Wild Folk Studio

YOUR DREAM BRIDAL / LOOKBOOK STYLING by emily starr alfano

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of the various professional hats i wear, perhaps my favorite is stylist. being able to dream up a concept and see it through just makes me happy. a few months ago, i was asked to lead the creative charge for a fun project...the your dream bridal lookbook. the boutique, owned by kick ass new mama malinda macari {who came to the shoot with her months old son}, is in sudbury and offers a unique selection of bridal dresses. malinda carries dresses that are 100% focused on the bride, designs that are stylish yet allow you to be yourself. designers include truvelle {an exclusive to the boutique}, azul by liancarlo, lea-ann belter, laudae and more. but the best part? your appointment is in a one-on-one setting {yes, as in the boutique is completely yours!} so you get malinda's complete attention. make sure to keep reading because she's hosting a trunk show this weekend!

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the shoot was a collaboration in the best sense of the word...every area including photography, styling, florals, hair, makeup, video and more was covered {thanks to natalie from in good company} so we all felt taken care of and were able to truly focus on our respective talents. we bounced ideas off of each other and the end result was really special. i left the shoot feeling creatively energized and when beth sent over the final images, my jaw literally dropped. just take a look for yourself...

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ok so are your or someone you know getting married? because malinda is hosting a trunk show from may 25-27 for her exclusive designer - truvelle, and she has a few appointment times remaining. brides will be able to CUSTOMIZE a bespoke dress made literally just for you. this is an opportunity that doesn't come along often and i can attest to the truvelle dresses being equally as beautiful in person as they look in photos! make your 90 minute private appointment today here.

and finally, i wanted to give a shout out to the stellar team of creatives who helped bring this shoot to life. 

photography / elizabeth laduca
creative direction + styling / mStarr design
bridal boutique / your dream bridal
florals / wild folk studio
rentals / kadeema rentals
hair / maricruz hairstyles 
makeup / glamour cosmetics
models / maggie agency
shoes / bella belle shoes
rings / e scott originals
video / stop go love 
pr / in good company

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LINDSAY + MAT'S {SHOPPABLE} TABLESCAPE by emily starr alfano

this past november, we had the pleasure of designing the most beautiful + special wedding to date...our very own lindsay's wedding! lindsay has worked with me for several years and she's the logistical queen behind this creative operation. i can't wait to share the entire wedding {our overall vision was stormy chic and coastal minimalism}, photographed to absolute perfection by my friends henry + mac, but in the meantime...

...SO many of you have asked on instagram for resources for the items used in the tablescape design so i thought i'd link them here for you to shop! whether for a wedding, your home, or a party, you can't go wrong with this elegant, streamlined look.

C A N D L E S /

what you see are actually 3 different components...open ended hurricane shades, taper holders, and of course the candles themselves. we used shades that are 14" high x 2.5" wide but there are other widths + heights as well. the original taper holders we used don't seem to be available anywhere right now but these are similar and for something kinda different, a square optionblack was the perfect accent color for our design but any color will work of course. we recommend dripless tapers {although truth be told, all candles drip.} and we used a mix of 10" and 12" tall. just be sure that the height of the candle is shorter than the height of the hurricane shade. 

it's very important that the candles are firmly secured in the holders {if they're uneven, the heat from the flame can cause the hurricane shade to crack}. i prefer this wax but this is also a good choice! 

G E O D E  D E C O R /

we accented our tablescapes with a variety of geodes + agate slices to add some texture and depth. they can be clustered in piles and nestled amongst other items on the table. jenny sanders calligraphed our table numbers but they can be easily recreated with these agate slices {we used black} and hand writing the numbers, tracing them, or using stickers {herehere}. you could also customize stickers or decals with the numbers written out. you can apply the same concept to smaller placecards like we used below and use smaller round agate slices. just be sure all the agate slices you get don't have holes! 

M E N U  C A R D S /

minted to the rescue for our menu cards! side note, did you know that you can customize minted products with your own calligraphy files or artwork? we used their agate design in smokey grey and incorporated jenny's calligraphy. if you don't need or want menu cards however, you could do placecards or tags. 

T A B L E T O P /

our napkins, plates, glassware + flatware were all rentals from borrowed blu, but just for fun...here are some similar resources! flatware options 1 + 2 + 3. napkin options 1 + 2 + 3. plate options 1 + 2 + 3. goblet options 1 + 2 + 3.

so there you have it! this really is a look that can be recreated for large gatherings or for intimate dinner parties. 

follow on instagram for more inspiration!

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PS those whimsical arrangements and lunaria garlands were crafted by my girl caroline at Wild Folk Studio.