Discovering the work of Alea Lovely Fine Art Photographer in Missouri was one of those defining moments.  Her work is simply off the charts.   Combining some really gorgeous details in this stylized shoot, you'll find earthy and rustic inspirations paired up with the clear tangerine, lemon and pastel shades of summer. Of course for me the dress is always a major factor--this Boho gem by Ivy and Aster is in a word, stunning . . .BTW Alea used Andrea and Lucas, a real, live and in love couple for this shoot.  Alea says," A little bit of country, a little bit of elegance. I am from the Midwest and wanted to show a new way to do a Midwestern affair. We got away from the rustic look and found a more romantic way to fit this wedding. With bright colors and eye catching details, my team and I put together a styled shoot that a bride from any region could get on board with. I loved the cake table. The three cakes with ombre details and soft pastels was a new spin on the traditional one cake. Stunning florals accented the unfinished wooden top table and the “bride and groom” mannequins brought a very unique accent to the table. The dress by Ivy and Aster was a great complement to the shoot. I was going for something elegant that could also be very casual. With laser cut layers and a gorgeously detailed beaded cape, it was a super light and airy gown and also perfectly falls in line with the bridal fashion trending right now. I had her hair done with lighter extensions to accentuate the ombre in her hair. Our hair stylist created gorgeous curls that looked effortless in the wind, and we gave her a rusted golden hair piece to pin back her hair, a nice accessory that wasn’t too overbearing. She wore flat gold tin earrings that complemented her hair, and bronzy makeup. The ceremony area was in an open field with the center stage being wooden poles, much like you see on a country home, and decorated with florals and hay like accents. I chose mismatched chairs as a fun way to play up an intimate ceremony. The reception table was a worn blue table and we used purple napkins to contrast the colors of the florals. Old silverware was placed next to the gold-lined plates for a subtle juxtaposition of classic and antique. There were great food details like the mini open fruit pies, pecan desserts, and a peach signature drink with actual sliced peaches in it. The invites were watercolor with a modern approach to the RSVP card."


Floral Designer:  Victorian Gardens
Invitation Designer:  Announce This
Dress Store:  Jennifer Behr
Dress Designer:  Ivy and Aster
Cake Designer:  Classic Cakes
Equipment Rentals:  Hickory Dickory Store
Makeup Artist:  Cara Porter Makeup