When it comes to inspiration and imagination, it doesn't get much better than hot air balloons! Talitha A. Tarro Photography, Arlissa Vaughn and other talented vendors put together this styled shoot featuring hot air balloons in Albuquerque and a romantic desert sunset. The gorgeous models, Anna and Raymond, are a real, in-love couple planning to get married this summer!
Using a color palette featuring some of the Pantone 2013 Color Trends – monaco blue, nectarine, African violet, and lemon zest – this themed inspirational photo shoot combines Southwest hues with the geometric and bright designs of a hot air balloon. The shoot is based on the hugely popular International Balloon Fiesta held annually in early October, which celebrates the adventurous life of travel yet is set in the homey cowboy city of Albuquerque. Custom designed and hand-pressed invitations and paper goods introduced the special events of the day.
The crisp fall day began with a colorful ceremony scene featuring trees dressed in their autumn best and a happy couple in informal attire of simple cotton, wool and leather with boots to boot! Many handmade details completed the wedding, from the bride's bouquet of shimmering paper flowers to the crocheted cardigan and enameled copper earrings. A paper rose was specially created as a boutonniere for the groom, but ended up being worn on the hat since the leather vest proved impenetrable. For the ring exchange at this small wedding no ring bearers were needed, the clever wooden hot air balloon holders were both functional and decorative. Upon completing their nuptials, the couple escaped for an hour-long private birds-eye tour of the city via an 80-foot hot air balloon! A DIY “Love” sign made of cotton piping and yarn adorned the get-away basket.
An outdoor setting offering picturesque views of the city was an essential component of the theme. The Elena Gallegos picnic area met the task beautifully with its native New Mexico vegetation and views of both the Sandia Mountains and the Albuquerque skyline. A live artist was commissioned to paint the bridal couple's portrait on-site, a unique and memorable touch to this artsy gathering. The party favors were also made by the artist – miniature masterpieces displayed on tiny easels. The fire pit, charcoal grill, picnic tables and hiking trails all came together to offer guests a casual and cozy reception. Drinks included beer from the local Chama River Brewing Company, hot cocoa and hot tea. Opting out of a cake due to the intimate size of the party, cupcakes with custom toppers and miniature brownies were the sweets. The day concluded with an absolutely stunning sunset and a few improv shots of the bride and groom goofing off with the light strands, resulting in some of the greatest shots of the day. – Arlissa