Springtime in Paris!

Updated: Jan 21

It is with the most excitement and feeling of accomplishment that I share a blog with you for a styled shoot I’ve envisioned for a very long time. With my long-time love of the vintage French style, I, along with photographer Lauryn Schalk, owner of Photography by Lauryn, gathered together a talented team of creative vendors to make my dream a reality for a styled shoot at The Loft of Elements Preserved.


Simple elopement bouquet

I love Lauryn’s style of photography and editing, and so she was my first choice to contact for this styled shoot. From there, I spoke with Eleni, at Limani Designs, and her Mom, who together are the creative stylists behind Limani Designs Floral.


Using vintage elements from our rental inventory, I designed and created layers of French-style, with our Platinum settee and armchairs, along with many pieces of vintage garden elements, vintage books, bottles, baskets, urns, and of course, a few pieces that find themselves in décor at home, which are always available to rent.


Sitting Area with vintage chair, pillar, and candles

I love to layer with interesting pieces, and the mantle scene is one of my favorites. I used vintage books stacked in varying heights, some with broken bindings, and some with pages turned out for interest. Small, vintage apothecary bottles balanced on top of a few of those stacks of books, filled with tiny, pink floral stems completed this simple styling.


mantel design with vintage books, bottles and stems

Springtime, to me, represents new life and bloom, and Limani Designs completed my vision, filling our vintage French enamel pitcher with long branches of barely opening Spring buds! The French-style woven basket was filled with bunches of loose greens, and brass candlesticks were carefully placed on tables, to add just the right touch of light and romance.


Springtime blossoms

I keep all kinds of white elements on hand, whether they’re pearl buttons, stone birds, clock faces, lace remnants, ironstone pitchers (damaged or whole), milk glass, vintage china, and more. When I’m styling, I love to pull in the unexpected elements, which draw the eye in to view the vignette even closer.


Springtime Lounge

With a few of these elements, I styled a little seating area using a Platinum armchair, surrounded by vintage columns, and a pop of color with a vintage pink shutter. Using pink as the primary color for the accents in this shoot, Limani Designs created the most beautiful, simple, elopement-style bouquet, with a torn ribbon tying it together! This fits the simple, yet elegant wedding bouquet I envision for this style of wedding.


Farm table decor with vintage china tureen filled with roses, milkglass, and brass candleholders

The reception table was one of our farmtables, accented with brass candleholders, a simple gray sheer runner, vintage books, again, because I like to carry out and connect those themes throughout a styled area, and vintage urns filled with moss. And, that beautiful French tureen, full of roses was perfection! We were so thrilled to include the most beautiful scripted placecards by Maison Blanche Lettering, by Christen Whitehouse, who also designed a beautiful announcement on our vintage gold mirror! Christen shared how important the French style is to her brand, and we knew we’d found the perfect calligrapher for the day! It’s simple touches like these that continue to connect your guests to the theme of your event, and make your story complete.


Gold, gilt oval mirror with calligraphy welcome

Our beautiful model, Gianna, @gtrib, wore the most stunning ivory dress from @vollesbridal. The long train was breathtaking, and made this dress choice perfect for our styled shoot! Lauryn captured some stunning shots with Gianna seated on our Platinum armchair, completely veiled. Thank you Volles Bridal for accommodating us for this inspirational shoot.



Simple floral bouquet held by bride seated on platinum chair

There’s no wedding or celebration complete without cake! I created a sweet spot on our vintage pastry table, and connected it with a few similar elements used that day. The pink shutter was the perfect touch of color behind the two-tiered simple wedding cake, by ivory.iron, and the cake was decorated with simple pink blooms. Once again, a few brass candlesticks, a stack of vintage books, and urns filled with moss made this dessert table something special.


Cake Table

Hair and makeup were brought together by ks.stylist, and carlydoesmakeup. Kim Simon wanted to give Gianna a little French wave with a simple loose up-do, and it was perfect. Carly Pribich chose to go very natural with makeup, and just a touch of color on the lips, which again, was so fitting. We are always so grateful to work with talented vendors who get the vision we have, and work together so well. We are grateful for all these ladies and their creative talents!

I could not have been more pleased with how everyone collaborated to make my “Springtime in Paris” vision come to life, and this is the joy we get when working together with a group of talented people whose goal is to create something beautiful!


Sitting area complete with ledge for shutter and detail display

Whether you’re looking for vintage French, or another completely different style for your wedding or special celebration, we’d love the opportunity to chat and hear your vision. With our showroom filled with many pieces of furniture and accents, we love the idea of creating something that’s a celebration of you, as a couple, completed with layers of vintage touches that make your day memorable for everyone.


Table Display of natural elements

Table Setting

vintage mantel filled with books and bottles creates interest of Spring

simple florals held by bride for elopement ceremony

If I had to define what sets Elements Preserved apart from many Specialty/Boutique Rental Companies is the curated styling of classic vintage pieces, whether a few pieces mixed in with a more modern look, or vintage found throughout the styling. I love to mix and layer these pieces and create a feast for the eyes that lasts beyond the day itself. It rekindles memories of years gone past, and creates new and interesting ways to incorporate vintage into every style of décor, whether in your home, your office, a stage production, a wedding, or a special event. We’d love the opportunity to create something unique for your event! Elopement weddings are our specialty, and there's not a more beautiful location than The Loft!


Venue, Rentals, Design and Styling: Elements Preserved IG: @elementspreserved


Location of Shoot: The Loft of Elements Preserved


Photography: www.photographybylauryn.com


Floral Design: IG: @limanidesigns @limanidesignsfloral


Model: IG: @gtrib


Makeup: www.carlydoesmakeup.com/


Hair: www.ksstylist.com


Cake: www.ivory.iron.com


Calligraphy: maisonblanchelettering.com/


Dress: IG: @vollesbridal

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