My sweet friend, Amber Vongsamphanh of Lotus Blossom Photography, and I teamed up to produce a cotton field romance inspiration shoot at Sam Davis Home with a team of outstanding vendors. Amber, who took the lead on this shoot, had a very clear vision: cotton field, red-headed “bride”, dark fall blooms, and a love-story and we ran with it! Amber works best when a “story” is attached to a shoot and I love how this keeps things flowing with clear photography needs as the story unfolds.
Cotton field romance inspiration shoot – The story
Rebecca, the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner has fallen in love with Henry, a farm-hand. Desperate to be together, Henry writes a beautiful letter asking Rebecca to run away with him at sunset. Eager to escape her parents and be with Henry, Rebecca leaves her family’s home, meeting Henry in the cotton fields where they run away as the sun sets.
With our beautiful red-headed model and handsome groom lined up, we sought a vintage-inspired gown. Knowing we wanted intricate lace details, we started (and ended!) with The Dress Theory. We fell in love with this incredible Claire Pettibone gown and used it to curate the remaining details. A love letter, leather travel trunks and Amber’s own family heirloom wedding ring rounded out our historical elements. Adding a pop of color with flowers and a sense of femininity with tiny blooms in her hair helped romanticize the story. The bouquet was large and full of fall blooms: strawflower, tree peonies, and blueberry greens added unexpected color and texture.
A huge thank you to the vendor team that made this fun day possible!
Venue | Sam Davis Home
Photography | Lotus Blossom Photography
Floral design | Kennedy Occasions
MUA | Lisa Johnson
Menswear | Street Tuxedo
Calligraphy | Thistle and Sage
See this beautiful shoot featured in the print edition of The Southeastern Bride!