Love Lost at Sea

Who doesn't love a good love story anyway? When planning our summer shoot we knew we wanted to design and capture that perfect story of love, loss, being reunited and committing to a life together.

We knew that our backdrop for this romantic story had to be the ocean. Just like love, the ocean is an integral part of life, one that is powerful but serene. The human response to the ocean has been expressed in various forms of art, literature and music, and this is our expression.

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Our vision for this shoot was to capture balance in all things.
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We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that connected our story to the ocean. We balanced our design details to capture movement and softness to warm the harshness of the ocean's rough waves and boulders.

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Our bride was styled in two Cathy Telle gowns with beautiful accessories. Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress's color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers. Her hair was simply done with wind blown waves and a touch of texture from a fishtail braid, the look completed with her soft makeup, with a hint of pink

Each dress created elegance in their simplistic style, the lace a-line dress’s color of jade connected our bride to the cool ocean tones and our bridal dress gave soft details of lavender embroidered flowers.
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We wanted the floral accents to look as though the bride was able to scavenge them herself from her island. Justine, of Flowers by Justine, was able to capture both movement and texture in these beautiful pieces.

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The surroundings and the details helped us tell this story of connection, resilience and commitment to what we know is true love.

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Dani. Fine Photography: An Intimate Breakdown of the Boudoir Shoot

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We were able to catch up with local photography friend, Dani Klein-Williams, owner and lead photographer at dani. fine photography, to learn more about her as well as to get the full breakdown on boudoir shoots! Dani has become very well known for her boudoir shoots and for good reason, her all-female staff has an impressive system with gorgeous results.

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Dani has been shooting boudoir for years, but says they’re really starting to pick up in popularity, and not just for brides-to-be. While many brides will do a boudoir shoot as a wedding gift for their future spouse, many women are choosing to do a boudoir shoot later in life as a birthday or anniversary gift! We love that these shoots make women of any age feel beautiful and empowered. Dani and her team work to create a fun, positive experience for every woman that comes in for a shoot. As an all-female team, they understand the insecurities women experience and do their best to make everyone feel comfortable. They have a very secure and private system, including printing and disposal that puts anyone at ease if they’re concerned about taking more risque photos.

Another fun trend on the rise is boudoir bachelorette parties! Dani says she closes down the studio for the day and gives the girls a full on glam-day filled with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Each girl gets to have her own individual boudoir shoot during the day. At the end, there’s a full slideshow viewing party to see the end results! Dani says she’s also had brides come in with their mother and the mother of the groom for shoots, which can be a fun bonding experience. How cool is that?

 

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PI: How did you get your start in the photography business/have you always been interested in photography?

Dani: My whole life I have loved photography but high school is where I really fell hard!

PI: What is your favorite genre/subject to shoot (either professionally or for fun)?

Dani: Weddings are my first love but I also adore bridal boudoir – it really is the perfect groom’s gift.

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PI: How was your experience sharing your story for 1,000 Stories (The Story Exchange)?

Dani: AH-MAZING!!!! It was featured in Forbes magazine and has drastically changed the commercial side of our business – it opened a lot of doors that might have previously been closed.

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PI: You offer many photography services, including boudoir! Boudoir photography has become popular among brides and grooms to be; why did you decide to start doing it?

Dani: Our first client was one of our brides… and it was her idea! Once we finished the shoot – she was thrilled and we were hooked! Now, we adore photographing boudoir and weddings equally.

PI: How should a bride or groom decide it’s the right fit for them, and what should they expect on the day of the photoshoot?

Dani: They can expect the full SUPERMODEL experience! We pamper our clients with a luxurious experience including full hair and makeup services in our studio, customer specific music and outfit selections, and a fun and lighthearted photoshoot. The client sees the images that very same day with a high quality slideshow and personalize purchasing appointment.

PI: We love that these photoshoots celebrate feeling beautiful, sexy, and confident, but we are sure that once it’s time to take the first photo clients lean towards being self critical. How do you help your clients relax and feel empowered to do it?

Dani: I strongly believe that everyone deserves to feel beautiful and confident and this is a great way to see your inner beauty shine thru in your outer beauty! Confidence is radiant! We start by having a conversation about all the things you LOVE about yourself… and briefly touch on the things you aren’t a fan of… this keeps the experience positive – we then focus the shoot on the parts you love and find a way to flatter the things you don’t love… guess what? You likely will end up loving those things too! Most clients can’t believe the end result and leave feeling like a Million Dollars!

PI: What should a client bring for clothing and prop options?

Dani: Everything and Anything! Literally arriving with luggage! Outfits, jewelry, love letters, their veil… everything!

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PI: When do you suggest a client book their session in order to have the final product ready for a wedding gift to their spouse?

Dani: While we try to accommodate any deadline… even crazy last minute wedding gifts – we prefer 2-4 months prior to when the images are needed.

PI: What are the trends you are now seeing in the boudoir field?

Dani: More is more and not less is more! Instead of just lingerie and skimpy clothes… we are seeing sexy dresses, off the shoulder sweaters paired with cute undies and knee high socks… we are seeing a trend towards MORE clothing! It leaves more to the imagination and is actually super sexy!

PI: What prompted you to write your book (Real. Sexy. Photography.: The Art and Business of Boudoir), and would you consider writing more in the future?

Dani: The offer was what prompted me! Yes! I never rule out anything!

PI: What would be your number one piece of advice for someone looking to start their own business from the ground up?

Dani: You sure? It is not for the faint of heart… you have to hustle every single day… vacations and holidays too!

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Planning Your Engagement Photoshoot with Melanie Zacek

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‘Tis the season of engagements! After the initial excitement starts to ebb, it’s time to get down to business and make some fun decisions. One of the first tasks to handle: your engagement shoot! We had a chat with the amazingly talented Melanie Zacek to put together a full guide on planning your engagement shoot -- everything from timing to what you need to bring to make the day a success.

TIMING

Image Courtesy of Melanie Zacek

Image Courtesy of Melanie Zacek

How soon after your engagement should you be scheduling your engagement shoot? How far before your wedding should this happen? Well, it all depends! If you’re planning on using your photos for your Save the Date cards, you’ll want to schedule the shoot for 6-7 months before the wedding. Not including photos on your Save the Date? You have the flexibility of scheduling your engagement shoot anytime before the big day!

Should your engagement shoot match the season/theme for your wedding? It’s totally up to you! Sometimes it's nice to have a completely different look for your engagement session. For example if you are having a summer wedding, a cozy snowy day engagement session could be fun! Just make sure you time things properly if you are using images for your Save the Date cards! If you want these to have images with the fall foliage, make sure you plan with plenty of time in advance so you aren’t rushing to get your cards together at the last minute!

Image Courtesy of Melanie Zacek

Image Courtesy of Melanie Zacek

What is the average turnaround time a couple should expect to see images in? The turnaround time for photographers will really depend on the time of year you are getting photographed. If it’s during the summer or fall (the height of wedding season), turn around times may be slightly longer. Melanie’s average turnaround time for engagement photos is 3 weeks.

How far before a wedding should a couple plan to book their photographer? If you want to have your first choice of photographer booking about one year in advance is a good bet.

PREPARATION

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Image Courtesy of Melanie Zacek

What should you bring with you to your shoot? Melanie photographs with a timeless aesthetic that highlights the emotion between couples in gorgeous natural settings. Because of this, she finds that props aren't necessary for the shoot. Of course if couples would like to incorporate a prop, such as a picnic setting or something similar, they are more than welcome to bring whatever they like! She recommends bringing 2 outfits to the session. Typically one formal and one casual outfit works well! Pinterest is such a great resource to get outfit ideas. Melanie always tells her clients to go with light colors and neutral tones. Be sure to have your ring cleaned and your nails done before the shoot, as the ring will certainly be featured in the pictures!

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Image Courtesy of Melanie Zacek

How can a couple help make the shoot run smoothly? One of the most common concerns from brides is that they are worried their fiancé doesn't like having their photos taken. Spend some time looking at your photographer's blog and showing your fiancé some engagement photos so they know what to expect. Melanie photographs in an easygoing way and gives directions to guide couples into natural poses. More times than not, grooms will end up coming back after the shoot to tell her that they actually had fun! Picking a photographer that you are comfortable with and feel a connection to will really help. Another huge part of making sure the shoot goes smoothly is to give yourselves plenty of time to arrive on time. No one wants to feel frazzled if they’re running late!

Any other tips/tricks for a recently engaged couple? At the end of the day, you want to relax and enjoy your shoot and entire wedding planning process. It’ll fly by and be over before you know it! Make sure you’re creating and documenting the happy memories to look back on for years to come.

Are you looking for a photographer for your wedding or engagement shoot? Be sure to check out the incredibly talented Melanie Zacek to document your special day!

2017 Summer Shoot Behind the Scenes

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This August, we snuck down to coastal Rhode Island to shoot our 2017 summer concept! We’re so excited about this look that we had to share some behind the scenes shots with you. Splitting our time between Mackerel Cove Beach and Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, RI, we teamed up with the extremely talented Melanie Zacek for photography and Dmitry Gordievsky of Embark Films for videography.

Our beautiful models, Abby Lynn and Danny Deitz of Maggie Inc. Models were assisted by the wonderful glam team at Upstyle! Abby sported various looks throughout the day, including 2 stunning dresses by Cathy Telle and a veil from Bridal Heirlooms. We’re so grateful to once again have partnered with DMG Noho for our flawless jewels!

As always, working with Flowers by Justine was an incredible experience. We always fall head over heels for her wonderful floral skills! New to our list, we were honored to be able to feature these spectacular custom dinner plates by Susan Gordon Pottery!
 

We had a wonderful day and a fabulous shoot despite some rain later in the day and we couldn’t be happier with the end result! We hope you enjoy this behind the scenes sneak peek and we cannot wait to share the full concept with you in the very near future!

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The Jewel Tone Story

When thinking about this concept, we were inspired to mix the old with the new. The gardens and architecture of this late 1800s historical home nestled in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts, created a simple but elegant backdrop to allow our deep beautiful jewel tones to take center stage.

Our vision for this beautiful shoot was to showcase a deep modern jewel tone palette and embrace a balance of the classic surroundings and the rich modern romance. We created a bold design with hues of pinks, purples, greens and blues, a palette that we accented with the mixture of vintage details and modern touches.

From the modern invitation suite with its geometric shapes and bold colors to the ombre guest seating we were inspired by this beautiful balance of classic and modern.

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Winter Gathering

When creating this Winter Gathering concept, Parsimony Inspired's vision was to embrace the color palette of winter but balance the look with soft feminine accents. We created a design with hues of creams, greys and greens, a palette that we softened with flowing fabrics, gold accents and mixed textures.

Tucked in the mountains of the Berkshires, Bloom Meadows was the perfect backdrop for this romantic winter shoot. A space with beautiful lines, natural elements and neutral colors, our designs felt rooted in the space and allowed our soft color palette to pop against the beautiful white walls. We loved the venue's design so much we had our invitation designer Kim Small of With Wild and Grace draw the venue and add it to the elegant invitation suite's design. One of our favorite ways to add a custom detail. 

Our bride was styled in a stunning chiffon A-line Lilian West gown. The illusion V-neck and the detail of the lace appliqués also brought a feminine touch to the bridal look, while the long sleeves and chapel length train were the perfect look for a winter wedding. The hair style framed our bride's face with greenery touches while soft makeup with a smokey eye gave a bit of drama to the final look. To add a little sparkle to our bride's style, she wore a stunning engagement ring and wedding band set designed by Megan Thorne and stunning hand crafted moonstone earrings designed by Pamela Froman.

When it came to working with floral designer Stacey Radcliffe of The Tangled Grapevine, we knew that we wanted the flowers to be filled with different types of greenery, our favorite trend for 2017. We incorporated greenery in every aspect of the design from the aerial floral installation above our reception table to greenery in our bride's hair. Stacey created a lush presentation bouquet filled with white Anemone, silver Brunia, white Lisianthus, peach Spray Roses, white Tulips, seeded Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Asparagus Fern and Gooseneck Loosestrifes.

From the serene Berkshire winter setting, the soft and romantic invitation suite with it's perfect vellum wax seal to the amazing marbled cakedesigned by the talented Pete of Pete's Sweets, we balanced winter's neutral palette and elements of nature with soft fabrics, feminine touches and meaningful details that would make you want to spend a winter's eve snuggled up with the one you love.

Photography: Brooke Ellen Photography & Alison Marie Photography | Planning & Design: Parsimony Inspired | Flowers: The Tangled Grapevine | Invitations & Stationery: With Wild and Grace | Cake: Pete’s Sweets | Dress: Lillian West from In White | Makeup: KiSSandMaKeUp | Jewellery: Don Muller Gallery | Videography: Embark Films | Venue: Bloom Meadows

The Minimalist Story

We were inspired by the gardens and architecture of this late 1800's historical home nestled next to the Emily Dickinson homestead in the heart of Amherst, Massachusetts. The house and surrounding grounds helped us create a space where we could incorporate the unique elements of softness, texture and romance.

Our vision for this seasonal shoot was to embrace a balance of nature's elegance and feminine romance. We created a soft design with hues of creams, greys and blues, a palette that softened our base of earth textures; wood, succulents and ivy.

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While touring the grounds we decided to set our table beneath the canopy of a gorgeous old tree, whose low hanging branches created a stunning backdrop. Our table was a mix of wood, bark and succulents softened by accents of gold and sweeping fabric. It was the type of setting would make any guest linger in their seat to absorb the surroundings and details.

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Our bride was styled in a beautiful lace BHLDN gown and elegant accessories. Her hair was simply done and her soft makeup with a hint of pink lip was all this bride needed to allow her stunning lace dress to take center stage.

The setting was dreamy, and perfect for a lush, cascading bouquet filled with Dogwood, roses, peonies, the first sight of dahlias and on-site greenery designed by Flowers by Justine.

From the elegant invitation with its perfect velvet envelope, the earth inspired cake with its handmade details of succulents and grapevine, to the beautiful balance of nature and romance, the new Minimalist Bride is defined.

Event Design: Parsimony Vintage | Photography: Melanie Zacek | Fine Art Photography | Model: Maya Simone | Succulent Favors: AudandEl | Table Number: Everlaser | Floral Design: Flowers By Justine | Hair and Makeup: Michelle Anne Hair Design | Wedding Veil and Hairpeice: Bridal Heirlooms | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Rentals: Jerome's Party Plus | Cake: Pete's Sweets  | Jewelry : DMG Gallery  | Ring Box: OaknShield | Invitations: With Wild and Grace | Wedding Venue: Amherst Women's Club

Anne of Green Gables Wedding Inspiration

Did you read Anne of Green Gables growing up? It's one of our favorites and we are over the moon to share this book inspired wedding concept!  As we celebrate ,we couldn't be happier to meld our two favorite things: literature and weddings! In today’s beautifully styled shoot, Nick + Lauren Photography celebrated the story of Anne of Green Gables all the way down to the carrots.

Parsimony Inspired had the chance to ask Lauren of  Nick + Lauren Photography about their process and how Anne of Green Gables inspired them! "Storytelling has always been the root of my inspiration when it comes to photography. I love motivated and driven characters, interesting story lines, and beautifully written details that eloquently describe the scene at hand. Anne of Green Gables is a novel that has remained close to my heart ever since I was a child, so when it came to brainstorming a concept for our first ever styled shoot, I couldn't have thought of a more inspiring story to tell.  As the story of Anne of Green Gables is set in the turn of the 20th century, I thought it was only true to the piece to have vintage styled attire and decor to truly capture the essence of both Anne and Gilbert. A touch of whimsy, deep jewel colors, and the art of emotion helped to create the story of these two classic lovers."

Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.
— L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Photography: Nick and Lauren Photography
Flowers: Violets in Bloom
Styling and Stationary: Sassy a la mode
Hair and makeup: Erin Loffler at Atone Studios 
Furniture: Mimosas and Moonshine

Behind the Scenes! PV Spring Shoot

Parsimony Vintage recently paired with the incredibly talented Melanie Zacek Photography for our spring photoshoot! Over the two day shoot, we captured three new concepts that we can’t wait to share and hope will inspire you all: Blue and Cream, Minimalist, and Jewel Tone. Check out some behind the scenes sneak peeks and stay tuned for the full concepts as they’re released throughout the summer!

Special Thanks to our contributing vendors!

Photography: Melanie Zacek Photography

Bridal Gowns: Bridal Heirlooms, BHLDN

Bridal Cape:Marisol Aparicio

Hair and Makeup: Jaclyn Lopes and Brianna Barcomb of Brush Salon, Michelle Tomlinson

Flowers: Flowers by Justine

Jewelry: Don Muller Gallery

Suit Rental: Sweet Briar Bridal

Cake: Pete’s Sweets

Jewel Tone Invitation Set: Parsimony Vintage Paper Goods Shoppe

Minimalist Invite Set: With Wild And Grace

Guest Seating and Envelope Calligraphy: Coppola Creative

Wooden Ring Box: Oaknshield

Velvet Bespoke Ring Boxes: The Family Joolz

Laser Cut Names: Fab Station Fulton

Honeycomb Table Number: Ever Laser

Cake Serving Set: The Vintage Wedding

Succulent Favors: Aud & El

Rentals: Jerome’s Party Plus

Venue: Amherst Women’s Club