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1950s Sweetheart Inspired Elopement in Texas

Simi Shonowo of Uche Photography was inspired by her grandma's vintage style to shoot this 1950's sweetheart elopement. The idea was to take many vintage elements and infuse it with a little bit of modern. One of the most unique elements of the shoot was a 1955 Harvest Gold Corvette convertible which was used as the main centerpiece. Her grandmother's fascinators and brooches, and favorite flowers like anemones, hydrangeas, and garden roses even make an appearance in the collection which was shot at Hill Country Casitas in Dripping Springs, TX.

The Story Behind the Shoot

It finally happened, James proposed! After his long-distance relationship with Mary Margaret, his deployments, and her wondering if it would ever happen. The challenge now: to plan the perfect elopement infused with personality; to find a place that will hold their small cadre of friends that walked this journey encouraging the two of them as their relationship progressed, and to do this in a short period of time before he deployed, and she had to go this time! Tucked away in the Hill Country the Casitas offered the perfect spot for the gathering with casual lodging so that all 40 guests could enjoy the weekend together. There was also the perfect spot for seating all the guests for the ceremony and the wedding reception. With Peggy Sue, Mary Margaret’s sister, who always thought she would be the first to marry as the maid of honor. The inspiration for the elopement decor was Grandma’s vintage style fascinators and brooches along with the 1955 harvest gold Corvette convertible. Friends and family brought their favorite pieces, globes for mapping out the next adventures for James and Mary Margaret, with suitcases for gathering travel souvenirs. The flowers consisted of all of Grandma’s favorites, anemones, hydrangea, garden roses, jasmine, and etc. The idea was to put a new spin on the Grandma’s vintage pieces and infuse it with a little bit of modern but not so modern lighting for the early evening reception. This was an early afternoon wedding with James and Mary Margaret leaving in the early evening for their first adventure in a James’ beloved old green farm truck driven by Peggy Sue.

Styled Shoot Artists & Vendors

Photographer: Uche Photography
Planning/Design/Styling: Silver Thistle Wedding and Events
Venue: Hill Country Casitas
Floral Designer: The Flower Girl TX
Cake Designer: Lori's Classic Cakes
Dress Store: Bower Bird
Stationery/Invitation Designer: By His Grace
Hair Stylist: Weddings by Celissa Rae
Makeup Artist: Weddings by Celissa Rae
Rentals: Bee Lavish (Vintage Rentals and Decor)
Linen Rentals:  Whim Hospitality
Handmade Details: Vintage Soul (Petticoats)
Green Bridesmaid Dress: Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds
Videography:  Witte Idea
Lighting: Intelligent Lighting Design
Specialty Rentals: Gary Hale's vintage Corvette