Foundation of Love : Styled Wedding Shoot


A little over a week ago I photographed a styled wedding in Seattle, Washington. It was nothing short of splendid due to the amazing people who came together to make it possible. The crew at creativeLIVE invited me to teach an online photography course, which included a live shooting demonstration beautified by a group of selfless individuals who came together for the greater good of the photographic community. It was honor documenting their hard work and talent.

Many thanks to…
Design + Coordination : Kelsey Eads of Sugarcomb Events
Hair + Makeup : Tiffany Lowry of Tiffany Colors
Floral Design : Meghan Stoller of Mum Floral Design
Cake : Kara Burfeind of The Sweet Side
Fashion + Styling : Sherri Garcia of Styled Seattle
Paper Goods : Todd Karam of TKTJ Design
Linens + Pillows : Susan Trenery of Susan’s Couture
Set Construction : Kaleo Quenzer
Models : Bridget + Dakota … Monika + Adam … Meghan + Jeremy
Photography : Jasmine Star

And much appreciation to Summer Watkins of Grey Likes Weddings for featuring today’s wedding photos!

One of my favorite elements to the wedding design was the hand-dyed string Kelsey used in the centerpiece…

Coastal hints were used throughout the photo shoot and any time sand and watercolor are mixed, it makes for a very happy me.

Bridget and Dakota are married and made the sweetest model couple to work with…I especially think she looked gorgeous in the Jim Hjelm wedding dress…

Working out the Sally Crew hairpiece and jewelry…

Instead of a traditional guest book–and staying with the watercolor flair–guests were to sign a miniature canvas for the bride and groom with well wishes…

Oh, Monika…you’re gorge…f’real.

I love the different boutonnieres and the deep, rich purple anemone used for the groom…

Once I navigated the wedding detail photos, JD started shooting with me to capture different angles. This was extremely helpful, especially when we were running out of time! His photo is on the left…

I loved the clean and classic feel of the wedding cake…and it smelled delicious, too! In other news, JD captured the photo on the right…I’m so appreciative for his perspective and ability to see things outside of what I’m doing.

Toasting, roasting, and a lot of good laughs…

The best thing about a second shooter is capturing virtually the same moment from two perspectives….JD’s is on the left, and mine is on the right…

Rawr, Meghan…rawr.

The bride and groom gave their guests wedding cake and I especially love JD’s angle of Bridget (on the right) as the fun and radiant person she is!

To see more photos, be sure to check out Grey Likes Weddings today…and, lastly, to those who watched online and supported, thank you. Really. Together we spent the afternoon making dreams, mistakes, and resolutions possible. For this, I’m incredibly thankful.

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Dana Laymon

    May 8th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    that is awesome! I loved watching every minute of this and the ideas were so unique! congratulations on the feature! i think we all feel like we had a part in it!

  2. Life with Kaishon

    May 8th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    It was a very beautiful wedding : ) I always love JD’s perspective. I also always love cake. Darn it.

  3. Kasia

    May 8th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Love those pictures ! Although it’s a styled shoot, your models look like they’ve known each other for year, we sense a warmth between them, that’s nice (I love the head swap picture, too πŸ˜‰

  4. Julianna

    May 8th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Loved watching this creative live, thank you Jasmine for what you do.

  5. molly

    May 8th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    GAH. i love this styled shoot! it’s amazing! and now i want wedding cake. that piece looks so yummy.

  6. Melanie

    May 8th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Jasmine, it was such an honour to be able to watch you capturing these pictures live on our screen from a million miles away (Melbourne, Australia) at some crazy hour of the morning. They are absolutely stunning and you are an inspirational photographer. Thankyou for sharing with us!!

  7. ashley barnett

    May 8th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Yay! Congrats on getting it featured! It all came together beautifully in the end. πŸ™‚

  8. Sabrina

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Gorgeous! I wasn’t able to tune in so I’ve been excited to see the photos. I LOVE the little canvas idea for a guest "book"! And now, thanks to you, I’m craving wedding cake. Glad we have another wedding this weekend πŸ™‚

  9. Lena Messana

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    I so would not have even of thought anything about that cake photo if I didn’t see the scenario myself! πŸ˜‰

    Seriously… amazing to see everything from start to finish!


  10. Julie Wilmes

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    LOVE IT! The colors are amazing! I was so sad that I missed out on the airing of it, but it looks like y’all had the most amazing time. πŸ™‚

  11. Jade

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I am watching you shoot this while I edit… hehehe.. Thanks for being you!! Love you and JD.. Hope you come out to Aus soon so I can meet you both πŸ™‚

  12. Alice C.

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    How fun to see the end result!! Loved watching you on creativelive! You are amazing! <3

  13. Bart Kuipers

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Wow, the photo’s turned out amazing! I mean, I knew they were good when you shot them and showed them to us on CL, but in this collection they stand out even more! Great job, especially under the kind of pressure you were on that weekend, you can definately say that whatever life throws at you, you can make it work! Thumbs up!

  14. Mina Cicconi Photography

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Gorgeous job, J* =)

  15. Peter Mahar

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Jasmine! Loved seeing you on creativeLIVE and watching this shoot unfold! Great work, hope to join you all in the flesh next time.

  16. Kamu

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    wow! Everybody look like models!! amazing!

  17. Cathy

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I definitely am convinced that JD has the better eye and his composition is always spot on. He is much more deserving to be the primary shooter, IMHO. Good job!

  18. Priscilla Longshore

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    LOVE, LOVE , LOVE all of these…………..awesome as always i love watching you work your magic, if i could ever be a fly on the wall i would have love to be one for your workshop LOL

  19. Rachel Tatem

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Hey hey! I was there… well, virtually ;p

  20. Rebecca Cain

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I learned so much during the online class!! It was pretty awesome watching you in action πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing your passion!

  21. Paulette

    May 8th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    congratulations jasmine!! even in super panic/freak out mode and under bone crushing, eat you alive cuz you’re live on the internet pressure, you took amazing pictures AND taught an amazing course!! love!

  22. Tina Nandi

    May 8th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Gorgeous photos. I’m glad I could ‘be there’ through the internet! You are an awesome inspiration, Jasmine. Thank you.

  23. Kitrin Jeffrey

    May 8th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Hey J* congrats on being published on Grey Likes Weddings! Thanks for sharing these lovely pics of that styled shoot – I also love that shot with the bride holding the plate with the piece of wedding cake πŸ˜‰ Keep on rockin’ girl. Hope you’re feeling better!

  24. John Cain Sargent

    May 8th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    WAHOA! Loved seeing this all unfold, Jasmine. Great job! What a privilege to learn from you.

  25. Denise Prichett

    May 8th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for doing creativeLIVE. I learned so much. And I am still learning, by seeing what the photo editor chose versus what you showcased as the photographer. The main thing is to shoot for the client – shoot for yourself – and then shoot for editorial. Thank you doesn’t seem to convey how much this online course and your blog mean to me, from the bottom of my heart I truly mean it. Thank you Jasmine and JD!!!!!

  26. meg manion silliker

    May 8th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    it was so great to watch you shoot this and to see the final results. gorgeous. i so appreciate your honesty and your delightful attitude for everything. xo

  27. Mandi Nikole

    May 8th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Beautiful as always

  28. Lydia

    May 8th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Gorgeous! I especially love the pictures of all the bridal party interacting! Way to rock it out!!

  29. Monika Greenaway

    May 8th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Oh my goodness!! How fun. This was so amazing to be a part of. These are beautiful Jasmine.

  30. Tammy

    May 8th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    This shoot was gorgeous!!!!! The make-up and hair fabulous!

  31. Photographers Barrie

    May 8th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Beautiful shots! Love the warm emotion and the bride has just a stunning smile.

  32. Gabby / En Route Photography

    May 8th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    It was so much fun watching you on CL again… I hope u’ll be back soon! πŸ™‚ xxx

  33. Joleen Willis

    May 8th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Watching this online was such an amazing learning experience, and really, REALLY helped prepared to do my own stylized shoot last weekend! Thank you Jasmine!

  34. Haley Johnston

    May 8th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Gorgeous! I am so glad I was able to watch creativeLIVE to see how you shot this! You are amazing, Jas!

  35. Tamara @ Go Fish Style

    May 8th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Beautiful! the colors are amazing! the details are fab!

  36. Currie

    May 8th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Holy cow, every inch of this is gorgeous!

  37. Vanessa Balenovich

    May 8th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Wow Jasmine!! Just when I think I am filled with all the knowledge you share you make my "cup runneth over" -LOL (from my fav movie Hope Floats) Loved this creativeLIVE and its so amazing to see the blog post to follow! Thank you for all the hours you put in for us!!

  38. stacy medows photograpghy

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Sorry J*, JDs pics are my favs!!!! But you had your hands full with the workshop. πŸ™‚ Yours are really nice, but his sparkle… You are lucky to have such a talented backup to compliment your skill of working the wedding party, people skills r a huge asset and you rock the people skills and JD rocks the candid, perfect composed shots.

  39. Mayra Fiori

    May 8th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I definitely feel part of this shoot. I learned a great deal from it. Thank you for allowing us to see your raw talent. Much appreciation from one so cal gal to another. =)
    Keep it real forever.

  40. Rici

    May 9th, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us! It is sooo wonderful to have been able you watch this shoot come alive in front of the cameras and to see the result here! Amazing! I really liked to see yourΒ΄s and JDΒ΄s angle as well so I can reflect on the work process and all. I really like the freshness and all the vivid colors! Saluti!!

  41. Julie

    May 9th, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Thank you Jasmine for sharing your passion and for being you. ALSO, CONGRATS on the feature! You and your team totally deserved it! Your photos are just beautiful.

  42. Studio Finch

    May 9th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Love the stylized shoot great work! Also, I wanted to thank you for letting me know about the program BlogStomp-it’s a wonderful thing. We will be doing our first stylized shoot soon!!

  43. Delbensonphotography

    May 9th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    I really like the beauty of these images. The colors are as perfect as the couple. They are soo beautiful. You have gorgeous models as well. Very successful

  44. Amelia Rhea

    May 9th, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Everything was put together so well. I love it when creatives from different disciplines come together to create magic*…

  45. web design bangalore

    May 9th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    I love these and have added some to my Pinterest.

  46. Photographer Enthusiast

    May 9th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Nice collection! I’ve always been a photography lover ever since, I love everything from nature, wildlife and portrait. I am an Athletic Trainer by Profession but always had a keen Interest in photography. The main focus of my business recently has been strength in wedding photography.

  47. Cindy Fike

    May 9th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    So cool to see the end product after watching the course. And knowing some of those little tricks you used on a few makes me feel like I know a little secret. πŸ™‚

  48. Moi

    May 10th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Beautiful, beautiful images. Well done and thank you for sharing this with all of us.

  49. Lauren Kim Photography

    May 10th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Beautiful and bright – gorgeous couple and stunning creative ideas

  50. Andrew Cresswell

    May 11th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Love the dress and the intimacy of the shots, great work

  51. Anja King

    May 11th, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Oh, soo cool to see these, having seen you photographed them. All the models were awesome and Monika was a shining star, loved her toasts and her writing the note. And congratulations on the feature!

  52. Swansea wedding Photographer

    May 11th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Absolutely stunning work here head kissing shot!

  53. Michelle Fry

    May 14th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Great photos I love your ideas so unique, a real inspiration. thanks

  54. MΓ³nica

    May 25th, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Someday I would like to be a model for a wedding shot with my husband. We never had a wedding because we had’n money to afford it, so it would be a nice way to have it πŸ™‚

  55. Vasia

    June 1st, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Simple and beautiful!

  56. Alicia Gines

    July 9th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Jasmin! I LOVE your work; so clean, free and full of colorful love! What I LOVE most is that you LOVE your hubby. My hubby is my second shooter, assistant and my business’ rock. I love how you boost your hubby in all of your posts and ackowledge his work without fear that "its better then yours". Every photographer has beautiful work, it’s all subjective and people should hold those opinions and only speak kind words. Regardless of that Love, you are amazing and you know this, I just needed to express my new love for you!

  57. Issi Greig

    April 16th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    The colours are stunning, bright, vibrant……lovely work.