Kentucky Derby Bridal Shower Photo Shoot

Every year we put together a styled photo shoot.  It’s a great way to try something new, let the creative juices flow, and work with some amazing local vendors.  If you haven’t seen one of our styled shoots before, be sure to check out our Luxe Winter, Preppy Glam, or English Garden.

This year, we were invited to the Perkins Mansion to a Vendor Showcase.  Each room repersented a different celebration.  We were slated to put together a bridal shower display, and after brainstorming some theming ideas, we opted to create a Kentucky Derby inspired look!

Our shoot took place in the Parlour of the mansion, an elegant, open space room.  The beautiful mantel fireplace and Steinway grand piano added the perfect charm for our race track style.

Panache Vintage Consignment dressed our beautiful models in delicate and sweet frocks.  They paired perfectly with the vintage outwear.  And what would these outfits be without the incredible hats from Moire’s Millinery?  She makes them herself!  Can you believe it?

Eva Jewel did makeup application for our models, giving them a fresh, polished look.  Samantha Brado did beautiful hair styling that worked so well with the variety of hats.  Eva and Sam were amazing and kept our models looking fabulous!

Another great highlight of the shoot was the sweets table.  How amazing do those treats from Shell’s Sweets look?  Trust us, they were delicious!  She was amazingly creative with the design and flavors.  I mean just look at that sugared peony she made.  Our favorite? The mini bourbon pecan pies!  Nothing says Kentucky Derby like bourbon!

We used the sophisticated, fun stationary style we designed as a spring board for the overall look.  It was a joy to create these Kentucky Derby details.  From award ribbon escort cards to the grassy M monogram frame, DIY elements are something we always have to incorporate. We even had the opportunity to feature our new line of rental linens, including the ivory Plaid Jacquard table linen and canary satin napkins.

The design would be nothing without the beautiful floral arrangements.  We just love working with Rockcastle Florist!  We found metal vessels, some of which looked like trophies, and they blew it out of the water with the final design.  The ranunculus though, breathtaking!

Nolan’s Rentals gorgeous chargers elevated the tablescape perfectly!  We loved how the menu and napkin sits beautifully right underneath.

And of course, the shoot would not be complete without our amazing photographer Wendy Zook!  She brought the Kentucky Derby style to life with her bright, fresh photography.  Now we can’t wait to see the beautiful video from Shaun at Filmwell Studios!  Our novice models look like pros thanks to Wendy and Shaun’s direction.

Be sure to keep up with our Facebook page and Instagram as we share more photos from this fabulous shoot!

Planning & Design: Pauleenanne Design • Photography: Wendy Zook Photography • Videography: Filmwell Studios • Venue: Perkins Mansion • Flowers: Rockcastle Florist • Bakery: Shell’s Sweets • Hair: Samantha Brado • Makeup: Eva Jewel • Hats: Moire’s Millinery • Clothing: Panache Vintage Consignment • Chargers: Nolan’s Rentals

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