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Last month, on a rainy Friday, Ashley and I had the time of our lives shooting Alex and Evan, one of the most beautiful, friendly couples I have ever met (not to mention GENEROUS…I’ll get to that in a moment).
Ashley and I have had a blast working on shoots for LRW, and it was a light bulb moment when we had the idea to start working together. As a wedding and engagement photographer, Ashley constantly gets questions from couples about what to wear for their shoot, so it’s almost natural to have a stylist available to consult as questions arise.

Enter Alex and Evan. Two adorable people that combine to make a saccharine sweet duo. They’re getting married in October and agreed to be my guinea pigs for the shoot. THANK YOU ALEX AND EVAN!

If you read LRW regularly, you probably saw a couple private posts in May that we accessible only via password. Now I can finally show you what I was working on!

Behold, A&E’s outfit moodboards:

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SO, these might look a little all over the place to you, but they were very specifically based around an initial email exchange I had with Alex and Evan. I asked them what they like to wear, what their favorite pieces are, what they wanted to achieve with the shoot, etc.

In the end, A&E spent next to nothing on new clothing, and I’m thrilled to show off what we achieved:

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With the first look, we truly wanted to show A&E’s style. From my first email with them, they both expressed love for Chucks. That was all I needed to hear; I could picture Ashley capturing some adorable shots of their matching shoes  – and I wasn’t wrong.

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Alex’s favorite color is mint, so we added a blazer in that color and paired it with a wispy blouse and her favorite jeans. I love the unexpected (I use that word a lot but it’s true!) black cherry nail polish; it draws attention to her gorgeous sparkler.

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Her statement necklace was borrowed from a friend and brought the entire outfit together.

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My absolute favorite shot of the day!

For Evan, we wanted to show off his love for v-neck tees. The grey here is a welcome neutral that works with Alex’s outfit and puts the focus on them as a couple.

For the second look, we wanted to go off book and push the boundaries a little bit. At first, Ashley was a little concerned that the plaid pattern and the striped blazer wouldn’t match, but I pushed for it and in the end we were both very pleased.

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The blues in their tops are the same, and the large amount of white in Alex’s blazer evens out the look so the tops aren’t competing. Also, we like a little clashing now and again! This is the way to do it.

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Alex was such a trooper, she let me tie this scarf around her for 10 minutes, trying every way I knew. We tried a hair tuck, and I think she looks so sweet.

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It was a magical day, and I had the best time with these two, not to mention how wonderful it was to work with Ashley again.

I’m excited to announce (if you haven’t seen my fb posts!) that Ashley is now offering my styling services as part of her engagement packages! I would love to meet you and your fiancé, boyfriend or girlfriend and assist you with your shoot! If you’re interested, you can email me at littleredswell [at] gmail [dot] com!

Thanks for stopping by!

venue: Keeler Tavern

all photos courtesy of Ashley Caroline Photography.

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