It all started with an insta story.
Champagne + Linen has been following (more like #girlcrushing) Samantha McFarlen on social media for a while now. One day, she posted on her insta story that she was looking for some vendors to collaborate on a Halloween inspired styled shoot. We DM-ed her almost instantly and scheduled a phone call. Sam is based in the Seattle, which is where Alicia grew up and really uses any excuse to visit. That night it was decided, the C+L girls were going to Seattle for a Halloween inspired styled shoot.
We all love Halloween - the colors, the crisp air, the pumpkins, the apple cider, dressing up, the creepiness. Really, everything. For styled shoots, we usually end up renting a bunch of decor items. We still did that, but luckily Mariah has a lot of chic, creepy house decor.
We had about a month to coordinate this shoot. It was challenging, but everything was finalized. The week of the shoot we decided it was cursed, which is so fitting since it was Halloween.
Problem: We found out that a few of the rentals we wanted were not available.
Solution: Alicia made a table top and bought pillows (Bless Target!).
Problem: Our models had a family emergency and were no longer available. We should add that we total understand all family emergencies. Life happens. We totally understand. Your well being and family is the most important thing!
Solution: Our amazing 2018 clients were available.
Problem: Our hair+makeup artist had a family emergency.
Solution: A new one was found!
Problem: We no longer had our model’s leather jacket and menswear and frantically had to find it.
Solution: A Missoula boutique let us pick out pieces the night before we left for Seattle!
We already knew that there are just some things that are out of your control. You just have to roll with the punches and figure out a solution. This shoot pushed us to be even better at solving those issues on the fly and from eight hours away.
After that, the curse was lifted. All the vendors we worked with are incredibly talented and gracious. They definitely over delivered and we are over the moon on how this shoot turned out. PNW, you set the bar high.
Design + Coordination || Champagne + Linen
Photographer || Samantha McFarlen
Florist || Florals by Keira Grech
Tabletop Rentals || Balancing Balloon
Cake Table || Oh So Chic
Calligrapher || August + Stone
Cake || Sweet Geeky Cakes
HMU || Magdalena Ayon Makeup Artist
Gown || Calla Bridal
White Leather Jacket + Leather Shoes || Olive + Iron
Ring || Point No Point Studio
Models || Melanie Lienhard + Blake Gallagher