Musical Romance Wedding Styled Shoot

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We could on and on about all of the amazing goodness in this musically inspired wedding styled shoot from Traci J. Brooks Studios but we’re just going to leave you with this before you start gazing at the gorgeousness below – get ready to fall in love! Swoon!

A couple months ago, Traci J Brooks Studios & Capitol Romance decided to take on the “musical-themed wedding” with a fresh and unique approach. The music sheet details & guitar guest book have been done before, so we wanted to take a more traditional theme and throw in a bunch of whimsical details to change it up. 

We both LOVE music, and we had the perfect venue all set (The Barns at Wolf Trap – a music, theater, and concert venue in Northern Virginia). The venue is comprised of two eighteenth-century barns joined under one roof. In 1981, these two barns were dismantled, piece by piece, and transported from their original farms in upstate New York. The Barns screamed “all things rustic” with it’s top to bottom wood infrastructure, but we decided to add lots of whimsical details to deter from the rustic route – using a bold orange, peach and blue color palette, a mix of classical instruments and flowers and our favorite detail theme – guitar strings. 

The guitar strings were the perfect pop of whimsy and “something special” that we hadn’t seen before in other music themed wedding shoots. We made Mr. & Mrs. chair back signs, a DIY hairpiece, napkin rings and a cake topper – all from the metallic guitar strings, which gave the perfect pop of industrial to contrast the wooden venue.

We relied on a team of amazingly talented vendors (inside and outside of the wedding scene) to provide stunning details! We wanted to set up a dessert bar, as opposed to just having a cake. Fresh Bakes provided delicious and beautiful nibbles, including a cake that had wafer paper with music notes on it to tie into the theme. 

Typecase Industries designed the letterpress “show poster” wedding invitations. From Typecase Industries: We wanted the invitations to be uniquely musical with an old-school feel. Based on the venue for the wedding we immediately thought that vintage inspired show posters would be an awesome way to illustrate this. Now-a-days brides and grooms are always looking for a new fun idea that isn’t just the traditional wedding invite. Be it posters, booklets, scarves or handkerchiefs, we love printing for clients seeking a unique approach to spread the news about their big day. 

Sarah Perez, a local DC artist took on the challenge of creating escort cards using old piano keys as well as making a hand-lettered chalkboard sign! From Sarah: When Traci put the keys in my hand, they were so inspiring. It was important to me to keep the integrity of what they were, so when you looked at them you knew what they had been used for in their previous life. It felt very natural to use the white keys as place cards for individual settings, but the black keys were a little trickier. After trying a few different presentations, I arranged both the black keys and white keys in octaves to create a sign to hang outside the reception hall to direct guests to their tables. 
For the flowers, other than the boutonniere and bouquet, we wanted a less structured look. Bluebells took our idea and ran with it, supplying a garden of blooms to just scatter over the tables. Aromatic garden roses, fiddlehead ferns and delicate hyacinths created the most amazing smelling bouquet for our bride! 

The perfect backdrop for the ceremony setup and “first dance” came in the form of hand-made backdrops by Rexmake (formerly Molly Cat Designs), which featured beautiful strands of paper sewn into chains to decorate the venue. 

The bride & groom were styled within our color palette – the groom in a chic blue suit and the bride in a grey wedding gown, made by local eco-friendly wedding dress designer, Elizabeth St. John (loaned from Solilquy Bridal). Jamie D’Agnosto created two beautiful looks for our bride, one with loose curls and a softer look for the ceremony, and then a dramatic look with dark lips and an curled updo for the reception. The pops of whimsy on our couple came in the form of a colored shirt on the groom and “conspicuous” fascinators made by local DC artisan, Ciao Nina. 

We relied on the overall theme of “Music is life. That’s why our hearts have beats,” and created an entire shoot based on music, love & whimsy!
– Traci J. Brooks Studios

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The Style Pros:

Photographer:  Traci J. Brooks Studios//Floral Designer: Bluebells//Bakery: Fresh Bakes//Signage: REXMAKE//Dress Store: Soliloquy Bridal Couture, LLC//Reception Venue:The Barns At Wolf Trap//Event Design & Coordination: Bree Ryback, Capitol Romance//Makeup and Hair: Jamie D’Agnosto Makeup Artistry//Bride’s Fascinator: Ciao Nina//Calligraphy and Chalkboard Sign – Sarah Perez//Invitation – Typecase Industries//Rentals – Stylish Patina

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