Remember that styled shoot I mentioned before? This gorgeous couple was a part of the same styled shoot! The theme was French Provincial and held at Tryon Palace. It was organized by Reatta Oxendine, makeup by Breanna Pridgen Beauty (FB), hair by Mercedes Quinn(FB IG), models are Molly Stone & Vlad Gregorovitch.
These images are supposed to be an “elopement”, when a couple goes off on their own and gets married, sometimes in secret, but usually without a large ceremony and reception. To complete this idea, she is in a wedding gown & he’s in a suit. Here’s the thing, they aren’t an in real life couple, they are actually amazing last minute models who were able to fill in when the original models got sick and didn’t even meet until she was already getting her hair done! They were so much fun to work with, very silly. Unaware we didn’t know about this, when someone asked how long they’d been together, Molly joked “2 years!” and waited for a laugh and then had to explain they met that morning, which shocked everyone there!
I’m not sure how styled sessions normally work, but whenever I would see a model not in use, I would jump to them and work with them either one on one or with a couple of other photographers (there were about 20 there that day!). My familiarity with the Palace grounds definitely paid off and I was able to grab Molly, Vlad, Mercedes (who, after doing hair for the models was kind enough to be my lighting assistant for the day), and another photographer and took them to the cannon and the gazebo that are almost hidden gems.
The Palace is an amazing location for your wedding or special event as well as photo sessions! Whether it’s an elopement, engagement, maternity, or even boudoir, I’m always up for a session at the Palace!