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Love in the Orchard| A Great Depression-inspired Elopement

Work Meets Fun

First, I just have to say that this shoot was a blast! All of the artists we collaborated with became dear friends in the process of bringing this idea to life. By the time we got to the shoot itself, we were all happily working together, talking and laughing the whole time.

What Inspired Our Vision

Last winter, we watched the movie "Cinderella Man." In the movie, James J Braddock is a boxer who gets injured and has to turn to manual labor jobs (which are very scarce during this time) to support his family.

My heart was struck with how hard it was for a family to just survive those difficult times. Yet throughout the hardship James and his family faced, his wife not only tried to survive, she tried to make their life beautiful and find simple joys to celebrate even during the toughest times.

Celebration amid Simplicity

The thought of  celebration even in scantness got me thinking. How could a couple celebrate if they were to get MARRIED during such tough times?

Stephen and I began tossing around a story of a couple who would do just that. They had a rare day off and, after saving every penny they could, took a trip out of the city to an orchard.

To us today, a trip to the orchard isn't really a big deal, but to this couple, it represents their hopes for the future. It means that even through immense hardship, their dreams can continue to live on.

A Day in the Orchard

Before they leave, he packs the special ring his mother had given him. In the middle of picking apples, he gets down on one knee and proposes to his love, without a clue as to how they'll find the money to get married.

Having always been drawn to her sense whimsy, he timidly agrees when she grabs his hand impulsively, saying "let's just get married HERE. NOW!"

How would that actually work?

A Whimsical Wedding

"Yes!" she insists. "See, we can just make do with what we have and pretend it's the most elegant wedding we have ever seen!" She exclaims breathlessly, twirling and laughing down the row of apple trees.

"See this forgotten ironing board? It's actually a cake table covered in fine linen! And the dishes in the dish drainer? It's actually perfectly matched bone china! And my grandmother's dress? Well, it fits perfectly!!

So off they run through the orchard to elope and celebrate. After carefree kissing and dancing between the apples, they find some post cards and begin writing to family to let them know they had eloped. Their dream was not just alive, it had finally come true!

A Styled Shoot

We had the chance to collaborate with some incredible wedding professionals to make our vision come to life. They played such a large role interpreting our story even more effectively than I thought possible! Thank you guys for blessing us with your artistry!

And our models, Trevor and Izzie? Please give us a call when you begin planning. We are already in love with you both!

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