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Behind the Scenes: Fall Good Things, Part 2

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I posted about the food items in our Fall Good Things, but I have a ton of behind-the-scenes on everything else too, which I wanted to share with you. Take a look through the gallery and then be sure to check out the actual story to see how everything turned out! What's your favorite idea from this story?

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Here's our development board that includes inspiration, actual items (like the save the date), and a photo of our flowergirl model.

1 Here's our development board that includes inspiration, actual items (like the save the date), and a photo of our flowergirl model.

A later incarnation of our board, this time with actual vellum chains and sequin samples attached.

2 A later incarnation of our board, this time with actual vellum chains and sequin samples attached.

Our worktable, covered in chocolates, candles, and more.

3 Our worktable, covered in chocolates, candles, and more.

Our bridesmaids dresses and tulle sashes. We hung them up and tried some color combos before the shoot.

4 Our bridesmaids dresses and tulle sashes. We hung them up and tried some color combos before the shoot.

Corinne pulled some fabrics to use as backgrounds for some of our detail shots.

5 Corinne pulled some fabrics to use as backgrounds for some of our detail shots.

The beginning of one of our table set ups. Before flowers, napkins, place cards, etc.

6 The beginning of one of our table set ups. Before flowers, napkins, place cards, etc.

Vellum strips cut for our paper chains. We get a lot of our vellum from paperandmore.com--they have so many color options!

7 Vellum strips cut for our paper chains. We get a lot of our vellum from paperandmore.com--they have so many color options!

A selection of our candles, from Colonial Candle. They also have an amazing color selection.

8 A selection of our candles, from Colonial Candle. They also have an amazing color selection.

A bag of our wooden candlestick holders. Waiting to be sprayed.

9 A bag of our wooden candlestick holders. Waiting to be sprayed.

Some sprayed sticks. We also did some in a beautiful gold paint from Montana Paint, but ended up shooting the monochromatic versions.

10 Some sprayed sticks. We also did some in a beautiful gold paint from Montana Paint, but ended up shooting the monochromatic versions.

Here's the final table!

11 Here's the final table!

A close up of the place setting, which included the Midas Gold flatware from The Conran Shop, and a sweet little place card tucked into the napkin.

12 A close up of the place setting, which included the Midas Gold flatware from The Conran Shop, and a sweet little place card tucked into the napkin.

Our sequin favors.

13 Our sequin favors.

Different versions of our chocolate favors.

14 Different versions of our chocolate favors.

Some options for our fondue shot.

15 Some options for our fondue shot.

Our fabrics, arranged in color order on our shoot.

16 Our fabrics, arranged in color order on our shoot.

Corinne stuffing the ring pillow with batting.

17 Corinne stuffing the ring pillow with batting.

Our beautiful peonies.

18 Our beautiful peonies.

Gorgeous!

19 Gorgeous!

Golden curls of vellum paper chains.

20 Golden curls of vellum paper chains.

One of our work stations. The coral, red, and peach work station, apparently. That's me and our intern Stephanie working on the ring pillows.

21 One of our work stations. The coral, red, and peach work station, apparently. That's me and our intern Stephanie working on the ring pillows.

A cute shot of the favors and slippers, all decked out in sequins.

22 A cute shot of the favors and slippers, all decked out in sequins.

Photographer Raymond Hom and digital tech Brian Gardner, through the lens of the decoder. Sadly, nothing was decoded.

23 Photographer Raymond Hom and digital tech Brian Gardner, through the lens of the decoder. Sadly, nothing was decoded.

It looked like Corinne was in a toaster oven when I took this shot through the lens. I love how the sunlight makes the curtains glow bright yellow.

24 It looked like Corinne was in a toaster oven when I took this shot through the lens. I love how the sunlight makes the curtains glow bright yellow.

You can never have enough jewelry! I tried out as many Alexis Bittar bangles as I could.

25 You can never have enough jewelry! I tried out as many Alexis Bittar bangles as I could.

I love Corinne's super sweet sewing kit.

26 I love Corinne's super sweet sewing kit.

Carolyn collects swatches of our materials as we go so that when she's working on the layout she can match the colors in the pictures to the swatches for accuracy.

27 Carolyn collects swatches of our materials as we go so that when she's working on the layout she can match the colors in the pictures to the swatches for accuracy.

We raised our peony table up on appleboxes for a shot we did with the windows blown out to just wisps of white.

28 We raised our peony table up on appleboxes for a shot we did with the windows blown out to just wisps of white.

There's Corinne, looking a bit Alice in Wonderland.

29 There's Corinne, looking a bit Alice in Wonderland.

Carolyn painted a version of the poster in the early stages of its development.

30 Carolyn painted a version of the poster in the early stages of its development.

And when we signed the poster (we had a practice one for people to test out their signatures) we had a laugh and invited some famous guests. Who wouldn't want Tom Hanks at their wedding?

31 And when we signed the poster (we had a practice one for people to test out their signatures) we had a laugh and invited some famous guests. Who wouldn't want Tom Hanks at their wedding?

This is how we labeled our posters. The real one said

32 This is how we labeled our posters. The real one said "real" on an equally impressive post-it.

Carolyn sketched out the layout as the story developed and when we got to the studio we began posting our polaroids. This helps us with the pacing, colors, and angles of our photographs and we do it on every shoot.

33 Carolyn sketched out the layout as the story developed and when we got to the studio we began posting our polaroids. This helps us with the pacing, colors, and angles of our photographs and we do it on every shoot.

Our adorable little flowergirl Nico, got some fashion help from Corinne.

34 Our adorable little flowergirl Nico, got some fashion help from Corinne.

Nico on set, modeling the sequin cardigan.

35 Nico on set, modeling the sequin cardigan.

Nico and Corinne taking a little break from the camera.

36 Nico and Corinne taking a little break from the camera.

Modeling is hard!

37 Modeling is hard!

A close up of the books on the shelf under the poster. We were inspired by rock posters when we came up with the idea and loved that the bottom book hinted at that.

38 A close up of the books on the shelf under the poster. We were inspired by rock posters when we came up with the idea and loved that the bottom book hinted at that.

The board towards the end of our shoot, pretty much filled!

39 The board towards the end of our shoot, pretty much filled!

Comments (1)

  • I adore the color palette and how you used it throughout, but my favorite thing is the poster you created. That's a very interesting, beautiful, and memorable alternative to a traditional guest book. It won't be stuffed in a drawer and forgotten. Kudos.

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