Happy Veterans Day, Friends!
There’s something very special several talented wedding vendors and I put together for a very special Veteran, Brian, and his 3 year old daughter Ellie!
Not your everyday bride and groom styled shoot. We wanted something different. We wanted to create an experience. We wanted to style, but with natural captures and captured emotions. We wanted to pay tribute to the military and show how littles can do just fine amongst a lovely wedding scape.
Brian, his wife Mary Beth & their children have been my clients for years so I knew Brian’s relationship with his daughter was a special one. I knew Ellie despite being up past her bedtime would soak this special project in and would cherish it for years to come. So we got the idea to have “High Tea with Daddy!” We wanted to set up the most beautiful surprise date for this Lieutenant Veteran and his daughter, where all they had to do was show up and we’d guide them from one surprise to the next.
I reached out to several of my FAVorite wedding vendors and I was so thankful they all were so excited to partake in the fun! The Thursday Club was ideal for a Tea Party setting with a getting ready room perfect for a little princess. The coordinator Courtney of Breezy Day Weddings killed it with her magic and made everything come together. Rustic Events drove at least 45 minutes to bring the furniture and on Jen’s Birthday no less! Barb of Blanc Floral created the most beautiful hair piece for Ellie, bouquet for Ellie to be given by Brian and arrangements for the table and more that complimented the table scape beautifully. Lela of Orange and Melrose came through with her calligraphy, designing the invites despite her morning sickness! Cheri of Cheri’s Vintage Table had the table scape for this tea party. Russ’ associate of Russell John Films was kind, gentle and patient and was SO good with Ellie. Tara from Sweet As Bliss brought my vision to life with her flawless mini cakes & cookies that survived the heat! Little Kids Wear Inc is where I found the dream dress and ballet slippers for sweet Ellie. And So Cal Hair and Makeup came to make Ellie feel extra special even though I knew we couldn’t do much to her hair, so I was thankful they came, more for the experience. And boy did Ellie feel like a princess.
The day of the High Tea, Brian and Ellie had little guided direction but were mostly instructed to just be, that this was their date. I’ll let the images and video describe the rest. It was pure magic. We were all watching quietly with exploding hearts as this real Daddy & Daughter made a memory for a lifetime, which was the soul purpose of this day. Ellie got to take home the invites, cake, flowers, and shoes all for her memory box. I got in my car to go home and just cried as it was something so beautiful, shared with people I respect and enjoy. I hope you enjoy this special shoot as we all did and we want to thank all those who serve, have served, and their families who hold down the fort at home, in support. We thank you for our freedom. Happy Veterans Day!