Autumn Styled Shoot

The Heart of the Wedding Day

I’ll be honest...a styled shoot sounded crazy! Plan a mini wedding? Organize a dream team of vendors? Not for me! As crazy as the idea seemed at the time, this summer I noticed that God was bringing various vendors into my life as we worked together or met to talk in local coffee shops. Relationships started. Friendships formed. I began to increasingly admire the amazing community around me and develop a desire to show off these talented vendors who had become friends. So planning began!

But I wanted this shoot to be different. My desire was not exactly to showcase the latest and greatest wedding trends or simply the gorgeous colors of the season. It was to put on display the love, joy, and commitment - the heart - behind the wedding day, and the special details that make it happen. This is the first day - the first day of the rest of your life with your best friend! That love and joy was designed by God to last a lifetime, reaching far beyond the wedding day. That’s what this shoot was all about! But if this was a styled shoot, how would that really come to life?

Our models, Abbey and Mickey - who met their freshman year at Pitt and have been together ever since! - were amazing in making this desire a reality. These two were married this past July and their newlywed love shone through each photo. It was genuine and real. While this shoot might not have been their real wedding day, it gave them the opportunity to relive it! Abbey even got to wear her very own wedding dress! It was like experiencing the priceless moments of their own wedding day all over again - the exchanging of love letters, which exclaim of the excitement of the day to come with every line; the first look (or in their case, second first look!) where your groom can’t keep that smile off his face; the vows of lifelong commitment; the love of a bride and groom, designed to be a picture of the love of Jesus Christ.

Clearly, all the details of the wedding day point to a greater purpose. The venue, the flowers, the table settings, the photos, are all meant to be part of creating a celebration that reminds you of why you are really there: the love, the joy, the promises. And that’s the heart of the wedding day!

See below for the list of the amazingly talented wedding vendors who brought this styled shoot to life!


The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake styled shoot.
The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake in the fall.
The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake wedding.
Cable Creations suit at The Gathering Place wedding.
Cable Creations suit at The Gathering Place wedding with Posies by Patti boutonniere.
Bride at Autumn styled shoot at The Gathering Place with Bridal Elegance wedding dress and hair by Ashley’s Mobile Studio.
Bride at The Gathering Place at Autumn wedding styled shoot with Bridal Elegance dress.
Posies by Patti bridal bouquet at Autumn wedding Styled shoot
Bridal bouquet by Posies by Pattie at The Gathering Place at autumn wedding styled shoot.
The Gathering Place at autumn styled shoot.
Posies by Patti flowers at The Gathering Place autumn styled shoot
Wood and Grace love letters at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Wood & Grace love letters at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Bride and groom exchanging Wood & Grace love letters at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Bride and groom exchanging Wood & Grace love letters at autumn styled shoot.
Bride and groom first look at autumn styled shoot.
Bride and groom first look at autumn styled shoot at The Gathering Place.
Wood & Grace wedding vows read by bride and groom.
Bride and groom read vows at autumn styled shoot at The Gathering Place.
Bride and groom reading wedding vows at autumn styled shoot.
First kiss of bride and groom at autumn styled shoot wedding.
Autumn styled shoot sweetheart table by Events 143, Posies by Patti, and Chelsea Party Center
Wood & Grace sweetheart table place cards and Chelsea Party Center wedding table settings.
Wood & Grace place cards and Chelsea Party Center sweetheart table settings.
Chelsea Party Center napkins at autumn styled shoot sweetheart table.
Autumn styled shoot sweetheart table.
Events 143 sweetheart table decorations at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Posies by Patti sweetheart table spread at Autumn wedding styled shoot.
Kimpel’s Jewelers wedding rings at autumn wedding styled shoot at The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake.
Bride and groom at autumn styled shoot sweetheart table.
Wood & Grace Bible verse with bride and groom at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Bride and groom at sweetheart table at autumn styled shoot. The Gathering Place. Events 143. Wood & Grace. Chelsea Party Center. Cable Creations. Bridal Elegance. Ashley’s Mobile Studio. Posies by Patti. Morgan Lei Designs. Kimpels Jewelers.
Bride and groom at autumn wedding styled shoot sweetheart table. Nizhoni Bakery.
Nizhoni Bakery wedding cake and candied apples at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Nizhoni Bakery candied apples at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Nizhoni Bakery wedding cake and candied apples at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Nizhoni Bakery wedding cake at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Bride and groom cutting Nizhoni Bakery wedding cake with Kimpel’s Jewelers wedding rings.
Bride and groom cutting Nizhoni Bakery wedding cake at autumn wedding styled shoot.
Bride and groom at autumn styled shoot at The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake.
Bride and groom at autumn wedding styled shoot at The Gathering Place.
Bride’s hair by Ashley’s Mobile Studio at The Gathering Place autumn styled shoot.
Bride and Groom smiling at The Gathering Place autumn wedding styled shoot.
Bride and groom wearing Kimpel’s Jewelers wedding rings on Posies by Pattie bridal bouquet.
Bride and groom reflected in the water at The Gathering Place autumn styled shoot.
Bride and groom reflected in the water at The Gathering Place autumn styled shoot.
The Gathering Place autumn styled shoot with bride and groom. Posies by Patti bridal bouquet.
Bride and groom smiling at The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake. Cable Creations tuxedo. Bridal Elegance wedding gown. Hair by Ashley’s Mobile Studio.
Bride and groom’s first dance with lights on the water at The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake
To God be the Glory sign at The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake autumn wedding styled shoot

Venue: The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake

Photographer: Taylor Elizabeth Photography

Design Concept: Morgan Lei Designs

Hair & Makeup: ashley’s Mobile Studio

Florist: Posies by Patti

sweetheart Table & centerpiece design: Events 143

lettering: wood & Grace Boutique

bakery: Nizhoni bakery

Jewelry: Kimpel’s jewelers

dress: Bridal Elegance

tuxedo: Cable creations

Table settings: chelsea party center