June has long been considered a traditional time for weddings, though brides-and-grooms-to-be can find other times of the year equally appealing for their nuptial events. Ideas abound on popular websites giving inspiration for wedding styles, themes and décor whether the special date is planned for June or another time of the year.
However, pulling all those ideas together can be a bit overwhelming. With that in mind, several wedding vendors local to Winnsboro recently collaborated in a styled shoot as an inspiration and to share how endless the possibilities are when planning a wedding or event in our local community.
The vendors who participated included mother-daughter team Lori Shirley and Kelsey Rainbolt of Lori Michelle Photography, Megan Jackson-Ezell and Taylor Wright with Lauren Nicole Events, Meagan Russell representing Nib & Flow Design, and Meghan Vallery, owner of Meghan Vallery Photography & Productions, along with a few other local vendors.
Shirley said the recent event gave vendors an opportunity not only to showcase their individual talents, but also to network and exchange ideas for future collaborations.
Shirley said that while Lori Michelle Photography stays busy with weddings, often traveling to surrounding areas and Arkansas, she and others involved in the event want people here to know what is available here at home.
She said they also want people to understand that what they do is not just a hobby.
“We want them to respect the art of what we do. This is our career,” Shirley said.
Lauren Nicole Events became established just this year and was in charge of planning and executing the design of the photo shoot. Jackson-Ezell and Wright worked tirelessly to make sure the venue, The Cypress House, was decorated and staged to perfection.
The styled shoot allowed each vendor complete creative freedom while working with an overall theme. The vision put forth by Jackson-Ezell and Wright came together beautifully with each vendor’s participation. They recruited newlyweds, Dustin and Ashley Wright as the models for the special event and The Flower Shop was in charge of the floral decor.
“The focus of Lauren Nicole Events is to make the events in our clients' lives as special and stress-free as possible for them,” said Jackson-Ezell. We prefer to stick with the actual coordinating side of the event, but this does include creating a personalized style and the planning of the decor and layout.”
Jackson-Ezell said that while they do hire people for the decorating, they oversee the work to assure that it is what the client wants and what is intended for the vision for their special occasion
“I, personally, have always loved the planning and execution of parties for myself and loved ones throughout my entire life. To work in the creative industry with my friends and other beautifully imaginative artists is a dream,” she said.
Lori Michelle Photography has been putting heart and soul into their work since 2003. Shirley and Rainbolt are no strangers to this community and are an exceptional mother-daughter team. They photographed the event very methodically and with pure confidence. Shirley and Rainbolt captured the tiniest of details with finesse.
Shirley said she became interested in photography at age 12 when she would visit an uncle who was a photographer. She said he took the time to explain the various pieces of equipment used in photography. Although she attended drafting school and her family has long been involved in construction, she said she chose photography as her path.
“I knew what I wanted to do,” she said.
Although her daughter has a degree in elementary education, Shirley said Rainbolt decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps after seeing the work she did.
“We’re not going to have a silver spoon in our mouths, but we will have a spoon,” Shirley said
Vallery, the owner and face behind Meghan Vallery Photography & Productions, recorded the entire event, from behind-the scenes to the final set-ups, and created a sentimental video for each vendor to have as a remembrance. While videography is a new venture for Vallery, she has been in business, behind her camera, since 2014.
Nib & Flow Design, a calligraphy and stationery design studio, is owned by Russell. Russell has been in business since 2017 and strives to bring a historical and beautiful touch to the modern world with her calligraphy. She brought to the table hand-calligraphed place cards and a few other stationery items such as an invitation, menu design, and seating chart.
Russell, has a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and recently joined the staff of Bayou Life Magazine as a graphic designer.
Russell’s interest in calligraphy began with her own wedding when she decided to learn the art for her invitations.
“I focus on the traditional aspects (of calligraphy),” Russell said.
She has been a member of the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers & Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) and attends conferences annually.
Like Shirley, she hopes people appreciate the artistic value of her work. She noted that a single invitation done in a style with elegant flourishes can take up to 10 minutes to complete by hand.
To find out more about the talented vendors located here at home, contact the styled shoot participants:
Lauren Nicole Events
Taylor Wright - firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Jackson Ezell - email@example.com
Lori Michelle Photography
Meghan Vallery Photography & Productions
Nib & Flow Design