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Serena: A Book-Themed Bridal Portrait Session
Photos By Melissa Stallings
By Lauren Kathryn on Feb 8, 2013 at 8:35 am in Vintage
If you haven’t noticed, we’re ardent bibliophiles, so imagine our delight—which quickly escalated into girlish giddiness and glee—when this bookishly beautiful bridal portrait session, shot by the inspiringly talented Melissa Stallings, landed in our inbox. The bride, Serena, an avid reader, writer, and lover of all things charmingly old, was actually married several years ago in Germany, but sadly, she wasn’t able to have portraits taken at the time of her wedding. After celebrating her fourth blissful year of marriage this fall, she decided to remedy that bit of unfortunateness with a thoughtfully personalized shoot. “We wanted a location different from the usual woodsy/nature-y setting, so I asked the owner of an antique shop located in our small town’s storefront if we could set up in her empty, dusty, dark space, which was surrounded by exposed brick,” Melissa said. “We knew we wanted to incorporate lots of books, since reading is such a staple of Serena’s life, so we spent months collecting old hardbacks from thrift stores. We couldn’t forget to include her all-time favorite, Wuthering Heights, of which she owns 12 copies!”
Will all its lovely literary details, from the book-page rosettes flecking Serena’s Rapunzel-long hair to a book-page bouquet laced with sprigs of baby’s breath, we think you’ll wholeheartedly agree that this shoot is, well, one for the books!
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