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Something Old, Something Blue: A Baroque-Inspired Shoot in Iowa
Photos By Carolyn Ann Photography
By Lauren Kathryn on May 16, 2014 at 5:00 am in Vintage and Glamorous
Filled with powdery blue hues, gilded finery, and numerous nods to classical music, today’s shoot was sparked by the familiar bridal rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”
“This was one of those completely organic shoots,” explained Jenn Pochobradsky, the owner of Harper Hadley Events, a full-service event planning boutique based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Photographer Carolyn Ann and I were chatting over coffee one day, and we came up with the idea of doing a ‘something blue’ shoot with a twist. I did some research on the rhyme and discovered that it had links to the Baroque period. Elegance, opulence, natural colors, and lavish parties all came to mind.”
To bring her Baroquian vision to life, Jenn enlisted the help of some local industry talents and sought a space with historical character as well as plenty of natural light. With floor-to-ceiling windows, a Beaux-Arts architectural style, and a story that stretches back to 1925, the Veterans Memorial Building was just the place. Elements reminiscent of the 17th century mingled with modern ones for a freshly eclectic look.
“The shoot was a labor of love,” Jenn said. “It was so fun to pull together a mix of old and new, use some borrowed pieces, and toss in a few new perspectives. I could just envision the ballroom full of dreamy tables, loved ones, music, and the bride and groom dancing the night away in the most beautiful and romantic of settings.”
The Redhead Hair Salon gave model Megan Snyder two different looks—one sleek and modern, the other elaborate and romantic. Hope’s Bridal provided both a chic fit-and-flare dress and a dramatic ball gown.
Created by AC Design, the soft-looking watercolor invitation was slipped inside a handmade envelope fashioned out of sheet music. A gold wax seal served as the perfect finishing touch.
The work of Classic Cakes by Design, the cake featured one solid-colored tier, one gold-leaf tier, and one patterned tier. It was accented with translucent sugar blooms and gilded apples.
The accessories came from Meg Jewelry. “They were perfectly intricate and looked like family pieces,” Jenn said.
“Angela of The Flower Shop at Cedar Memorial worked some floral magic,” Jenn said. “She understood my vision and made it come to life even more beautifully that I could have imagined.” The arrangements included hydrangeas, roses, wax flowers, blue delphiniums, anemones, tulips, seeded eucalyptus, and Italian ruscus.
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > carolyn ann photography
Location > veterans memorial building
Event Design and Planning > harper hadley events
Flowers > the flower shop at cedar memorial
Cake > classic cakes by design
Desserts > sweet satisfaction bakery
Linens and rentals > Spielman’s Event Services
Vintage rentals > Farmhouse Vintage
Bride’s Dress > hope’s bridal
Hair > morgan holtz of the redhead hair salon
Makeup > lindsey faber of the redhead hair salon
Jewelry > meg jewelry
Paper Goods > ac design
Calligraphy > blush papier by genevieve
Model > megan snyder
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What's Being Said
Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady, May 16, 2014 at 7:34 pm
Such gorgeous details - I love the old-world charm!
Krisstin | On the Go Bride, May 16, 2014 at 11:13 am
That bun is perfection! I am loving all the amazing decor too.
Carolyn Ann, May 16, 2014 at 9:28 am
Wow! What an honor to have our shoot featured on Swooned. Thank you so much!!
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