A MIDWEST TROPICAL BRIDAL SHOWER

A styled Midwest tropical bridal shower for real-life bride Erin, whose family and friends came from across the country to help her celebrate in style.

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SNEAK PEEK TO MY SPRINGTIME STYLED SHOOT: OVER THE TOP COLOR, TEXTURE & DESIGN!

Inspiration for this styled shoot came from my love of mixing and matching color, texture and patterns.  Dick Brothers Brewery was a perfect setting for the look I was going for, with its industrial vibe of exposed brick and high beams. The brewery’s tall ceilings are any designers dream, and I wanted to emphasize the wood beams as a focal point to the table scape.  A DIY project I completed for this shoot consisted of creating a hanging element from repurposed windows, highlighting the industrial feel.  

The alter inspiration began with my love of gold foil and easily became another DIY project.  The smooth gold foil, and the coarse red brick were the perfect contrasting combination of texture and color with light subtlety reflecting from the canvas. The canvas was then embellished by the untraditional chandelier suspended from above. 

An amazing collaborative team brought my ideas to life and helped to emphasize each individual design aspect. Lavish Floral Design, created a stunning feminine pallet of floral arrangements, producing an atmosphere of elegance and layers of beauty and color. Invited by LamaWorks, assembled intricate stationery from the invitation to the menu and name card.  The abundance of design elements were rounded out with carefully crafted crème brûlées and a stunning cake made by HyVee, along with a breathtaking diamond engagement ring from Sturhahn Jewelers, which made the shoot complete. Every element was beautifully captured by McDonald Video & Photography and Stark’s Studios, they portrayed my vision perfectly. 

PSST! Don't miss the details in the place settings; soft blue tablecloths, black grated chargers, pink piped white linen napkins, differing blue and white salad plates at each place setting and glossy black sherbet cup layered with a deconstructed clementine and petite flora!


The biggest piece of advice I can give brides, planners and stylists is do not be afraid to get adventurous with your designs!
— Sara Elizabeth
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VENDOR CREDITS:

DESIGN/PLANNING/STYLING: Sara Elizabeth Weddings // PHOTOGRAPHER: McDonald Video & Photography // VIDEOGRAPHER: Starks Studios // FLORALS Lavish Floral Design // CAKE + DESSERT: HyVee, Broadway, Store #2 // RINGS Sturhahn Jewelers // HAIR + MAKEUP: Danielle Flesner & Lauren Dunn // GROOM'S WEAR: Schueckings Mens Wear // STATIONERY: Invited by LamaWorks // TABLECLOTH: Celebrations Party & Event Rental // VENUE: Dick Brothers Brewery // CHARGERS. PLATES, FLATWARE, NAPKINS: Amazon