Venue – All Saints House, Maryland | Photographer – Olivia Reed Photo | Stationer & Calligrapher – Oh Eleven | Model – Anastasiia Du Hoffman | Florals – Eclectic Blooms | Hair – Ashley, The Stylist Abroad | Makeup – Justine Dettloff | Styling – Laura Cottrill, Vignette Design Studio
Halloween Styled Shoot
It was a cloudy morning in Eastern Shore of Maryland for this styled shoot, a collaboration several Washington, D.C. and Annapolis, Maryland wedding vendors. We were inspired by a spooky theme brought together by the All Saints House.
Given the inspiration – a spooky shoot with incredible Gothic architecture – I ran with it! For the stationery, I knew that I wanted to add modern calligraphy accented with gold foil, deep burgundy grey and black. After learning that the house had originally been constructed as an Episcopal church, designed by Henry Congdon and constructed in 1900, I fell in love with the gothic style architecture.
I began by sketching the home’s entrance, which had curved doors and beautiful arches and printed the custom venue illustration on vellum – a beautiful translucent paper – that reminded me of spirits / ghosts, perfect for the spooky shoot’s theme. I also used vellum on the reply card, this time accenting the lettering with gold foil.
From there, I found an exotic floral print with grey and burgundy to tie in the burgundy rsvp envelope. I curated some stamps – a full moon and vintage feeling presidential print – and used a deep burgundy wax seal with laurel illustration.
The primary invitation card came last in this suite, organically arriving after I spent some time with the materials and custom illustration. I was still so inspired by the gothic architecture and wanted to bring attention to the venue’s details, so I illustrated scalloped arches along the top of the invitation. The scallops were also mimicked by the arabesque shaped black stone tile place cards with gold modern calligraphy.
It was an honor to see the home that Anastasiia (the model!) and Gunther have been renovating themselves and collaborating with such an incredible team of DC wedding professionals. Until next time!