forest, and the gorgeous gowns from She Said Yes, I dropped my expectations at the door. What followed was a completely organic process to carry out LaDonna’s vision for a shoot called “Legado”.
Now, before I show you the piece of art I got to make for her, I want you to get to know where her heart was at–because it’s essential to understanding not just our day, but how LaDonna processes her craft.
Legado translated means Legacy. I call this shoot Legado.
Legado is my prayer. In a time when it can be easier to separate, we must be strong by standing together. Our legado should be that we’re a blessing to Mother Earth and our sisters and brothers we take this journey with. My prayer is that even in uncertain times, we choose a legado of love and kindness even when we lack understanding. This life is short so let’s make our time here count and when we’re gone, those we’ve left behind can be proud of what we did here.
You can read more of her words on the blog she wrote about this shoot.
Now, for the video. I can’t explain how proud I am of this video. Running off the creative energy of LaDonna and the ladies at The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch, we gave ourselves permission to break all of our “rules”. From how we shot it, to how we edited and colored it, everything was just a natural flow of creativity and it felt so good.
So, without further ado, Legado:
Want to see even more gorgeous art from this day? Head over to Stephanie Parsley’s blog and see the photos she captured. They are so gorgeous and full of light and color.
LaDonna, thank you so much for bringing me along and letting me be inspired by your vision. I can’t wait to see where your talent and passion take you.
And, just for fun, a little behind the scenes peek:
Once again, the details:
Creator/Art Direction: Ladonna Lanier
Styling/Floral/Venue: The Barn at Twin Oaks Ranch
Bridal Dresses: She Said Yes
Tuxedos: Paul Morrell
Models: Reichelle Alexis, Corinne DeOrbegozo, Payton Marshall, Sydney Gibson, Tonia Polk, Hein Hillmer, & Lawrence Blake
Hair: Chaz Gogel & Hayley Tucker
Makeup: Karla Jacquez & Suylen Chavira
Invitations: Crystal Thomas with Made Divine
Photography: Stephanie Parsley Photography
Posted on January 14, 2016
Whitney and Todd are so very in love, you can see it in everything they do. They are also the best of friends, and you can tell they truly enjoy spending their lives together. And now, with their “I do”s said, they get to spend forever growing that love and that friendship.
So, take a few minutes to watch their beautiful love unfold through their wedding day (with the sweetest surprise right after the ceremony)!
Want even more? Watch the full wedding highlight video here.
Whitney and Todd, thank you so much for having us along to film your wedding video. Best wishes to you and your new family!
Posted on November 20, 2015
Brittany and Dan came home to Arkansas to get married. Their wedding was a fun time of celebrating and being reunited with their friends and family, and it was so much fun to watch Brittany and Dan soak up all of the love.
They got married at the gorgeous Sassafras Springs Vineyard, where everything was so beautiful and perfect. She was gorgeous and he was so happy to be loving her. Vows were said, grapes were stomped, and they danced the night away. What a beautiful night to celebrate a beautiful couple.
We are so happy to share their wedding video with you! Check out the teaser below (Go here for the full highlight.)
Thank you so much for having us come to capture your incredible wedding day, Brittany and Dan. Congratulations and we wish you so much love and happiness in your marriage!
Posted on November 13, 2015
Briana and Cody got married on one of the last warm, summer days before the leaves turned and the chill came. Coincidentally, that’s the perfect way to sum up this wedding-warm. There were so many happy tears, sweet family moments, and fun dancing the night away. It was one of those weddings where, even as we were working, we couldn’t get the smile off of our faces.
Briana + Cody | Teaser wedding video (If you want more sweetness, check out the full highlight here):
Briana and Cody, your wedding was such a joy to be a part of. Best wishes on your adventures as man and wife.
Posted on November 5, 2015
We went quiet here this summer, and I wanted to drop in and show you why!
We took the summer to help grow this little project with our partners Haxton Road Studios, and it caused us to step away from the blog.
We’ll be catching you up with our weddings starting next week, but I wanted to show you where you can find our corner sessions (and keep up with them, because we’ve got big plans).
And, just because we’re on the subject, here are our latest sessions with the band Joseph. They were the soundtrack to one of my most important summers, and I could only dream of capturing their lyrics and harmonies one day. When I contacted them, I just assumed it wouldn’t happen (they are in the Pacific Northwest, we are in Arkansas…they are well known throughout the country and probably wouldn’t have time for us…the list of reasons goes on), but they were kind enough to meet up with us while they were on tour and we were able to create something beautiful together. Check it out for yourself:
So, there you have it! A little update and something gorgeous to watch. We’ll be back in this space more often now that we’ve got this launched, so we’ll see you soon friends.