A Vintage Wedding Vignette Inspired by Water for Elephants

"This mock wedding is inspired by the book and movie Water for Elephants."

A few weeks ago Marilyn (who we first met when we shot her wedding) contacted us and wanted to know if we wanted to do a mock vintage wedding shoot. Of course we said "heck yeah!" We didn't know much more than that until the day before the shoot. She emailed us the location which happened to be not to far from us, Orange Empire Railway Museum. When we first got to the train station, it was like finding a hidden treasure, we were all looking around in disbelief. We had no idea something so amazing was located so close to where we live. Once we found Marilyn she walked us around and told us that the movie "Water for Elephants" actually did filming there not too long ago for part of the movie, which is where the inspiration for this whole shoot came from. What was most amazing to me out of the whole day was how excited all the vendors were to get together out of their own free time and make something amazing. It was a pleasure to work with all the amazing talent that went into the making of this extra ordinary day.

Quote from Marilyn's Blog
"This mock wedding is inspired by the book and movie Water for Elephants. It’s not necessarily trying to mock the look of the movie but rather how we imagined what the main characters,Jacob and Marlena played by Rob and Reese, and how the wedding would have been like. It’s almost as if they had collected things they found in their homes and brought them outside, set their furniture on a nearby grassy area with the trains in the background.

“The ceremony area was created with a iron-wrong gate intertwined with moss and wood to bring a simple and rustic feel. The reception tablescape included centerpieces with pops of color against soft creamed colored flowers to tie in a bit of the whimsical circus element. We chose to use vintage mismatched china, platters and colored goblets along tea light candles against intricate beaded table linens to create a soft intimate glam in an outdoor setting.""

The shoot got picked up by the Green Wedding Shoes website and got an article featured there.

Marilyn has her pictures up in two sections:
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT SESSION – PART 1 and WATER FOR ELEPHANTS INSPIRED MOCK WEDDING – PART 2

For us it was such an amazing experience because we shoot exclusively weddings, which are always pressed for time. We were able to set up shots and get a few takes before moving to the next location. I'll be doing a behind the scenes edit soon with a full write up on the technical side of this shoot, so make sure and check back or subscribe to our blog!

Don't forget to check out all the vendors below that were a part of the day!

Photographer: Marilyn Nakazato // Venue: Orange Empire Railway Museum // Event Stylist + Wedding Gown Designer: Miss Tashina // Wardrobe Stylist: Heather Skelton // Jewelry: Jenny Dayco // E-Session Hat: Sweet Evie // Florals: Ambiance Designs // Coordinator: A Classic Touch Events // Hair/Makeup: Nicole Valentine // Vintage Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals // Rentals: Premier Party & Tent Rentals // Paper Goods: Copper Willow Paper Studio // Calligraphy: Jill Velez Calligraphy // Cake Truffle Favors: Velvet Rope Bake Shop // Dessert Bar: Summit Events Catering // Cotton Candy: Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company // Cake: Tasteful Cakes // Models: Harrison Muncaster, Kaylie Renee Wilson