Mary Kate Kortney
A Holographic Rock N Roll Styled Shoot
What was the inspiration behind this styled shoot?
The photographer & I wanted to do something rock n roll inspired & use the black dress. She had mentioned the phrase “moonchild” & immediately I thought of holographic tones because how do you possibly describe the actual colors of a star or the moon? We also wanted it to be fun vs just dark & moody so it needed an injection of electric color. When we were interviewing couples we wanted someone to actually love the idea & have fun with it vs being props plunked “on set.” We wanted this to be a shoot that could very easily be applied to a real wedding. I think our biggest inspiration besides aesthetic was that we wanted to showcase an option for a wedding that was fun & edgy but still well done, sophisticated & gorgeous because couples should be able to do whatever they heck they want without feeling ostracized from the “normal” wedding aesthetic.
What are some of the key elements in this shoot?
We incorporated hints of holographic into a bit of everything to where it had a strong presence but played well with everything else. So there’s holographic on Mary Kate's shoes, the tinsel backdrop, elements in the cake, table decor, the hat & so on. We wanted a blend of high end mixed with approachable. So for instance Kourtney has an incredible women’s suit but then is wearing converse shoes. Along this same vein we wanted there to be playful, fun elements such as taking full use of the bathroom neon signs, flamingos in the stationary & fun poses. So I guess to sum up our key elements edgy, quirky, bespoke & fun.
Is there an overall theme and/or color palette in this shoot?
Yes, the theme was “Holographic Rock N Roll” inspired by a phrase from a conversation between vendors “rock n roll moonchild”. The color palette is black, white & holographic with pops of neons.
Why did you choose to use an LGBTQAI+ couple for the shoot? What significance did it have?
The wedding industry is SO saturated with heterosexual couples but it’s also so saturated with rules & what you “must” do for a picture-perfect wedding or publish-worthy styled shoot. We wanted to showcase a wedding alternative that was fun & authentic that any couple can apply to their wedding regardless of who they were marrying. We kind of wanted to say screw it to all the rules. Rules that have told people for so long how they can marry, who they can marry & what constitutes a “beautiful” wedding. In reality, it could have been a heterosexual couple but we wanted to expand representation & feature a real couple in a way that showcased their real personalities. Also, all of the vendors are not only LGBTQAI+ allies but advocates & with the current climate of the political atmosphere we wanted this to be known loud, proud & unapologetically. We want to be actively involved in the community & a safe space for all couples. I am personally moving to Alabama & so it seemed to be even more pertinent to be a resource for couples in a landscape where there may not be as many vocal advocates.
Anything else you’d like to add?
We are really honored to work with such an amazing couple & have such an incredible team of vendors unite behind not only a dope idea but a cause & intent. It’s not just about being a pretty styled shoot. It’s about representing a real couple in an authentic way that encourages ALL couples to just be themselves. You do you!
Mary Kate is in the black dress & Kourtney is wearing the suit. They both use she/her pronouns.
- Planning: JVL Events
- Photography: Photos By HFB
- Venue: Haven Street Ballroom
- Hair: The Stylist Abroad
- Hair Accessory: Hair Comes The Bride
- Makeup: Beauty By Jacs
- Cake: Killa Cakes
- Paper Goods: Oh Eleven Studio
- Videography: Abidoodle Productions
- Flowers: The Rogue Petal Co
- Stemware/Glasses/Plates: Something Vintage Rentals
- Suit: The Groomsman Suit