Jewel-toned Styled Shoot at The Legacy Building

We are just newbies in this competitive world of the wedding biz, so when we decided to plan a styled shoot we knew we needed to stay true to ourselves and not try to imitate anyone else's style of doing things.  We still have no idea if this is how styled shoots typically go, but it's how we do 'em. Heck, we didn't even have a logo or business cards when we first started dreaming up hosting an event in this space. All we knew was our vision and that we wanted to showcase as much of our surrounding community talent as possible. 

So we started looking around our community and stumbled into this abandoned opera house from 1912.

My first thought, "Let's live here."

My second thought, "Let's throw a wedding."

Seeking out hidden gems is our forte and my absolute passion. So it just seemed right to us that we would turn an abandoned opera house in small town El Paso, IL into a wedding venue for a one-day styled shoot. (P.S. This building is actually FOR SALE and would be an incredible investment!)

We also noticed that a lot of the same vendors in our area get revisited over and over again, but that there is a whole slew of incredibly talented and creative individuals hiding in the shadows. So we set out to connect with others who are new to the area, just starting up themselves, or simply needed a platform of opportunity to show off their work. We shared our vision with them, gave them creative freedom to add their own signature twist, and what came to life in front of our eyes was beautiful. 

We knew we wanted more of a raw,  moody look to the set as a whole, and for that theme to be depicted in the jewelry we used for the shoot. Brazen Jewelry hand-crafted created these pieces especially for us and we loved them so much we almost kept them. 

Leiana and Kate were incredible as our hair and makeup stylists. It felt so good to hand our model over to these two and walk away, confident that they understood the vision and theme of the shoot. These ladies are kind, beautiful, and talented professionals in what they do. 

Take a close look at this flat-lay view of our invitation suite and you'll notice those beautiful and intricate details. HartHaus' very own, Veronica Steffen, hand-illustrated these just for us. She researched an old photo of the opera house and then sketched it herself, as a bonus addition to the suite! And if this isn't cool enough, Veronica and her husband, Robbie, are also videographers together- that is, when they aren't busy fixing up their RV home.

Pollen & Pastry does exactly what it promises to do: create drop-dead gorgeous flowers and delicious desserts. Plus, she didn't even think I was crazy when I said I wanted ivy climbing up the wall in one of the rooms. She just showed up with the most SPOT ON bouquet and did her thing. 

We are (obviously) suckers for bold, jewel tones in velvet, so this Brigett loveseat from Spruce Wedding Rentals was a no brainer. 

And we sourced all of our fall -toned candles from a refurbished home goods shop, Virginia Lee's, which is also conveniently located in the same building as the opera house!

We had a lot of fun integrating old antiques and exposed flower frogs into our jewel toned, fall tablescape, to match the aesthetic of the building itself.


Stylists: He & She

Photography: HartHaus Co. (specifically Peyton Hollis and Tyler Gray)

Videography: HartHaus Co. (Robbie and Veronica Steffen)

Illustrations: HartHaus Co. (Veronica Steffen)

Floral/Dessert: Pollen & Pastry

Hair: Kate Mauschbaugh (B.Loved Salon)

Makeup: Leiana Hilton (B.Loved Salon)

Jewelry: Brazen Jewelry

Gown: Cloud Nine 

Bride Accessories: BHLDN

Groom attire: H&M, Adrian's Shoes

Lighting accessories: Virginia Lee's

Sofa: Spruce Wedding Rentals 

Models: Maddie Morrison and Landon Nestel

Venue: Grand Opera House (El Paso, IL)