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Featured on Southern Weddings Blog!


It started as just an idea. As a way to shoot for myself, that didn’t revolve around what I made for dinner. Or new furniture we bought. Or worse, an unwilling subject.

And then it turned into a conversation. A quick email sent to a new friend, who also happened to be an amazing wedding planner.

After a few weeks of back and forth, terrible weather, a case of pneumonia, and borrowing two amazing wedding gowns, it became reality.

On an early morning in April, I made my way down to Waco, Texas, to shoot a collaborative project with Lauren Kelly Events.

Yesterday, our inspiration shoot, entitled “Deconstructed Southern” was featured on the Southern Weddings Magazine Blog!

From Lauren:

We took the idea of a Southern wedding and deconstructed it.  The scene was set by pulling fantastic elements such as old typewriters, iron bedframes, wooden trunks, and spools (that are typically found in Southern antique shops) into a natural atmosphere.  We wanted to rethink the vintage trend that has been working its way through the industry and modernize it into something more appealing to the bride who craves hot pink lipstick with her pin curls.  Our vision was to make the pops of color found in nature enough decoration to ensure a simply Southern wedding day without too much fuss.

Here are a few of my favorites…

We started our shoot at Laverty’s Antiques in Waco, where they had an amazing variety of goodies, including hanging chairs and headboards.

laverty's antique shop waco catie ronquillo blue by enzoani barcelona taylor lord

This is one of my very favorites from the shoot.

laverty's antique shop waco catie ronquillo taylor lord

Then we took it outside to the side of the road. Literally. Lauren knew of a little spot that was concealed by hedges and trees. And since it was still April, the Texas heat wasn’t too brutal.

audry by stephanie james couture dallas wedding photographer catie ronquillo

purple bead necklace wedding catie ronquillo stephanie james couture audry

We picked up jewelry for the shoot that morning in Downtown Waco. We scored all the accessories for less than $10. Gotta love thrift stores!

audry by stephanie james couture catie ronquillo

Lauren brought a brown sofa from her studio and scored the amazing vintage trunk for $20!

audry by stephanie james couture catie ronquillo

Our model, Taylor, is also a photographer out in Rockwall, Texas, and she totally worked it!

audry by stephanie james couture catie ronquillo

Thank you to everyone who helped make this shoot amazing and to Lara, Emily, and Katharine at Southern Weddings Magazine blog for picking it up! Be sure to stop by the Southern Weddings Blog to see the complete feature!

This collaboration was made possible by:
Lauren Kelly Events: planning and design
Angela Karr of Faces by Angela: makeup design
Philip Sanchez of Salon Wabi Sabi: hair design
Laverty’s Antiques in Waco, TX (254-754-3238): props and location
What About Cupcakes: cupcakes
White Gown Showroom: Long dress: “Barcelona” by Blue by Enzoani / Short dress: “Audry” by Stephanie James Couture

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