Gothic Wedding | Laurel Hall | Indianapolis, Indiana | Styled Shoot
When Zach and I got married six years ago, we didn’t know a lot about weddings. It was long before my days as a wedding photographer and our knowledge on nuptials was certainly limited. A lot of our wedding planning was based around what we were told we “had” to do rather than what we truly wanted. Of course, our day was perfect to us at the time, but if there is one thing I wish I could have known back then, it’s that on your wedding day, it’s okay to think outside the box and make it truly your own. There is beauty in marching to the beat of your own drum, after all.
So when my friend Hannah and I started cooking up plans to put together a stylized shoot, I was so excited to create a wedding that was totally different than any wedding I have photographed to date. Now, I love love love all things wedding, but the thought of creating such off beat beauty for a wedding was so thrilling! Our mutual friend Sara had mentioned getting together for a small Halloween shoot with a few other photographers, but when we started planning, we didn’t know it would blossom like it didi! Through out the entire process Hannah and I were in total sync, and I am just thrilled with the end result!
Nestled in the woods along a winding road, Laurel Hall is a true gem of Indianapolis. Built in 1916, the manor is stunning and spacious - the perfect location for our styled shoot. The Laurel Hall team was incredible to work with and welcomed us with open arms! As soon as we pulled in, we were greeted by Katie of Blu3 Designs who had so very carefully created the most beautiful hand written stationery, complete with hand torn edges and a smoky black water color pattern. Her work is so elegant and classy. She took our theme and just nailed it!
We also were joined by Ida of Maggie J Designs, who absolutely hit it out of the park with her floral design! I still cannot get over the rich colors she incorporated into the pieces she shared with us. Incredible! And to top everything off, Heather of Cahill Bakes arrived with the cake, and as you’ll see below, it was absolute perfection! I found myself just staring at it, unable to believe that it was real! Heather went so above and beyond to make this cake for us. She is a true artist!
As Hannah, her super helpful hubby, Curtis and I were unloading and setting up, Angie of Ardor Amore arrived and immediately set to work in the bridal suite with our models. You guys, I just adore Angie. She is not only amazingly talented, but funny and sweet too! My friend Korie introduced us and I am so glad she did. If you need a make up artist for your wedding, she is your girl!
Soon the rest of our small group of photographers arrived, including Hannah’s friend Amanda and her sweet baby, Alice and helped as we finished setting up. My friend Beth brought some of amazing skulls to add to the cat skull my father in law gifted me for Christmas a few years back and it added the perfect touch of spookiness to our decor! We split up into two groups and started making our way around the stunning grounds. Our amazing models, Jordan and Jordan, were total troopers, putting up with the cold with ease! We shot right up until night fall and had a blast while doing so! When we were finished we all worked together to pack up and then enjoyed the delicious cake!
Overall, I’d say my first official styled shoot was a huge success! I am so grateful to all of the vendors who helped us create our vision, our friends and fellow photographers, Sara, Mickie and Beth for all of their help, but especially to Hannah, my partner in crime in putting the shoot together. We make a pretty good team!