I’m delighted to share you with the first in a series of posts from BECOMING – a portfolio building workshop for wedding hair & make-up creatives run by SWEETLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY and AUSTIE ECKLEY. The workshop took place in Oregon’s scenic wine country at one of the areas newest wedding venues, THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE. The stunning landscape and beautifully renovated indoor space provided the perfect setting for these aspiring makeup artists to learn, practice, and grow.
To kick start the workshop the attendees and vendors were treated to a delectable 4-course plated dinner by WHITE PEPPER — one of Portland’s finest caterers. The table setting was beautifully styled by SAM LEWIS with rentals from COMMONWEALTH, linens from THE MODERN PROPER, and garland by SWOON FLORAL DESIGN. Discussing goals and dreams while making new friends, the attendees and vendors dined and talked for hours until the room was lit only by the warm glow of candlelight.
From hands-on training to professional stylized photos, this exclusive workshop was designed to provide a select number of aspiring artists everything needed to start or rebrand their high-end wedding makeup and hair businesses. During the two-day workshop, attendees received makeup and hair teaching by the incredibly talented AUSTIE ECKLEY, the opportunity to practice the techniques on their very own model for a unique styled bridal session professionally photographed by SWEETLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY, head shots and working candids for their websites, model before & afters, and business coaching.
For the styled shoots, each artist had their own model wearing a unique wedding dress by ELIZABETH DYE, bridal accessories different from the others, and featuring unique florals by SWOON FLORAL DESIGN.
It wouldn’t be hard to be inspired by the beauty surrounding Matt & Brynne’s MONTANA WEDDING VENUE WEATHERWOOD HOMESTEAD. When Brynne first set foot on site she knew it offered all that she envisioned for their wedding day. She wanted to have everything in keeping with the rustic and vintage nature of their venue, adding in some soft and romantic touches without taking away from the overall beauty. Brynne says, “I feel we perfectly captured that. It was everything I dreamed.” Photographer REBECCA HOLLIS has documented it all perfectly with these gorgeous light filled images and florals from Darci of BEARGRASS GARDENS FLORAL & EVENTS added the prettiest of romantic touches the couple wanted.
HOW DID YOU MEET?We met each other through mutual friends right before going to college. We are both originally from California and moved to Montana with our families when we were young. So we like to say it was meant to be.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Matt proposed in one of the most beautiful and peaceful places near our home in Whitefish, Glacier National Park. It was perfect and unexpected. He packed us a picnic lunch, and he took me to a secluded spot near a river. We spent the afternoon there, and that’s were he asked me to spend forever with him. It was so special to me because it was like we were the only two in the world, with nothing but beautiful scenery around us. It was a really special and well planned moment.
TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS:I had in mind what I wanted in a wedding dress, something light and airy with a vintage-bohemian vibe. I travelled to Seattle on a special trip with both my parents, just for wedding dress shopping. Ever since getting engaged I knew I wanted to visit The Dress Theory, a perfect boutique dress shop that carried very unique dresses. The dress I chose was one of the first few I tried on that day. I wanted something I felt comfortable and beautiful in, and it was perfect.
“My favorite memory from my wedding day was watching Brynne walk down the aisle with her dad.” – Matt
DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: I knew my florist Darci, with Beargrass Gardens did beautiful work so I completely trusted her with my vision for my big day. I wanted soft, muted colors with greenery mixed in. She perfectly captured what I wanted, and the flowers and table centrepieces turned out to be one of my most favourite elements of my wedding.
FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: It’s hard for me to chose a favourite detail of the day. All of the elements we picked out blended so beautifully, and I was happy with how every detail came out. I absolutely loved the décor, and how the soft tones of the flowers blended so nicely with the barn wood tables and surroundings. Another favourite part of the day was the Calligraphy signs, and menus we had printed on linen done by the talented, Jessica Lee Calligraphy. It all came together so beautifully and I am so thankful for all of the talented vendors I had a chance to work with.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A COUPLE GETTING MARRIED? I would say to couples planning their wedding to enjoy the process of planning, and the memories made along the way with you fiancé and families because you can’t get that time back. Cherish every moment and really don’t let the small stuff bother you. When the big day comes everything will just fall into place, and those things that caused so much stress will just fall to the side. Just enjoy it.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? The most memorable moment for me was when I finally got to walk down the aisle to my groom. It’s what it is truly all about.
Historic Romance was a concept brought together by photographer SARAH INGRAM and stylist & florist LAUREN EMERSON. Captured in Nashville, Tennessee, they were inspired by-gone days in the South, and the simpler lifestyle that existed in that time. A time when summer afternoons called for wading in cool creek waters to escape the southern heat. One could be found sinking slowly into a hand crafted easy chair to read after dinner. Harvesting vegetables from the garden straight to the kitchen for a meal on the lawn as evening settles in. All of the activities that modern life rarely affords for most – all of which sound so lovely in these busy times!
Sarah sets the scene: “A gently rolling creek tucked into lush green trees served as the perfect “summer in the South” backdrop to begin the shoot. Toes were dipped into the refreshing water, evoking emotion only the simplicity of nature can provide. As the sun fell just barely above the trees, dinner was served in front of a historic brick home that sits proudly atop an expanse of green. Southern charm in its simplest form, exactly what Tennessee does best. Lauren chose to use elements including vines and soft lavender roses in her floral design to complement the rich warmth of the brick along with the deep green of surrounding trees. A touch of modern came in with geometric glassware from The 12th Table, contrasted by heavy slate chargers and steel hued linens. Fresh vegetables grown locally by Bloomsbury Farm were sourced at the Franklin Farmers market just down the road. These foods dressed the table, while providing color and texture that married the surroundings as well as the shoot concept.“