Will you be my maid soiree...Featured on Style Me Pretty

This was my first feature on Style Me Pretty! I think I almost fainted when I heard back from them and they had accepted our shoot. Hehe... I just adore SMP. Check out their post about it here.


As I was browsing through Pinterest one afternoon, I was inspired! I began creating a board. It entailed a wheat field, golden magic hour sunlight, bright red, and glitter. I was completely inspired by these few but very effective concepts. I love photographing a rustic look that has a “pop” and I saw the reds and golden metallic’s tying in beautifully with this idea. I knew I didn’t want this to be the typical and ordinary Valentines Shoot you see every year. I wanted this to be unique and absolutely darling, which led me to call my dear friend Michelle Wilkie from “So Darling Events” to help me style the shoot around my simple ideas. Of course, she came in and perfectly completed my vision in the most darling way possible! Here’s a bit about what she had to say in terms of style and design:

“The design inspiration for this shoot came from a very natural, organic place. Erika presented me with a concept of doing a Valentines inspired shoot focusing on the natural elements of wheat, golden sunlight, pops of glitter, and hints of reds. As soon as she explained her vision to me I knew that we had a wonderful opportunity for a DIY inspired shoot with a rustic and organic feel.

The shoot is a twist on the quintessential Bridal Valentine’s Shoot. Instead of focusing on a bride and her groom, we turned our attention to the bond between a Bride and her Bridesmaids in this heartfelt, rustic “Will you be my Maid?” soirée. At the same time, we wanted to showcase wedding design essentials that could be incorporated throughout a wedding or bridal shower as well.

The party includes elements such as a signature champagne cocktail, beautiful mix-matched table settings using thrift store china, a delicious red velvet cake, and a DIY “Will You be my Maid?” box. The handmade bouquets and centerpieces were created using thrifted jars, twine, lavender and babies breath purchased from a local farmers market, and delicate cut wheat from the field. The pops of glitter found on the cake topper, drink stirrers, and golden pear are courtesy of the $1 section of the craft store, antique gold spray paint, and glitter. I love seeing indoor elements incorporated outside, so we finished the look with a wooden nightstand and rustic straw trunk.

Event Designer:  So Darling Events
Cake Designer:  Gigi Mama Cakes
Dresses + Jewelry: Francesca’s Collections
Makeup Artist:  OMG! Aristry
Assistant: Francy Nunez
Model: Naomi Sampson
Bridesmaids: Laura Pla, Desiree Carrodeguas