I've been dying to write to you about this for weeks upon weeks... and since this little shoot is being featured on SWOONED (my heart might burst), I can finally tell you all about it! Back in June, I asked a few friends to bring their skills together for a vision I had. I have a very special memory of my study abroad trip in 2010, where several girls and I dressed in the finest clothes we had and went out to a nice dinner together in the seaside town of Cinque Terre, Italy. We toasted to one another, each girl taking a turn to stand as we went around the table and shared what we loved about her. It was an evening that became firmly implanted in my memory, especially as I've learned to appreciate the friendships in my life in new and deeper ways.
So Taylor and I gathered up a team, and decided to create a styled shoot where 1. female friendship was celebrated in a very unique and intimate way and 2. where the team involved could really let their talents shine. Looking at these pictures makes me teary every time... I'm so honored to be surrounded by so much love and life. These women make my heart full in the most incredible way.
The way the day fell together was so perfect. These ladies transformed a random picnic table in a field littered with trash into the dreamy landscape you see (I'm telling you, they're amazing). I lightly directed the mood and feel, set the date, found a location and our models, and made sure everyone had what they needed. Taylor of Magnolia Tree Paperie brought gorgeous paper goods – illustrated quotes, the sweetest invite, and even a cocktail recipe card. Molly of Pearls & Poppies shared her magic for the gorgeously simple florals. Carah Vallejo of Carah Bonita did an incredible job of styling our table and providing the perfectly un-fussy decor and food. She even made a custom cocktail! It was divine. Especially at 7 in the morning...! And Jessica Welshans truly captured the intimacy and joy of friendship by using her skills in both digital and film. Our precious models are actually all dear friends of mine, and Molly even jumped in to make our group an even number! What a trooper :) It was so special seeing friends from all corners of my life come together, getting to know each other quickly as they linked arms and giggled in a big field. I loved watching them toast to one another not long after meeting for the first time. I love these women more dearly than I could ever describe.
If you'd like to see more images, please head over to Swooned to check out our feature. And because I can't help myself... you can click through this gallery page as well! Once you're done, go love on your friends. Call them up. Meet for coffee. Give them a hug. Heck, get crazy like we did and throw a whole shin-dig. You know they've earned it :)
All images via the talented Jessica Welshans