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Just like Tuesday was all about our Paper, Cotton, and Flour feature, today is all about our fabulous Charleston polo shoot! Before we reveal the final images, photographer Leigh Webber is here to give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the making of a print feature on a hot and sticky August day!

How about the SUV corral? There’s a reason wedding vendors (and editors) drive big cars — we have a lot of stuff to haul around!

We had a much bigger crew than usual at this shoot, which meant lots of consultations amongst different groups. Which kind of translates to lots of standing around in photos, but I promise, we were working hard!

Meanwhile, Barry from Blossoms Events, our florist for the day, was hard at work pulling together gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces.

In another corner of the polo field, Emilie Dulles, Nicole, and a few other helpers were prepping the escort card display.

A selection of sparkling flatware and glassware was lined up and waiting. We typically bring more than we can use in order to have options!

When the table was finally ready to set, we had one highly unusual step: dirtying the polo balls. Yes, Caitlin, Calder’s intrepid assistant, actually spit on our polo balls then rolled them in the mud to give them an authentic layer of dirt and dust. All in a day’s work, folks!

With all the pretties prepped and ready, it was time to begin shooting! Yes, these were two of the actual cameras Bryan was using:

Pretty neat, huh? Here’s the man himself in action:

Meanwhile, inside the house, our professional model (the bride for the day) as well as two lovely Southern Weddings readers were getting prepped by Pamela Lesch and Tanesha Dupree.

Once the gals were beautified, we headed out to the field to shoot!

Everything was going great until we had to climb over a fence… and one of us was in a ball gown. Our model handled it like a champ, though! Still, these might be my favorite behind-the-scenes images :)

A half an hour or so later, and we were ready to call it quits! Here’s a small portion of our shoot crew, and the SW ladies on the bottom.

A HUGE thank you to Leigh Webber for coming out and taking these amazing behind-the-scenes images!! Be sure to check back soon for the full feature. In the meantime, check out this fun BTS video, also put together by Leigh!

P.S. Want more behind-the-scenes fun?

Paper, Cotton, and Flour BTS film
Southern Meets Southern California BTS film
V3 behind the scenes in photos

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    This looks like an incredible day!! So fun to see everything going on behind the scenes. All your hard work pays off in the most beautiful way! :)

  2. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    These bridesmaid’s outfits are probably the cutest ones I have EVER seen. I was so sad that I didn’t discover that back in March when we picked out what my girls are wearing!

  3. avatar Amy reply

    What a beautiful shoot! What china pattern was used?

  4. avatar Melissa Schollaert reply

    IT’S MY GIRLS FROM MY V3 SHOOT – Pamela & Tanesha! They work their magic – love them. Love this shoot too – so elegant and beautiful! Bravo to all!!!

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  6. avatar Kristina reply

    Thank you for sharing! Love the details!

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  8. avatar Kristen reply

    Hi! I wanted to know where you got those polo balls. Let me know as soon as you can, they’re perfect

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For our final Paper, Cotton, and Flour post of the day, we have a fabulous giveaway! Jenny, the genius behind the paper flower bouquet in today’s shoot, has generously agreed to craft a custom design for one lucky reader.

The Details: Your custom bouquet will be made to order after phone and/or email consultations with Jenny, and will be delivered approximately 30 days after your consultation (exact date depends on the flowers selected). The winner will be responsible for shipping, and we ask that you submit high-res photos of your bouquet on your wedding day once you have them!

To Enter: Visit The Crimson Poppy’s site, then leave a comment on this post telling us which blooms you’d like to include in your bouquet. For a second chance to win, tweet at @thecrimsonpoppy and @iloveswmag, then leave a SEPARATE comment with your Twitter handle, letting us know you did so.

This giveaway closes on Tuesday, November 15!

emily Written with love by Emily
32 Comments
  1. avatar Amy reply

    Hydrangeas, peonies, ranunculus and hosta leaves! oh my!

  2. avatar rachel reply

    I’m also tweeting about this – @rachelwould

  3. avatar rachel reply

    Absolutely incredible! I would love one of these!
    I would choose the peonies, hydrangeas and crocus!

  4. avatar Haley reply

    Hiya lovely SW Mag ladies! I’d really love to have Peonies, Hydrangea, and Garden Roses in my bouquet. I’d also love to add a touch of something vintage while still staying true to the southern feel…like 1 magnolia or a little cotton.

    • avatar Haley reply

      I forgot to include this….*****I’d also have flowers made our of paper with the lyrics to our first dance and our wedding vows.

  5. avatar rachel reply

    @rachelwould – I am tweeting a tweet about you both! ;)

  6. avatar Amber M. reply

    The Dinnerplate Dahlias, Hydrangeas, Peonies, unopened*, & Ranunculus are all BEAUTIFUL. I hope to see them in a gorgeous bouquet! You are extremely talented!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  7. avatar spry reply

    hmmmm I have been fighting w/ my mother about hydrangeas in my bouquet b/c their language is “change of heart,” as they change color depending on the soil, so are unfitting for a wedding…. but they’re so cute and seasonal and i love them.
    The flowers I want just clash! Hyacinths, peonies, aaaand dahlias??

  8. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    I would definitely include ranunculas, daffodils. yellow peonies, wattle, anemones, poppies, and zinnias. They are all SO beautiful though!

  9. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    I tweeted about this amazing contest! I hope I win!

  10. avatar anne reply

    oooooh, gorgeousness! i would want a riot of ruffly blooms : peonies (opened, poms), magnolias (a nod to our savannah home and location for our wedding) and double camellias.

  11. avatar Jenny reply

    Since many of the flowers were made in all-white for the palette of the photo shoot and that may make them more challenging to identify, the bouquet includes: gardenias, hydrangea in blue and sand, roses, camellias, lisianthus, and ruffle peonies.

    If you *really* love the bouquet in the photo, I might be convinced to give it up to the giveaway winner … it’s one of my personal favorites and I’ve been holding on to it for display in my studio. ;D

    Can’t wait to see what the winner selects!!

  12. avatar gloria reply

    Cosmos and zinnias!! Yes, please!! I adore them, but sadly, they are not available in April when I’m getting married. I never thought of paper flowers as a way to get around their growing season!!

  13. avatar Ginger reply

    I cannot get over the bouquet featured in the Paper, Cotton and Flour photoshoot. It’s simply breath taking!! The colors are perfect, and it has such a charming feel to it. If I was able to design my own bouquet, I would want something similar–gardenias, blue and sand hydrangea, roses, camellias, and white clover (it grows on our cattle ranch, so it’d be a nice sentimental touch).
    Crimson Poppy, your work is amazing! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  14. avatar Elizabeth reply

    What amazing creations! I have always adored parrot tulips, poppies, and garden roses together– they all look like paper already so it would be neat to see them actually made out of paper!

  15. avatar Carrie reply

    I would love to have a bouquet of pink peonies (my favorite) with white roses made of paper with our handwritten wedding vows in gold ink. I would like some other smaller flowers too, but I would want Jenny to help me pick something out. She is amazingly talented!

  16. avatar Carrie reply

    I would love to have a bouquet of pink peonies (my favorite) with white roses made of paper with our handwritten wedding vows in gold ink. I would also like some other smaller flowers, but I want Jenny to help me pick. She is amazingy talented!

  17. avatar KCK138 reply

    @kckalmar tweeted about the long lasting and gorgeous paper flowers from @thecrimsonpoppy @iloveswmag

  18. avatar KCK138 reply

    I would include peonies, ranunculus, roses, double camelias and dahlias in my paper wedding bouquet.

  19. avatar Laura P reply

    These are so gorgeous! I would love dahlias, peonies, ranunculus and gardenias.

  20. avatar Ginger reply

    @GingerKKelly tweeted about @thecrimsonpoppy’s unbelievably gorgeous flowers.

  21. avatar Kari Camacho reply

    zinnias are so pretty and colorful <3

  22. avatar Courtney reply

    WONDERFUL! I would choose anemone, hydrangeas, ranunculus, and eucalyptus leaves.

  23. avatar Ashley reply

    i already know shes making the flowers for my wedding. no debating there, have known for years now =)
    not sure on the flowers, maybe poppies and white anemones, what ever it is, super colorful
    =)

  24. avatar Megan D reply

    I would do an entire bouquet in peony’s ruffled. Its a classic look that would compliment my dress and the vision I have for my wedding.

  25. avatar Jessica reply

    I would choose hydrangeas, daisies, and then smaller flowers to make it a little fuller! I would love for some of the daisies to have lyrics to This Years Love by David Gray!!!

  26. avatar jennifer reply

    These are more beautiful than the real thing. I would have a mix of white hydrangeas, white geraniums, and white gardenias, with violet blue hydrangeas as the contrasting color. Hydrangeas are my favorite and the paper ones capture them so well!

  27. avatar Jessica H reply

    This is gorgeous I would include sweet peas, ranunculus, and the snowball. However, the bouquet you featured matches my color scheme exactly. Oh the choices!

  28. avatar Jessica H reply

    @Msjessicalynne—-I tweeted at you both : )

  29. avatar Laura reply

    First of all, Gorgeous!! I loved so many, but especially loved the Peony tree, iceland poppy, and ranunculus. What amazing talent. Good luck to everyone!

  30. avatar Cole Carey reply

    I just wanted to comment on the amazing bouquet in the photo above. You are a phenomenal artist, Jenny. My fiancé and I are getting married on the 19th of this month. She will be carrying some beautiful sunflowers. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind getting a keepsake to remind her of it. :)

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Today is ALL about the Paper, Cotton, and Flour shoot from Southern Weddings V4 (which makes me really, really happy, because the PCF shoot is one of my very favorites from this issue!). We’re going to try something a little different, though, for this day-long extravaganza. First, we’ll show you the FUN behind-the-scenes video Inkspot Crow filmed for us, then we’ll share the final images from the shoot, and finally we’ll have an amazing giveaway featuring one of the fabulous details from the spread! Sound good? Let’s go!

MacKenzie + Philip are the husband and wife duo behind Inkspot Crow Films, and we had such a blast filming this behind-the-scenes peek way back on a hot, hot, hot North Carolina summer day. Things you should make sure to notice in their film?

1. Joey + Jessica are amazing, and wore outfits that matched the shoot’s color scheme.
2. I concentrate really hard when I arrange invitations, while Whitney appears to have a grand old time fluffing paper poms.
3. The flour mill really was DUSTY.

Enjoy!

We’ll be back with the final images soon! In the meantime, you can check out more of Inkspot Crow’s work on their blog and website, and be sure to check out their past SW feature right here!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Erin McLean reply

    Love this!! Great work all!

  2. avatar Nancy Ray reply

    I have been wanting to see this video ever since you did this shoot. It did not disappoint! The details and behind-the-scenes look definitely help me appreciate the beautiful images you created, J+J. Loved every second – Great job again Mackenzie and Philip!

  3. avatar Ilana reply

    I ADORE that first dress in the video. When I opened my V4 issue to that page, my heart almost stopped. I would wear that dress any day of the week if I had the opportunity! Love to see all the creativity going on in the shoot. Y’all rocked it’s socks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      We feel the same way, Ilana! I think it’s safe to say that dress is collectively one of our office’s favorite things about V4 :)

  4. avatar William Travis Jewelry reply

    This is such a great video- y’all chose such a great song.
    Love the bouquet wrap!

  5. avatar sarah der reply

    Love this video and shoot! Such a talented group of people!

  6. avatar the crimson poppy reply

    This issue was seriously inspiring, and the editorial was my favorite. I *love* how you managed to get the soft, subtle palette to provide so much color and elegance!

    Very, very cool to see how everything comes together for the shoot – always wondered about that sort of thing! – and delighted to have been a part of it. Can’t wait to see the rest of today’s southern goodness!

  7. avatar Graham Terhune reply

    I kept waiting for a flour fight! :) Great video Ink Spot and awesome shoot ladies.

  8. avatar Sierra reply

    MacKenzie + Philip are great! Loved getting to meet and work with them.

  9. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    What a fun behind the scenes video!

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