Recently F* Yeah Gay Weddings collaborated with some awesomely awesome vendors on our very first styled shoot. The weather was a little gloomy, but that did not put a damper on our shoot. Our brief was…brief (see what I did there?) “think earthy pieces with splashes of crystal and linen…think woodland elegance”, we said. We gave them a colour palette and away they went. We wanted our vendors to add their own unique flair to this vision and they certainly delivered!
We were chuffed to see this collaboration come to life after weeks of planning. Our vendors provided us with pieces that captured the theme beautifully and we could not be more proud of their time and efforts *big smiley face*.
It was kinda handy having a biz partner who happens to be a gifted photographer, our very own Kristen from Paper Fox Studios. All the images below captured the essence of our styled shoot in a candid and relaxed manner (love you K).
Our location was a secret gem off a beaten track. This private property in the North-Eastern burbs of Melbourne, Australia, is a little place called Skippers Paddock. The property is full of giant machinery from yesteryear, old relics and sculptures – a sort of living artist’s museum.
The shoot’s stationery pieces were provided by the talents of Cartamodello Papeterie. They custom-made some gorgeous 100% wooden pieces for us in beautiful colors and designs which carried the theme simply and beautifully. Caratamodello create wooden invitations, RSVP cards, place cards, information cards, save-the-date cards as well as paper seating charts and other goodies in an array of designs and inks.
We’d been following Floretta – Flowers by Grace‘s work for a while so when Grace agreed to help out, we knew that her work would give us an extra something special. Grace provided us with something unique that represented her creative and wild side. She created boutonnieres, centrepieces with old hollowed logs and various lush ferns and wild flowers. Just divine!
Um, do we want to use plates that say the F word??? Ah…F yeah we do!! Lucas Grogan was more than happy to provide us with some from HIS PRIVATE COLLECTION, yah! Lucas has some awesome and intricate work that speaks to people. Oh, these plates are limited editions, so get them while you can!
The yummo cakes were generously supplied by Betty’s Kustom Cakes. Betty created unique delights that we got to sample at the end of the shoot (someone had to do it). They included spiced vanilla bean cupcakes with dried pineapple shavings; fudgy chocolate cake filled with a rich chocolate ganache and white chocolate slabs AND chocolate mint mousse terrariums. And yes, they were to die for!! Oh and did I mention that they were all vegan as well as gluten and nut free? Betty specialises in creating delicious delicacies and is some what of an expert at catering to various food allergies and special dietary requirements.
You might have seen my previous article on Grain & Co. – a delightful wooden cake topper company based in Sydney, Australia. Grain & Co. provided us with some hilarious toppers for our cupcakes and wedding cake which blended with our ‘wooden elegance’ theme perfectly. As you can see, we don’t take life too seriously, so it was nice to find vendors that like to have as much fun as we do. Can you guess which was our fave???
Luckily Chela from Takeawei was able to supply us with earthy yet stylish ceramics for our sweets to sit on and flowers to be held in. Her quirky, unique and hand-made clay pieces are easy to fall in love with. Chela is a gorgeous woman bursting with life and it certainly shows in her work the passion that she has for each individual piece. She provided us with ‘mountain vases’, small planter pots and some beautiful pieces from her ‘Origami’ collection. Just gorgeous!
Our models Kipp and Kee are both Gender Queer, so it was important that their look was a reflection of who they are. They looked handsome in these dapper shirts from Charlieboy Clothing – a company in Sydney, Australia that make some pretty cool and stylish fashion pieces for gender queer, trans*, androgynous and women who appreciate menswear and the tomboy style. They provided us with their signature ‘Vintage jag’ and ‘red and white pin striped’ shirts for them both to wear. And to finish off their look, Uniqlo, GAP, Happy Socks, Godwin Charli, Zara, Wittner and Midas did the job nicely.
Our models’ smashing quiffs and natural make-up were all created by Tani T. Tani was able use her imagination and talents to create the perfect looks that we were after. She was laid-back, a joy to work with and so much fun!
Finally, big shout outs to Lara’s mum for lending us her vintage crystal glassware, linen and cutlery (thanks Ana). And massive thank yous to all our fellow vendors that helped us on this shoot whom we could not have done without!