All the great inspo behind this vintage and industrial shoot—a theme otherwise known as “vindustrial”— came straight from its creator’s heart. As the founder of Birch Affair, a Michigan based event decor company, Meaghan Keck says, “In this shoot, industrial Detroit meets a Northern Michigan state of mind. Think urban and vintage become best friends and bring a hint of organic whimsy along for the ride.”
After a weekend visit to Rove Estate in Northern Michigan, the locale’s intimate, “up north” vibes, breathtaking views and mission behind its winery made for the perfect, magical location in Meaghan’s mind.
Meaghan explains, “With a deep love for all things Northern Michigan, I also have a great deal of admiration for Detroit. The two Michigan locations are so beautiful and unique in their own ways and I wanted to create a shoot that paid tribute to both places.” It was also very important to Meaghan that the shoot incorporated all of the things that make Michigan so special to her: nature, intimacy, and hardworking souls.
“Because I naturally seek out small and intimate opportunities, I was inspired to showcase what an elopement could potentially look like for those desiring the same experience,” Meaghan says. “I wanted to showcase what it would look like for couples to embrace local, remain mindful, yet still have a completely romantic and intimate celebration of their marriage - because marriage is a big deal, it just doesn't always have to be in front of 300 people.”
The unconventional nature of the bride’s Saja Wedding dress featured a sheer, v-neck with softly dropped shoulders, alluring flow and a soft elegance, thanks to its chiffon and charmeuse design. “Annie and Renee of One Oak Bride have an incredible knack for bringing in designers that truly showcase personalities. They described the dress as ethereal and romantic,” says Meaghan.
Just some of the shoot’s special touches included vintage, hand-dyed napkins, unique jewelry pieces, a 1965 Chevy named “Daisy,” and a vintage laundry hamper as a cake table.
In addition to being an event designer and decorator, Meaghan is also a paper flower artist. “I used fresh greenery and cabbage for natural fillers throughout the shoot and incorporated handmade paper flowers in place of real,” she explains. “One of my favorite items to make for my brides are non-traditional bouquets. For this particular shoot, a hoop bouquet was created. The industrial and minimalistic look of the gold hoop adorned with naturally preserved greenery along with handmade paper flowers is perfect for any nontraditional bride.”
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Meghan says, “This shoot was a true collaboration of what happens when people who truly love what they are doing and have a desire to serve others creatively come together.” She also shares, “Nick Wisda of Nick Wisda Photography completely captured every bit of magic in this shoot. His charismatic, witty, and genuine personality carries through in his photography.”
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