When I decided to do a vintage fashion inspired style shoot, I had in mind the perfect store. It was a cute little vintage fashion clothing shop in the Orlando Design District called Retromended Vintage. I knew that I wanted to do something very simple that focused on the timeless beauty and softness that is reflected in vintage fashion. I wanted to accomplish something that was soft and stylish but also real and natural.

I met Brandy from Retromended at another shoot we did together. She carries a beautiful selection of vintage fashion clothing, including Vintage dresses, shoes and jewelry.  She also carries a very limited but incredibly gorgeous selection of vintage fashion wedding gowns.

When we first talked about doing our own shoot, we had a very similar vision for it. We decided to focus on the wedding gowns, the light, the location and the girls. So we went without the traditional floral details or other accessories including shoes.

I met one of the girls who model for us at a local coffee shop where I normally hang out. I gathered the courage to ask her if she would be interested in doing a photoshoot. Luckily, she agreed and also invited her friend to join us.

I also reached out to one of my favorite make up artist here in town, Jenny Satin. Jenny was incredibly gracious to donate her time for this fun project. She worked hard to have the girls make up and hair ready. The hair preparations particularly presented a big challenge since we did not have a place to get ready except for a bench near the beach that had no access to power.

In spite of this, Jenny made the girls look gorgeous.  Brandy styled them perfectly and I ended up using every little bit of light that gorgeous afternoon had to offer. I shot until it was too dark to shoot anymore.
It was truly a project of passion and it was all for the love of  the art of making pretty things. It was nothing short of inspiring.

I would love to find a blog to feature this shoot… but for now, I hope you guys enjoy it first.

— GC

Vintage Gowns & Styling Retromended Vintage
Hair & Make Up : Jenny Satin Hair and Make up Artistry
Photography: Gian Carlo Photography