Featured: Our Vintage China + Goblet Rentals on Grey Likes Weddings

Southern Bridesmaid Brunch with vintage china rentals from Stockroom VintageOur vintage mix-and-match china rentals and our glass goblet rentals are some of the most popular items on our vintage rental roster–and with good reason! Heirloom plates and glasses bring so much vintage charm to any tablescape. We rent them out by the hundreds for weddings and larger events, but we really love to see them highlighted at intimate gatherings–like this Southern Bridesmaid Luncheon designed by the lovely ladies at Commerce Street Events and featured on Grey Likes Weddings!Southern Bridesmaid Brunch with vintage china rentals from Stockroom VintageSouthern Bridesmaid Brunch with vintage china rentals from Stockroom VintageDon’t you just adore the coral and pink color palette?! Our pink salad plates with the ruffled edges + our pink glass goblets worked perfectly into the mix. Photographix did such an amazing job capturing all of these gorgeous pink + ruby hues, especially those blooms from our friends at Brocade Designs and those super cute dresses from Bella Bridesmaids of Nashville! The lush greenery + foliage at Riverwood Mansion has us longing for warm spring days–with a popsicle dipped in our bubbly-filled vintage glasses, naturally!Southern Bridesmaid Brunch with vintage china rentals from Stockroom Vintage Southern Bridesmaid Brunch with vintage china rentals from Stockroom VintageAnd how sweet is this invite suite from Ink Nashville when paired with the graphic print on the La Tavola linensSouthern Bridesmaid Brunch with vintage china rentals from Stockroom VintageThanks to Commerce Street Events for including us in this lovely Southern styled shoot! If you’d like to recreate this vintage place setting look–or to create a mix-and-match look of your own–be sure to visit the tabletop section of our online vintage rental inventory. We’d love to help you design a custom mix! - Elizabeth

Photography: Photographix

Event Styling and Production: Commerce Street Events

Venue: Riverwood Mansion, Nashville, Tennessee

Florals: Brocade Designs

Catering: Catering & Events by Suzette

Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids of Nashville

Vintage Rentals: Stockroom Vintage

Rentals: Music City Tents & Events

Paper Goods: Ink Nashville

Runners: La Tavola Fine Linen

 

Styled Gallery Wall with Vintage Family Photos

styled gallery wall with vintage family photos by Stockroom VintageI rarely style vignettes or sets for myself (unless you count our home decor!)–I’m typically doing prop and set styling for my clients at photoshoots, weddings, music videos and the like. And it’s always great to collaborate with a client to bring their vision to life. But when I get to style something for myself, just for the joy of creating, it can be pretty special. On set a few months ago, I stole some time to create a styled gallery wall with some of my own vintage family photos, and Shelby Andal snapped some shots of the result.styled gallery wall with vintage family photos by Stockroom Vintagestyled gallery wall with vintage family photos by Stockroom VintageWhen I saw Shelby’s photos, I had one of the lump-in-my-throat moments. I typically keep these photos in boxes or albums, stored away safely to preserve my family history. But seeing all of those faces in shots arranged artfully–with bits of greenery and botanicals interspersed–I was overwhelmed. There was so much sweet history there, so many kind souls with so many stories. It felt like a celebration of them and those stories, especially with the photos of my father and both sets of grandparents, all of whom have passed. I just swoon every time I see the photo of my Oma, Allene, which she signed to my Opa Phil with love. It made me think: Why should do I keep these photos locked up tight? Seeing those photos along the clapboard walls felt like such an appropriate homage to loved ones. styled gallery wall with vintage family photos by Stockroom Vintage styled gallery wall with vintage family photos by Stockroom VintageSo I’ve decided to recreate this look in the old farmhouse I now share with my husband and our pups. Rather than framing them all, which feels a bit stiff for our rustic-modern decor, I’ll be recreating this gallery wall with a lots of painter’s tape (it holds great but won’t leave a trace if I’d like to rearrange them later) and a bit of washi tape for effect. Many of the photos I’ll be using are copies of the originals, so there’s no need to worry about dust or sun fading with time. Plus, we have lots of wall space to fill in the new farmhouse, where the ceilings tower over the ones we were accustomed to in our previous place, at 1920s cottage. Can’t wait to share the final results–now I just need to nab one of my photographer friends to photograph a house tour! - Elizabeth

Our Styled Wildflower Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageThis wildflower-inspired shoot was my favorite styled shoot this year. And the fact that Smitten Magazine chose it as their Volume 11 Featured Shoot and used our shoot as their cover photo is icing on the cake! I’ve had the vision of an ultra-colorful photoshoot in my head for so long–something simple, rustic and bright. I love the mix of the peaches and turquoise blue…and, of course, the armloads of beautiful blooms. Jessica of SOULFlowers really just gets me. I can always trust her to take my vision and inspiration and blow it out of the water. Same with Alissa Saylor, who photographed this shoot. I call these ladies my dream team for a reason–they make styling and working on set so much fun!Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageMorgan from Handmade Studio TN loaned us some of her gorgeous handmade ceramic plates for the shoot, and I made the sweet little biscuit + honey wedding favors and displayed them in some vintage wooden berry baskets I picked up for a snip at the flea market. They make the perfect Southern treat!Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageAll of the vintage props you see throughout this shoot come from our new Memphis vintage event rental location. Isn’t this bright blue farm table amazing?! I seriously covet this piece!Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageOur model for this shoot, Jenna Farro, definitely bears mentioning. Aside from the fact that she’s beautiful (obviously!) she was so such a fun, easy going, bright light on set. And, seriously, this girl can move on camera. Not to mention, she looked so gorgeous in these gowns from Whitney Deal’s new line, which I pulled from Hello Honey bridal in Cookeville, Tenn. It was awesome to do both the prop styling and the wardrobe styling again for this shoot. That holistic approach to styling a shoot just makes SO much sense to me. I knew I wanted pretty, playful dresses, a braided crown halo and that punchy coral lip. Isn’t that lip just everything in these shots?! Everyone on set (including me!) asked where they could buy this lipstick after the shoot–alas, our makeup artist made a custom mix just for Jenna. Sigh. Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageIsn’t the bridal cottage at The Barn at Cedar Grove so cute? Can’t you imagine getting ready at that vanity on your wedding day? I loved styling it with some of my old family photos and a wild mix of flowers in that pretty vase, another ceramic piece from Handmade Studio TN. Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageA wildflower-inspired fete wouldn’t be complete without some flowers in your wine, right?! Smitten included a special recipe for our chamomile wine in the issue–be sure to check it out!Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageJenna from Kitty Kat Stevens created the hand-bound guest book and the invitation suite. Her attention to detail, creativity and use of color always floor me in the best way.Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage  Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom Vintage  Wildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageWildflower wedding inspiration by Stockroom VintageBe sure to check out Smitten Vol. 11 online (for free!) and in print for more of this shoot and tons of other bright boho wedding inspiration! - Elizabeth

Photographer: Alissa Saylor Photography

Styling, Concept, Shoot Design: Elizabeth Ulrich, Stockroom Vintage

Vintage Rentals: Stockroom Vintage – Memphis

Venue: The Barn at Cedar Grove

Floral Design: SOULflowers

Bride’s Dress: Whitney Deal

Dress Store: Hello Honey

Bride’s Floral Crown: Eden by Zipporah

Bride’s Veil: Mignonne Handmade

Ceramic Plates: Handmade Studio TN

Invitations & Stationery: Kitty Cat Stevens

Bride’s Jewelry: Sisters of Nature

Model: Jenna Farro

Makeup Artist: Jessie Glover

Hairstylist: Lauren Bourgeois

 

Our Wildflower Styled Wedding Shoot Featured on the COVER of Smitten Magazine!

Smitten Vol11: Wildflower Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage

I’m so excited to share this news! The wildflower-inspired wedding shoot I styled is Smitten Magazine’s Volume 11 Featured Shoot, which means it made the magazine’s cover. I’m a huge fan of Smitten, so to see my vision brought to life on these beautiful pages is unreal! I’ve shared some snapshots of the magazine feature below, but I’ll be sharing another blog post soon with more of my favorite shots from the shoot, which was photographed by Alissa Saylor. But for now be sure to check out the spring issue of Smitten online (for free!) and in print. You’ll also see a little peek below of the bonus boho braid tutorial I styled for the issue, which was shot by High Five for Love.

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Photographer: Alissa Saylor Photography

Styling, Concept, Shoot Design: Elizabeth Ulrich, Stockroom Vintage

Vintage Rentals: Stockroom Vintage – Memphis

Venue: The Barn at Cedar Grove

Floral Design: SOULflowers

Bride’s Dress: Whitney Deal

Dress Store: Hello Honey

Bride’s Floral Crown: Eden by Zipporah

Bride’s Veil: Mignonne Handmade

Ceramic Plates: Handmade Studio TN

Invitations & Stationery: Kitty Cat Stevens

Bride’s Jewelry: Sisters of Nature

Model: Jenna Farro

Makeup Artist: Jessie Glover

Hairstylist: Lauren Bourgeois

Published: Our Styled Botanical Wedding Inspiration Shoot on Green Wedding Shoes

Botany Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageAs a stylist, I am so inspired by nature. I think we, as women, have such a connection to the natural world–a longing to connect with it and experience it. That longing is what inspired this botanical shoot. I wanted to create a look that was lush, yet simple. I envisioned a shoot where nature was the star. And I’m so glad that Green Wedding Shoes published my Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration shoot, which was photographed by Alissa Saylor. Botany Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageWhen I started planning the shoot, I was inspired by the vision of a botanist’s vintage laboratory. I loved the idea of a well-worn lab table, which housed her old botany books and lab equipment as well as the plant specimens she’s collected, which she places in her beakers, test tubes and apothecary bottles. I teamed up with Jessica of SOULFlowers to create a mix of rich greenery, beloved curiosities and scientific elements—like the test tubes and vintage botanical prints—to evoke the contrast between a botanist’s bookish study and the wild romance of the untamed, natural world. Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botany Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botany Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageAll of the vintage props you see featured throughout this shoot are a mix of my own personal lab collection (I’m a science nerd from way back!) as well as props from the inventory of our new branch of vintage rentals in Memphis! It’s so much fun to style Leslie’s growing collection of vintage props–we shot this wedding inspiration in Memphis. It’s been amazing to see the Stockroom Vintage brand expanding!Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageOur botanical invitation suite was designed by the ladies at Southland Fox.Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageBotanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageI also did the wardrobe styling for this shoot, and when I pulled these two gowns from The Bride Room in Nashville, I was on a high for days. Aren’t they just so dreamy?! I absolutely adore doing wardrobe styling as well as prop styling–it gives me the opportunity to take a holistic view on the entire look and feel of a photoshoot.Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageBotanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageIn our tablescape, the wild mix of ferns, vines and greenery paired with our vintage china plates, goblets and gold flatware provided such a great contrast. I love the mix of hard and soft, wild and tame, indoors and out. I always find that striking difference to be so interesting and beautiful.Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageBotanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageThis second look was definitely my favorite of the two. When I wound that wandering jasmine vine through our model’s loose braid, I got chills. The look of this Chantilly lace top and frothy gown against the stone backdrop was magical. Complete beauty overload!Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageBotanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageBotanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageI have a thing for vintage botanical books and guide books–seriously, I buy stacks of them. So I couldn’t resist adding some of my favorite botanical book plates and vintage texts to the mix!Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageBotanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration by Stockroom VintageThanks to all of the vendors–especially my lovely styling assistant, Jenna of Kitty Kat Stevens–for helping me bring this vision to life! – Elizabeth

Photography: Alissa Saylor Photography

Concept + Creative Direction + Styling: Elizabeth Ulrich, Stockroom Vintage

Vintage Rentals: Stockroom Vintage – Memphis

Floral Design: SOULFlowers

Invitation Suite: Southland Fox

Dress Designer: Augusta JonesMonique Lhuillier

Dress Store: The Bride Room

Jewelry: Anthropologie

Venue: The Lord’s Chapel at Elmwood in Memphis, Tennessee

Stockroom Vintage Is Opening Another Vintage Event Rentals Branch in Memphis this Spring!

Stockroom Vintage | Vintage Event Rentals in Memphis, Tennessee I’ve been dying to share this news for months! Stockroom Vintage is bringing its unique brand of vintage event rentals to Memphis, Tennessee! A few months ago, I met Memphis lady and vintage lover Leslie Tiscia, and I knew I had met a kindred small biz soulmate. Much like me, Leslie can’t pass up a tag sale or a vintage shop without ducking inside–and she has the growing collection of amazing vintage finds to prove it!

Since last spring, Leslie and I have been setting up meetings here in Nashville, Memphis and everywhere in between so we can scheme and dream about what a Memphis branch of Stockroom Vintage would look like. And we’ve cracked the code! Just yesterday, we signed all of the super-official documents and made it legal. I am SO beyond excited to watch our sister rental company in Memphis grow and become an all-around rad source of vintage rentals for Memphis brides, prop stylists, wedding planners and more.

Leslie has already amassed quite an impressive rental collection–think tufted sofas and heirloom china galore–and that’s just the tip of this pretty iceberg. When Stockroom Vintage Memphis officially launches in Spring 2014, you’ll be able to view the entire growing collection of inventory on our website and rent to your heart’s content–I can’t wait! But in the meantime, I’m going to watch with wide eyes as Leslie’s collection grows and grows. It’s been so amazing to have a partner in crime. And the photos Leslie texts from all of her vintage hunting excursions…y’all, they make me gasp. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @stockroomtn for behind-the-scenes glimpses of the new Stockroom Vintage Memphis! - Elizabeth

Coming Soon: Ashley’s Bride Guide The Smart Bride Workshop

The Smart Bride Workshop 2014 | Ashley's Bride GuideGreat news for Nashville brides starting the wedding planning process: Ashley’s Bride Guide is kicking off its 3rd annual wedding planning workshop on January 21! The Smart Bride Workshop is a great way for newly engaged couples to get a jump on wedding planning. And did I mention it’s free if you pre-register?

The three-part Smart Bride wedding planning bootcamp, which takes place January 21, January 28 and February 8, brings together wedding vendor experts and Nashville newlyweds, all sharing tips and the inside scoop on how to maximize your budget, create your vision and hire your wedding team. I’m excited to be an expert speaker at the second educational session at the Nashville City Club on January 28 that will focus on discovering your wedding style and setting your budget.

I would love to meet you all on January 28 to chat weddings! I’ve included a breakdown of each session below. You can register for the event here. Hope to see you there! – Elizabeth

Workshop 1: January 21 – An in-person workshop at Sambuca Nashville, 6-9pm.  This class will help you set your vision, values and priorities.

Workshop 2: January 28 – An in-person workshop at Nashville City Club, 6-9pm.  This class will help you discover your wedding style and set your wedding budget.

Workshop 3: February 8 – An in-person workshop at The Peacock Ballroom in Lenox Village, 10a-2pm.  This class will help you hire your wedding team and choose your DIY projects.

Our Styled Farm-to-Table Shoot Named One of the Top 10 Inspiration Shoots of 2013 by Fab You Bliss!

Stockroom Vintage | Fab You Bliss Best Styled Shoots of 2013Happy (almost) New Year’s, loves! I’m thrilled to say that 2013 is ending with a bang for this vintage biz love of mine. Fab You Bliss has named the farm-to-table shoot I styled to its list of the Top 10 Inspiration Shoots of 2013! We’re excited to be lucky number 7 on a list filled with the gorgeous creative work of lots of talented vendors–we’re definitely in great company! You can check out my favorite images from this farm wedding inspiration shoot with Kelsey Harrison Photography here.

As Stockroom Vintage’s second year of business comes to a close (we start year three in March–time flies!), I want to thank all of the brides, clients, vendors, friends and fellow vintage lovers who have encouraged and fed my dreams to work as a stylist and vintage prop lady. It’s a dream every day–even when I’m knee deep in accounting paperwork or sweating through a summer prop delivery. There is nothing I’d rather do than make your events and photo shoots pretty and share my favorite vintage props with you. Here’s to another fabulous year of creativity, inspiration, love and many more vintage finds. I hope 2014 is your best year yet! - Elizabeth

Wedding Styling Promotion: Announcing a LivingSocial Deal for Our Antique Styling Package

Stockroom Vintage LivingSocial DealHave you heard? Stockroom Vintage has teamed up with LivingSocial to offer a stellar deal on our Antique Wedding Styling Package! You can check out the full deal with purchase details on LivingSocial, but here’s the rundown: Our Antique Styling Package is the most comprehensive styling option we offer brides…and for the next few weeks, you can book it for a serious discount!

I designed the package for the bride who wants to ensure her entire ceremony and reception—every detail, every moment, every tabletop—exudes the Pinterest-perfect, wedding-magazine-worthy look she’s always envisioned. This package includes the conception, design and execution of the vintage-inspired wedding of your dreams. I’ll provide one-on-one consultations to develop your theme, color scheme and overall vision for the look and feel of your event, create a custom inspiration board that incorporates that vision and collaborate on ideas for everything from your save-the-dates to your thank-you cards.

My team then ensures that every detail from your flowers to your place settings is personalized and gorgeous. Then, when your big day arrives, we’re there to make sure that every styled aspect of your event is unique and ready for its close-up. And did I mention the awesome discount that you’ll get with the LivingSocial deal? Let’s just say, it’s more than half off through this promotion. Yes, I’m serious!

Please pop over to my styling packages to read more about what’s included in the Antique Styling Package and check out the LivingSocial deal, which will only be available for a few more weeks. And, as always, email me with questions. I’d love to be a part of your big day! - Elizabeth

 

Published: Our Dreamy Rock Quarry Love Session on Ruffled!

Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa SaylorHello, loves! I know the leaves are falling and there’s a chill in the air, but I’m thrilled to share this steamy summer session with you! This is one of the first sessions that I’ve styled without a lot of Stockroom Vintage rentals in tow. I wanted this love session to be sweet, simple and all about summer loving. I must admit, it’s a little strange to show up to a photo shoot without tons of vintage props, but it was so refreshing to focus solely on the concept + wardrobe styling for this session. And I’m so proud that Ruffled featured my styling in these lovely photos by Alissa Saylor!Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa SaylorGoing forward, I want to share more details with you all about what inspires me when I’m creating the concept + styling + providing creative direction for photo shoots. There’s so much that goes into these sessions before the actual day of the photo shoot. I’m creating inspiration boards, gathering props, hunting down clothes and accessories, creating DIY decor and foraging for flowers, plants and any number of natural elements to get the look just right.Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa SaylorMy inspiration for this rock quarry engagement sessions started simply enough: I wanted to find a gorgeous body of water to create a sexy summer swimsuit session.  I approached friend and photographer Alissa with the idea, and she tracked down this forgotten rock quarry hidden in a small town a few hours outside of Nashville. And it just so happened that Alissa knew Haley and Eric, the perfect couple to model for us.Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa SaylorThe way the amazing teal spring water reflected onto the walls of the cave created the perfect backdrop for the ethereal feel we envisioned for Haley and Eric’s love session. There is something so magical about this location. When Haley and Eric cuddled in the cave—and when they finally took a dip in that gorgeous water with the roses floating around them—it was absolutely dreamy.Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa SaylorAt the outset, I wanted to create a soft look for our model Haley–something that would provide the perfect contract to the hard, rough edges of the cut limestone at the quarry. I found this frothy tulle skirt and that luxe ruched swimsuit from J.Crew, also in tulle. We took a cue from the quarry itself when choosing her accessories. The bright green moss on the rocks and the untamed greenery were the inspiration for her handmade fern crown and the bouquet of ferns, and Alissa and I couldn’t resist tossing in some stone-inspired jewelry in water hues for good measure.Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa SaylorAll in all, I wanted to design a session that would capture the beauty of the slow, sweltering sunsets I love during summertime. There is something magical about those warm nights—how they make you want to slow down and savor the last bit of summer. And there’s no better way to do that than to relax in a hammock or to find a secret spot for a swim with your love. Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa SaylorRock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa Saylor Rock Quarry Summer Engagement Session | Styled by Stockroom Vintage Event Rentals | Photos by Alissa SaylorI can’t imagine a more magical spot than this for a rendezvous! I’m so glad that Alissa was able to capture my vision–and that Haley + Eric were able to truly get lost in the moment for this session. Aren’t they a gorgeous couple? For more photos of this session, please check out the feature on Ruffled! - Elizabeth

Photography: Alissa Saylor
Concept + Styling + Creative Direction: Elizabeth Ulrich, Stockroom Vintage