Story: Stephanie Maxwell Newton | Photography: Jayce Keil Photography | Modeling: Rachael and Eric Doyle |
Colorblocked flowers and a quaint chapel setting provide the backdrop for a storybook romance
Sometimes the best creative endeavors feel like kismet. Such was the case when photographer Jayce Keil reached out to Gina Taverner, owner of Clarksville florist Vase & Vine, to work together on a styled shoot. “It was the perfect opportunity to have Rachael—one of our freelancers who has always wanted to be a part of one of our styled shoots—come on as our model and co-collaborator,” Gina says. For Rachael, it was a sentimental creative opportunity. “My husband and I had eloped a few years ago and we didn’t have any flowers, so when Gina talked to me about the shoot, I was like, ‘yes, please!’” Rachael says. With her husband, Eric, modeling beside her, the day took on an additional layer of meaning.
For the look and feel of the shoot, the Vase & Vine team decided on a “renaissance European garden” aesthetic with a moody palette of florals. “We wanted to also incorporate an element we really hadn’t had the chance to do before, using the flowers to create a colorblocking effect,” Gina says. The end result is an artful installation that was used around the chapel doors and as a stand-alone arbor in a nearby field.
Above: The chapel at Gateley Hill Gardens in Dardanelle provided just the European garden feel the creative team desired. “I have always loved this venue, and it was the perfect fit for the vision we were going for with this shoot,” Gina says.
Vase & Vine incorporated more than a dozen types of flowers, branches, and vines into the design, creating an ombré effect that flows from lavender to orange. Some elements were foraged from Gina’s garden.
Rachael’s dress was another instance of serendipity: She found it on a spur-of-the-moment shopping trip after a wedding install with Vase & Vine, tried it on, and it was the perfect fit. “It was as if it was just meant to be,” Gina says.
Floral design Vase & Vine Hair and makeup Kristin Hale Photography Jayce Keil Photography & Film Venue Gateley Hill Gardens