Sometimes, as wedding or portrait photographers, it is difficult to get out with your camera and just shoot for yourself… for fun. But it’s so important to do just that! When the weather turns beautiful, we all become so super busy that we can barely find time to even have a date night once a month, much less take our cameras out once again to photograph something we love or an idea we have or just anything. And even if we do, finding the time to edit the images or even look at them when we get home is another issue altogether. I’ve had folders and folders of personal images backed up from 2008 that I just yesterday forced myself to sift through and send an order off to the printer. Check and check, mark that off my to do list!
I always thought it would be fun to put together a concept style wedding day shoot on the yellow brick road at The Land of Oz on the top of Beech Mountain. The remains of the old theme park that operated in the 70s has always been so intriguing to me. It’s in the most random of places, and the fact that the yellow brick road is still there on the very top of the mountain, hidden in the woods, just makes me smile. The thought of a quirky wedding reception just sounded too fun! I’m no event stylist, but I had this idea in my head and once I set up the plan to put it together, there was no turning back! Thanks for all the vendors who put their trust in me and my idea and helped it come to life! And thank you Cindy at The Land of Oz for opening up the park for me before spring so that I could work with the bare winter trees! You’re the best!!!
I spent many many hours brainstorming and shopping online and at thrift and antique shops to get all the perfect props. The weather was amazing and the whole vision turned out even better than I had expected. I am so excited about these images. Now I can’t wait until my next idea strikes:)
Thanks to Megan Brusca of Megan Brusca Design for the amazing menus, invites, escort cards, etc… your work always blows me away! It couldn’t have been more perfect for the vision! Check her out right now!
Such great models! Thanks so much for driving up for the day, you were both awesome!
Many many many thanks to the fabulous Sheri at Bless Your Heart in Blowing Rock, NC for working so hard to make sure there were flowers for the shoot and with less than an hour to pull it off because of crazy disappearing emails! And not just any flowers, but drop dead gorgeous bouquets AND a centerpiece AND boutineers. I seriously don’t know how you do it! You’re just the best I’ve ever met… truly a natural!
Thanks to Maria at Anjolique Bridal for finding the most perfect whimsically quirky dress and loaning it for the session. It really helped tie the theme together… just perfect!
Heather Boswell, The Cake Shoppe…, made a, more amazing than words can describe, cake adorned with oversized butterflies for the shoot. I feel so lucky to know such talented wedding vendors in the state! And to top it off… Heather is a retired model so she is actually the one wearing the wedding dress!
Stay tuned to see more images from the shoot over the next couple of months. Tanya and I are working on putting features together of each of the participating vendors for our NC Wedding Underground blog. Check it out as well!
Venue – Land of Oz, Beech Mountain, NC
Models – Heather Boswell & Gil Gatch
Dress – Anjolique Bridal, Birkdale Village
Florist – Bless Your Heart, Blowing Rock, NC
Papetier – Megan Brusca Design, Lake Norman, NC & St. Louis, MO
Cake – Heather Boswell, The Cake Shoppe…, Charlotte, NC
Set Up Assistants – Dawn Roof & Laura Manzare