Mar 1, 2017

New Mexico Copper Styled Shoot

If you caught¬†yesterday’s post, you know all about what hits the blog here in this post today! I’m excited to get to share my photos with you of the styled shoot.
This styled shoot was a first for me. I’ve only participated in one other styled shoot and helped come up with the general theme. This time, it was someone else’s theme entirely. I helped with a lot of the background work, the communication with vendors and photographers, the logistics, but the styling was all Trisha’s brainchild and talent. But, I did get to introduce her to World Market…I take full credit for that beautiful new part of her life. ūüėČ Sorry Jake!! (World Market is one of our favorite places! If there’s one near you, go check it out!!)

We set up the styled shoot at City of Rock State Park near Faywood, NM. Guys, this place is amazing! Cameron and I had been before while he was doing his lizard study and fell in love with it then; it was fun to get to go back. The rocks provided the perfect shelter from the New Mexico breeze that never goes away, and they are just way cool.The table was loaned to us from The Furniture Gallery (where Cameron used to work while we lived in Silver City), and it matched the color of the rocks beautifully! The gray tones with the touches of warm tones made it look like it was made to be there in “The City”.


Trisha planned the design and look of the shoot around Silver City’s Kneeling Nun and the nearby copper industry. She is all about the big florals, the modern geometrics, and the copper and pulled those all together in her design and meshed them together so well.



The table smelled heavenly with all the varieties of eucalyptus! I just wanted to wrap myself in the table runner and soak in that smell. Maybe if our sweat smelled like that I’d exercise more just to smell so good! But that’s another topic…









That rock backdrop was possibly my favorite part of the “decor”. The natural arch there was so perfect, and the whole thing framed the table so beautifully!








The cake was provided by Melanie’s Sweets and Treats. Can you believe that was her first hand painted cake?! She did phenomenal! The hand painting and the florals combined made for such a beautiful combination. Melanie and Nana stuck around to watch the styled shoot, and jumped in to help hold veils, move chairs, and were even so sweet to divide the cake up and hand it out to all of us before they left! When someone asked her what flavor it was (before cutting into it) she said “Oh, it’s just vanilla.” “Just¬†vanilla?! Isn’t that the best flavor there is?!” I asked. And it was good, moist, yummy vanilla.¬†Let me tell you, it was scrumptious!!


Adding to the sweets table was a platter of fudge and truffles from The Hester House in downtown Silver City. I worked there for a year and visit it every time I go back, especially for their jalapeno fudge!!




Trisha actually bought the stand at a thrift store and gave it the gorgeous white makeover. It was perfect for this!









And, no styled shoot is complete without the models! Sasha and Stephen were amazing! They are an engaged couple from Albuquerque. While visiting with Stephen I found out he’s from “near Santa Fe”. He was surprised to find out that I know exactly where Lamy is, which meant he knew the little towns where Cameron and I grew up nearby there! It’s always fun to find a fellow north-central New Mexican!



They couldn’t have been cuter. And how fun to get to “practice” a wedding before you even have your own?!

















Okay, did you see the same thing I saw while shooting? Stephen had the sweetest look all through the shoot. He just stared as Sasha in the most content, happy, and amazed look all evening. I mean, look at this picture of him watching the girls take pictures of his sweetheart!


Makes your heart melt a little, doesn’t it?!




While the girls were focusing on Sasha, I took that chance to get some shots with Stephen. He was so easy going, so ready and willing to jump in and help with set up and take down, and was completely in awe of Sasha through it all.




And then as the sun finally dipped down beneath the horizon it was time to light the candles and cut the cake!



If you loved any of those details, be sure to go check out the amazing vendors who gave time and talent to pull all of this together!

Vendor and Participant Information: 

Design and Head Photographer: Trisha Shelley
Facebook: Trisha Shelley Photography
Instagram: @trishashelleyphoto

Organizer and Photographer: Marquette Mower
Facebook: Marquette LaRee
Instagram: @marquettelaree

Models: Sasha Utz and Stephen Sandoval

Make Up Artist: Ezmia Bascom (Younique)
Instagram: @ezmialove

Florals: Ashlee Shrader Baird (Flowers by Ashlee)
Instagram: @flowersbyashlee

Cake: Melanie Rodriguez
Facebook: Melanie’s Sweets and Treats
Instagram: @melanies_sweetsandtreats

Hair: Michelle at Curl Up and Dye Salon
Facebook: Curl Up & Dye Salon

Tables and Chairs: Jamie and Jeremy Lewis from The Furniture Gallery
Facebook: Furniture Gallery

Truffles and Fudge: The Hester House

Dress: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique
Facebook: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique
Instagram: @suzannesbridal

Dress Design: “Maui” by Sottero and Midgley
Facebook: Maggie Sottero Designs
Instagram: @maggiesotterodesigns

Namecard Lockets: The Glass Connection
Facebook: The Glass Connection

Venue: City of Rocks State Park
Instagram: #cityofrocksstatepark

Photographer and Setup: Nicole Burrup
Facebook: Nicole Burrup Photography
Instagram: @nicoleburrupphoto

Photographer: Erin Richins
Facebook: Sunshine Picture Project
Instagram: @sunshinepictureproject

Photographer: Meagan Brogan
Facebook: Shutter Force Photography
Instagram: @shutterforcephoto

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  1. Joanna

    March 1st, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    That’s stunning. I love the place settings and everything about this shoot!

  2. Marquette LaRee

    March 1st, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you! It was a gorgeous shoot to be a part of!

  3. Jessica Peterson

    March 1st, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    That cake!! So cool!

  4. Marquette LaRee

    March 1st, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Didn’t Melanie do an amazing job with that cake?! It was her first hand painted cake!

  5. Karen Shoufler

    March 1st, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Gorgeous! Everything about this shoot is elegant, beautiful and so dreamy! THAT CAKE!

  6. Marquette LaRee

    March 1st, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you! Melanie knocked it out of the ballpark with that cake for sure!

  7. Mindy

    March 1st, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Beautiful, so glad to see this come together from the BTS earlier. Love the copper tones, and loose florals.

  8. Marquette LaRee

    March 1st, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you! It really did all come together nicely! The team did such an amazing job!

  9. Misty

    March 2nd, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    All that copper is SOOOOOOO dang pretty! What a gorgeous shoot! And it looks so dang warm there. I’m jealous.

  10. Marquette LaRee

    March 3rd, 2017 at 8:50 am

    I’m so ready for this warmth back! This was the end of this past September and it was just starting to get chilly, and I miss that when I thought it was chilly and not really when it was…like now.

  11. Ashley Durham

    March 3rd, 2017 at 8:23 am

    What a beautiful copper styled shoot!!!

  12. Marquette LaRee

    March 3rd, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Thank you! The team really pulled together such amazing details and work!

  13. Holly

    March 3rd, 2017 at 8:44 am

    GAH! This is so gorgeous!! And those copper details are to die for!! Now I want to go do a copper styled shoot!!

  14. Marquette LaRee

    March 3rd, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Thank you! I’ve always loved Copper…it runs in our family! My dad and his brothers have all worked at copper mines and smelters as young men (and some still do), my parents have a copper roof (not real copper, but copper colored), and we all have a soft spot for copper decor!

  15. Brittani

    March 3rd, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Man-oh-man! This is absolutely stunning! I love how the copper tones paired with the colors in New Mexico. Absolutely beautiful work!

  16. Jill

    March 6th, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    OHHHH and the other side! Love all the geometric shapes and the gold, the after dark pictures, and really just EVERYTHING!

  17. Stella Throop

    March 6th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    SO PRETTY. Those plates are so cool. I love the copper with the greenery!