Our 1st Styled Shoot
What a fun day! We had the opportunity to meet several local professionals at Hidden Pines Chapel for a day of styled shooting. Upon driving up to this venue, I was so impressed by the simple beauty of the building and decor. Hidden Pines is quite grand and yet it's not pretentious. I think brides could throw an over-the-top wedding here, but they could also pull off a very simple elegant one. The chapel area is spectacular with high ceilings, elegant chairs, chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows & even a fireplace on the stage. Although a fireplace may sound a bit out of place, I must say I found it to be an excellent area to decorate. Candles on the mantle would make for a very simple backdrop for bride & groom. But a vase of colorful flowers would also add a beautiful touch.
Because I had never been to this venue and wanted to be prepared for questions from our brides, I took the opportunity to walk around the facility and observe many positive aspects. First of all, the building was spacious. I loved that the door openings were equipped with double doors. There's nothing worse than trying to walk through a crowd when the doors only allow for one person to enter/exit at a time. Likewise, the hallways were wide. The venue had small vignettes with seating. These areas are great not only for a nice area to get away from the crowds, but sweet little areas that brides like to display sign-in books, pictures, and wedding gifts.
The reception area was vast with plenty of windows letting in natural light. I was pleasantly surprised that although this Chapel sits within the city limits, the views from the window are quite natural and pretty. Centered in the back of the room was a very large bar/serving area attached to a hidden and very spacious kitchen. This alone made me want to do my happy dance! After doing several weddings without a kitchen to rinse our dishes, or even keep food cold, the creators of this venue definitely thought of everything! Kudos to them! I also loved that there were 2 sets of bathrooms within this room alone.
The bridal suite was sweet (catch that?) It was very simple, with elegantly appointed items throughout the room. A long mirror with attached vanity area for multiple girls primping was most impressive!
All in all I loved this venue and enjoyed meeting this group of professionals that Mackenzie Blood (Mackenzie Faith Photography) brought together! Two brides and 1 groom were present to showcase some beautiful gowns and attire. I personally got to meet the videographer, florist, & event coordinator. I'll add names and contact info later when all of the professional pictures are released. Until then my snapshots and descriptions will have suffice.
As seen above, I was able to decorate a table with 6 settings of mismatched china & glass plates in pinks, ambers and a hint of turquoise. Each setting also had 4 pieces of gold flatware, white cloth napkin, and 2 vintage goblets. The florist was on site all day so she was able to set up a gorgeous centerpiece full of anemones, garden roses, ranunculus, double tulips, and greenery. She also laid fresh olive branches down the middle of the table and cut buds of small flowers and placed them amongst the branches. It was beautiful!