I’ve had an inspiration board on my desktop titled “Woodsy Editorial” for months. Its one of many I’ve created during late nights spent at the studio. When my eyes start crossing from hours of uploads & editing, I start pulling design images into folders & file them away as ideas for a rainy day. I’ve saved a few for inspiration in case my hubby & I ever decide to plan a vow renewal ( which, lets face it..may never happen with our schedules! ) and this particular board really spoke to me. It stared me in the face every time I started up my computer & I finally felt compelled to bring it to life…

The first call I made was to brilliant designer & friend Elissa Keno, who I’ve worked with on two other shoots like this. Our vision & design aesthetic are so in tune and we always have a blast working together. She has a great eye for all things design, so when I sent her the copper inspired board she dove right in. My first find was the copper vases from Anthropologie, and almost simultaneously Elissa found the gorgeous copper silk for the table runner. Then life & crazy schedules took over, and our woodsy shoot got pushed to the back burner ( off the stove entirely, actually ) Until last Monday, when we made the decision to go for it. It was our last collective weekend off for 2 months, so it was now or never.

In one week we pulled together a lineup of spectacular vendors who were inspired to help us bring this woodsy wedding concept to life. I can’t tell you what an honor it was to have them donate their time & talents to translate our vision into reality. These are artists, like us, who truly LOVE what they do & were as excited as we were to see it all come together. I know, for Elissa & myself, there’s no greater compliment & we continue to be inspired by their artistry. If you’re looking for vendors in the Triad area, there are none better than the ones listed below.

There’s so much I want to share from this shoot that I’ve had to split it into 2 posts. Check back soon for the story behind our stunning model, Anne-Marie and one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve ever photographed. Trust me, you won’t want to miss Part 2!

**Thanks to my sweet grandmother for letting us borrow her first set of silverware from the 1930s. It was a perfect addition to the tablescape :)

Concept- Kellie Kano & Elissa Keno
Tablescape Design- Elissa Keno Events
Model- Anne-Marie Rhodes with Marilyn’s
Dress- Anne Frances
Cake, cake stands & Chairs- MaxieB’s
Florals- Just Priceless
Menus/Place Cards- Paperwhites Press
Hair- Salon Baileys
Jewelry & hairpiece- J.Crew
Power Rental- A1 Rentals



















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  1. LOVE these!! oh my! so perfect.

  2. I love your work! Nice job, great composition, and lighting.

  3. it’s like tinkerbell….in her whimsical forest. beautiful.

  4. Love the pictures!! This is beautiful.

  5. I think we are soul sisters, how weird is this that I have a folder full of inspiration just like this? Guess i’ll just have to add some of these to it. :) Love ya Kel!

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  7. gorgeous

  8. Every single one of these images is stunning Kellie. I’m so happy with the way everything came together for us. We bring the magic!

  9. I kind of love this. Especially the first shot.

  10. These are gorgeous shots! And we know what all went into it to make it happen. Kudos to you and Elissa! Thank you for asking us to participate!

  11. Killer shoes and dress for starters and she is gorgeous. It really does look like she’s a fairy in an enchanted land…Magical Kellie simply magical :)

  12. oh kellie. seriously, i love these images so much! come out west and lets do a shoot together :)

  13. a feast for the eyes.

  14. Absolutely stunning! Makes me want to have another wedding ceremony.

  15. I love that cake! Beautiful images! Oh, and I owe you an email! :)

  16. Brilliant photography. You captured the classic beauty of a beautiful woman, and natures own. The cake and flowers are simply perfect. The dress is breathtaking…everything is breathtaking.

  17. you are an inspiration kellie … these images make my heart skip a beat. cannot wait to see the rest. xoxo absolutely ADORED shooting with you on saturday – let’s do it again, k? :)

  18. Oh my! So beautiful! Dang girl! V

  19. Wow…. these are absolutely gorgeous Kellie. Really love the light in these and the colors and just phenomenal. Suddenly you’re actually really making me like shoots like this. :D Great work here.

  20. This must be the waterfall shoot you were talking about. So beautiful!!!

  21. Wow, these are incredible!!! I just LOVE the light pouring in!

  22. Kellie, these are gorgeous….love the stream, dress…everything! You go girl

  23. Beautiful pictures, setting and dress! Absolutely amazing!

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