Deconstructed- Our French Inspired Shoot

After honeymooning in France and eating countless baguettes and macarons, I knew Steve would have no problem nailing a French flea market themed photo shoot. It was guaranteed to be très belle!

I only caught a few glimpses of him working on it, though. He’d be up late in our dining room playing with our silverware, eyeing how all the pieces would look on top of my mom’s white china versus next to it. Sinclair & Moore French shoot 1He had the idea to use mini baguettes to double as guest place cards. This was such a great idea (in theory), until we visited what felt like every bakery and grocery store in the Seattle area. We could not find baguettes that were quite right. They were either too long, too fat, or too dark in color.

We tried every place we could possibly think of, buying a lot of not-quite-right breads along the way. I think we ended up with a backseat filled with some pretzel bread, a few different types of rolls, and maybe a few croissants until we found the ones that were just right in size and in color. Magnifique!Sinclair & Moore French shoot 2 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 3 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 4 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 5Steve always says that blue is a tricky color to work with, especially when used in shades other than classic navy. He  found some antique blue and white toile patterned wallpaper that Judy of Tallant House used  to create an edible image for the beautiful toile cakes. She also made the gorgeous macarons that Steve piled high, and surely had to also ‘taste test.’Sinclair & Moore French shoot 6 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 7 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 8 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 9To round out the tablescape with a real vintage look, Jeni of Found Vintage Rentals was so kind to send up some of her antique calligraphy writings. The faded edges, scripted handwriting and aged staining on the pages gave the shoot just what it needed.

Add in the gorgeous stamped wood menus created by Sally of La Happy and her hand lettered place cards (tied to the perfect baguettes) and there you have it! Fantastique, just like I knew it would be.Sinclair & Moore French shoot 10 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 11 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 12 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 13 Sinclair & Moore French shoot 14photo credit: Matthew Land Studios

Our Wedding Story part 2: Gifts

Steve has always been an incredible gift-giver. He’s the type of person who hears potential gift ideas in conversation and then stores them away for the right opportunity to give the perfect gift.

Even before he and I ever met in person, he had flowers delivered to my desk in New York City. And all throughout our dating relationship and engagement, he always had the most special gifts for me. I knew that he would definitely be going big on our wedding day, and boy was I right.

I’ll always remember seeing the stack of Kraft paper boxes tied up with grey ribbon that he put together for me.

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Our Wedding Story part 6: the reception

Although Jamie and I created the style of our wedding together as we talked through every detail, she didn’t actually see it all put together until moments before this photo was taken. Although I had done my best to describe everything that was in my head, I also wanted to surprise my bride with the most amazing reception she had ever seen. I was so excited to take her into the barn on the day of our wedding, so she could experience the details we crafted over our 10 month engagement.

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