Orchestrated: Ink and Pearl | A Coco Chanel Inspired Wedding

You know what's always nerve-wracking... doing something that isn't done often in your field. It's almost unheard of to do black and white photography for a stylized shoot. After all, people want color and inspiration! To do something that's a bit unconventional is probably the eternal conundrum of an artist.... do what's popular? Or do what's in your heart?

But when our participants of Ink and Pearl started all posting their beautiful black and white imagery because we encouraged it, I got confidence. I know... it sounds backwards... encourage it and then be nervous yourself... but it was a vision! And then when I was processing my images, I thought, "YAY! It's not such a wacky idea." It really is the mark of trendsetting. Maybe we can get to see more B&W on the popular wedding blogs? (After all, we've seen black wedding gowns pop up a lot more frequently lately! Dare we say we had some influence?! Okay, maybe not. But still. It kind of made us smile that we did have a black gown!) ;)

I did something completely different in my processing... since we were channeling Coco Chanel and the early days of photography, I wanted to give a bit of a richer antique feel. As many photogs know, there are a hundred and one ways to process a black and white photo. It's just not taking away the color and SHAZAM! You've got an image. There are contrasts, highlights, shadows, brightnesses, etc... I sometimes spend more time on a B&W than a color image!

But to reminisce, we had such a blast on November 12th. To see people take one little detail and transform it in so many different ways... it's incredible. And to have people come from western Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware just to be a part of Orchestrated... it's humbling and fulfilling. They make us strive better, work harder, and stretch our creative brains more. For that, we're eternally grateful for their passions and friendships.

Many thanks to our models for their wonderful participation and excitement. They were so much fun and easy-going!

And to our vendors, we couldn't have completed our vision without you and your many talents. Thank you so very much.

Now onto to the show! Be sure to view until the end to see the phenomenal video that our friends at The Girl Tyler created for us...

Orchestrated: Stylized Shoots | "Ink and Pearl" | 11.12.2011 from The Girl Tyler on Vimeo.

Concept Design | Meghan Beckwith | www.orchestratedshoots.com

Photography & Co-Design | Chelsea LaVere | www.bitofivoryphotography.com

Event Stylist & Floral Design | Vivid Expressions | www.vividexpressions.com

Stationery & Motion Photography | The Girl Tyler | www.thegirltyler.com

Tuxedo Rental | MWTux | www.mwtux.com

Cake Design | Cake Delights | www.mycakedelights.com

Hair Stylist | Lindsea Forbus | www.facebook.com/hairbylindsea

Makeup | Elizabeth Ansel Alfier | www.hairandmakeupbyliz.com

Jewelry | Premier Designs | www.facebook.com/PremierDesignsJewelryWithRebekahSnider

Bridal Accessories | Sparrow Blu | sparrowblu.etsy.com

Flower Accessories | Dear Betsy Handmade | DearBetsy.etsy.com

Dessert (Macaroons) | Terebinth | www.theterebinth.com

Dessert (Cake Truffles) | Have a Ball Confections | haveaballconfections@gmail.com

Thank you EVERYONE! We can't wait until next month for Vignettes!
- Chelsea :)

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