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Paper Wedding : A Collaboration

Once a year or so, we like to shoot something that’s just for US. Sometimes we partner up with people, sometimes we create things on our own, and sometimes we travel all the way out to the Nevada desert… but it’s always for the same reason. Our souls need the challenge and the change of pace, and we want to flex our creative muscles in preparation for a busy season.

This year, my idea was one I knew I couldn’t do on my own. Back in the winter, I told Mack that I had a dream of a shoot where everything was made of paper, and he said, “Oh good luck with that. Better call Meagan.”

So of course, I did. But this was too big for even Meg & I to accomplish alone. Together with a team of spectacular vendors, we brought my dream to life. Mack didn’t shoot this session because the unexpected rain meant he had to run interference for me all day. Our props were incredibly intricate and delicate, and there is absolutely no way I would have been able to achieve most of these images without him running around with towels and umbrellas and beers (important!) all day long.

Together, we were able to realize my vision of a bride in a paper dress, with paper flowers, serving a paper cake on a paper table. It’s beautiful and whimsical, and while the unanticipated change in weather kept this shoot from looking like I’d planned in my head, I think this is BETTER.

Christian & Logan are a gorgeous couple who were fearless models, and worked so hard all day long to help us pull off this idea. They were truly the perfect people to wear this design, and we’re so grateful for the time they gave us!

A million thank you’s to the team who came together to help me capture these beautiful images… I hope it stretched your creative souls like it did mine!

Photography : McGowan Images

Prop building, dress creation, vendor coordination & on-set styling : megBdesign

Hair & Makeup : Shannon Caldwell, Something You Makeup Artistry

Paper Flowers : Alternative Blooms

Floral design : Posh Floral Designs

Wafer Paper Cake : Frosted Art Bakery & Studio

Location : McG studio at 3825 S. Bowen

Ok, ok… I’m done talking, I’m done sneak peeking. LET’S LOOK!

Who knew white paper plates could look so classy?? I just love this look!

Dozens of kudos to Angie of Posh Floral for this bouquet. It’s just the right amount of quirky, and she worked magic with our paper flowers!

Shannon, can you just come do my hair & makeup every day? Christian is gorgeous when she first wakes up in the morning, but your finesse took her over the top!

Oh yeah, you got that right… paper mache stools, a newspaper cake table, and the cake itself covered in edible paper icing. BEYOND awesome.

Can you even believe that paper wedding dress?? Meg is so ridiculously talented, she intimidates me sometimes!

Again, over & over, a hundred million thank you’s to the vendors both local & international that jumped on board my crazy-train for this mid-summer adventure. I can’t wait to do it again!

Blogstalkers, remember… we do these shoots JUST for ourselves. We love them, and we love your feedback almost as much. Let us know what you think! 🙂

  1. Mad says:

    Well done guys! Meagan – incredible. I can’t even imagine all the stress and time everyone put in to make this happen! It was worth it! Gorgeous stuff!!

  2. Kayla Sellers says:

    Incredible! For every vendor incredible!

  3. Megan Gray says:

    Wow. Just. Wow.

  4. Katy says:

    oh my stinking goodness! That is MOST fabulous!

  5. Lexi C. says:

    Beautiful as always! Such creative genius!!

  6. So incredible!!!! I LOVE them all and the dark, cloudiness created a perfect “mood” for these photos. Just FANTASTIC Chelsea!

  7. Amy says:

    I LOVE THESE! They are amazing! Good job to all of you!

  8. Misty says:

    GLORIOUS! So whimsical and magical and beautiful! The concept, the details (OMcG, that CAKE! The FLOWERS! The DRESS (AND newspaper bow-tie) — all of it is just glorious!!! AND you guys managed all of that on an unexpected rainy day?! *Standing ovation*

  9. Lisa Michelle says:

    LOVE this!!! So beautiful, guys!!!!

  10. amy says:

    OH MY WORD!!!! this is absolutely amazing! everything about this I love! you guys rock! your vision rocks! and your vendors that helped rock too!!! love love love!

  11. Christian U. says:

    AMAZING!! I can’t even list all of my favorites!! I keep looking through each picture, and just feel so incredibly special!! I am so happy the rain didn’t spoil the day and to be a part of something this creative and COOL!! I am happy to know you McG! and LOVED the day!! A seriously awesome experience! I will be pulling this blog up all week! Just to look at the pictures one more time :D!

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  14. Mike says:

    How. This is incredible!? I know I shouldn’t be surprised when McG & MegB get together, but for real. Y’all. I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life. Outstanding!!! This is creativity at its finest. And – I don’t know what your vision was for a sunshiny day, but the natural softbox of clouds on a rainy day + the barn = total gorgeousness. Congratulations! I cannot wait to see what your next personal shoot will be!

  15. Mike says:

    P.S. The bowtie. I want.

  16. Nicole says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Fabulous job by all!

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  18. Kevin says:

    Beautiful work, all the images are gorgeous, but image 24 stunning!!!

  19. Robin says:

    Holy Moly!! You guys are amazing!! From the dress to the confetti favors – the details are absolutely unbelievable!! Great job and of course the images are priceless!

  20. Loren B says:

    BLOWN AWAY! Seriously, so, so gorgeous!

  21. Christy says:

    SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN. This is too good, you guys. I just. There’s not. The hell? I don’t understand. This is like crack for my eyes, but like, crack that is also candy and makes you strong and gives you perfect hair. Your model is a total babe, I would just like her to know that. And I would legit wear that top to like, Target and The Emmy’s. So. You guys killed it. You killed it, brought it back to life, gave it a hug, and killed it again. I don’t know how I get to know people like you. AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN!

  22. Tiffany says:

    Want. Want all of it. I’m so glad y’all did this so I could see what I didn’t know I wanted for my wedding!!! 🙂 😉

  23. jenn says:

    So flippin creative and stunning – who knew paper could be so beautiful?! Great job team, you guys crushed it!

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