On April 30th, 2019 I led a Film Photography Intensive at Warrenwood Manor outside of Lexington, Kentucky! I chose this venue for a couple of reasons! First the owners and those who work there are fabulous! Without them my intensive or workshop would not have been a success. Secondly, the venue is the perfect place to teach others about how to shoot film inside, as well as outside. The interior walls of Warrenwood are decorated with the most beautiful wallpaper, and with their massive windows, the light inside is incredible! The venue itself reflected the secret garden wedding inspiration I was envisioning for the shoot portion of the intensive.
When I approached planning this shoot, I imagined pulling on a road that intertwined through trees, leading to an older manor home that was surrounded by trees and flowers. I envisioned loose and whimsical florals that were soft, yet provided some boldness as well. The idea of a secret garden wedding came to mind.
Warrenwood Manor was the setting for this wedding inspiration shoot . This venue spreads across an estate that stretches 100-acres. Inside you will be welcomed with original hardwood floor, large rooms that house unique wall paper and over 100 years worth of history.
White Cat Weddings created the stunning floral arrangements that were inspired by movement and whimsy. She used florals that displays a way to use colorful florals in a high-end way. The way the florals accentuate the cake designed by Batter and Buttercream make it seem like a cake found in a fairytale. The calligraphy and invitations were created by The Letter J Creates. To continue with the shoots vision, she used hand-made paper that had dried flowers pressed into the paper. The bride’s Claire Pettibone dress and cape provided such elegant movement and the floral detail on the cape was such a natural accent to the wedding inspiration. Claire Pettibone dresses are by far some of my favorites for if you’re looking for a whimsical wedding dress! The bridal shoes by Bella Belle with their floral design were perfect for our theme as well and gave a soft pop of color against the white dress. The dress and shoes paired with the blue Generation Tux created a sense of elegance, combined with a sense of wonder.
You may be asking yourself, “What is a Film Photography Intensive?” In addition to photographing weddings and events, I also teach photography! A big part of my business is that I do film photography in addition to digital photography. I am what is considered a “hybrid” photographer, because I use both digital and film! In 2019, I decided to start teaching other photographers all about film photography and the benefits of using film within your business! This was the first intensive. We started the day at Warrenwood Manor gathered together, digging deep into education. We spent about 3 hours in a classroom setting where I taught the attendees all about the in’s and out’s of using film. It was so amazing!
After the classroom portion was complete, we then ventured into our Secret Garden Wedding shoot at Warrenwood! Everyone was so happy with how the shoot turned out. We started photographing indoors so we could work on using film indoors and how to best do that. I taught them about metering for indoor light and the best way to pose indoors! We then moved outside to photograph the couple, the details, cake and the tablescape! It all turned out so beautifully and I was so proud of all of the attendees hard work and their results when they received their film scans in!
Below you will see a highlight of the images I took during the Secret Garden Wedding shoot at Warrenwood Manor! I hope you enjoy!
Photography: Kelli Lynn Photography
Florals & Design: White Cat Weddings
Venue: Warrenwood Manor
HMUA: Kelli Marshall
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Shoes: Bella Belle
Cake: Batter and Buttercream
Paper Goods & Calligraphy: The Letter J Creates
Rentals: Bryant’s Rent All
Groom’s Attire: Generation Tux
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