Michele at Curl Up and Dye Salon did Sasha’s hair before she came out and we loved the do! It was perfect! As soon as Sasha got here, Ezmia went to work doing her magic with the makeup.
Joining us from Alamagordo for the florals was Ashlee Baird. She and Trisha worked together to plan the look and feel for the florals and Ashlee made them absolutely stunning! I love the wilder look that is popular right now!
The cake was provided by Melanie Rodriguez and it was beautiful! This was her first attempt at hand painting a cake and she nailed it! The combo of her cake and Ashlee’s florals was stunning.
While all that hustle and bustle and work was going on down below, Trisha, Nicole, and I worked to finish the table up top. This included figuring out how to hang the geometric ornaments from the rock. I volunteered to climb up the rock and got half way and realized that this rock was way higher than it looked from the bottom, and that I’m a sissy with high rocks. So Trisha climbed up and I relayed supplies. She’s a braver woman than I am!
And then our photographer guests arrived! We had Erin Richins with Sunshine Picture Project and Meagan Brogan with Shutter Force Photography. Meagan drove all the way down from Rio Rancho for this, and drove all the way back as soon as we were done! Long day, but we LOVED having both her and Erin with us!
And finally, just a little late (we learned what to change with the timeline next time so we could start shooting on time), we were ready to start! The light was glowing and soft, and each individual element melded together so nicely! We divided up into teams and rotated through the stations. It was fun to shoot with Nicole! I loved seeing her ideas, and what she did to set up her shots. It’s always fun to get to observe and work with another photographer!
The dress loaned for the shoot from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique was gorgeous and fit the theme perfectly. One gamble with bringing a dress and having the model put it on for the first time at the shoot is that it won’t fit quite right. This one ended up being slightly too big on Sasha, so we had to carefully clamp it. This changed up the posing flow a little (as we always had to be mindful of which side the clamps were on), but it worked out well and if you didn’t know, you’d never guess in any of the photographer’s photos! There’s a secret to this industry…dress clamps! Great for when you’re hanging the dress during the getting ready photos, or to size a dress down during styled shoots.
It was pretty dark by the time we got back to the table to cut the delicious cake. We used up every single bit of light the sun gave us that day and then borrowed a little from candles to finish up with.
After it was all over came cleanup in the dark! That was fun! But it went pretty fast, we each were sent with some cake, the glassware was wrapped back up, the flowers divvied up, and everyone headed out. We learned a lot. More than a lot. A plethora of new information entered our experience bucket. There are things we’d do the same, things we’d do different, and things we’d add in next time.
So why has it taken from September to now to get these posted?! Because Trisha has been getting this published, and it went live yesterday! You can check out her pictures and her story on 100 Layer Cake and tomorrow you will get to see my photos and my take on it here on the blog!
Design and Head Photographer: Trisha Shelley
Facebook: Trisha Shelley Photography
Models: Sasha Utz and Stephen Sandoval
Make Up Artist: Ezmia Bascom (Younique)
Florals: Ashlee Shrader Baird (Flowers by Ashlee)
Cake: Melanie Rodriguez
Facebook: Melanie’s Sweets and Treats
Hair: Michelle at Curl Up and Dye Salon
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Truffles and Fudge: The Hester House
Dress Design: “Maui” by Sottero and Midgley
Facebook: Maggie Sottero Designs
Namecard Lockets: The Glass Connection
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Venue: City of Rocks State Park