STYLED SHOOT: Unicorns and rainbows #Wedding industry advice#marketing#photography September 26 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatbride Photos by Rodeo & Co. Photography. Unicorn mask by Accoutrements. On Monday, I wrote about why we never featured styled shoots on Offbeat Bride… mainly because I don't want brides being misled by marketing materials into unrealistic expectations for their weddings. Here on Offbeat Empire, however, I love scheming about small business stuff like marketing, and so I asked wedding vendors to share a few of their favorite styled shoots. There were a whole bunch of great links in the comments over here, and there's one styled shoot from Offbeat Bride vendor Makeup Aristry By Liz that I simply HAD to share. I mean, it's rainbows and unicorns. It's like this shoot was designed for me. Related Post VENDOR OPEN THREAD: We want to see your styled shoots! I wrote a post today on Offbeat Bride about why we don't publish styled shoots. As I hope I made clear in that post, as... Read more Photography: Rodeo & Co. Photography Design & Styling: Emily B. Event Design Make-up: Makeup Aristry By Liz Floral Design: Valley Flower Company Stationary: Coral Pheasant Stationary + Design Cake: Pleasant Street Sweets Gown: Badgley Mischka Veil: Emily Riggs Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses: Ouma Purple sequin linen: Nuage Designs This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Makeup Artistry by Liz Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. PREVIOUS XOXO Festival: reconciling my two industries NEXT Four years is a good run: why Offbeat Families is ceasing publication (and how it will live on) Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] I used to work for a stationer who did these styled shoots regularly. I came to learn that everything she put together was, actually, really affordable and DIY friendly because she would have to go out-of-pocket for the materials. She just had that rare ability of seeing ordinary objects differently, like when she cut up monopoly boards for flower vases. I think the real deal makers and breakers are photographers. A great one can make a plastic flower in a garish vase look amazing, while an average one can't do a Tiffany ring justice. 1 agrees Some of the stuff might be budget and DIY friendly. But a LOT of styled shoots I see on other blogs use high fasion/designer dresses and veils that are not. Being able to just borrow a dress makes shoots like this one doable. Another thing I notice in a lot of these styled shoots is the AMOUNT of decor on the table. Like that place setting up there is DIVINE. The one table probably only cost like $50 to put together. But translate that up to 10-100 tables and all of a sudden plates from target, a giant bouquet, and 3 yards of sparkle fabric become quite expensive. To do this in real life would be pretty expensive, even if a lot of the elements are DIY…. That being said I am a styled shoot junkie (only reason I went to a lot of other wedding sites when I was planning). I used inspiration from a lot of them to figure out how to utilize things I already had access to (my mom's china and teapot collection, rocks from the yard, decor from a friend's baby shower). But none of my tables looked as full as those you see in styled shoots… 4 agree Ahahahaha, oh god, the unicorn mask. Amazing. I love this shoot! I totally have been checking that Badgley Mischka gown out online, and I've been obsessively checking out Ouma on Etsy for the last few days! I wish there were more/clearer pics of the bridesmaid dresses. And I love the invites! YAY! 1 agrees This is why I love the OBE. Those OTHER wedding sites would never show this. VIVA LA UNICORN! Comments are closed.