Behind-the-Lens of a Wedding Photo Shoot

Behind-the-Lens of a Wedding Photo Shoot

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Over the weekend, Lavender Blue participated in an amazing photo shoot. The photographer had a vision for a vampire-themed wedding, inspired by the film Only Lovers Left Alive

An abandoned schoolhouse in Burlington, IA provided us with the perfect backdrop to tell this story. Just pulling up the hill to the old building providing a jaw-dropping moment. When you pull off of  the highway at the Burlington exit, you see quaint little homes and you imagine that the school would not be very large, since the town appears to be on the smaller side.

Well........the school is Huge!!

Because I love to learn the history of old buildings, and the town they sit in, I did some research . Turns out that it was built in 1910 and closed in 2001. Since that time, it has sat empty. Over the last 17 years, animals have moved in, teenagers have broken in and painted graffiti on crumbling plaster walls, and a fire has destroyed the roof of what was once the auditorium space. 

Developer Brian Anderson, now owns the building and plans to turn it into commercial spaces, high-end apartments, and condos. He has opened the door to the public for tours. People that attended the school at one time, have been able to "travel back" and re-visit their old lockers and classrooms. Oh the stories this place could tell! 

Built in 1910, the Burlington school has seen alot of changes in the Iowa town.

Built in 1910, the Burlington school has seen alot of changes in the Iowa town.

Lavender Blue Floral was fortunate to be asked to collaborate with several other Des Moines Wedding vendors to bring the photographers vision to life, while combining our products and talents in a very unique setting. The shoot called for some "darkness", as the story was of a vampire couple and their gothic-style union. 

I created a bouquet for the vampire bride, as well as centerpieces and even floral masks for the couple. 

Behind the Lens of a Wedding photo shoot/Lavender Blue Floral/Raelyn Ramey photography

Behind the Lens of a Wedding photo shoot/Lavender Blue Floral/Raelyn Ramey photography

The centerpiece was a mix of 'amnesia' roses, vendela roses, succulents and antique-looking carnations. grevilia and eucalyptus added to the texture and shape of this gothic/boho style.

Behind the Lens of a Wedding Photo Shoot
Behind the Lens of a Wedding Photo Shoot

I turned inexpensive masks from the craft store, into something that resembled what a vampire might wear to his wedding, or when going to a masquerade ball. I thought of 'Phantom of the Opera', one of my favorite musicals, and went work. I wanted lots of texture and some darkness to the tones, but a bit of plant material and a butterfly to keep it interesting.

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The old auditorium was dusty and cluttered, with debris left from a fire, and the models had to endure a Lot of discomfort! They were so professional though, making every pose and stance look so easy and believable. 

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The  2 -story theater, inside the abandoned school, had a huge hole in the roof! Apparently, there had been a fire on the roof at some point, and a hole had developed above the theater seats! A lot of rubble had collected among the seats, once occupied by students, and it was all just left there! It was almost as if time had frozen, and now you walked, unexpectedly, into the "story" of the school's demise.

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One of the centerpieces we used on the auditorium stage, with several amazing vintage items from Des Moines vendor-Something Borrowed. 

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I created these floral masks for the bride and groom to wear on their "dark hearts wedding day." something so different and interesting was a great extension of my artistry and creativity.

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Every inch of this old abandoned school in Burlington iowa had a story in it's surface. Chippy paint, rusty lockers, peeling walls, holes in the roof and broken windows were seen at every turn. The light that entered thru these open spaces was incredible for the photographer, Raelyn Ramey, as she worked her magic with the models. it was a true joy to watch this happen in front of my eyes, especially when I got to see the creations of lavender blue floral included in the photo story.

Every room was a brand new experience to see, smell, and take in. So much old wood and metal.

Every room was a brand new experience to see, smell, and take in. So much old wood and metal.

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At the end of the day, we were all very tired and hungry, but the magic had been created and we can't wait to see the results!

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What a wonderful, magical day, creating Raelyn Ramey's vision in Burlington iowa!Read my 'Goth Wedding' blog to see more photos from this incredible experience, and let's continue the story of how this all came together.

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