I had the privilege of traveling to Washington DC for the Jeremy Chou Workshop there last August. One of my favorite days was our shoot at the National Cathedral School - home of the Washington National Cathedral.
In the words of Elizabeth Gopal of East Made Event Company, "Yellow. An often underutilized color in fine art wedding design, yellow exudes joy, happiness, and cheer. Goethe wrote, “We find from experience that yellow excites a warm and agreeable impression… The eye is gladdened, the heart expanded and cheered, a glow seems at once to breathe toward us.” Coming from a desire to demonstrate how the boldest, sunniest color can be elegantly subdued, the inspiration for this bridal session was drawn from the blush tulle, rose gold sequins, and yellow appliqué flowers on an exceptionally designed Emily Riggs gown.
Paired with a second, equally detailed, white gown, the yellow color also shines in the floral arrangements by Sophie Felts and in the vintage glassware, originally owned by stylist Elizabeth’s great-grandmother. More minimal elements, like the invitation suite by Julie Ha and a vintage ostrich feather fan, balance the appliqué embellishment. Photographed in the newly renovated chapel and on the back lawn of the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, the shoot mimics the bridal portrait elements of a real wedding day. Our bride is first posed in front of large windows for portraits, and later, gracefully swishes her gown on the lawn behind the impressive European-style architecture of the school. Dainty tablescape and dessert displays round out our details, ensuring that the overall design is “warm and agreeable” indeed. "
Photography: Holly Von Lanken Photography
Workshop: Jeremy Chou Photography
Creative Direction: East Made Event Company
Florist: Blossom + Vine
Calligraphy: Julie Ha Calligraphy
Hair & Makeup: Georgetown Bride
Desserts: Fleur and Flour & Black Pearl Tarts
Gowns & Gold Crown: Emily Riggs Bridal
Ring: Susie Saltzman
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Model: Haley from Modelogic http://modelogicmidatlantic.com/ @modelogic
Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic
Styling Surface: Simply Rooted
Venue: National Cathedral School